Argentina's ninety-first annual livestock show in Buenos Aires has been attracting a record number of visitors.
Argentina's ninety-first annual livestock show in Buenos Aires has been attracting a record number of visitors. On the opening day 130 thousand people were admitted before the booking offices had to close because they'd run out of tickets.
SYNOPSIS: The twenty-two acre site for the show organised by the Argentine Rural Society was packed with people when it opened earlier this week. This magnificent Hereford bull was just one of 2,000 pedigree cattle, horses and sheep being exhibited. Charolais cattle are another popular breed in the Argentine.
Special guests at the show were expected to include the United States Secretary of Agriculture, Bob Bergland. Argentina is one of the world's major breeders of beef and dairy cattle, particularly Holsteins which originated in Holland but have adapted well to conditions there. Prize cattle can be worth thousands of dollars each, and one breeder from Michigan in the United States even brought two hairdressers with him to comb the curls of his Aberdeen Angus bull.
This year's show takes place in a dramatically different atmosphere from the one a year ago, when the Peronist government had left the economy in a state of almost total collapse. The new military junta's cabinet includes two civilian members -- one of whom, Economy Minister Jose Martinez de Hoz, comes from a wealthy cattle-breeding family.
The big crowds and numbers of entries have been seen as an indication of confidence in the government. Local observers pointed out that in the past some breeders had considered themselves lucky to find buyers at all.