Colombia has the fourth highest beef herd in Latin America, with over 23 million cattle from which 59% is dedicated to meat production and 35% is destined to double purpose production (milk and meat). (Fedegán)

In 2015 the slaughter of cattle in Colombia exceeded 4 million head of cattle, representing an increase of 1.9% compared to 2010, likewise cattle inventory in Colombia reached about 23 million cattle in 2015(FEDEGAN, 2015). 

Colombia offers benefits to promote investments in projects in the meat sector, within which highlights the Export Processing Zones (multiuser and single) and the Vallejo Plan.

  • In 2009, World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) certified the national territory as Foot-and-mouth disease-free with vaccination.
  • Of the total hectares devoted to livestock, over 60% are located in lower elevations to 1000 meters above sea level and temperatures ranging between 23 ° C. and 32 ° C. Of the total cattle copies at least 95% is Zebu or Zebu genetics. (Asocebu, 2012)
  • 99% of cattle in Colombia is 100% pasture fed, during the last three decades there have been important advances in bovine and porcine genetic, which is a determining factor in the quality of the meat.
  • The location in the tropics with the topographical features of the regions of Colombia, Colombia allow access to high quality pasture throughout the year, ensuring food for cattle individuals throughout the fattening process. (FEDEGAN)
  • Besides the United States, is currently in negotiations to open markets for beef as China, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Israel, European Union, Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago

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Invest in Beef and Livestock Sector 2016

Investment Opportunities

  • Strategic alliances with local partners in improving the cold chain from cold stores to supply chains and final destinations.
  • Develop Greenfield projects and / or alliances with local partners to manufacture of products derived from bovine animals, such as fertilizers, leather industry, among others.
  • Invest in improving cold stores near the production site to obtain eligibility and high standards of quality in international markets.
  • Establish productive partnerships with local partners to develop and increase production of processed meats industry.


There are many regions in the country with a great potential for the Beef sector such as:

  • Atlántico
  • Antioquia
  • Bogotá
  • Caldas
  • Cesar
  • Córdoba
  • Meta
  • Norte de Santander
  • Santander
  • Sucre

Success Stories

Important Corporations Have Chosen Colombia to Conduct Their Business Operations:

  • Pronaca, Ecuador: Beef & cattle company, arrived Colombia in 2005 with a product line of foods (Mr. Cook) such as: marinated meat burgers. In addition is the supplier of McDonald’s fast food restaurants.

Source: Mass media

These are only some of the reasons to invest in the Beef industry, we invite you to investigate in detail these and more reasons why Colombia is the destination for your projects.

Investment Specialist: Iván Delgado

Carlos Sánchez

At PROCOLOMBIA we cater to international companies, large enterprises and foreign government agencies interested in investment in Colombia.

Due to the nature of our activities, we do not attend to individual or personal investment requirements.

We suggest you review our Frequently Asked Questions on Investment in Colombia before you send us your inquiries.

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