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Old January 6th, 2014, 09:53 PM   #1
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Brazilian Countryside

Midwest

I visited my parents and family at Midwestern Brazil for the New Year's Eve and took some pictures of the farm.

There are not many pics and the quality is not the best. I'm just trying to give you guys an idea of how Brazilian rural areas looks like as few people know this side of the country.

Brazil is about to overcome the US as the largest agricultural exporter in the world, which is huge, as the US has been holding this position since their independence probably. Almost 50% of Brazilian exports comes from agribusiness sector, which also responds for 32% of the jobs and 28% of the country's GDP.

Anyway, it was a nice break: dirt roads, rivers, woods, even the heat and humidity fit it well! Meet Brazilian savannah:

Soybeans and the main house:


More soybeans:


Woods near the river. The whole Midwest Brazil is the savannah's realm. However, near the northern and southern borders, on the rivers banks, we have rainforest going on as well:








The river:
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Old January 7th, 2014, 08:41 PM   #2
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Great, very nice photos from Brazil
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Old January 9th, 2014, 01:43 AM   #3
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Thanks, Christos! You're always kind.
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Old January 9th, 2014, 01:44 AM   #4
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Continuing...

Old cows:


He's huge:


Guinea fowls (or angolas in Portuguese):
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Old January 9th, 2014, 09:59 AM   #5
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nice !


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Old January 11th, 2014, 03:34 AM   #6
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Thanks, Premislida!
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Old January 11th, 2014, 03:34 AM   #7
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The old house, colonial:


Bananas:


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Old January 11th, 2014, 11:33 AM   #8
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Nice! Your cows look very different to ours...
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Old January 11th, 2014, 02:13 PM   #9
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During most of Brazilian history, European cattle (Bos taurus taurus) was the most common type. During the XXth century, more and more Indian cattle (bos taurus indicus) came in. Today, there are 200 million cattle in Brazil (the largest herd in the world), and most of them are Indian. For dairy purposes, European are still the majority.

The black cow (the brown one is her daughter) on the picture are probably 3/4 European (Dutch) and 1/4 Indian (Gyr). It's kinda a breed now called Girolando, Gir + Holandês (Dutch in Portuguese). It's a breed for dairy, as the Dutch is the backbone of Brazilian dairy industry and Gir is the only Indian cattle used for dairy. The advantage of Girolando over Dutch in Midwest is they're more resistant to climate and diseases. In the colder South, there aren't Girolando as the Dutch are more productive.

The young bull is a Nelore, the most common breed in Brazil. In fact, the beef industry is over 80% Nelore. He has all that registered pedigree stuff.
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Ah, about they're being different from the British, my father had Jersey for while.

They're quite popular in Brazil, as the Angus, Devon and Hereford.
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I wanna see the pics! I'm on a train and the wifi sucks! When I get to my destination I'll check them, I'm really curious to see them...
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I hope you enjoy it, Enzo!
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Frog:


I like this flower as yellow is my childhood favourite colour. This plant is there since my first memories:




Palm trees typical from Brazilian savannah. Their palm is a very traditional dish in the region:


Flamboyant. There are many of them, which is nice as they're beautiful trees with beautiful flowers:
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Old January 12th, 2014, 07:36 PM   #14
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Glad to have a chance to see your hometown. My grandfather also came out from a village. I can echo your sensation with the countryside and this place. Very beautiful place btw.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 02:21 AM   #15
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Great photos thanks
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wow, the countryside is blessed with fertile soil and lush greeneries.
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Thank you, guys!
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Bonus

Some pics of my aunts' garden. When I was a young kid I used to spend the entire days on the trees. Unfortunately, luminosity was awful and I covered virtually nothing, so it's only a teaser.

Following an English style, but tropical:








This imperial palm is HUGE. The noise of its leaves falling is incredible. Although the garden itself is much older than me, the palm tree is quite young. I guess 15 y/o or less:

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Still on the garden:





Nativity scene:




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Very nice Yuri!

I always like to spend a few days in the country side, and this farm shown here seems to be very quaint and good for some resting.
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