The Estancia Maria Behety [pronounced as “Betty”] is located in the province of Tierra del Fuego, south of the Strait of Magellan, at 53°40’ south latitude and 67°41’ west longitude.
Its town is located 15 kilometers from the city of Rio Grande and 3,000 kilometers from Buenos Aires.
In the beginning, Don Jose Menendez founded two big ranches, one on each side of Rio Grande. He called them The First and The Second Argentina, respectively. Currently, they are named after Jose Menendez and his beloved wife, Maria Behety.
It first started with about 180,000 ha. and currently, after natural successions, the Estancia Maria Behety is about 64,000 ha. with capacity for 42,000 Corriedale sheep, 1,400 Hereford cattle, and more than 300 breeding mares.
The Estancia Maria Behety is known for having the biggest shearing shed in the world, with capacity for 7,000 animals and 40 shears.