Our Story

In 1907, Don Juan Harriet, then barely 19, became independent of his family and started off towards Patagonia to buy cattle from the Araucano indians, who descended from the chieftain Sayhueque. He set out from Viedma with two friends, six farmhands and sixty horses. They covered 1,200 km up to the source of the Senguer river, on the foothills of the Andes, in the current province of Chubut.

Dealings with the indians were far from easy. In addition to their natural distrust, a long history of mutual betrayal and broken agreements between them and white men had to be overcome. Don Juan eventually managed to earn their respect due to his superior riding skills and his remarkable talent with the lasso, and from then on, a trusting, durable association was established among them. Harriet purchased 5,000 heads of cattle and 50,000 sheep from the indians. They were taken in successive drives to General Roca, which was the farthest the railway tracks reached to the South at the time.

Nowadays, Harriet’s daughters Susan, Martha and his grandsons Lorenzo and Martín manage and operate the preserve. Harriet’s great-grandchildren are taking their first steps at the firm, continuing the legacy of work and love of the country instilled into the family by the great visionary.

Those adventurous times were the initiation of that remarkable, enterprising man. In the early days of the Harriet firm, Caichue was one of the estancias selected for stockbreeding, due to its vast proportions and its valued natural pastures, as well as the wild beauty of the landscape. “Caichue”, the Ranquel indian name for the land, means “cleansing waters”. They chose it as one of the places to settle due to its lagoons, which were precious in the arid pampas. The Ranquel were fearsome warriors on horseback, skillful with the spear and the bolas. They were outstanding hunters of pumas, Pampas deer, rheas and guanacos.

Our Story

In 1907, Don Juan Harriet, then barely 19, became independent of his family and started off towards Patagonia to buy cattle from the Araucano indians, who descended from the chieftain Sayhueque. He set out from Viedma with two friends, six farmhands and sixty horses. They covered 1,200 km up to the source of the Senguer river, on the foothills of the Andes, in the current province of Chubut.

Dealings with the indians were far from easy. In addition to their natural distrust, a long history of mutual betrayal and broken agreements between them and white men had to be overcome. Don Juan eventually managed to earn their respect due to his superior riding skills and his remarkable talent with the lasso, and from then on, a trusting, durable association was established among them. Harriet purchased 5,000 heads of cattle and 50,000 sheep from the indians. They were taken in successive drives to General Roca, which was the farthest the railway tracks reached to the South at the time.

Conservation & Sustainability

Our vast environment and landscapes are the source of life to Terra Pampa. For this reason, we do care and pledge to protect and preserve our resources. The conservation of our surroundings has been given top priority in every operation, from minimizing food waste to an integrated plan with the Ministry of Flora & Fauna of La Pampa province.

U$165.000

The amount we have donate for wild life conservation in the last 10 years

+13

The company contribute with profit organizations

$1.000.000

We pay to the province each year in concept of hunting permits and tags

Social Responsability, Social Commitment

Social Responsability,

Social Commitment

The firm has always been involved with the communities and wildlife of every one of its ranches in Argentina. From the early beginnings, the Harriet family has supported educational and health programs in all the provinces where the ranches were established (Misiones, Buenos Aires, La Pampa, San Luis and Chaco).

Charity Foundations

The family has contributed with different charity foundations such as: Conin, Valores para Crecer, La Chocleada, Alvarado, Haciendo Caminos, Leer, Conciencia, Caritas Argentina, Médicos sin Fronteras, Aldeas Infantiles, Pequeño Cottolengo Don Orione, among others.