9,000 acres of the Veta la Palma estate are dedicated to agriculture, including some 1,000 hectares of land which has been carefully levelled and provided with a comprehensive irrigation system which is ideal for the cultivation of rice.  The remaining 6,000 acres are mainly used to grow foraging crops to supplement the diets of the cattle and horses which are bred on the estate.  Crops are grown on a rotation system using a surface irrigation system, and no fertilizers or pesticides. This area, occupying the northern part of the estate, provides an ideal environment for birds which live in steppe habitats such as stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) or pin-tailed sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata).The annual production of these crops amounts to approximately 2,500 to 3,000 kilograms per hectare, whilst the yields for the rice growing area are in the region of 8,500 kg/hectare.