Project partner: Farm “Kurese” (Saare Rantso)
Private Limited Company Saare Rantso was founded in 2012. In April 2016 the company bought all of the lands belonging to Kurese nature farm with the aim of practising organic farming combined with other supporting economic activities that would benefit the sustainable management of grasslands in the area. Saare Rantso’s main economic activity is organic beef cattle breeding (mainly Limousin breed). Company is also seeking for extra activities that would support the economic farming such as nature conservation (e.g. semi-natural grassland management, nature tourism development etc). Kurese nature farm has good preconditions for this as the grasslands there are very diverse and untouched from intensive farming.
LIFE Viva Grass project project aimed at initiating the implementation of multi-functional sustainable farming model in farm Kurese, which could work as a model case. For that, business catalytic activities were carried out in Kurese farm (creating a watering facility – a driven well – for 300 grazing animals). Kurese farm was also one of the pilot areas where the integrated planning tool developed in the project was tested at the farm level and based on that a farm management plan was compiled.