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Project title: Estoninan native cows in Enno Lohu´s Andressaare farm
MEASURE: 2.3.3
Measure name: Support for keeping animals of local endagered breeds
Theme: agri-environment
Keywords: endagered breeds;agri-environment
Start year: 2008
Name of the beneficiary: Enno Lohu (Andressaare farm)
Sum of support: year 2008 - 16 278 EEK (1040 EUR); year 2009 - 18 991 EEK (1213 EUR)
Backround of the project: Smooth-headed Estonian Native bovines have been taken care of cattle range and have been given rich milk for seven years in paddocks of Andressaare farm. Merja Magnus, housewife of the farm, saw this breed for the very first time in Pärnu county, Kurgja, in C. R. Jakobson farm-museum and thought how idyllic sight would it be to see two such cows eating grass in her meadow and taking care of it.

Seven years ago there were Estonian red cows and fleshy rabbits, but whilst the transportation to Tallinn wasn't worthwhile, some modifications were needed.
Objectives of the project: Maintaining the breed of Estonian Native bovines as endangered species, which is important to guarantee the genetical diversification and cultural heritage.
Main activities: Four Estonian Native cows, two heifers, two calves, one bull and one black-and-white cow is living in the farm.
Output and results indicators: The best milk producer cow is called Loori, who ascribed to a title of "Best Estonian Native Cow" (Parim Eesti maatõugu lehm). In last year's lactation period it gave 7080 kg milk, with average fat-percentage of 4,91 The best result of milk producers was a bit over 8000 kg per lactation period.
Experiences/lessons learned: To have four-five cows sounds more like to have an hobby than dealing with economic affairs, but different supports help to bolster up the economic affairs. They are applying support for growing endangered species animals, for herding, for taking care of meadows and to have common area support.
Additional information about the project: 04th November 2010 - success-story in Estonian Newspaper "Maaleht", subscribed by Estonian Agricultural Ministry - http://www.maainfo.ee/index.php?article_id=1144&page=3265&action=article&
Contact person : Merja Magnus
County: Viljandi county
Project inserted into database: 2010-11-12

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