The herd is raised free by the coffee farming. In the coffee plantations, the rams pasture the underbrush and – at the same time – fertilize the plantation. Extensively raised in the farming, there hardly exists in the breeding stock signs of verminosis.
heep raising is the second product of Fazenda Monte Alto.
The herd is of the Santa Inês lineage, woolless, of Brazilian origin, developed in the Northeast and fully adapted to the Region.
The rams go to grass along the coffee tracks, keeping them clean. There is full integration in this consortium, thus proving care with the use of fertilizers that are put in the land.
The rams of this lineage are of large size, rustic and resistant. Twin parturitions are quite common.
Male young animals (lambs) are confined and are ready for sale to public between 5 and 6 months, with live weight of 30 to 36 kilos.
The third product of the Farm is butchery aviculture, whence chicken litter is used in farming. In an ecological systemic view, the basis of chicken litter is the one of coffee straw.
After the removal of the chickens, this litter of straw, dregs, feathers, and ration are mixed to the skins of hulled cherry coffee, the ashes of the dryer, and the potassium obtained in the process of coffee washing, and all that is re-used in the plantations, closing out a fertilization circle.