Montado in Portugal by Diana Tuomasjukka
This montado belongs to the Companhia das Lezirias in Portugal near Lisbon. The forestry area covers 8500 ha of moorland and consists mostly of cork-oak groves and stretches of wild pinewood, eucalyptus and stone pine forests. It is an important biodiversity and multipurpose landscape where, along with forest production, tracts are managed for apiculture, hunting, oak-plantation (acorns used for fattening pigs), and grazing grounds for cattle.
In the area graze 4500 cattle of the indigenous Mertolenga and Black pure-breds, cross-bred with Charolais, Limousin and Blonde d'Aquitaine. In the moorland of Braco de Prata de Roubao, 30 mares graze freely on a 400 ha stretch of land. The company is also active in the production of rice (1100 ha, of which 220 ha under direct management), vineyards (130 ha) and olive-groves (46 ha).
The farms main activities are forestry, livestock and agriculture, giving rise to the production of cork, wood and pine cones, organic beef and beef enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, Lusitano thoroughbreds, rice, wines and olive oil.