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As 25 hectares are only a small business for today's agricultural conditions, Kirsten Voß-Rahe and Christian Rahe have decided to operate so-called niche agriculture. Together they breed old and endangered domestic and farm animal breeds, keep robust cattle and have built a game gate with red and fallow deer, the Rahe Ranch.
The Viehbrook farm is a recognized livestock ark. The endangered breeds of farm animals on the farm include Skudden, peat bogs, Thuringian forest goats and Bunte Bentheimer pigs, Diepholzer geese, Brakel chickens, Sundheimer chickens and German sparrow hawks. Scottish highland cattle are kept on the farm as beef cattle. The animals' products are marketed in the farm's own restaurant and in the farm shop. The animals all run in the yard or in its immediate vicinity and are accessible to visitors.
The game gate "Rahe Ranch" is located 1.5 km from Viehbrook. There Christian Rahe built a game gate on 8 hectares in 2011 directly behind his parents' farm. A pack of fallow deer has been running there since September 2011 and in winter 2013 the gate was expanded to include a gate for red deer which has been inhabited since February 2014. This agricultural wild animal husbandry serves the production of high-quality regional game meat. The fallow and red deer meat from the Rahe Ranch is offered on the Viehbrook farm in the farm restaurant and in the farm shop. The Rahe Ranch is open to visitors by prior arrangement for groups, school classes and kindergartens as well as for special events.
Most of the animals on the pastures of the Viehbrook farm are kept robust. The winter feed in the form of hay and silage is also grown on the farm's own pastures. In addition, arable farming is currently carried out on 8 hectares. Management is carried out according to conventional guidelines. Compliance with crop rotations and contractual nature conservation in the form of catch crops and arable protective strips agreed with the state of Schleswig-Holstein play a major role here.