IRTA announces the 36 farms nominated in the 8th edition of the Iberian Porc d’Or Awards

The Institute of Agri-Food Research and Technology (IRTA) has announced on the BDporc website the list of farms nominated in the 8th edition of the Porc d’Or Ibérico Awards, awarded for excellence in Iberian pork production. A total of 36 farms have been nominated in one or more of the 68 nominations for the Awards that will be presented during the gala that will take place on July 5 in Córdoba. In this city, more than 450 professionals from the sector will meet to recognize the work of farmers and reward the best Iberian pig farms in our country.

The jury of the Iberian Porc d’Or Awards, meeting on April 5 at the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MAPA), analyzed 83 Iberian pig farms that had a total of about 70,000 breeding sows. To decide the 36 nominated farms, the jury took into account the technical-productive results obtained in 2023 along with the population structure, the coherence of the indicators, the evolution over time, and different aspects related to health, animal welfare and biosecurity on farms.

Judging by the number of nominations, the communities of Castilla y León and Extremadura they are the great candidates to receive the greatest number of gold, silver and bronze statuettes, based on the productive criteria of productive longevity (piglets weaned by low sow), live births and farrowing rate. 88% of the nominations for this edition are distributed between both autonomous communities, with the provinces of Badajoz and Valladolid being the ones that accumulate the greatest number of nominations, 24 in the province of Badajoz and 16 in Valladolid. For its part, Andalusia has four nominations, Castilla La Mancha with two and the Valencian Community with one nominated farm.

The Iberian Porc d’Or have a new award with a ‘One Health’ perspective

This year a new Special Award is introduced in the Iberian Porc d’Or Awards: the One Health Award from Ceva Salud Animal, main partner of the Porc d’Or Awards. This award seeks to recognize the joint work of farmers and veterinarians who implement innovative measures on their farms to improve animal health with the perspective of ‘One Health’.

The nominations for the Special Awards are distributed in Castilla y León, Extremadura and Andalusia

In this eighth edition of the Iberian Porc d’Or Awards, five special awards will also be awarded that recognize notable characteristics related to excellence in management, sustainability, biosafety, health and animal welfare. The nominated farms are being visited by a delegation of the jury, which will decide the winning farms of the precious Porc d’Or Ibérico Especial statuettes.

Iberian Porc d’Or Award with Diamond. Four farms have been nominated for the contest’s top award: the farm Valdisierro of ICPOR Soria, located in Fresno de Cantespino (Segovia), and three farms of Agrocesa – Grupo Vall Companys, Hnos Rodríguez Ponce, Granja La Mejorada and Ibéricos Encinas, located in the towns of Castromonte (Valladolid), Olmedo (Valladolid) and Encinas de Abajo (Salamanca), respectively.

MAPA Porc d’Or Iberico Award for Sustainability. The prize awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) is also competed for by four farms: La Charneca from Grupo Santana Hernández in Usagre (Badajoz); the farm Las Abiertas from Inga Food in Madrigalejo (Cáceres); and two farms of the ICPOR Soria company, farm Valdisierro and Ibéricos Valcorba, located in Fresno de Cantespino (Segovia) and Bahabón (Valladolid), respectively.

berian Porc d’Or Award for Outdoor Production. This award will go to one of the three nominated farms: El Moralejo and El Minguillo, both from the COVAP company and located in Villanueva de Córdoba (Córdoba), and the San Rafael farm from Explotación San Rafael in Aljucén (Badajoz).

CEVA Porc d’Or Iberian One Health Award. Three farms are nominated in the first edition of this award, awarded to the team made up of the farmer and the farm veterinarian: farms La Charneca and Ensanchá, both from Grupo Santana Hernández and located in Usagre (Badajoz) and Fuente de Cantos (Badajoz); and the farm SRC Coto Gomeless by Sánchez Romero Carvajal located in Ronda (Málaga).

And, finally, the Iberian Porc d’Or Award for Productivity will go to the farm that, among all categories, has the maximum number of piglets weaned per productive sow per year.

Organized by IRTA, ASICI and Ceva Salud Animal

The Porc d’Or Awards recognize the work of the sector thanks to the data collected by the BDporc information system, developed and managed by IRTA. Since the 90s, the BDporc database has provided all member companies with results and reference information for decision-making, and provides administrations and sectoral associations with information on technical-productive data on the white and Iberian pig sector.

These awards would not be possible without the good work of Iberian pig farmers, and without the close collaboration of the Interprofessional Iberian Pig Association (ASICI) and CEVA Salud Animal, IRTA partners in the organization of the Porc d’Or Ibérico awards. The contest also has the special support of five companies committed to the Porc d’Or Awards practically since its inception: Farm Faes, IFR Group, Banasegur, OPP Group, and Semen Cardona, which join the list of premium sponsors this year. In addition, other companies in the sector will also participate in the Porc d’Or Ibérico awards, as sponsors and collaborators.

The gala celebrating the 8th edition of the Porc d’Or Ibérico awards will take place on July 5 at the Córdoba Conference Center. Registration is open until June 26 through this link

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