IRTA, together with Zoetis and ASICI, held, last Friday, the Porc d’Or Ibérico 2022 Awards to the excellence in Iberian pork production. In this edition, which took place in the emblematic Roman Theater of Merida, a total of 32 prizes were awarded to 25 farms from four communities.
The Porc d’Or Ibérico 2022 Awards brought together nearly 500 professionals from the Iberian pork sector, including farmers, veterinarians and technicians, as well as representatives of the administration and the main sector associations.
The VI edition was attended by: Guillermo Fernández Vara, President of the Regional Government of Extremadura; Begoña García Bernal, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development, Population and Territory of the Regional Government of Extremadura; Antonio Rodríguez Osuna, Mayor of the city of Mérida; Fernando Miranda Sotillos, Secretary General of MAPA; Pedro Martín, Director of the Pig, Poultry, Biodevices & Automation Business Unit of Zoetis Spain; Rosa Cubel, Director of Institutional Relations of IRTA; and Antonio Prieto, President of ASICI.
Andalucía and Castilla y León won all the special awards
The protagonist of the night was the Valdisierro farm, located in Fresno de Cantespino (Segovia), owned by the company Icpor Soria, S.L., which won the highest award among all the categories: the Porc d’Or Ibérico Especial con Diamante (Special Iberian Pork with Diamond). Also from Castilla y León in Salamanca, the farm Granja Arauzo, owned by Ibéricos de Arauzo 2004, S.L., in Aldeaseca de la Frontera, received the Special Iberian Porc d’Or for Maximum Productivity, with 20.28 piglets weaned per productive Iberian sow per year. In terms of health, animal welfare and environment, the farm Fuente de la Higuera, in Diezma (Granada), has received the special prize awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA). In terms of innovation, the project presented by Dehesa de Campo Alto, S.L., in Córdoba won the Zoetis Special Iberian Porc d’Or for Innovation. Finally, in its second edition, the special prize for Outdoor Production went to Córdoba once again, this time to the farm María José Díaz Buenestado, of the Covap company.
Castilla y León, Extremadura, Andalucía and Castilla-La Mancha share the rest of the prizes.
In addition to the five special awards, a total of 27 gold, silver and bronze statuettes are awarded based on the technical criteria of Longevity, Number of piglets Born Alive and Farrowing Rate, for each of the three categories that classify farms according to their census. Thus, eleven farms in Castilla y León obtained 16 statuettes (seven gold, six silver and three bronze): nine (four gold, two silver and three bronze) for six farms in Valladolid, four (two gold and two silver) for two farms in Segovia, and three (one gold and two silver) for three farms in Salamanca. In the case of Extremadura, eight farms from Badajoz have been awarded one prize each (one gold, three silver and four bronze). Andalusia is represented by a farm from Cordoba, which has received two statuettes (one gold and one bronze). Finally, Toledo won a bronze for Longevity.