Iberian ham, what do you eat?

Published: 09/25/2017 13:32:01

Iberian Ham, what does it feed on?

When we speak of iberian acorn ham, we are referring to the fact that the animal from which the product comes has been fed with herbs and feedstuffs (grains and legumes) on the one hand, and on the other, of grasses and acorns when it is in the meadow in the time of montanera.

Within the animal nutrition we can distinguish two types of legumes: those of forage and those of grain. An example of the first would be the alfalfa, more used for the feeding of the ruminants and the ones of grain are the destined to pigs (the case that occupies us) and birds.Some of the grain legumes may be lupins, peas and beans. They have a high protein value, which is why they are an inestimable source of amino acids both for the animal and for the human being.The benefit of legumes in animal nutrition lies in their high digestibility, the energy they provide and their eloquente nutritional value. In Spain, we can find the cultivation of this type of legumes in areas not very humid and always fallow.

We have also mentioned cereals within the feeding of the iberian pig. In this section we would be talking about bran, rye, carob, wheat, oats, barley and corn, among others.

Obviously, this food is established based on a regulation whose one of its priority objectives is food security in human, hence this control over animal feed, so that it does not affect our health. Those responsible for this regulation are the components of the Codex Alimentarius commission. It is an intergovernmental body made up of over 170 members supervised by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) within the Joint Program on Food Standards. The term Codex Alimentarius, from Latin (code or food law), is the result of the joint work of the members of the commission and the accumulation of actions and norms that it collects are internationally accepted practices.

It must be taken into account that one of the things in which the most money must be invested is in the feeding of cattle, of whatever type, bovine, ovine, porcine..It has been shown that this investment represents between 60-70% of the total expenses of a livestock farming, an investment that is recovered by the sale of the final products obtained. Aside from the economic expense that supposes this aspect, we also find a high expenditure of time in the labor day of the cattleman when feeding the animal. We could be talking about taking up half of their daily chores, about three or four hours a day. Why so long? In addition to managing the purchase of food, it must be prepared so that at the time of distribution each animal has its ration. Is a daily routine in the life of the cattleman and therefore a fixed cost of time and economic. All this so that the product obtained reaches the hands of the consumer in full and optimal consumption conditions

Seeing everything that has been discussed until now, we can see that the feeding of cattle is controlled from the time the animal is born until the time of its sacrifice arrives, so food security is guaranteed both for cattle and for humans thanks to the existing regulation, so I just have to tell you that you have absolut confidence in the product you buy, as long as it meets the conditions required for its consumption and so reflected in its packaging or labeling. And of course, it must be a product of Matarrevalva!

 

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