Now that we have been receiving the acorn-fed Ibérico pigs in Guijuelo we can really start a global evaluation of how the free-ranging period 2013 has elapsed.
If you have been following our Campaign 2013-2014 album on Facebook, then you have had the opportunity to experience live how the acorns have developed right in the pasturelands, ranging from the moment when they are a mere blossom on the Holm Oak right through to when they started to ripen and gain in size and weight. And those of you who are already knowledgeable on the topic will have observed that, as in most natural crops in our country, harvesting has been late, although the crop has been extraordinary.
This five-week delay in the dropping of the acorns has been due to the abundant rainfall that took place at the end of spring and early summer. This positive factor, which assures the crop, has also given rise to very low temperatures for the season that has slowed-down development of the fruits, with ripening and final build-up taking place towards the end of September and October, as we have already been showing you.
The combination of all these climatic conditions has made the 2013-2014 campaign tremendously productive in that pertaining to the number of acorns per Holm Oak. Perhaps their size this year is not quite as spectacular as it was in the past free-ranging period, although on a global level we can consider that the campaign is resulting far better in quality. And we say that “it is resulting” precisely because of the delay in its ripening and the falling of the acorn has allowed the pigs that are currently free-ranging in the pasturelands to enjoy sufficient acorns to easily reach their adequate weight.
Hence, thanks to all these factors our forecast for this year is that we will continue to receive acorn-fed Ibérico pigs right until the official closing of the campaign, which will be on March 31 of 2014 (there have been acorn campaigns, such as the 2012 campaign, in which the official closing had to be advanced in a month due to the lack of fruits to feed the herds of pigs in the pasturelands).
On the other hand the animals that are reaching our installations are showing perfect morphological development and notable infiltration of fat in their meat. This is indeed the best example of the bounty of this season.
We will, of course, enjoy the final result of the same as of the month of June, when the first products corresponding to this campaign reach their optimal curing point and are off to the market.
And indeed the wait is going to be a long one!