- Diet is what determines the different qualities of ham and meat. Not all Iberian pigs reach the top flight when it comes to quality of food, sometimes due to the scarcity of pastures, a bad acorn crop and also to market requirements, demanding cheaper products.
- There are different Pig classifications depending on the type of food that they have consumed:
– Iberian Acorn-Fed Pig (Bellota): Its life is spent in freedom feeding on grass, roots, etc. until it reaches 90 Kg., when it is then transferred to “Dehesa”, where its staple food is acorns from oaks until it weighs 160 Kg.
– Iberian Free-Range Pig (Cebo de Campo): Its life is spent in freedom in the field, feeding on grass, roots, etc. and also natural fodder.
– Iberian Pig Fed on Natural Fodder (Cebo): They are fed with natural fodder (wheat, barley, corn and oats).