Nooyen Pig Farming
Nooyen adds value to more than 60,000 Ibérico fatteners in Spain. The company now has five sow farms with a capacity of 4,500 sows and annual production of more than 60,000 fatteners (Ibérico x Duroc). Its headquarters are in Agramunt. The entire supply chain is under our own management: the exclusive El Porquero Ibérico hams are partly sold through our own retail concept.
NOOYEN STARTED IN THE PIG TRADING BUSINESS EARLY THIS CENTURY BEFORE TAKING OVER A SLAUGHTERHOUSE AND STARTING ITS OWN RETAIL CONCEPTS.
Nooyen's slaughterhouse was initially used for slaughtering traditional, white pigs. However, as there were too many pigs on the Spanish market, we decided to go for a new concept, farming the renowned Ibérico variety. This pig is somewhat smaller than traditional pigs, has seen little domestication yet, has relatively low fertility but a high percentage of (intra)muscular fat. This strong variety of pigs combines varietal purity with a high quality. A fully-grown pig weighs approx. 160 kilos.
Some of the fatteners are farmed outdoors, on 1 hectare per fattener, under the supervision of a swine herdsperson. They feed on green plants throughout the year, with some supplementary feeding; their diet is typically supplemented with acorns by the end of the cycle. Our other fatteners stay indoors. According to the Ibérico concept, two square metres per animal is required for them. This form of sow farming is comparable to the situation in the Netherlands and also features group housing. The vaccination schemes are the same and, of course, European laws and regulations apply here as well.
Nooyen also operates a slaughterhouse and a curing facility that employs some 35 staff. The company also has a retail concept selling its own El Porquero hams. This retail concept also features other products with a long shelf life, such as sausage and cheese produced by the company. Honey and olive oil are also produced and sold as part of this concept.