Located in Castile-Leon, surrounded by grain and holm oak fields, the rough climate is balanced out by the close availability of pastures, grain, straw and acorns in the different seasons of the year.
The hot and sunny summers and the cold and dry winters fight off both outside parasites and infectious illnesses as are so common in humid areas.
Our project is already serving as a model for ranch entrepreneurs who see in our method a valid alternative to traditional livestock production in the area, with profit margins that are lower and lower due to the high prices of the necessary infrastructures, the higher and higher production costs, the low prices of the channels and the certainty of the reduction or even the disappearance of community aid in the medium or long term.
The generation of wealth using natural resources available in every area is a hope for many rural areas which are seeing a socio-economic deterioration and progressive abandonment by the rural community, only stopped in part with the use of mirages in the form of subsidies or grants with unforeseeable consequences in the immediate future.
The animals are of the Cervus Elaphus species, or European red deer, and we work routinely with the Scottish subspecies (scoticus) and the central European subspecies (germanicus)
We constantly make a genetic selection based on two fundamental parameters:
Morphology: Our animals have a morphological shape and a greater muscular development than the Iberian animals, which provides better meat yields through this channel in less time.
Nature: The constant, daily work with the animals allows for this selection parameter to be of extreme importance, since animals with skittish or excessively nervous behaviour are dangerous, difficult to manage and, in the end, the stress negatively affects the quality of the meat.
The feed is made up exclusively of grass and natural products, with technical management establishing the most suitable composition of portions for every period of the year and the situation of the animals in every park, pregnant or lactating females, fawns being weaned or fattened, males in rutting season or at rest, etc.
In any case, the portions are made up, to a greater or lesser proportion, of barley or oats, alfalfa, oat, corn or acorns, depending on the protein or fibre needs at the time.
Natural grass makes up the basis of the feed during the months when it is available