Ambassador: France

Publication date: May 2020 | Theme: Meat quality

Challenges: Being competitive in small scale farming: Developing a niche market for pork

Breeders in the AOP (PDO protected designation of origin) Kintoa have chosen the specifications required to enable the production of a high value-added product, by protecting a living heritage (the Basque Pork breed), while preserving its territory (intermediate zone of mountains maintained, moors, forests, grasslands), and developing the activity on its territory: - Purebred animals - Extensive raising for more than 12 months - Non-GMO food from the geographical area of the PDO (70%) - Pastoral empties 2 to 4 months after each batch - Wooden shed integrated into the landscape - Valorization of natural resources - Slow growth of animals. Slaughtering at a minimum of 12 months, minimum carcass weight of 100 kg and minimum backfat thickness of 25 mm. KINTOA PDO meat is a deep red meat, very marbled (content of intramuscular lipids> 6% in the loin), a white fat, a silky touch. After cooking, the meat is tender and juicy.

The requirement of the specifications allows the production of a quality product and a good valuation of the carcass price paid to the farmers. In 2017, the average price was € 3.69 / kg carcass. The price scale can go up to 4.07 € / kg and an annual increase estimates a carcass price in 2020 of 4.35 € / kg.

Further information will be available on this page in the near future.  In the meantime, to access more details, contact RPIG (France): Fabien Verliat