We are located in Parada de Arriba (Salamanca, Spain), where in the background we see a beautiful shed.
Inside this farm we meet Maria Angeles Llorente. She prefers to be called Marian. She presents the farm inside, where they are three thousand one hundred and sixty eight free range chickens exactly. At the farm we started the interview.
INTERVIEW WITH MARIAN:
- Tell us Marian, How did you come to this world of livestock farming? What do you do?
I come from the world of law and until now my relationship with livestock farming was practically non-existent, except for the ownership of several domestic chickens. That was the reason why I decided to embark on this adventure.
- Why did you opt for free range chickens? What breed of chicken do you have?
Until now, the egg production line has focused on productivity at the expense of animal welfare. Luckily, nowadays we have farms that firmly believe in the protection of the hens and the sustainability of the farm, which is also in line with consumer demands. That is why I decided to go for the free-range hen. The breed we have on the farm is the Isa brown hen.
- Why did you finally decide on Aviporc?
Aviporc is a reference of professionalism and synonymous of work and things well done. I have received precise advice every time I have needed it and they have attended to all my requirements and even to the proposals I made to them. I am very satisfied with them.
- How was the bureaucratic issue? Did you have a hard time getting the licenses and all the paperwork needed to start this wonderful project?
Perhaps, although necessary, it is the most cumbersome and least attractive process of the whole project. It is possible that this process should have been more agile, but I have had very competent technicians who have made things much easier for me.
- Do you think that being a female farmer you have broken the stereotype that the world of cattle raising is for men? Have you noticed a difference?
Until now, livestock farming has been an eminently male world that is gradually opening up to the arrival of women farmers and is breaking down the taboos that existed when women were involved in this activity. In my case, the difficulty lies not only in being a woman, but also in my inexperience, which I am gradually resolving with effort.
- Tell us about a day at Torre del Tallo Farm
Long and satisfying. The welfare of the hens is our preference and the day revolves around them. The hens, which have been spending the night in shelter, come out to the farm where they spend the whole day wandering and pecking and interacting with the rest of the hens, which is a substantial improvement over the production of eggs with caged hens. The eggs are collected, selected and sealed for delivery and with the last rays of light the hens are collected to spend the night in the shed where they lay the eggs to be collected the following day. The hens live in a natural environment, and their feed is carefully selected, using the best feed and acorns from the farm that surrounds the farm, which determines the enormous quality of our eggs. The welfare of the hens is fundamental in the production of excellent eggs. We are therefore a pro-chicken farm, so to speak, as opposed to others that put productivity before the well-being and quality of the eggs.
Once the interview was over, Marian sent us photos of her first tenants. We wish you all the luck in the world and we send you all the desire and illusion so that you can continue embarking on projects of this caliber. At Aviporc, you will always be welcome.