It is essential to know all the details we take into account along this process:
- When the Montanheira begins the pig must weigh between 85 and 100kg so that at the end of this period it will weigh between 170 and180kg. This significant increase of weight in such a short period of time is what will provide the pig with its characteristic streaks of fat.
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- The youngest age for the pig to be slaughtered is when it is around 18 months, a time which is essential for its meat to be more consistent and of better quality.
- During the Montanheira the pig can eat daily from 7 to 10kg of acorns and wild grass to put on close to 10% of what they eat.