Sustainability at Grangenia: From Employees to the Environment

Pilar Fernández Rullo and Grangenia employee performing typical farm multiplication tasks. ( Grangenia )

For the Grangenia – Kerbest Group complex, doing the right thing is what they’re all about. From doing the right thing for its employees to end users of its products to the environment, this modern operation in Spain has an eye on the future. Located in Herreros de Suso, in the province of Avila, Spain, this “dream-made farm” is committed to reducing the farm’s carbon footprint, water use and antibiotic use. 

“We’re committed to the evolution of the society in which it is integrated, evolving with the work teams and the circular economy of the area,” says Alberto Pascual, owner of Grangenia. “It is a living project that continually evolves with projects to reduce emissions both inside the facilities and in the management of slurry, while promoting training projects.”

Pilar Rullo
Pilar Fernández Rullo, owner and manager of Grangenia doing selection of the gilt replacement.

Training Farm Employees
Kerbest Group supports the agricultural school in Avila, focused on training swine farm staff with a medium degree of vocational training. This training includes dual vocational training, a new modality within professional training in the educational system. Projects combine the teaching and learning processes in the company and in the training center and are characterized by alternating between the educational center and the company. Students gain hands-on experience between the work center and the educational center. 

“With this new innovative modality, companies can support new models of vocational training that are directed toward the search for excellence in the relationship between the company and the educational center, and promote their corporate social responsibility,” says Ruben Sala, PIC account manager for Grangenia.

The technology—promoted by the associations of the sector—is possible through the Kerbest Foundation, established to support the school. Animal quality and welfare combined with new innovations help customers gain full confidence in the farm.

Aerial view
Aerial view of Grangenia System

The Grangenia Complex
The Kerbest Group farms and work centers began their activities in 1997, and Grangenia was formed in 2016.

The Grangenia complex includes a PIC multiplier of 3,050 females, in which weaned pigs are produced. At this age, the males leave the system and the females are kept in external facilities to maintain the biosecurity of the multiplier facility. 

Biosecurity is a high priority at Grangenia. The wean-to-finish system ensures maximum health and wellness for the animals. 

“The family group wanted to promote business growth based on quality and differentiation,” Sala says. Creating a multiplier unit of this size is “a qualitative leap for the group” and is an important step forward to the pork industry in the area.

Multiple partners, including UVESA and Bankia, helped made the farm a reality. 

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Modern maternity facilities of Grangenia

A Model of Sustainability
As the needs of the industry and the surrounding community evolve, Grangenia’s model will, too. The Kerbest Foundation will play a key role in this effort by providing personnel training, along with environmental and economic development and stability.

“It is hoped that the Avila Agricultural School will become a center of reference on modern pig farming for both human resources and research,” Sala says. 

Learn more about the farm in this video.

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