Being maize the most important product to grow in our land, the fields in Mas La Carrera provide us with food which is exclusively used to feed our cattle: our cows and bulls herds, in the same way as our beef calves. Ray-grass, hay, oat and lucerne are the sort of fodder that we scythe and wrap into round silage bales, so that they can be properly kept, and then used as food in winter. At that time, most of our cattle have come down from the mountain and stay by the house. As for the maize, we may store the whole plant (minced), or we may just store the grain (wet or “pastone”). Those two ingredients, together with a lower proportion of ray-grass, are approximately the 95% of the daily helping or “unifeed” in our fattening, all coming from our own crops. The 5% remaining is the feed that proceeds from the agricultural co-operative La Cooperativa del Camp d’Olot. The feeding system based mainly on maize gives our veil the proper level of unsaturated fats, which enriches its organoleptic and health properties.
And why is it that we talk about our maize as being “the usual maize”? Because we do not use any maize which has been genetically modified.