BOARS ON THE WAY
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Boars on the way is an initiative of the Dutch pig sector, aiming to end castration of male pigs within the European Union.

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Hanne Maribo

Hanne Maribo is a senior scientist at the SEGES Pig Research Centre, part of the Danish Agriculture & Food Council. Maribo worked in pig research for 30 years. She started …

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Rudolf Raymakers is 64 years old. He is a vet specialised in pigs and co-owner of the Veterinary Centrum in Someren, The Netherlands. How did you start your career?“I graduated …

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“The wellbeing of our pigs is at the heart of our daily routine”  Georg Freisfeld runs an arable and pig farm together with his wife Katrin. Their farm Freisfeld Hof …

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Hanne Maribo

Hanne Maribo is a senior scientist at the SEGES Pig Research Centre, part of the Danish Agriculture & Food Council. Maribo worked in pig research for 30 years. She started …

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Rudolf Raymakers is 64 years old. He is a vet specialised in pigs and co-owner of the Veterinary Centrum in Someren, The Netherlands. How did you start your career?“I graduated …

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“The wellbeing of our pigs is at the heart of our daily routine”  Georg Freisfeld runs an arable and pig farm together with his wife Katrin. Their farm Freisfeld Hof …

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TOPICS

Consumer & market

Boar taint detection

Breeding & genetics

Feeding

Management & Housing

Consumer & market

Boar meat is pork from uncastrated male pigs. Male piglets are routinely castrated, aiming to prevent an abnormal smell of the meat (boar taint). The resistance to castrate male piglets is increasing...

Boar taint detection

Boar taint is an unpleasant smell that can arise during the heating of pork. Boar taint can occurparticularly in meat of adult male pigs due to changes in the hormonal system when the animal is growing older...

Breeding & genetics

Research has shown that there are three endogenous substances that can cause boar taint: androstenone, skatole and indole...

Feeding

Research has shown that there are three endogenous substances that can cause boar taint: androstenone, skatole and indole. Research has shown that a lower level of skatole can be achieved with adding inuline to the feed...

Management & Housing

Castrated male pigs are less active than boars. For the pig farmer and the welfare of animals housed in groups, that is an advantage. Farmers have to learn to identify and apply the do’s and don'ts of raising boars in order to prevent excessive aggressive behaviour...

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NEWS

No ideal anaesthesia method for castration

In an expert meeting, seven international experts from Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands concluded that so far, there is no ideal anesthesia/analgesia method for pig castration. The …

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Invitation for the virtual IPEMA meeting

Tuesday 15th September 2020, 10:00-12:00 You are invited to participate in the IPEMA final meeting on practical solutions to the issue of piglet castration.  Next to the meeting, registration gives …

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French producers shift to entire male piglets

French producers

Ten French producer organizations will process and market pork from uncastrated male piglets. ln a letter addressed to their breeders, Agrial, Eureden, Elpo, Evel’up, GRPPO, Porcineo, Porélia, Syproporcs, Porveo, and …

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