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.

BEST PRACTICES

“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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“Eliminating castration from our farm was a relieve”   Annechien ten Have runs a pig farm and arable farm with a biogas installation. Together with her son she owns 600 …

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“We are happy and proud to have enhanced human and animal welfare” Anne Lacoste on COOPERL’s transition to entire male pigs S.A. COOPERL is one of the largest pork producers …

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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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“Eliminating castration from our farm was a relieve”   Annechien ten Have runs a pig farm and arable farm with a biogas installation. Together with her son she owns 600 …

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“We are happy and proud to have enhanced human and animal welfare” Anne Lacoste on COOPERL’s transition to entire male pigs S.A. COOPERL is one of the largest pork producers …

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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

Overview of feed ingredients reducing boar taint

The IPEMA Work group on Nutrition has published a list of feed interventions with boar taint reducing capacity. Many research projects have been carried out to evaluate how boar taint …

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Boar taint successfully reduced by breeding efforts

Boar taint prevalence has been reduced from approximately 3% to 1% in the last five years. This is a conclusion of a study on the Dutch pork supply chain that …

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Making rejected carcasses suitable for consumption

In the production of male pigs without castration, some of the carcasses will be rejected due to their high levels of skatole and androstenone. To ensure optimum financial efficiency, it …

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