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

“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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“It is important that the pigs have good mobility” Jaap Kreuger is 64 years old and lives in Woerden, west of the Dutch city of Utrecht. Together with his son …

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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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“It is important that the pigs have good mobility” Jaap Kreuger is 64 years old and lives in Woerden, west of the Dutch city of Utrecht. Together with his son …

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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

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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Technological breakthrough in ending castration

Recombinetics/Acceligen and Hendrix Genetics have announced that they successfully used a genome editing method for pigs that remain in a pre-pubertal state, thus eliminating the need for surgical castration. The …

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New research on best practices at different levels of the supply chain

The Animal Health and Welfare unit, from the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, published a report on entire male pig best practices. The study considers practices used in production …

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