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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The European Commission produced educational materials to help farmers, meat processors and retailers transitioning away from surgical castration of pigs, including factsheets on ending surgical castration and methods to detect …

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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 European Commission produced educational materials to help farmers, meat processors and retailers transitioning away from surgical castration of pigs, including factsheets on ending surgical castration and methods to detect …

Read more

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 …

Read more

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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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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Advantages of ending surgical castration

Farmers, slaughterhouses, food processors, retailers and food service operators alike can benefit from ending surgical castration of piglets. Areas where advantages can be realized are animal welfare, feed efficiency, environment, …

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Reducing boar taint risk in entire males

Reducing the risk of boar taint in entire males is essential for realizing market acceptance of meat from non-castrated pigs. The European Commission shared a fact sheet designed for pig …

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Video: Benefits of raising entire males from a farmer’s and an operator’s perspective

There are two alternative options for surgical castration while avoiding boar taint. One is to raise entire male pigs and the other is to vaccinate. Both ensure better animal health …

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