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

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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“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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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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“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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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

Economics of pig farming without castration

From 2020 on, piglet castration without anaesthesia will be banned in Germany. There are different strategies that farmers can adapt in order to farm without castration. A working paper of …

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Accelerating decline in boar tainted carcasses at COOPERL

As of today all terminal boars by Nucléus – PIETRAIN and VIGOR – are INO certified. This means: without risk of odour transmission. The INO label is based on the …

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Promising new boar taint detection method

A new boar taint detection method, developed by the Danish Research Meat Institute DTI, detects boar taint in a quantitative and objective way. It determines skatole and androstenone levels, and …

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