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

“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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“The technical results are better than with castrated animals” Wiebe in ’t Hout is 36 years old and lives in Veendam. He is married and has two children. Together with …

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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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“The technical results are better than with castrated animals” Wiebe in ’t Hout is 36 years old and lives in Veendam. He is married and has two children. Together with …

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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

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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Feed reduces boar taint

Connecting Agri & Food has supported the development of a new type of feed that helps to reduce boar taint. Vitelia Voeders has developed the feed, in collaboration with VOF …

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Modification payment Tönnies uncastrated fattening of pigs into effect

uncastrated fattening pigs

“From 1-1-2019 it is forbidden in Germany to castrate piglets without pain control. Based on controversial discussion about the right way to do so, there is much uncertainty in the …

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