Preliminary measures to prevent boar taint. Best practices that have proven to be succesfull and cost effective include genomics and selecting low boar taint lines, modifying feed composition and specific farm level boar management measures. Feed measures can be introduced quickly, for genetic measures more time is required.
Applying preventive measures can reduce boar taint prevalence to low levels. To prevent consumers being confronted with tainted meat, quality control systems as an additional safety net at the slaughter line are necessary. Detecting boar tainted carcasses at the slaughter line is necessary in order to prevent meat with boar taint reaching the market.
Castrated pigs are less active than non-castrated pigs. Pig farmers have to deal with more active animals. They should take measures in order to prevent pigs not to act overly aggressive or active within the group.
Special challenges arise in case of particular products or production methods, such as those for traditional products like Parma ham or in organic pork production.
Boars on the way
Boars on the way is a collaboration of stakeholders from the Dutch pig sector, aiming to end castration of male pigs within the European Union. Members of the steering committee include the Dutch Pig Farmers Organisation (POV), Vion, Topigs Norsvin, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Dutch Organisation for the Protection of Animals.