Belgian research on housing pigs and effect on boar taint
Eline Kowalski, a student at the University of Ghent conducted a study for her master’s thesis, to examine the effect of separated and mixed fattening of pigs on boar taint. The study follows the declaration of the EU to stop surgical castration of male pigs from 2018. Therefore, understanding is necessary to be able to eliminate the possible occurrence of boar taint in intact boars as much as possible. One of the findings was that bears in mixed housing were considerably more active and showed more aggressive and sexual behavior. With respect to both housing types there was no difference with regard to skin damage, tail and ear biting. The entire report (in Dutch) can be read and downloaded via http://www.varkensloket.be/Portals/63/Documents/Kowalski.pdf?ver=2015-11-09-133152-970
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.