Boar taint successfully reduced by breeding efforts

Boar taint prevalence has been reduced from approximately 3% to 1% in the last five years. This is a conclusion of a study on the Dutch pork supply chain that falls under the ‘Better Life’ label. 2.579 million entire male slaughter pigs were analysed from january 2015 to september 2019. The table below shows the progress during this period. 

The results
In the study boar taint prevalence was determined with the inline humane nose score system. Average slaughter weight of boars over the period of 245 weeks was equal to 94,8 kg (and 95.95 kg the last year). The meat percentage was equal to 59,8%. The pig price payment scheme remained unchanged during this period.

The study shows that breeding against boar taint prevalence is successful. Breeding efforts help accomplish a supply chain in which castration of male pigs becomes superfluous. Read more about breeding efforts on our topic page on breeding.