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 thefeed. Other good examples are hygiene, housing and sufficient water and feed. Research has revealed that undesirable behaviour among boars can possibly be reduced by modifying the composition of their feed.
The IPEMA Work group on Nutrition has published a list of feed interventions with boar taint reducing capacity. Many research projects have been carried out to evaluate how boar taint …
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 …
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 …
The five-year Dutch research program ‘stopping the castration of piglets’ was started in 2009. The research results have provided important directions for solutions. The scientists involved have gradually unravelled the consumer response to products from entire male pigs, which is important for the appropriate use of detection methods. We have also identified the factors that determine successful boar management on the farm. Although still some challenges remain to be solved, we are convinced that we are on the right track towards a more sustainable production and marketing of pork products. This report summarizes the knowledge gained up to the present.Further information can be found in the reports of various studies, to which reference is made in the text. We hope that sharing our knowledge with experts throughout the member states of the European Union contributes to the ambition of stopping piglet castration.
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