Tackle Boar Taint and Control Unpleasant Odours19 November 2014
THE NETHERLANDS - With regulations ahead restricting castration of male pigs in a number of countries, Hypor is working on the selection of boars with a reduced incidence of boar taint.
A European declaration of intent to end surgical castration of male piglets by 1 January 2018 has been signed.
From 1 July 2016 on, piglets will have to be given analgesics at castration to avoid post-surgery pain in Canada (Canadian National Farm Animal Care Council).
For economical and ethical reasons, stopping castration of male piglets would be of major interest. From a production perspective, males are leaner and more feed efficient than castrates.
Hypor is working on the selection of boars with a reduced incidence of boar taint. The company started its analyses with Hypor Maxter, its fastest growing Pietrain sire line. Out of the samples collected so far, it was estimated that the frequency of tainted carcasses was below one per cent, which is much lower than the frequency commonly observed in Europe.
To read Hypor's Whitepaper, 'How To Tackle Boar Taint and Control Unpleasant Odors', click here.
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