Less Boar Taint by Selecting Terminal Boars

EU - TOPIGS will soon start selecting finisher boars which have less risk of breeding offspring with boar taint.
calendar icon 15 December 2011
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The technique to classify boars by their heredity characteristics for boar taint is ready to use. TOPIGS will start with the (Top Pi) Piétrain, the most used finisher boar in boar fattening.

European slaughterhouses currently discover boar taint in five per cent of the non-castrated boars. TOPIGS expects that the selection of finisher boars will result in 40 per cent less boars with boar taint.

However, boar taint is also caused by sows. TOPIGS will therefore continue with a similar research programme to classify sows by their heredity characteristics for boar taint.

If a LBT-boar is used with a LBT-sow, the percentage of pigs with boar taint can be reduced by as much as 70 per cent.

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