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This article reviews the advantages and disadvantages of various alternatives to the surgical castration of piglets. Producers use castrations against boar taint which is present in the meat. Alternative methods could be immunocastration, production with entire male pigs or castration with...

Author(s)
Hegerová, T.; Juhás, P.
Publisher
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Nitra, Slovakia
Citation
Acta Fytotechnica et Zootechnica, 2021, 24, 1, pp 60-63
Abstract

Background: Boar taint is an unpleasant smell found in the meat of some uncastrated male pigs. This taint is often prevented by surgical castration without anesthesia or analgesia. However, this practice is an animal welfare concern. Production of entire males and immunocastration were suggested as ...

Author(s)
Burgeon, C.; Debliquy, M.; Lahem, D.; Rodriguez, J.; Ly, A.; Fauconnier, M. L.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Trends in Food Science & Technology, 2021, 112, pp 283-297
Abstract

Immunocastration (IC), vaccination against gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) is one alternative to surgical castration (SC) for preventing sexual development and boar taint in male pigs. A temporal increase in performance has been described for IC pigs before the second vaccination against...

Author(s)
Palma-Granados, P.; Lara, L.; Seiquer, I.; Lachica, M.; Fernández-Fígares, I.; Haro, A.; Nieto, R.
Publisher
Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Animal, 2021, 15, 4,
Abstract

Boar rearing, which avoids pain and suffering caused by surgical castration, provides better performance, a greater deposition of muscle tissue and leaner carcasses and thus has beneficial effects on both animal welfare and the product. Some countries that do not slaughter boars must consider their ...

Author(s)
Santos, É. R.; Bridi, A. M.; Silva, C. A.; Giangareli, B. L.; Ferreira, G. A.; Vero, J. G.; Fregonesi, J. A.; Costa, S. C.
Publisher
Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Animal, 2021, 15, 1,
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To avoid the occurrence of boar taint in pork, the castration of piglets without pain relief is a common practice in many European countries. The public has been calling for more animal-friendly alternatives, which include anesthesia/analgesia, immunocastration, and the raising of entire males. To...

Author(s)
Lin-Schilstra Li; Ingenbleek, P. T. M.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2021, 11, 2,
Abstract

The study aimed to test a very early immunization of pigs to prevent boar taint with regard to its practicability and influence on production performance, its reliability in ensuring good meat and fat quality, and animal welfare. Immunization was already conducted at piglet production stage and...

Author(s)
Werner, D.; Baldinger, L.; Bussemas, R.; Büttner, S.; Weissmann, F.; Ciulu, M.; Mörlein, J.; Mörlein, D.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2021, 11, 2,
Abstract

The aim of the research was to investigate the influence of terminal sire line (TSL) and male category (MC) on carcass and meat quality of commercial fatteners. The study was performed on 180 pigs originating from three terminal sire lines: A (Pietrain × Large White), B (pure Pietrain), and C...

Author(s)
Kušec, I. D.; Cimerman, E.; Škrlep, M.; Karolyi, D.; Gvozdanović, K.; Miodrag Komlenić; Radišić, Ž.; Kušec, G.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2021, 11, 1,
Abstract

This paper reviews the current knowledge on the nutritional requirements of entire male and immunocastrated pigs to obtain an efficient growth, low boar taint level, and good carcass and meat quality. We present the reasons for offering entire males ad libitum access to the diets in order to...

Author(s)
Bee, G.; Quiniou, N.; Maribo, H.; Zamaratskaia, G.; Lawlor, P. G.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2020, 10, 11,
Abstract

Due to the strong public initiative in Europe and increased regulator focus to mitigate pain, surgical castration of pigs is being gradually abandoned, while the importance of other sex categories like entire males (EM) and immunocastrates (IC) increases. Although beneficial for animal welfare and...

Author(s)
Škrlep, M.; Tomašević, I.; Mörlein, D.; Novaković, S.; Egea, M.; Garrido, M. D.; Linares, M. B.; Peñaranda, I.; Aluwé, M.; Font-I-Furnols, M.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2020, 10, 10,
Abstract

Introduction: An effective way of preventing undesirable boar taint in pork meat caused by the presence of androstenone, skatole and indole is surgical castration of piglets. This, however, arouses growing social opposition. An alternative method of inhibiting the development of unpleasant odour is ...

Author(s)
Woźniak, B.; Cybulski, P.; Jabłoński, A.; Witek, S.; Matraszek-Żuchowska, I.
Publisher
Sciendo, Warsaw, Poland
Citation
Journal of Veterinary Research , 2020, 64, 4, pp 557-565

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