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Background: Male piglets are surgically castrated at a young age primarily to prevent pork meat from being tainted with boar taint, an offensive taste and odor that can be present in uncastrated male pigs. The practice of surgical castration is considered to be both stressful and painful for the...

Author(s)
Sødring, M.; Nafstad, O.; Håseth, T. T.
Publisher
BioMed Central Ltd, London, UK
Citation
Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, 2020, 62, 22, pp (26 May 2020)
Abstract

The feed restriction of pigs aims to improve the nutrient utilization of the diet, reduce carcass fat and increase lean meat. Immunocastration is a painless, reversible technique that improves animal welfare, decreases boar taint in meat, leading to lower fat deposition and increases lean meat....

Author(s)
Costa, O. A. dalla; C. Tavernari, F. de; Lopes, L. dos S.; Costa, F. A. dalla; Feddern, V.; Lima, G. J. M. M. de
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Research in Veterinary Science, 2020, 131, pp 137-145
Abstract

The study was conducted to compare animal performance and physicochemical properties of meat of entire males, surgically castrated or immunocastrated males of two Polish native breeds Pulawska and Zlotnicka Spotted, managed under the organic production system. The experiment was carried out on 60...

Author(s)
Grela, E. R.; Świątkiewicz, M.; Kowalczuk-Vasilev, E.; Florek, M.; Kosior-Korzecka, U.; Skalecki, P.
Publisher
Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Livestock Science, 2020, 232,
Abstract

Castration of male pigs without anesthesia is a significant welfare issue. Improvac®, a GnRH vaccine induces an endogenous immune response leading to a decrease in testicular steroids. Consequences of di erent vaccination schemes on testicular function and carcass quality were evaluated in...

Author(s)
Zoels, S.; Reiter, S.; Ritzmann, M.; Weiß, C.; Numberger, J.; Schütz, A.; Lindner, P.; Stefanski, V.; Weiler, U.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2020, 10, 2,
Abstract

Immunocastration is a sustainable alternative to piglet castration but faces limited market acceptance. The phenomenon of non-responders has not to date been examined in detail, but adverse and stressful housing conditions (e.g., mixing of groups) might impair the success of vaccinations....

Author(s)
Kress, K.; Weiler, U.; Schmucker, S.; Čandek-Potokar, M.; Vrecl, M.; Fazarinc, G.; Škrlep, M.; Batorek-Lukač, N.; Stefanski, V.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2020, 10, 1, pp 27
Abstract

Castration of male piglets is a common practice to avoid boar taint but is being questioned. The present work has an exploratory character and aims to investigate the beliefs and attitudes of Eastern European consumers regarding boar taint, surgical castration immunocastration and perception of...

Author(s)
Tomasevic, I.; Bahelka, I.; Čandek-Potokar, M.; Čítek, J.; Djekić, I.; Kušec, I. D.; Getya, A.; Guerrero, L.; Iordăchescu, G.; Ivanova, S.; Nakov, D.; Sołowiej, B. G.; Szabó, C.; Tudoreanu, L.; Weiler, U.; Font-I-Furnols, M.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Meat Science, 2020, 160, pp 107965
Abstract

This paper reviews the pros and cons of various alternatives to the surgical castration of male piglets without pain relief. Castration is mostly motivated by the presence of boar taint in the meat from some entire male pigs. It results in pain during surgery and markedly increases feed costs and...

Author(s)
Bonneau, M.; Weiler, U.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2019, 9, 11, pp 884
Abstract

Immunocastration, a technique to replace surgical castration of piglets, consists of two consecutive vaccinations to induce antibodies which transiently suppress testicular functions and avoid boar taint. It is a method to ensure both a high product quality and a high level of animal welfare. The...

Author(s)
Kress, K.; Millet, S.; Labussière, É.; Weiler, U.; Stefanski, V.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Sustainability, 2019, 11, 12,
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Author(s)
Schleef, H.
Publisher
Deutscher Fachverlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Citation
Fleischwirtschaft, 2019, 99, 9, pp 58-59
AbstractFull Text

Pork farming practices involve castration of pigs as a method of obtaining high quality products. Most often, this is due to the fact that during sexual maturation the animal organism produces hormones that lead to aggressive behavior of animals and as a consequence of stressful events which can be ...

Author(s)
Povod, M.; Lozynska, I.; Samokhina, E.
Publisher
Agricultural Academy of Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria
Citation
Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science, 2019, 25, 2, pp 403-409

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