boar taint low breeding value farm dependent

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The effect on boar taint of using boars with a low breeding value for boar taint is farm dependent

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18 november 2014

Using boars with a low breeding value for boar taint is not on all farms a guarantee for reduction of the percentage of boars with boar taint at the slaughter house. The effect seems farm dependent. This was shown in Research of Wageningen UR Livestock Research, Topigs Norsvin and VION on 9 pig farms.

Using boars with low breeding value for boar taint

On 9 pig farms the effect on boar taint of using boars with a low breeding value for boar taint was tested. On these farms during 4 months all the sows were inseminated with boars with a low breeding value for boar taint.  The percentage of boars with boar taint decreased on half of the farms by 40 to 50% by using boars with a low breeding value for boar taint. On the other farms, however, the percentage of boars with boar taint did not decrease. It stayed at a similar level or even increased slightly. The effect on boar taint seems farm dependent.

Ending castration

The EU proposes ending surgical castration of male piglets from 2018 onwards. The quality of meat from some entire males, however, is negatively influenced by odour and taste, referred to as boar taint. By using boars with a low breeding value for boar taint, the percentage of boars with boar taint at the slaughter house can be reduced by 40%.

The project was commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Product Board for Livestock and Meat.