Quality of boars, barrows and gilts

Preventive measures like feeding, breeding and housing are effective in reducing boar taint Source: this article was published earlier in the German magazine Fleischwirtschaft. December 2016. The article has been translated for the Czech  butcher magazine Maso to inform and update the Czech market and meat industry  about the developments, … Continue reading

EU: castratie zonder verdoving nog steeds gebruikelijk

Pig Progress, 16 maart 2017 Minder dan een jaar voor de zichzelf opgelegde deadline, wordt in de varkenshouderij in de Europese Unie nog steeds op grote schaal gecastreerd zonder verdoving. Enkele jaren geleden heeft de Europese varkenssector vrijwillig gekozen om onverdoofde castratie te stoppen op 1 januari 2018. Tegen de … Continue reading

EU: Castration without anaesthesia still common

Pig Progress, March 16, 2017 Less than a year before its own deadline, the pig industry in the European Union is still widely castrating without anaesthesia. Several years ago, the European pig industry voluntarily opted to stop castration by 1 January 2018. Against the background of that ‘European declaration’, the … Continue reading

France: Focus on castration increasing

The French animal welfare organisation PMAF (Protection mondiale des animaux de ferme) currently started a massive communication campaign against piglet castration. The campaign is based on posters that are posted in the Paris metro while the International Agricultural Fair is going on in Paris. It is the first time that … Continue reading

The right terminal sire can reduce tainted pig carcasses

Pig Progress.net The German artificial insemination organisation GFS is making a distinction amongst boars looking at the risk of spreading boar taint to their offspring.It is possible to finish boars with a reduced risk for boar taint, when applying a terminal sire from artificial insemination organisation GFS. Earlier this month, … Continue reading