Economics of boar taint prevention without surgical castration in the pork chain

N.I. Valeeva, A. de Smet, R. Hoste, G.B.C. Backus

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Abstract

An economic analyses of boar taint prevention without surgical castration is lacking. This paper explores currently feasible alternatives to surgical castration along the pork chain. The considered alternatives include genetic selection (pig breeding stage); altering management strategies (pig growing stage); slaughter at younger age and lower weight (slaughtering stage). Control measures relevant to these alternatives were designed and examined, using costeffectiveness and cost-benefit analysis. Results show that the option of single-sex raising of entire males is more cost-effective compared to the mixed-sex option. The breeding programs combining selection on boar taint and economics are more cost-effective than programs focusing on boar taint only, and also much more cost-effective than slaughtering at a younger age and lower weight
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventInternational Conference on Chain and network Management, Wageningen -
Duration: 26 May 201028 May 2010

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Chain and network Management, Wageningen
Period26/05/1028/05/10

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