Farm and management characteristics associated with boar taint

C.P.A. van Wagenberg, H.M. Snoek, J.B. van der Fels, C.M.C. van der Peet-Schwering, H.M. Vermeer, L. Heres

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Pig farms in the Netherlands producing boars have different levels of boar taint prevalence, as assessed by sensory evaluation with the human nose at the slaughter line. With a questionnaire to 152 Dutch pig producers (response rate 59%), farm and management characteristics were identified that are potentially associated with farm-level boar taint prevalence. Lower farm-level boar taint prevalence was associated with a smaller group size, a smaller pen surface per boar, newer housing equipment, not practicing restricted feeding in the last period before delivery, a longer fasting period before slaughter, a higher stocking weight and a lower fraction of boars from purebred dam line sows or from Pietrain terminal boars. These characteristics can be used to develop farm-level intervention strategies to control boar taint. More research effort is needed to establish causal relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1841-1848
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • entire male pigs
  • subcutaneous fat
  • skatole
  • androstenone
  • behavior
  • performance
  • deposition
  • economy
  • weight
  • system


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