Field experience with surgical castration with anaesthesia, analgesia, immunocastration and production of entire male pigs: performance, carcass traits and boar taint prevalence.

@article{Aluw2015FieldEW,
  title={Field experience with surgical castration with anaesthesia, analgesia, immunocastration and production of entire male pigs: performance, carcass traits and boar taint prevalence.},
  author={Marijke Aluw{\'e} and Frank Andr{\'e} Maurice Tuyttens and Sam Millet},
  journal={Animal : an international journal of animal bioscience},
  year={2015},
  volume={9 3},
  pages={500-8}
}
Male piglets are castrated to reduce boar taint and also to reduce aggressive and sexual behaviour. However, the procedure as traditionally performed is painful and negatively affects performance. Large-scale results about the consequences of implementing alternatives on farms are lacking. We, therefore, investigated the practical applicability of the following five alternatives that can be implemented in the short term: surgical castration (1) without pain relief (CONT, control group), (2… CONTINUE READING