Researches showed that castration can not only reduce boar taint but cause animal welfare issues.
Absence of an effect of dietary fibre or clinoptilolite on boar taint in entire male pigs fed practical diets.
Brunius C, Zamaratskaia G, Andersson K, Chen G, Norrby M, Madej A, Lundstrom K (2011) Early immunocastration of male pigs with Improvac[R]--Effect on boar taint hormones and reproductive organs.
Dunshea FR, Colantoni C, Howard K, Mccauley I, Jackson P, Long KA, Lopaticki S, Nugent EA, Simons JA, Walker J, Hennessy DP (2001) Vaccination of boars with a GnRH vaccine (Improvac) eliminates boar taint and increases growth performance.
The immunocastration is a procedure, which can replace surgical castration of male pigs, as it has proved effective in reducing the concentration of the hormones responsible for the boar taint
That is, before the boars attain the threshold level for boar taint
and before the castrates become excessively fat such that their meat may not appeal to health conscious consumers.
A Danish Bacon and Meat Council spokeswoman said: "Meat from pigs that are not castrated has a boar taint
Kubale V, Batorek N, Skrlep M, Prunier A, Bon neau M, Fazarinc G, Candek-Potokar M (2012) Steroid hormones, boar taint
compounds, and reproductive organs in pigs according to the delay between immunocastration and slaughter.
Vaccination of boards with a GnRH vaccine (Improvac) eliminates boar taint
and increases growth performance.
A comparison of the carcase characteristics of pigs immunized with a 'gonadotrophin-releasing factor (GnRF)' vaccine against boar taint
with physically castrated pigs.
The mammary gland, the digestive system and fertility will be the focus of separate basic research packages, with more applied research targeted at enhancing eggshell quality for food safety; improving animal behaviour linked to welfare; and eliminating boar taint
in pig meat.
ABSTRACT : The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of dehairing methods and sex on various traits of pork quality, as well as on tissue levels of the boar taint
compounds androstenone and skatole.