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Conference paper - Peer-reviewed, 2015

Immunocastration of Male Pigs – Situation Today

Zamaratskaia, Galia; Krøyer Rasmussen, Martin


Immunological castration of male pigs is an attractive alternative to surgical castration and nowadays is increasingly used in many countries to reduce boar taint and improve pork quality. Moreover, immunocastrated pigs showed reduced sexual and aggressive behaviour compared to entire male pigs, thus improving animal welfare. Carcass and meat quality parameters generally do not differ between immunocastrated and surgically castrated male pigs. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license.


male pigs; reproductive system; immunological castration; meat quality

Published in

Procedia Food Science
2015, volume: 5, pages: 324–327
Publisher: Elsevier


58th International Meat Industry Conference (MeatCon)

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Food Science
Krøyer Rasmussen, Martin
Aarhus University

UKÄ Subject classification

Other Biological Topics
Animal and Dairy Science
Other Veterinary Science

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