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Record number 393031
Title Economics of boar taint prevention without surgical castration in the pork chain
Author(s) Valeeva, N.I.; Smet, A. de; Hoste, R.; Backus, G.B.C.
Event International Conference on Chain and network Management, Wageningen, 2010-05-26/2010-05-28
Department(s) LEI MARKT & K - Ketenprestaties
LEI Consumer & behaviour
LEI Consument and Behaviour
WASS
Publication type Contribution in proceedings
Publication year 2010
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
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