Journal article

The effect of immunization against GnRF on nutrient requirements of male pigs: a review

FR Dunshea, JRD Allison, M Bertram, DD Boler, L Brossard, R Campbell, JP Crane, DP Hennessy, L Huber, C de lange, N Ferguson, P Matzat, F McKeith, PJU Moraes, BP Mullan, J Noblet, N Quiniou, M Tokach

ANIMAL | ELSEVIER | Published : 2013

Abstract

In most countries, male pigs are physically castrated soon after birth to reduce the risk of boar taint and to avoid behaviours such as fighting and mounting. However, entire male pigs are more feed efficient and deposit less fat than barrows. In addition, many animal welfare organizations are lobbying for a cessation of castration, with a likelihood that this could lead to inferior pork unless an alternative method is used to control boar taint. An alternative to physical castration is immunization against gonadotrophin releasing factor (GnRF) which allows producers to capitalize on the superior feed efficiency and carcass characteristics of boars without the risk of boar taint. From a phys..

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