Fattening of entire male pigs as an alternative to piglet castration

Büttner, Sinje GND; Heidbüchel, Katharina Lina GND; Höinghaus, Kathrin GND; Baldinger, Lisa GND; Weißmann, Friedrich GND; Bussemas, Ralf GND

Feeding 10 % native potato starch at the end of fattening decreases skatole in Piétrain males •The choice of roughage (grass-clover silage vs. straw) has no influence on boar taint •Early vaccination regime against boar taint (Improvac®) cannot completely avoid boar taint •Good level of animal welfare can be achieved in organic fattening of entire male pigs

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Büttner, Sinje / Heidbüchel, Katharina / Höinghaus, Kathrin / et al: Fattening of entire male pigs as an alternative to piglet castration. Trenthorst 2020. Thünen Institute of Organic Farming.

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