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Surgical castration

Surgical castration inhibits the development of boar taint because it eliminates the source of androstenone production and enhances liver metabolism of skatole.

There are different methodologies for the surgical castration of pigs, some of which are performed with the use of painkillers. Nevertheless surgical castration is questioned in an increasing number of countries due to animal welfare concerns (EFSA, 2004; Prunier et al., 2006; Fredriksen et al., 2010).