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Slaughter at lower weight

Slaughter of entire male pigs at a younger age and lower weight (before puberty) will decrease the risk of boar taint but will not eliminate it (Zamaratskaia and Squires, 2009).

Furthermore, because the time of puberty differs between breeds and individuals there are difficult practical implications.

The relationship between taint compounds and carcass weight across the commercial slaughter weight range in the EU is quite small and correlations between skatole and androstenone concentrations on the one hand and carcass weight on the other hand is low. For example, in the coordinated EU study, overall correlations were about 0.1 for both compounds (Walstra et al., 1999).