Sweden expects end to castration by 2012
Castrating male piglets will no longer be necessary by
approximately 2012, the Swedish state agricultural service said in a survey on
the developments on this topic.
"Research needs at least five more years to find
practically suitable alternatives for the operation," the state researchers
Two of these alternatives offer best the outlook, they
say. Either gender-based semen selection or immunocastration. Both methods
prevent the creation of boar taint.
Immunocastration will be the method
that will be available the most rapidly, according to the state service. "In
Switzerland, manufacturers are about to implement this method on a large scale
and we will closely follow these developments."
Semen selection is
technically possible, but it is not commercially available in Sweden.
â€¢ Swedish Ministry of Agriculture
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