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Boar Taint

Studies from many Australian farms have consistently found that approximately 20% of boars at current slaughter weights are highly tainted.

This level of boar taint is one of the key factors limiting the eating quality of pig meat in Australia.

Internationally more than 95% of all male pigs are castrated before weaning to control boar taint. While castration is effective in controlling boar taint it is at the expense of reduced feed efficiency.

Barrows are fatter than entire boars, need more feed and suffer higher losses due to the stress of castration.

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