Predicting the likelihood of developing boar taint: Early physical indicators in entire male pigs

K M Bekaert, M Aluwé, S Millet, K Goethals, G Nijs, S Isebaert, D L De Brabander, K Verheyden, H F De Brabander, L Vanhaecke, F A M Tuyttens

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    Abstract

    Three potential early-age predictors of which boars are likely to develop boar taint (testes volume, skin lesions and dirtiness) were measured on 102 boars every fortnight from 10weeks of age until slaughter. These predictors were correlated with the level of boar taint according to the hot iron method and the concentrations of skatole and androstenone as determined by chemical analysis. The chance of no/low boar taint according to the hot iron method decreased with higher testes volume (weeks 22 and 24) and increased with skin lesion score (weeks 12, 16 and 18). For the concentrations of androstenone and skatole, the strongest correlation was found with testes volume in week 12. Skin lesions in week 16 were negatively correlated with skatole levels. Dirtiness was negatively correlated with skatole concentrations (week 18) but positively correlated with androstenone concentrations (weeks 20 and 22). Testes volume has the greatest potential for predicting the likelihood of developing boar taint.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalMeat science
    Volume92
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)382-385
    Number of pages4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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