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International Training Course on Alternatives to Pig Castration

13 February 2014

SPAIN - Since 2010 The European Commission and representatives of the swine sector voluntarily agreed to abandon surgical castration of piglets before January 2018 (European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs; SANCO 2010).

Different alternatives are being discussed, and one of the most accepted is the production of entire male pigs, which may accumulate boar taint.

IRTA is organising on 24 - 25 April, the 1st International Training Course On Alternatives To Pig Castration, on-line Detection Methods For Boar Taint And Meat Quality, in Monells (Girona, Spain), addressed to professionals of the pig sector with the objective to answer the following questions:

  • What percentage of commercialised entire male carcasses and cuts accumulate boar taint? Is this percentage different from some years ago? Why?
  • Why surgical castration is currently questioned in Europe?
  • Which are the alternatives to surgical castration that Europe is considering?
  • Which are the potential markets and commercial applications for boar tainted meat?
  • Which percentage of consumers is susceptible to detect boar taint in fresh meat and meat products?
  • What can we expect from consumer preferences and willingness to pay for fresh pig meat?
  • Which are the social consequences derived from the new potential regulation (welfare, ethics etc.)?
  • How does the new potential regulation impact on purchasing decisions?
  • Which detection systems could be used to select boar carcasses with boar taint?
  • What is the Human Nose methodology? How can be applied in-line and at-line?

This course is addressed to Quality and Food Safety Managers and technicians of the whole pork production chain (slaughterhouses, cutting plants, meat industry). Retailers, Sales & Marketing Staff, Veterinarians.

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