International projects source: SICRIS

Sustainability in pork production with immuocastration

Researchers (2)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  11233  PhD Marjeta Čandek Potokar  Animal production  Head  2017 - 2020  777 
2.  13334  PhD Milka Vrecl Fazarinc  Veterinarian medicine  Researcher  2017 - 2020  263 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0401  Agricultural institute of Slovenia  Ljubljana  5055431  19,960 
2.  0406  University of Ljubljana, Veterinary Faculty  Ljubljana  1627139  10,136 
A major challenge for EU pork production is the production of piglets. About 75% of male piglets are surgically castrated - many still without anesthesia. This practice raises strong public disapproval since the procedure is painful and causes considerable animal welfare problems. It turned out that raising entire males (EM) is not the long hoped for alternative, as boar taint remains an issue and welfare problems related to male behavior exist. Also the use of anesthesia during castration has disadvantages and violates the principle of physical integrity. Many of these problems can be avoided by immunocastration (IC). Our project deals with IC as an alternative with potential economic and ecological advantages. It can make the European pig industry more competitive – if it is optimized and gains greater market acceptance. SuSI is organized in 8 closely related work packages and includes experimental trials in four EU countries. During the first part of the SuSI-project, data and information from experimental trials are collected. Step 2 is the processing and analysis of specific data from these trials together with already existing data, step 3 the integration and dissemination. Steps 2 and 3 are the main tasks for the second half of the project.
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