Castration in Pigs
Forum Castration of Pigs
Published on: 05/08/2008
Author/s : Dr. Allen Harper, Extension Animal Scientist – Swine, Tidewater AREC (Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension)
Castration of male livestock intended for meat production is a long standing management practice. In North American swine production, castration is essentially universal and only a select few male pigs are left intact as potential breeder boars. There are two primary reasons for feeding out barrows rather than boars in pork production. The first is behavioral. As the age and body size of sexual ma...