With the abolishment of boar castration to improve animal welfare on the horizon in Europe, the Danish Pig Research Centre is looking into reducing the risk of boar taint through other methods, namely genomic selection.

Researchers from genetic research and development at the Danish Pig Research Centre are collaborating with Copenhagen University to implement genomic selection to reduce boar taint. With cutting-edge competence within for example other food products, animals and animal welfare, the Faculty of Life Sciences at Copenhagen University will be a strong partner.

Researchers will use genomic/DNA information to detect pigs that have a low risk of becoming contaminated with boar taint. These pigs will then be candidates for selection. The Danish Pig Research Centre expects that this project will reduce the risk of boar taint in boars that are not castrated.

In the longer term, DanBred, the brand owned by the Centre, hopes to export breeding stock with a low risk of developing boar taint. It also hopes that it will contribute to a sustainable pig production that considers social and environmental issues.