Benefits of Castrating Male Pigs
A Male pig that isn’t used for breeding has to be castrated; typically you’re bound to do this once you start breeding. Here are a few reasons why you should castrate male pigs:
- reduction of boar taint in slaughtered meat.
- It allows faster growth of male pigs.
- allows optimisation of space by concentrating several male pigs in the same pen.
- Males that aren’t castrated can’t easily exist in the same pen!
Things to do before castration:
- ensure d animal is fit enough to withstand the stress of castration.
- 8 weeks is a good age to castrate.
- ensure a clean environment.
- Not all male Pigs can be castrated easily, those with scrotal hernia need more expertise.
Things to do after castration:
- spray wound with Oxytet or use spirit-iodine solution and apply antibiotics.
- Give castrated animal Vitamins.
A benefit of doing the castration yourself or in-house(using your staff) is to prevent or limit the presence of a veterinary doctor on your farm. A typical vet goes to many farms in a day and can bring disease to your farm.
We can teach you or your workers how to castrate pigs at our 3 day Training program.