Report from the expert meeting on methods of anaesthesia/analgesia for piglet castration

Publikation: Udredning/notatBesvarelse af spørgsmål/høringer

So far no system/method is ideal. All systems/methods have their limitations. No method is outstanding on all relevant aspects. Methods including analgesia/anaesthesia must be intensely investigated to decide if they
can only be used as an “in-between-step”. Then there will be a basis given to possibly decide to move either to immunocastration or the raising of entire male pigs. All felt this should still be the goal. For example, in some countries slaughterhouses charge an extra fee for entire male pigs and for immunocastrated pigs, which puts producers off. Important is to communicate to farmers why you try to move away from surgical castration or towards surgical castration with pain relief. Controlling this issue by the competent authority is challenging. For inhalation machines, most devices count the number of animals anaesthetised, but a 100% guaranteed control of the use of the machine is still not possible. Costs were not discussed but a good study is available: All very much appreciated the meeting, being a good way to exchange information on this
important topic.

Participating experts
Arturo Anadón – Spain (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Christine Baumgartner Germany (LMU München and TU München), Regula Bettschart-Wolfensberger – Switzerland (University of Zurich), Marion Kluivers-Poodt - Netherlands (Wageningen), Görel Nyman - Sweden (SLU), Aage Kristian Olsen Alstrup – Denmark (Aarhus University) and Susanne Zöls – Germany (LMU München)
Gé Backus – Netherlands – Chair subgroup pig castration. Nancy De Briyne – Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE). Karlien De Paepe– Belgium (Flemish Government Animal Welfare Department)
Udgivelsesår24 jun. 2020
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - 24 jun. 2020

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