Evaluation of piglet castration costs

September 11, 2018
The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs, as of July 1, 2016, requires that piglet castration be carried out with the use of analgesics to alleviate postoperative pain. However, the costs associated with this intervention are poorly documented, or even unknown, particularly in Quebec.
At the request of Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec, the CDPQ carried out a project to evaluate piglet castration costs, as practiced today in maternity barns in Quebec. The impact of castration on the survival of piglets and the development of scrotal hernias were also recorded. The results of this project can be used to compare any castration-related breeding changes, such as changes related to the application of new animal welfare standards.
To see the results of this project, view the following document. (In French only)