Norwegian group to report on reduced use of surgical castration

A new examination of surgical castration in pigs, compared with vaccine-based alternatives, is nearing completion in Norway where a government and industry-backed working group is studying the issues involved.

Established last year by Norway’s farm minister, Sylvi Listhaug, the working group is due to deliver its proposals by February 1, 2015. 

Consisting of representatives from Ms Listhaug’s own ministry department and the industry, under the direction of KLF, Norway’s meat and poultry association, the group’s work is seen as an “even-handed” effort to identify the best solutions for both consumers and the country’s pig industry. 

KLF (Kjott- og fjørfebransjens Landsforbund) said that it believed the issue was well handled when debated in the Norwegian parliament last year, with a constructive, forward-looking and participative approach being taken by all parties.

“We appreciate the fact that the entire meat industry has been invited to help find solutions to this issue,” said KLF’s managing director, Bjørn-Ole Juul-Hansen.

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