Articles | Volume 63, issue 1
Arch. Anim. Breed., 63, 103–111, 2020
Arch. Anim. Breed., 63, 103–111, 2020

Original study 02 Apr 2020

Original study | 02 Apr 2020

“Sex” and body region effects on bone mineralization in male pigs

Maren Bernau et al.

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The present study evaluated bone mineralisation (in terms of bone mineral density (BMD) and bone mineral content (BMC)) and body composition traits using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry three times during growth in entire boars (EB), immunocastrated boars (IB), and surgically castrated boars (SB). Nine body regions were analysed for bone mineral traits and compared for the sex types. Significant differences were found regarding BMD among EB, IB, and SB and regarding different body regions.