What is IPEMA?
IPEMA, Innovative Approaches for Pork Production with Entire Males is a COST action (CA 15215) supported by the European Union.
The aim of the COST action IPEMA is to find general, region-specific or chain-specific solutions to facilitate the development of ALTERNATIVES TO SURGICAL CASTRATION OF PIGLETS:
- Raising entire males
We are looking for integrated solutions taking into account Meat quality (Boar taint and other meat quality issues), Animal welfare, Management and production costs, Acceptance by stakeholders, consumers and citizens.
Our overall objectives are
- To coordinate research to increase efficiency
- To fill knowledge gaps between different areas in Europe as well as between science and stakeholders
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The IPEMA publications are available here
For some of them, summaries in national languages are available
IPEMA Webinar, September 15, 2020: Practical solutions to the issue of piglet castration.
The videos of the presentations given during the webinar (+ Q&A + panel discussion) are available at this LINK
1.Overviews of issues and solutions
2.Breeding and Genetics
4.Management and Housing
5.Innovations in the processing industry and products development
6.Innovation in Grading and Meat Quality control Systems
7.Consumer and market attitudes
Answers to the questions asked prior to and during the webinar organized by IPEMA
The videos of the WG presentations are available at this LINK
IPEMA PRESS RELEASES
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IPEMA webinar: Practical solutions to the issue of piglet castration
15th September 2020, 10:00 - 12:00 CEST
Free registration. https://app.sli.do/event/gwwa4ut7/live/polls
The IPEMA group worked together for 4 years within a COST action funded by the EU In this webinar, scientists representing the IPEMA group provide the newest science based developments and stakeholders debate about the current status and future Also your questions will be answered by the IPEMA scientist, online or during the webinar
10:00 - 10:45 STATUS AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO THE ISSUE OF PIGLET CASTRATION
Issues for farmers, slaughterhouses, meat processors, retailers, consumers and policy makers.
How can we manage pork quality at production level, at slaughter and processing? How can we manage animal welfare? Is the market ready? And what about the consumers?
By Ulrike Weiler (D), Michel Bonneau (F), Catherine Larzul (F), Giuseppe Bee (CH), Maria Font I Furnols (ES), Martin Š krlep (SL) SL), Eberhard von Borell (D), GéBackus (NL), Marijke Aluwé (B)
10:45 - 11:15 PANEL DISCUSSION WITH STAKEHOLDERS
Moderated by Daniel Mörlein (D) and Gé Backus (NL)
11:15 - 12:00 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Based on a selection of questions that we received from you via the Padlet platform
Registration is free, but mandatory.
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Have a look at the movies summarising the main pros & cons and announcing this webinar.
Official PDF Invitation
The IPEMA would like to announce the publication of :
1.Fact sheet: Pork production with entire males
2. Fact sheet: Pork production with immunocastrates
These fact sheets were published in August 2019 by the COST action IPEMA Core Group (Marijke Aluwe, Ge Backus, Giuseppe Bee, Michel Bonneau, Eberhard von Borell, Meta Candek-Potokar, Olena Doran, Maria Font-i –Furnols, Catherine Larzul, Martin Škrlep, Igor Tomasevic, Liliana Tudoreanu, Mandes Verhaagh, Ulrike Weiler). Translations into the national languages of the countries participating in the COST action IPEMA will follow.
Fact sheets in national languages available at http://www.ca-ipema.eu/papers
Sustainability of Pork Production with Immunocastration in Europe
FULL PAPER DOWNLOAD HERE
3rd ANNUAL IPEMA - BELGRADE 2019 MEETING IS OFFICIALLY OVER
All the presentations given during the meeting can be downloaded HERE.
We are pleased to inform you that the publication of the abstracts presented in Oeiras and Dubrovnik is now available.
Volume 9, Special Issue s1 (Proceedings of meetings held by the Cost action CA15215 IPEMA Innovative Approaches for Pork Production with Entire Males and Immunocastrates) is now available online
CALL TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONSUMER SENSORY TRIAL "How do consumers appreciate boars, barrows and immunocastrates?"
Are you willing to perform a consumer trial to evaluate the sensory appreciation of meat from boars, barrows and immunocastrates and consumer attitudes on these alternatives? Timing is January/February 2019.
For more information download official call.
Contact person: Marijke Aluwé <Marijke.Aluwe@ilvo.vlaanderen.be>
Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem Nexus in the Mediterranean - Seeking examples of best practices
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Global Water Partnership for the Mediterranean (GWP-Med) have joined forces to address the complex nexus between the water, energy, food and ecosystem sectors in the Mediterranean region. More info can be found here.
Download the list of feed ingredients with boar taint reducing capacity recently published by the IPEMA Work group on Nutrition.IPEMA would like to congrat IRTA on a successfull organisation of traininig school on detection of boar taint
Monells (Girona; Spain) on 8-10 October 2018
IPEMA would like to share a Joint Call pre-announcement for ERA-NET Cofund SusAn, FACCE ERA-GAS and ICT-AGRI2
(Call on “Novel technologies, solutions and systems to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in animal production systems).
Information for this call can be found on:
The oral and poster presentations given during our last annual meeting in Oeiras (Portugal) on 8th-9th February can be downloaded here. Click to see photos of the event
The results from the CAMPIG project have been recently published. Summaries in Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, French and Spanish. Free access to the paper until 27th January 2018.
A paper from the CASTRUM project is available here (open access and summaries in 22 national languages)
New page on the website listing the IPEMA publications. For some publications summaries in national languages are available
IPEMA organised a training school in Ljubljana, Slovenia (20th-22nd November 2017)
IPEMA organised an industry meeting in Cluj, Romania (29th September 2017)
A leaflet to introduce COST action IPEMA
M. Aluwé,M. Aaslyng, G. Backus, M. Bonneau, P. Chevillon, J.-E. Haugen, L. Meier-Dinkel,...
M. Bonneau, M. Čandek-Potokar, M. Škrlep, M. Font-i-Furnols, M. Aluwé, The Castrum...Download this paper
Join us in IPEMA
To better disseminate the existing and future knowledge and know-how to all those who can make a profitable use of it, IPEMA seeks to increase its membership
- by attracting new members from Eastern Europe and other neighbouring countries.
- by including more relevant stakeholders of the pork production chains, including producer representatives, the industry, NGOs and governmental bodies
Membership is opened to institutions and organisations located in one of the countries included in this list. Institutions from other countries may also apply but they cannot be financially supported.
To apply for IPEMA membership, send us an email to explain who you are and why you are interested in joining us
You want to apply to a STSM?
You want to propose becoming a Host Institution for a STSM?
7th-8th March 2019: Our annual meeting in Belgrade, Serbia
8th-10th October 2018: IPEMA organises a training school on boar taint detection in Monells (Girona), Spain
8th-9th February 2018: Our annual meeting in Oeiras, close to Lisbon, Portugal
20th-22nd November 2017: IPEMA organised a training school in Ljubljana, Slovenia
29th September 2017: IPEMA co-organised an industry meeting in Cluj, Romania
7th September 2017: IPEMA representatives met the expert group on piglet castration in Brussels
30th August 2017: IPEMA co-organised a scientific session at EAAP 2017 in Tallinn
23rd-24th February 2017: Our first annual meeting in Prague
Members and Participants
The members of the Management Committe of IPEMA
are listed here
An extended list of people participating in the activities of IPEMA is available here: Participants