BOARS – Being prepared Part I

Mike & Jayne Carter – Ryecroft Rare Breeds

Boar taint

Accumulation of the 16 androstenes (pheromones/hormones/testosterone) contributes to what many regards as unpleasant “boar taint” from sexually mature boars. Boars distinguish themselves with their high testicular production of androstenes and estrogens. Commercial breeds are susceptible to this. The rarer and traditional breeds do not need to be castrated as the process is slower. Generally the amount of fat is less in intact boars. With castrated boars having the most fat. Intact males are raised because they are more efficient (less food per unit gain and leaner) than castrated males; so marketed weights are around 90kg before boar taint appears.

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