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  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Age for boar taint?
« on: September 17, 2020, 08:31:12 am »
We have three entire male pigs here, bought as weaners at the end of April, so about 6.5 months old now. They're saddleback x [GOS x Pietrain].

They were booked in to the abbatoir next week, but the butcher just messaged to ask us to postpone because they're now too busy. So, I'm now faced with either re-booking them for later or trying to find a new butcher at a week's notice.

One factor in this decision is the increasing risk of boar taint as they get older. They're certainly starting to look like teenage bruisers, but are showing no sign of sexual behaviour yet. They're also nowhere near any other (female) pigs, so that may be a help.

Can anybody advise as to how much attention I should pay this?

« Last Edit: September 17, 2020, 10:58:15 am by Womble »
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  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Age for boar taint?
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2020, 08:36:28 am »
We regularly put boars away at eight months - got three going in a few weeks. Never had a problem with boar taint. If there are no females around, the old hormones won't get going.


  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Age for boar taint?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2020, 09:20:55 am »
You will be extremely unlucky to get boar taint. It is something people talk about, worry about but has anyone actually had it?

We finish mixed litters and like Rosemary have sent in boars at 8 months and never had it. A friend supplied butchers for years (15/20 a week) and never had it.

Back to your problem I wouldn't hang around as getting another slot might not be easy.


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