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  • Joined May 2010
Boar taint
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:05:43 pm »
Hi all,

 This has probably been covered before but i was wondering if boar taint is an issue with castrated males?

Many thanks
Rob & Manda :)

Tudful Tamworths

  • Joined Aug 2009
    • Liz's website
Re: Boar taint
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2011, 05:37:51 pm »
Here we go again. Search the forum. I'm not getting involved in this one again.
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Fowgill Farm

  • Joined Feb 2009
Re: Boar taint
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2011, 06:14:42 pm »
If you read the when to castrate topic further down the page this should help.


  • Joined Nov 2009
  • East Sussex
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Re: Boar taint
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2011, 06:19:22 pm »

Castration removes the risk, see post below for explanation of how it occurs.
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Re: Boar taint
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011, 06:37:15 pm »
No risk with castrates Rob  ;) ;D


  • Joined Aug 2010
    • The World is My Lobster
Re: Boar taint
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2011, 07:44:05 pm »
Got to say I haven't read the thread, but have kept lots of pigs of different sorts over about 20 years, and have never had any of mine castrated, and never had a prob.  I think onece or twice I have even had boars and gilts together and still all fine.

The last couple of couples got pretty big - hams around 16/18 lb+ - both pairs were boars and I didnt have any problems.

I also kept all my ram lambs entire, and ran them with the complete flock, and as long as they were not killed in the "season" all seemed fine, perhaps a little stronger but nothing objectionable

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  • Joined May 2010
Re: Boar taint
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2011, 04:59:46 pm »
Thanks for the replies all  :pig:

 I'm planning to take my castrated OSB boar up to a bigger weight than the middle whites and Berkshires made, as I'm going to try and cure some hams and maybee do some bacon.

Rob & Manda :)

robert waddell

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Re: Boar taint
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2011, 05:05:36 pm »
what weight did you kill them at and what weight are you intending to take him to


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