We have had wild boar on our farm now for over 20 years. Originally we started with Iron Age Pigs ( a cross between wild boar and Tamworth pigs ) which we took onto the farm to root up the grassy sward and prepare the ground for tree regeneration. This worked well and the pigs made good rotivators!
We were then persuaded to move away from wild boar crosses and instead breed pure wild boar. Wild boar farming is quite popular in Great Britain, kept in large areas of woodland, plantation and open hill our wild boar require very little intervention except daily feeding.
One breeding boar runs with about 6 sows all year round. The sows make nests prior to “pigging” and at about 10 days old the piglets or boarlets ( as they should strictly be called ) come out of the nest and begin to move around with their mother. The piglets are very endearing with their stripey pelage and in comparison to the adult seem remarkably small and vulnerable. Our sows normally produce 4 to 6 piglets although recently a young sow has produced a record litter of 9!
The key to success with
wild boar is a
large area for them to range on, electricfencing
to keep them in and protect the outer fence from them rooting it up and regular feeding. Once the young have lost their stripes, at
about 4 months old they are best removed from the breeding group and kept separately as a group of “growers”. They then don’t have to compete with the larger dominant adults and the sows can then rest from suckling piglets and recover ready to breed again.
Wild boar are continuous breeders and will pig at any time of year if they are regularly fed. The growing pigs are usually up to slaughter weight by the time they are 12 to 18 months old.
We regularly handle our pigs, running them down a corridor into a catching area where we can split them up, send a batch to slaughter and run them back out into different pens. This is a really good practice because the more the wild boar are handled the easier they are. They like routine and are wary of anything other than the norm. You always have to remember that they are not a domesticated animal and have only come into a farmed situation in the last 30 years.
And finally they are great escapologists and the only way to get them back into their pen is by food and getting them to follow you. Every day when we feed them it is using the 4 wheel bike and white sacks of feed. They are used to this and when they do escape they happily follow the white bag back into their pen. Never chase a wild boar, you’ll get nowhere that way.
We always have breeding stock and growers for sale.
||£5.50 per Kg live weight
||from £300 each
||from £350 each
*Growers are sold by live weight £5.50 per Kg, a young grower will weigh approx 20-25Kg.
We also have wild boar meat for sale at £7.70 per Kg for all cuts. The meat is sold frozen and joints include haunches (normally cut in half ), rolled shoulders, chops, spare ribs, mince and sausages.
A whole carcass is ideal for a hog roast. The unbutchered carcass will usually weigh about 45Kg and the price for this is £6.60 per Kg.