boar are of Polish and German origin, they live in two family groups
(known as sounders) with one boar per sounder. The boarlets are
weaned at about three months and are then separated into male and
female paddocks so that they can concentrate on growing and not
engaging in any funny business! (The young boars begin to state
their claim causing fighting.) The boar take up to eighteen months
to mature, even longer than the old-fashioned pig.
European wild boar has a lifespan of approximately 30 years. The
males (boars) can weigh up to 550lbs (250kgs) and can stand taller
than 1 metre at the shoulder.
bred Wild Boar differ from pigs in a number of key physiological
ways. They stand larger at the shoulder than at the haunch, their
tails do not curl but rather remain straight (during moments of
danger or attack the tail points upward but for the rest of the
time it is regularly seen to be wagging like a dogs indicating contentment).
Wild Boar live in two sounders consisting of females and young of
different ages. This sounder is controlled by a dominant sow with
a definite hierarchy existing within the group. The matriarch as
a rule controls the breeding season as the rest of the sounder will
come into season only once the dominant sow has started.
a week before farrowing the pregnant sow will begin nest building,
a process which involves her gathering sticks, grass and some straw
which we provide, into large nests usually located in a sheltered
place away from the main sounder. The sow will farrow with minimum
fuss and preferably no intrusion!
the wild boars reputation as an aggressive dangerous animal it is
only at this time that we have any experience of our animals being
overly protective or aggressive. (Except with Julian, one of our
stud boar he is our logo too who is totally contrary
and will regularly have a go at me!) Each sow will produce between
wild boar is an extremely hardy animal that is capable of growth
even during the hardest winter. Unlike the domestic pig, wild boar
are not prone to illness or disease.
with any wild animals, they are impossible to harness with conventional
farming techniques. We also actively limit intervention where possible
and both these factors mean that the meat is of course seasonal
the boar are ready when they are ready and caught when they