|WILD BOAR CROSS - IRON AGE PIGS|
Iron Age pigs are a cross between wild boar and domestic pig, usually a Tamworth.
The cross can be a first generation F1 hybrid or any combination after that. Because of the domestic traits in this hybrid the sows tend to be more productive, the piglets grow quicker and there is no need for a Dangerous Wild Animals Licence. Iron age pigs vary in colour but can often look very similar to wild boar, although they tend to have bigger ears, shorter snouts, rounder backends and longer bodies. The piglets are nearly always stripey and the meat is still dark and flavoursome. They are a good alternative to wild boar 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!
*Growers are sold by live weight £4.40 per Kg, a young grower will weigh approx 20-25Kg.
We also have wild boar meat for sale at £8.80 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.
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