Issues of Entire Boar Production
Boar taint occurs in sexually mature male pigs; pork from these animals can produce an unsavoury odour when cooking and an unpleasant flavour when eaten. This is caused by two naturally occurring compounds:
Androstenone – A male pheromone synthesised in the testes. Androstenone has a URINE ODOUR.
Skatole – A metabolite of tryptophan produced in the hindgut of the pig which is excreted by females and castrates, but stored in the fat of entire males. Skatole has a FAECAL ODOUR.
Three quarters of consumers are sensitive to boar taint, this can significantly influence meat buying choices, and hence the profitability of British Pig Farming.
Sexual maturing/mature boars exhibit fighting and mounting behaviour which can result in: