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A Cautionary Tale.

You may recall that few months ago I borrowed a 12 month old Welsh boar to run with my two GOS gilts. About a month ago, he went from here to another farm. This guy wanted to borrow him because his own Welsh boar was way too big for his own gilts.
This morning, I've heard that the farmer, who was a strapping bloke had been attacked by a boar and that his leg had almost been severed. This happened last week and they still don't know if they're going to be able to save it.
I'm presuming that it was his own older boar that attacked him but I don't know for sure. The young boar that I had here was very quiet and well behaved but that obviously isn't a guarantee.
The poor chap is an experienced pig keeper, while I on the other hand know next to nothing.
I told Karen about the incident and the first thing that she said was that she didn't want me to have a boar here. Maybe I should brush up on my glass tube technique?
I haven't been at all nervous around the boars that we've had here over the years but its certainly given me room for thought.

Scary stuff isn't it. Our Monty is very quiet and friendly but I never take my eye off him when I'm in his pen and I definitely never get between him and any of the sows.

Having grown up on a farm from very young I can remember my Dad always telling me never ever take your eye off our boar or get in his way, ever!  I have quite vivid memories of him being moved around the farmyard guided by at least 4 people and one would always be carrying a shotgun!!!
chicken feed

Very sad.

The same rule applies on all breeding males even the cuddliest of them can turn and that should always be at the back of you mind when handling them.

one reason why we like our boars from weaners they get to know my rules and i get to know them. one of the most memorable remarks i was given in the show ring was "you can read a pig" i had a boar last year that i could only show with a stick and keep the board out of his sight else he would turn into a chomping nutcase challenging me or anyone else moving him, stick only like a lamb.

i know a commercial pig farmer that had a boar knock him off his feet and then roll him around the yard it was only the other staff on duty that saved him from more damage….the boar was culled.

i have also heard of a goat breeder killed by a billy in rutting season.

CF you areso right. We have known farmers been done by FRIENDLY bulls,stags,boars even rams and goats we trust only ones we can see.

Hope hecomesthrough and it was his own boar not one you had.
Rick & Carol

I'll stick to gilts and carry on finishing them, before they get too massive
chicken feed

Rick & Carol wrote:
I'll stick to gilts and carry on finishing them, before they get too massive

Fattening boars will be no different to gilts …in fact when we were buying in weaners to fatten our first choice would always be boars, they were always on the hook before their hormones kicked in.

this big boy was a right royal pain when we brought him on at 8 months old he is now a gentle giant with great manners. we are away mindful of the damage he could do but on the other hand we respect him. we are now bringing his son on to join the breeding males we keep. this year will see us with 5 boars while we two will be retained for breeding two will be sold at the end of the season and one will be culled as he is now getting so big. that will be a very sad day when it comes.

Our pig range was built so that you never had to get anywhere near the boar, block walls with a series of gates for access to the various pens all worked from the top of the walls via levers.

Most accidents with animals seem to be because of their size n weight more than their nature. Our cattle could crush us without meaning too.

Most accidents with animals seem to be because of their size n weight more than their nature. Our cattle could crush us without meaning too and our 'friendly' bull would love to rub his head on us

Sod is right I think. If a fully grown boar just gave you a nudge with his head to push you out of the way and caught you with a tusk he'd do a lot of damage without intending to. Any big animal for that matter.
chicken feed

Tusks are a problem they can do a lot of damage with little or no effort, we keep our tusks down only takes a few seconds and so much safer for all concerned.

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