Anyone who has raised any type of livestock can raise wild boar! Make sure your fences are good, you enjoy working with animals and you have developed some marketing skills!
Do as much research as you can prior to buying your initial breeding stock. Ask yourself these questions…who will buy my production? Will I sell meat or live animals? Make sure you have someone to buy them when they are ready to sell so start looking early..know what you need to make on each animal to pay your bills and provide a profit.
Will the person selling you your breeding stock buy back any of your production? Find out how reputable the seller is by checking references. Sometimes asking other breeders is a good way to do it. If you are joining producer organizations, is it primarily to have them buy your production? Or to help you market your products? Do you have to sign a contract to deliver animals? What is their methods of payment? Is the organization there to help producers learn about the wild boar industry through networking or to help you sell your animals? What is their policy on payments? What does their financial statement from the previous year look like? Do you have access to it each year? Who are the members? Is it a registered non profit society in good standing or a registered co-operative in good standing with the government?
A bred female sells in the range of about $500 to $1000, depending on the quality, health and age of the animal. A good boar will range from $800 to $1500, depending on his health, age and size.
Sows will usually have two litters per year of about 4-7 piglets each time. In order to determine how good your initial breeding stock is, 90% of your offspring should be striped. Should you have a few spotted, white piglets, this only means they are throwbacks to the wild. They are still marketable. The sows community-nurse and protect their young ferociously. They have an excellent immune system so very little is required in vet costs.
These animals like jumping (over fences usually), rooting, and lots of space (a half acre per sow is ideal, but less is also possible). They do start breeding at six to nine months so separating them early can be important to controlling your production.
Our animals' diets primarily consist of hay, alfalfa, and grain. They farrow outdoors in any weather and do not require any assistance. They like to have round bales of straw or bush to build their nests in. Any old buildings or sheds that they can make use of for winter windbreaks is great. Electric fencing works well to keep them in. Many producers castrate their males for the meat market. As we market stock for hunting, we do not do this but will buy castrated males from producers that have.
They are essentially a wild animal which means that they are unique to handle. They will charge you if cornered or if protecting their young. Alleys and chutes can be used for loading. They are not usually ready for hunting or eating until they are 16-24 months of age.
We welcome any inquiries that you may have as we have been in this business for many years and are here to stay! We are continually finding new markets! We have shipped wild boar meat and live animals all over the world so we have the experience & can deliver the goods!