Basic pig husbandry - the boar


So far as overall improvement is concerned, a boar has far more influence in a herd than the average sow. Because a boar has such a tremendous influence within a herd, careful consideration should be given to his selection, management and replacement.

On many farms productivity and profitability are reduced because too little consideration is given to developing a suitable breeding program to utilise boars to their full potential.

The contents of this Primefact include the following:

  • selection of boars
  • boar sow ratio
  • mating management
  • feed requirements
  • de-tusking
  • reluctance to work
  • replacement
  • disease control


Primefact 069 First Edition

Published: 01 Feb 2006