Boar Taint

Boar taint is the offensive odour or taste that can be evident during the cooking or eating of pork or pork products derived from non-castrated male pigs once they reach puberty. It is only found in a small minority of pigs and can be found in both males and females as the chemicals that cause the smell are produced in the intestines as well as the testes.

Studies show that about 75% of consumers are sensitive to boar taint so it is necessary for pork producers to control it. Women appear to be more sensitive than men and some ethnic groups also seem to be more sensitive than others. About 25% of consumers cannot detect the taint chemicals and about 80% of boar pigs do not have taint. Selecting pigs for breeding that do not have taint and managing on pasture virtually eliminate any chance of boar taint and have been successfully used at many farms.

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Orchi - Veterinary Practice
... In domestic pigs the taint, called boar taint, is caused by androstenone and skatole concentrations stored in the fat tissues of the animal after sexual maturity ... Boar taint is only found in a small minority of pigs and can be controlled through breeding selection, diet and management ... unnecessary because most pigs do not have the 'boar taint' ...
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... are seeking alternative methods to control boar taint ... Some producers are breeding out the taint and avoiding the few breeds of pigs that are high in taint ... and other lighter colored pigs are known to be particularly low in the androstenone based taint while Duroc pigs are high in the taint ...

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