How soon is a Boar well....functional? We purchased a few feeder piggies this summer. Well, it started with just one and one pig isn't a "good thing". So, I brought home 2 more. One of the 2 is the cutest little thing (or was...). It also turned out to be a "she" so, having 2 young children who have grown accustomed to animals of the female variety being spared the trip to the butcher...I decided to purchase an intact weener of the male variety! Cute "little" female will be old enough to breed by Feb 1st or so. How old before the boars are generally old enough to be of service? I have been told by some that the meat doesn't really take on a strong well - Boary taste until they're a year or so. Is this infact true or should I follow the "I want to castrate my big pig" thread and then feed him for another month or so before slaughter? My thought is that I would raise the boar long enough to service the female for our one set of piglets and then slaughter and start with a new boar weener for the next breeding if all goes well the first time around. The plan being that we wouldn't just be wasting feed on the Boar but basically raising him to slaughter weight, allowing him to breed the female and then starting over again. I'm thinking that as thrifty as most homesteaders are, this probably isn't a good plan or I would have seen others doing the same thing.