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AmberLops

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Glad the pig problem is over for you and your neighbors!
That is one huge pig...I wonder why the person who lost her never went looking for her or warned anyone about it. If I had a pig that got loose, everyone would know! They go 'feral' so quickly and can be so dangerous o_O
 

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A neighbor several miles away has 2 sows, a feral hog got in and bred one. The resulting offspring looks totally feral, is small at 1 year old and will never get big like the sow. Durned if I know why he even keeps them. They would have been freezer meat a long time ago, were they mine.
 

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A neighbor several miles away has 2 sows, a feral hog got in and bred one. The resulting offspring looks totally feral, is small at 1 year old and will never get big like the sow. Durned if I know why he even keeps them. They would have been freezer meat a long time ago, were they mine.
Does the meat from wild hogs taste any different? I'm guessing it does but I've never had it!
 

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As far as the taste, a hog running loose will have some taste of whatever it is eating. Yes, they have a stronger taste, because they are rooting in the dirt, eating "real food" as opposed to a formulated feed with all sorts of controlled quantities and qualities.
Years ago, the "mountain people" and any that allowed their hogs to range out in the open, would find and move their hogs to woods that had lots of acorns. Acorns give hogs a sweeter taste, a little "nutty" flavor. The nuts also would help to give the hogs a "finish" to their meat. Nuts are high in fat. Hogs that run in areas that alot of corn is grown, will have a milder flavor and they often will have a little more fat.
But realize, feral hogs are a leaner type of hog even though most may have originally come from domestic hogs. At one time, "wild hogs" were called razorbacks and "russian hogs". There has been some actual evidence that at one time some actual wild "russian boars" were released. Regardless, hogs are very very adaptable. They also breed faster than rabbits and there are not very many predators that actually go after them, in any great number, except man. No one in their right mind would go after an adult wild feral hog especially a sow with pigs or an adult boar.
So the meat is leaner, and will have hints of whatever they were eating. Hog meat is really a red meat, although the hog industry wanted to make you think it was the other white meat....

Most any mammal that has white meat, means that the meat is deficient in iron and possible also copper. Veal calves are notorious for being deficient in iron, because they are raised on a diet of mostly all milk. Any roughage in the rumen will start the process for the rumen to function, and any roughage will have minute minerals and iron is one. Milk is deficient in iron. Even allowing a true white meat veal calf a chance to eat straw or bedding or hay or anything, will cause the meat to get a pink color. All this, realize that I do not like the all white veal. Before I moved to Va., I raised veal calves, not in crates, but in a box stall type of environment, and it was pink veal, not white meat. Those calves got more milk than you can believe, and I had a couple of people who paid very good for them. But they had some color because they did eat some roughage. And veal properly raised is very tender but to me it has no real taste.
 
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