Size does matter. If a pig has big balls, its meat is more likely to have boar taint.
Researchers at Ghent University in Belgium have concluded that the volume of a young boar's testicles has the greatest potential for predicting boar taint. Other early-age indicators are skin lesions and dirtiness.
In their work they discovered that for concentrations of androstenone and skatole, the strongest correlation was found with testes volume in week 12.
Skin lesions in week 16 were negatively correlated with skatole level,s and dirtiness was negatively correlated with skatole concentrations in week 18 but positively correlated with androstenone concentrations in weeks 20 and 22.
Testes volume has the greatest potential for predicting the likelihood of developing boar taint.
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Source: Pig World
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