Newbie here…bought my LBHs April 28 of last year when they were 2 months old, and now they are a year old, ready to breed. I am purchasing a boar that was born on August 7 of last year, and I pick him up the day after tomorrow.
I’ve been doing a LOT of reading/studying, and everything I see saays a boar’s service life is 2 years, or 3 at the most. I’m finding this on most sites a Google search leads me to, but they are all commercial pig related.
So…how long IS the service life of a LBH boar, servicing two sows, in a small landowner, pasture raised situation?
I know that’s not the answer you were looking for, but, there are a lot of variables involved. I’ve talked to people who’ve had boars start to fail at 3 years and people who’ve bred boars that are 8+. Genetics, overall health (body condition, joints, etc), feed quality, injuries, etc all play a part in the longevity of your boar.
My boar is going on 3 years old and is still very much in his prime.