Pig farmer has a wild time with boars

CANADA - Astop at Rinie Pijnenborg’s farm in Knightville, N.B., can turn a head or two. He operates the only wild boar farm in Eastern Canada.
calendar icon 8 May 2006
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For the past two years Mr. Pijnenborg has tended about 30 hectares of animal-friendly land for his free-ranging wild boar.

"It’s very encouraging," he told Joan LeBlanc of the Kings County Record in Sussex. "Right now we’re supplying a number of fine restaurants with wild boar meat and we also offer a retail outlet for it from our home. The meat isn’t like regular pork. It’s darker in colour, much more like beef."

Mr. Pijnenborg graduated from agricultural university in the Netherlands and dreamed of having his own farm ever since he visited a number of wild boar farms in Luxembourg in 1981.

When the family immigrated to Canada two years ago, he started farming. He has 50 sows and two males along with a large number of piglets.

Mr. Pijnenborg said they roam about in the woods like their wild ancestors.

"We have a barn for them, where they can come and go. The doors are always open and they come in to get food and fresh water. But most of the time they spend in the woods."

Mr. Pijnenborg said wild boars are a bit smaller than domestic pigs, with a thick coat of dark-coloured fur to keep them warm.

Source: The Chronicle Herald
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