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QUESTION
What is a castrated boar called? One of our many bizarre lunch hour conversations....don't ask. I have been assigned to find the answer, and I am ignorant, please help!!


ANSWER

The castrate male pig is called a barrow.

Other terms that might be of interest to you: Boar-Intact male pig used for any breeding purpose. Barrow-Castrate (neutered) male pig Sow - Female that has farrowed at least one litter. Gilt - Young female that has not farrowed her first litter. Farrow - To give birth to piglets. Shoat - Any pig between the weight of 40-120 pounds.







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