13 December 2000
Wild boar set to make its mark

By FWi staff

WILD boar looks set to be a more familiar sight in British supermarkets after being given its own assurance mark.

The mark, given by the Meat and Livestock Commission, means that the countrys 2000-sow herd must now be raised under certain conditions.

The BBC Radio Four Farming Today programme reports that 2 million-worth of wild boar is sold each year in the UK.

Most of this goes to hotels and restaurants, but a small number of supermarkets sell wild boar joints, sausages and paté.

Producers hope the granting of the assurance mark will persuade more stores to stock wild boar products.