Safety of eating wild goats and pigs?

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Safety of eating wild goats and pigs?

Post by Boatman » 23 Feb 2017, 10:44 am

Like the title says, I'm wondering about any potential safety issues of eating wild goats and pigs after shooting?

I'm in North Queensland if that makes any difference.

It's all just meat obviously, but I'm no butcher and don't really know the difference between a well kept farm pig and one that's subject to the wild.

I figure once it's been roasting over a fire for a few hours you're pretty safe, but that's an assumption really?

Anyone fellow QLD shooters cooking up these guys :?:
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Post by pete1 » 23 Feb 2017, 11:09 am

I know the SSAA is doing a series on Youtube about hunting and eating there might be something in that, personally i haven't watched it. I've being wondering about this too, being told to look at heart, kidneys and liver to see if the animals heathy.
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Post by bigfellascott » 23 Feb 2017, 11:13 am

Nothing wrong with eating wild goat, tastes a lot like lamb, infact I like it better than lamb really. Haven't eaten any wild pigs but I'd I'd imagine those that feed on crops would be nice eating, I know of an Indian fella that always wanted my mate to cut the back legs of boars for him to eat.

I always went the young kid goats (not the tiny baby ones but a bit older) as they were tender, don't bother eating the billies or big ol nannies as they will be tough too for the most part, the smallest out of the mob without being a new born type thing should eat well.
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Post by Sydor » 23 Feb 2017, 11:57 am

The problem is in potential parasites.
So my first rule is that all game meats must be well thermally treated. So no medium rare stakes :-(.

As far as I know - goats are quite safe and much safer then pigs because pigs are omnivores and pick up every s**t there.
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Post by GLS_1956 » 23 Feb 2017, 12:27 pm

Goat I can't say anything about. But when it comes to feral hogs, the consensus of the hunters I talk to is that pigs that run under 150 pounds are good eating and you can cut chops, ribs, and steaks from them as well as ham and shoulders. Over 150 to 250 pounds you're looking at tougher meat so much will end up at sausage and over 300 pounds they tend to bury the carcass.

In all cases be sure to thoroughly cook the meat.
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Post by duncan61 » 23 Feb 2017, 2:40 pm

Goats are one of the few animals that if they get sick they die very soon.Small goat is very good even fresh on the bone.The few pigs I have shot smelled so bad I discarded them.Maybe a small pig would be O.K.
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Post by Oldbloke » 23 Feb 2017, 8:32 pm

The few pigs I've eaten tasted pretty s**t years ago. I've eaten a few young goats ( called chevron ) were great. Like lean lamb. The old billy's r s**t. Just be aware that Q fever is a potential problem with goats. Normal hygiene procedures need to be applied.
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Post by taffy4x4 » 25 Feb 2017, 11:47 am

Never eaten wild pig myself, but I understand there is a meat works South of Goondiwindi somewhere that buys pigs from local shooters and exports the carcasses.
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Post by pomemax » 25 Feb 2017, 1:21 pm

Feral pigs can be hosts or vectors of a number of endemic parasites and diseases, some of which can affect other animals or people. Livestock health can be significantly affected by:
leptospirosis
porcine brucellosis
melioidosis
tuberculosis
sparganosis
porcine parvovirus
Murray Valley encephalitis and other arboviruses.
A number of worm species also carried by feral pigs can affect livestock.
Human health can be affected by:
leptospirosis, through contact with the urine of affected feral pigs
porcine brucellosis, through handling raw feral pig meat
tuberculosis and sparganosis, through eating inadequately cooked feral pig meat.
Taken from DPI web site funny not any warnings on Goat at all draw you own conclusions
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Post by Archie » 25 Feb 2017, 7:58 pm

So here is what I don't get about this. That list above just looks bloody awful. But, in the US you can sell wild hog carcasses to registered abbatoirs that butcher them for human consumption. And whatever your opinion of the quality of American food, they have too many lawyers hanging around for meat processors to start poisoning people just for the laughs. I know everything in oz tries to kill you but it's usually with fangs. Why are our feral pigs so damn nasty to eat if theirs are ok?
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Post by No1Mk3 » 26 Feb 2017, 3:48 pm

G'day Archie,
Our pigs are no worse than any other wild population. Selling carcases in the US is the same as roo shooters doing it here, know what to look for. Check the pigs liver for fluke or milk spots, use gloves to butcher and you are very unlikely to have a problem. Don't feed raw offal to your dogs, and if the fluke or spot infestation is severe don't eat it. Mild fluke (Flatworm), eat only the meat not offals, Milk Spot (Roundworm) the same and especially don't feed dogs the offals cooked or not, Tapeworm (Hydatids) cannot be transferred to humans by eating infected animals but never feed it to your dogs. As with most game, cook through and don't eat it rare. Cheers.
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Post by Oldbloke » 26 Feb 2017, 4:28 pm

No1Mk3 wrote:G'day Archie,
Our pigs are no worse than any other wild population. Selling carcases in the US is the same as roo shooters doing it here, know what to look for. Check the pigs liver for fluke or milk spots, use gloves to butcher and you are very unlikely to have a problem. Don't feed raw offal to your dogs, and if the fluke or spot infestation is severe don't eat it. Mild fluke (Flatworm), eat only the meat not offals, Milk Spot (Roundworm) the same and especially don't feed dogs the offals cooked or not, Tapeworm (Hydatids) cannot be transferred to humans by eating infected animals but never feed it to your dogs. As with most game, cook through and don't eat it rare. Cheers.


Sounds like good advice to me. With goats don't breath the gut vapours. That's where the q fever bug is. A basic p1 face mask will reduce the risk.
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Post by Archie » 26 Feb 2017, 4:44 pm

Thanks for the info guys, much appreciated
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Post by Blr243 » 26 Nov 2018, 8:57 pm

Fallow. Pigs and goats I have chewed on a ton of it. The tastiest ones were the suckers that were so small that four of them fitted in one camp over. Obviously caught rather than shot.
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Post by grandadbushy » 26 Nov 2018, 10:45 pm

Nearly all my life I've eaten wild pigs, goats, roo, but mainly pigs you can make bacon, hams all like the domestic ones
When we were boxing pigs we left the heart ,liver and lungs attached to the pig for them to inspect
We were told to look for TB, LEPTO,BRUCELLOSIS, QFEVER All can be caught by breathing the vapour that rushes out when you're dropping the gut out
We were told to wear rubber gloves and something over our mouth and nose when dropping the gut then wash out selves properly when finished
I only know of 3 Brucellosis cases or any other cases of the above diseases around here and it was those who though the didn't need the safety procedure's
We've had more Qfever cases come out of the local abattoir than people eating wild meat
People don't understand that lots of animals that go to the meat works are not disease free they live where the wild ones live only fenced and some get needled for some diseases but I will say the meat works have a very good but not bullet proof way of meat inspection
All my kids have been brought up on wild pig, goat and so on if you are careful and do the appropriate checks there's no reason you won't be ok
I believe all hunters should learn and know the signs and what to look for with wild meat disease but I;m assuming most already know
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Post by bigrich » 27 Nov 2018, 4:42 am

I love eating goat, I get mine from high country in northern NSW , and even full grown nannies and young bullies taste good. I’ve found that if I take my time browning the meat on low heat it comes out tender . Wild pig, except for suckers, I’m not keen on eating. Seen plenty of carcass that pigs have been into and don’t like the idea of eating something that eats rotten meat.
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Post by bigpete » 27 Nov 2018, 4:51 am

Simple way of avoiding Q fever....just take legs and back straps,then you don't have to gut the animals:)
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Post by Bent Arrow » 27 Nov 2018, 6:46 am

bigpete wrote:Simple way of avoiding Q fever....just take legs and back straps,then you don't have to gut the animals:)


This is pretty much what I do. I know I miss a bit of meat, but not enough to loose sleep over.
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