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Utah issues emergency order for swine shows

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  • higv Dietrich, ID
    April 29, 2014 7:09 p.m.

    I have a neighbor who had a calf with a flu go up to his brain three years ago. He is slurred of speech and has trouble with motor skills. Still mentally alert and has good attitude. But has hard time getting around. A rare virus that went to brain instead of lungs. Animals for the most part are safe and vaccinated. But there are hidden things there from time to time. For the Pigs nice if there were 4h and ffa kids who could use them for breeding projects and sale them as such. I am sure there are people that will donate for ffa judging contests as well.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    April 29, 2014 8:24 p.m.

    Why not just cancel instead of slaughter after the show? Give the pig all their days on earth.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    April 29, 2014 10:03 p.m.

    Oink :(

  • nmjim SANDIA PARK, NM
    April 30, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    You should never name a pig Fluffy anyway.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 30, 2014 7:46 a.m.

    Do factory farms with extremely high density pig populations have anything to do with spread of this disease?

  • SallyOMalley Bozeman, MT
    April 30, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    If it hasn't reached Utah, why not limit showings to Utah pigs and deny pigs from other states? Seems short-sided to kill every shown pig when the virus isn't even in your state.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 30, 2014 8:25 a.m.

    Pigs prove the existence of God. Only a loving divinity would create an animal that's basically a machine for turning garbage and slop into ham and bacon.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    Virtual FFA?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 30, 2014 9:41 a.m.

    This is starting to have an important effect on hog production far beyond simply inconveniencing 4H shows. It will be interesting to see if it can be contained.

  • environmental idiot Sanpete, UT
    April 30, 2014 10:17 a.m.

    @old man: pigs on high density farms are only at risk if you bring a carrier with the disease into the herd. Most of these animals are raised at the farm. Any introduction of animals in commercial operations is carefully screened for disease before introduction.

  • Dragline Orem, UT
    April 30, 2014 11:10 a.m.

    Sounds like a sequel to Charlotte's Web.

  • CDL Los Angeles, CA
    April 30, 2014 1:17 p.m.

    Honestly, I would hope that people would not make the decision to show their pigs knowing they would then go to slaughter. I know 4-H kids raise their pigs aiming for this, but hopefully they will not put that hope of a ribbon above all else. That is not a good character trait. I do understand that these animals most often will be sold for slaughter at some point, but still...be smart, have common sense. Don't take them.

  • Roundtrip Thomasville, GA
    April 30, 2014 4:02 p.m.

    It seems a cruel practice all for the sake of the chance to win a Blue Ribbon.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    April 30, 2014 6:48 p.m.

    @K Pigs, Sheep Cattle other livestock are just food on hoofs, and One Old Man pig farmers take good care of there livestock, feed them bed them. Have too or they won't produce good Ham and Bacon. Part of 4-h and FFA projects are selling an animal to market so the kid can make money and use it for further projects until he graduates and save for college, mission and other things. What farmer doesn't sell his animals to slaughter? 4-h ffa is just learning how to start a farm project.