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.
Why not just cancel instead of slaughter after the show? Give the pig all their
days on earth.
You should never name a pig Fluffy anyway.
Do factory farms with extremely high density pig populations have anything to do
with spread of this disease?
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.
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.
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.
@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.
Sounds like a sequel to Charlotte's Web.
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.
It seems a cruel practice all for the sake of the chance to win a Blue Ribbon.
@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.