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Extreme heat to blame for death of two pigs on way to Rock County 4-H Fair

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

JANESVILLE—Extreme heat is to blame for the death of two pigs being transported to the Rock County 4-H Fair on Monday, swine department Superintendent Mark Gunn said.

The pigs were two of 350 being transported to the fair Monday, when the high temperature reached 88 degrees.

It's "not unusual" to have pigs die on the way to the fair because of heat and stress, said Randy Thompson, a Rock County Fair Board member. The pigs belonged to separate farmers, he said.

Young people showing pigs work to keep pigs comfortable and cool because pigs don't have sweat glands, Gunn said. For the most part, the pigs were kept “very comfortable,” he said.

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