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Published May 12, 2010, 09:15 AM

1,500 pigs die at Indiana farm after power outage

KNOX, Ind. — An owner of a northern Indiana hog farm says about 1,500 pigs died of apparent suffocation after a power outage caused a loss of ventilation.

KNOX, Ind. — An owner of a northern Indiana hog farm says about 1,500 pigs died of apparent suffocation after a power outage caused a loss of ventilation.

N&L Pork Inc. co-owner Brad Lawrence says electricity went out over the weekend to the farm near the Starke County community of Knox. He tells the South Bend Tribune that the diesel generator and curtains for ventilation also failed.

Lawrence said the hog buildings are designed for 8,000 animals and that not all of them died.

He says the hog remains were hauled away Tuesday to a fertilizer and rendering plant in Plymouth.

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