CHICAGO - Hog farmers are six times more likely than the general population to carry an infectious bacteria that can cause skin and respiratory problems and resists treatment from multiple drugs, according to a new U.S. research study.
State investigators have concluded that a huge fire that killed more than 12,000 pigs and hogs at a southern Minnesota swine farm was accidental and caused by excessive heat from gas-fueled pressure washers, according to KEYC-TV in Mankato.
Wrenshall, Minn., hog farmer Matt Weik can talk passionately about the marbling of his pork, its dark red color and its ability to melt in your mouth given certain treatments.
And then later, he’s sitting in a cozy hay-filled pen with a sow and her piglets, stroking the mother and delicately checking on the babies. It sort of proves the theory: you can have your bacon, but you should scratch it, too.
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