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DNA testing will ID pigs in show
Madelyn Peach, 14, of Jolly Mixers 4-H, holds her trophy and ribbons won for her pig while selling in auction at the 2013 Green County Fair. (Times file photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - The Green County Fair swine show will go on as scheduled in 2014, but exhibitors will not be pre-identifying their pigs at the annual weigh-in that was scheduled for the end of March due to the concerns with the spread of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. The Wisconsin State Veterinarian has banned all spring fair weigh-ins for pigs in an effort to slow the spread of the virus in the state. Since the county is prohibited from having pig weigh-ins this spring, and since having individuals going from farm to farm to identify pigs could potentially spread the virus, a new self-identification system that includes DNA testing will be used for identifying Green County fair pigs in 2014.