900 pigs killed in barn fire, cap­ping deadly year for Man­i­toba’s hog in­dus­try


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A barn fire killed 900 hogs on Tues­day, cap­ping off the dead­li­est and costli­est year for the prov­ince’s hog in­dus­try due to barn fires in nearly a decade. Roughly 30,500 hogs, in­clud­ing adult an­i­mals and piglets, died in barn fires in Man­i­toba in 2008, ac­cord­ing to statis­tics from the prov­ince — eight times more than in 2007. “I don’t re­call any [years] as bad as this,” said Man­i­toba Pork Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager An­drew Dick­son. The blaze Tues­day af­ter­noon broke out in a barn that was un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tions near Hadashville, Man., about 100 kilo­me­tres south­east of Win­nipeg. The fire caused $500,000 in dam­age and was ruled ac­ci­den­tal. No one was in­jured, but RCMP say the barn is a com­plete loss. Man­i­toba has more than 500 reg­is­tered pork pro­duc­ers and 1,700 prop­er­ties with hog barns on them. Mr. Dick­son said the scale of newer hog op­er­a­tions can au­to­mat­i­cally in­crease the death toll in fires. “The barns are big­ger,” he said. “So when you get a fire th­ese days, it does af­fect a lot more an­i­mals.” Win­nipeg Free Press

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