JACKSON, Miss. – Pigs will no longer be going back home with their competitors after the annual 4-H event in Mississippi’s capital city. A virus that killed millions of pigs across the U.S. last year has left state agriculture leaders cautious. The event has now been changed to terminal show, meaning the pigs will sold to a slaughter house after the show.
“This is just a mechanism that we put in place last year in order to prevent the potential spread of disease, should it be there. Not allowing potentially sick animals to go back to the farm,” said State Veterinarian Jim Watson.
Watson says the pigs are healthy and fine for food consumption.