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OK, I raise a hog every year for the fair, even won Grand Champion year once... :) First question for you is do you have add-ons? If so dont worry about how much the hog sells for so long as you have a buyer... And get busy writing letters to everybody you know, and every business you've done business with. As for the hog, the hogs most judges like is the bluebutts, a simple cross between a Hampshire, or exotic black, to a Yorkshire. Usually using the Hamp as the boar... Either way works. Hogs here usually sell for about 300 or 350 dollars. But they all weigh about 220 or something... And it is not cheatin to feed table scraps, slop, cake, milk w/e to gain weight. We had a family last year that at the weigh in had to get the hog to gain weight, they went to booths that were just setting up and got cakes, pies, milk, everything... The hog BARELY made weight... :hobbyhors

Anyway hope this helps somewhat, and that you have fun with this. It's really enjoyable as long as the wind doesn't blow from the hog pen to you... :p
 
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