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This is a great blog post from Chris Chinn, a farmer in Missouri, who shares why her family raises pigs the way they do to protect them and keep them comfortable. You can read additional blog posts from her at http://chrischinn.wordpress.com

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(Disclaimer:  The intent of this blog is to help people outside of agriculture to understand why some farmers choose to raise their animals indoors.  What works on my farm may not work for another farmer, each farm is different, as are the genetics of hogs.  My intent with this post is to help people understand why some farmers use modern technology on their farm.  Our family changed the type of hog we raise to be a leaner hog with less body fat because of consumer demand.  With that change came additional challenges to raising this type of pig in harsh weather conditions.  That is why we chose to move our animals inside of barns because the lean type of hogs we raise can not endure the weather as well as hogs with more body fat. This is not meant to be an indictment of farmers who choose to raise their hogs outdoors.)

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