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Designer pigs tipping scales at state fairs

Purchased entries reflect farming's shift

Posted: August 31, 2014 at 5:45 a.m.

Layla Pence, 8, rests on her pig, Miss May, before being called to the ring at the West Virginia State Fair in Fairlea.

Tiffany LaRue, 17, had not been lucky with her pigs this year. One had its placenta detach, killing the embryos. Another was supposed to have been pregnant when she bought her, but wasn't. Another, LaRue said, just simply didn't take.

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