"Today's Agriculture" exhibit opens eyes at Farm Show

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 13, 2014 4:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Now in its third year, the "Today's Agriculture" exhibit at the Pennsylvania Farm Show throws open the barn doors to help consumers better understand where their food originates.

The life size display includes actual crops and animals -- including pigs.

Mike Pierdon, a veterinarian and swine consultant from Lancaster, has been looking after the sow and 12 piglets in the Weis Expo Hall.

"The majority of modern pork production takes place indoors where it can be climate controlled to protect the health and welfare of the animals," he says, "and because of that, the public doesn't get to see what that production looks like on a day-to-day basis."

Pierdon says the piglets, who are nearly two weeks old and weigh about ten pounds, have been drawing crowds all week long.

The 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show runs through 5 p.m. Saturday.

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