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Piglets Born South of Sterling


It's a farm animal you don't hear much about in western North Dakota.
But Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin tracked some pigs down and takes you inside the pig barn for a peak at some of it's newest members.

It's a sound 
and sight Duane Leier has heard and seen all his life.
(Duane Leier / Raises Pigs) "I just like pigs in general. Everything. I just like being out here. I could spend all day out here. It's just fun. For me it's fun. it's just fun I don't know what else to say, I just like it. "
That love and passion for pigs has him waking up in the middle of the night--trying to save each and everyone of these little faces.
(Duane Leier / Raises Pigs) "Making sure you catch them and you don't lay on them when they are farrowing. Sometimes they get pretty restless when they are farrowing and the get up and lay down again and if you got a little pig, there isn't much hope if she lays on them."
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "Leier says these little guys come out weighing between a pound and a pound and a half. he says they'll double in size in one week and then double in size again the next week."
So far five sows have farrowed. 
Leier has about 10 left to go.
(Duane Leier / Raises Pigs) "This year we have had good luck. Some years you don't, you have smaller litters. So far they have been execution."
Right now the barn is full with nearly 50 new faces.

Leier says all of the pigs he raises are sold as butcher hogs to family, friends and neighbors.


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