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Drought means smaller livestock at the fair


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) – Some state and county fairs in the Midwest are seeing smaller livestock because of the drought.

The dozen pigs Greg Marzahl and his 15-year-old daughter are bringing to the Wisconsin State Fair are about 15 pounds smaller than the normal 275 pounds.

Marzahl had three grand champion pigs last year. He says this year, the heat is affecting the pigs' virility and appetites.

That won't stop him from taking them to the fair though. He's expecting his competition will be smaller too.

The Wisconsin fair starts Thursday in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis. State fairs also are set to begin in the next two weeks in Indiana, Iowa and Illinois. Those states also have been hit by unusual heat and drought.

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