Edgewood, WA – Almost a year to the day a tragic fire raged through an animal barn on the Washington State Fairgrounds, Tom, a piglet who was severely burned, is now looking pretty good.
Back then he was living on marshmallows laced with medicine to help him heal.
Today he is almost 400 pounds and ready for love.
His owner Ken Young says Tom, a purebred yorkshire, rules the pen. Instead of marshmallows he is fed a grainy mixture of corn, soybean meal, alfalfa, vitamins, minerals and salt, and doesn’t like to share any of it with Spyder.
He lives on a 17-acre family farm close to the fairgrounds in Puyallup, Wash. and has the job of getting the sows pregnant.
All the sows on the Young’s farm have names and spend the initial month with their piglets in pens rather than farrowing crates.
The Young’s raise their pigs for 4H and Future Farmers of America programs.
This year’s spring fair begins tomorrow April 16th at 2pm and runs through April 20th.