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Tom, Looking good one year after the state fair fire

Tom, now a full grown pig, hangs in his outdoor pen with a sow in Edgewood, Washington on April 4, 2015.
April 15, 2015
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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.

Tom, now a full grown pig, hangs in his outdoor pen with a sow in Edgewood, Washington on April 4, 2015.

Tom (right), now a full grown pig, and a sow named Spyder receive their breakfast from farmer Ken Young in Edgewood, Washington on April 4, 2015. Young feeds them a mixture of corn, soybean meal, alfalfa, vitamins, minerals and salt. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Tom, now a full grown pig, hangs in his outdoor pen with a sow in Edgewood, Washington on April 4, 2015.

Tom (right) hogs all the food from his penmate, Spyder, in Edgewood, Washington on April 4, 2015. Farmer Ken Young feeds them a mixture of corn, soybean meal, alfalfa, vitamins, minerals and salt. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Mona, a sow on the Young family farm with her piglets in Edgewood, Washington on April 4, 2015. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Mona, a sow on the Young’s family farm, feeds her piglets in Edgewood, Washington on April 4, 2015. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Farmer Ken Young with one of Mona's piglets in Edgewood, Washington on April 4, 2015. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Farmer Ken Young with one of Mona’s piglets in Edgewood, Washington on April 4, 2015. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

 

Tom, now a full grown pig, hangs in his outdoor pen with a sow in Edgewood, Washington on April 4, 2015. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

Tom (left), now a full grown pig, is annoyed with Spyder who won’t let him have his way with her in Edgewood, Washington on April 4, 2015. (© Karen Ducey Photography)

 

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