The Courier News
The swine flu has filled the area's hog farmers with fear — not that they will catch a deadly disease from their animals, but that grocery shoppers will become needlessly afraid of buying their product.
At one of the few remaining hog farms in Kane County, just outside Hampshire, co-owner Pat Dumoulin said her family is always intensely conscious about the risk of spreading bacteria and viruses — not so much to protect humans from their pigs as to prevent their pigs from picking up germs that some human tracked in from another hog farm.
"We're not worried about" catching the flu from the herd at all, Dumoulin said. "We treat the operation like a hospital. We don't let outside people go into the (livestock) buildings. If we visit another farm, we put on rubber boots and take the boots off before we come back. We don't even take hogs to the county fair anymore for the same reason, though that disappoints our children."
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