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Pigs Killed In Barn Fire

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By Fadi Didi

OPP thousands of pigs have died in a Southwestern Ontario fire.


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Provincial police say thousands of pigs have died in a large barn in southwestern Ontario which caught fire early Monday morning.

Firefighters were called to the blaze in Jarvis, Ontario about 1 a.m.

They found a barn fully engulfed in flames, and OPP say a second barn close to the first caught fire as well.

Both barns were destroyed and police say nearly 4,000 pigs were killed.

Police say Haldimand County Fire Services were continuing to monitor the fire and extinguish hot spots during the afternoon.

They say the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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A Renfrew County dairy farmer known for advocating unpasteurized milk is shutting down his farm operation.

At one point, Michael Ilgert sold about 300 litres of raw milk per week to 60 families for $3 per litre.

But last year, the Renfrew County Health Unit charged him with delivering, distributing, offering for sale, and selling raw milk.

After agreeing to $1,500 in fines and pleading guilty to three of the charges, Ilgert will no longer produce milk.

Ilgert says Consumers can knowingly go into a convenience store and purchase cigarettes, which are a known carcinogen.

But he says those same consumers can't buy the milk they prefer.


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