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Waldo is one portly porker

by 5m Editor
17 August 2006, at 1:25pm

US - Waldo, a hulking Hampshire-Duroc cross, tipped the scales at 1,199 to win the 2006 Big Boar title at the Iowa State Fair.

The record for the largest boar was set in 1993 when a boar weighed in at 1,246 pounds. The 4-and-a-half-year-old Waldo is owned by Fred Jepsen of Charter Oak. The retired farmer's sons Daniel, Fred Jr. and John helped him with the feisty boar.

"This is the first time I ever did this, and I'm kind of nervous," Jepsen said. "It's exciting. We just fed him and tried to keep him cool."

Waldo was a herd boar in Jepsen's farrow-to-finish operation until last year, but after the fair, "he'll go to market," Jepsen said.

Tom, a 3-year-old PIC boar who has a combination of Landrace, Large White and Pietrain in his breeding, was second heaviest at 1,192 pounds. He is owned by Doug Hoffman of Dircks Farms of Clarence.

Source: AgriNews

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