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Cider pigs providing pest control in Fennville

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A cider maker in Allegan County is using pigs to help fight pests in its orchard. Virtue Cider in Fennville bought 18 Glouchestershire Old Spot pigs - also called “orchard pigs.”

They’re known for eating bug-ridden apples that fall on the ground. The practice of using pigs to control farm pests goes back to the 1900’s. Today, some question whether if it’s effective - or even safe.

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