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Forum News Service, Published January 06 2014

Thousands of pigs killed in fire

HARDWICK, Minn. – A fire at a southwest Minnesota hog farm Sunday killed about 3,700 sows and many piglets.

Fire departments from eight different counties responded to a fire at New Horizon Farms near Hardwick in Rock County at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The facility represents about 20 percent of hog production for New Horizon.

β€œIt appears to be a total loss,” said Bob Taubert, managing partner of New Horizon.

Firefighters struggled to fight the fire due to the extremely cold temperatures and high winds.

No injuries were reported. A cause had not been determined Monday.

In all, eight fire departments responded, Edgerton, Hardwick, Jasper, Luverne, Beaver Creek, Hills and Pipestone in Minnesota and Garretson, S.D. The Rock County Ambulance also responded.

Hardwick is about 10 miles north of Luverne.