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Hampshire High School's pig project earning accolades

ROMNEY, W.Va. -- A livestock program at Hampshire High School is producing solid results five years after its debut.

The Berkshire Project is part of Hampshire High's Animal and Veterinary Science Program.

Berkshires pigs are known for their high-quality pork. But project director Isaac Lewis says the program is focused on producing breeding stock, rather than meat production. Students are involved in every aspect of the animals' lives.

Lewis says the program finished last when he took students and animals to a premier livestock show in its first year in 2008.

This year, the program produced the champion Berkshire boar and the school was named the premier Berkshire exhibitor at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg, Pa.

West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass calls the recognition "an amazing achievement."


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