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A candid and revealing glimpse behind the scenes at the tension, anticipation and excitement that builds as our would-be porcine champions and their proud owners primp, preen and prepare to step out onto the hallowed straw of the world’s most celebrated pig shows.


The Hatfield House Country

The annu al Hatfiel d House Cou ntry Show , in Hertfor dshire, England, is a chan ce for champ ion pigs to strut thei r stuff.

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Call my agent—I can’t work under these conditions!


SEPOR Pig Show, Spain

There ar e more t han 20 milli on pigs o n Spanish farms. N o wonder c ompetitio n is so fie rce.

These little piggies went to market ‌

Two go od reas ons wh y I should win.

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Mangalitsa, Austr ia

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galitsa is y the Man n a m er G In ein, or e Wollschw th s a n . ow kn s reasons ”—for obviou ig p y ll oo “w curly in thick and Its coat is in s it moult winter but eather. warmer w

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ake sows m a e s t li and th Manga others m pany, m d o o c o man very g u h y o ith enj ular w piglets em pop h t g makin olders. smallh

Do they have a “cute” catego ry at these pig shows?

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Excerpt from Beautiful Pigs