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Yorkshire Boar Sells for Record-Setting $270,000

Yorkshire Boar Sells for Record-Setting $270,000

A Yorkshire boar raised by Western Illinois University School of Agriculture Associate Professor Mark Hoge and his family sold for a world-record price of $270,000 at a National Swine Registry conference and show in Louisville July 5. The Class 1 Yorkshire boar, according to a YouTube video posted by the National Swine Registry, was sold to Genetic Edge & Reynolds Farms (Ohio). 

According to the National Swine Registry's website, the next highest-selling boars in the Class 1, Yorkshire category, sold for $3,000 each. 

"It was a humbling experience for our family," Hoge said. "The boar was a result of years of mating decisions and selection experience. We were very surprised he sold for that price, but I knew people really liked him. We are very fortunate and very thankful for the showpig industry. It is a great way to raise a family."

To view the YouTube video of Hoge showing the boar in early July, visit The National Swine Registry's show and sale results (from the Summer Type Conference in Louisville) are available at

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