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Hog farmers deal with propane prices

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Propane prices are on the rise, and many local hog farmers are feeling the impact. Mack Farms near Leola is home to 12,000 hogs. Propane heaters are what keep these hogs warm.

Newborn hogs need to be kept in warm areas. The manager of Mack Farms, Lonnie Johnson, says they even keep some of the rooms as hot as 80 degrees. Johnson says they've went through 5,000 gallons since December 1.

Making sure buildings are insulated properly is important, but Johnson says that's about all they can do. "You have to have it. It's part of doing business, and you have to have it, so you pay it and try and conserve as best as you can," he says.

He does consider large farms to be lucky because they often have a way to keep large amounts of propane. Unlike gasoline, propane is cheaper if bought in bulk.

NorthStar Energy says the high demand for propane causes prices to rise. They think cold weather is mainly to blame, but they also say elevators who are still drying corn are using up a lot of propane.

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