The Perry Future Farmers of America chapter lost nearly 60 pigs in a barn fire early Saturday morning.
Perry Fire Battalion Chief Robby Rowell said there’s already been an outpouring of support for the program since the fire happened at the Keith Drive barn about 12:46 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation but foul play is not suspected, Rowell said.
Rowell was involved with the Perry FFA as a student and his children have also been part in the program. The pigs become a part of the families for the people who help care for them, he said.
The Perry FFA was going to take the pigs with them for the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show in February. The organization will need to have new pigs by Dec. 3 in order to meet the requirements for the show, Rowell said.
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The Perry FFA had just received the pigs who did not survive the fire in October.
Rowell said he spoke with one of the program’s advisers who said a group of people from north Georgia have already contacted them about helping rebuild the barn. And a local business plans to print T-shirts to raise money for the Perry FFA, he said.
By Saturday afternoon, a GoFundMe account had been set up to raise money for the Perry FFA with donations already topping $4,100 of a $75,000 goal.
To donate money go to www.gofundme.com/2rtvbp-perry-ffa-ag-barn.
“It’s a really good program,” Rowell said. “They’re going to get something out of it. It’s sad what happened but they’re going to see something good out of this. They’ll see what the community will do.”