It's a passion for farmers to raise these animals with as much care as they would any animal.

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Please note: We're not equipped to handle farm job or business requests, discuss personal health issues, provide food sources or samples, or arrange personal or classroom farm tours.

For a personal farm tour in northern Illinois, you could try the Farmers Market Illinois/Illinois Agritourism or the Go Carroll County visitor site. For a classroom farm tour, contacting the local coordinator for Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom is a really good place to start.

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