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    UK pig research centre at Stotfold closed Jul 17, 2007

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    The pig centre of research and development at Stotfold will close it doors because it doesn't fit into the new perspective of BPEX anymore. BPEX Director of Pig Industry Development Mark Wilson is sad to see it go. "Stotfold has been a huge asset to the industry over the years".

    The UK pig industries Development Unit , this was opened by Lord Belstead, Minister of State (Lords), Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods in November 1984. Over the years it has undergone many changes but has always been at the forefront of research firmly aimed at delivery of practical opportunities, work which could be quickly disseminated and implemented on working pig farms.

    At its peak the unit employed 10 staff and had 300 sows farrow to finish. However major changes in the industry and a fundamental shift in the strategy of the British Pig Executive (BPEX) meant it was no longer needed and over the last six months has been gradually wound down.

    Research over the years
    Over the years, the work at Stotfold has included:
    - Introduction of soya bean meal to pig diets
    - Copper sulphate as a growth promoter
    - Evaluation of commercial genotypes for sow productivity, growth
    - Performance and carcase and meat quality (Stotfold First Trial)
    - Development of ultrasound technology for carcase composition
    - Blueprint for pig meat eating quality
    - Stotfold sow lactation feeding strategy
    - Phase-feeding - protein requirements of commercial genotypes
    - Established speed of growth and pork tenderness were positively
    correlated
    - Liquid feeding offers savings of 14p/kg dead weight
    - Liquid feeding halves the percentage of pigs testing positive for Salmonella at slaughter

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    I visited this site alone, had a good 3 hours or so wondering around the various sheds, barns and buildings.
    I never realised just how big this site was.

    anyway on with the photos,













































    In the last week or so there has been a new fence put up, so this may not be around for long.

    Thanks for looking.

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    Nicely done, you managed to record everything.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    Now thats what i call a pig tail(tale) - really enjoyed that thank you - i would not name this location as someone is bound to squeal - lol sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by tazong View Post
    Now thats what i call a pig tail(tale) - really enjoyed that thank you - i would not name this location as someone is bound to squeal - lol sorry
    You're really hamming it up Tax��
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    I enjoyed that, Many Thanks
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    Very interesting report and great shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tazong View Post
    Now thats what i call a pig tail(tale) - really enjoyed that thank you - i would not name this location as someone is bound to squeal - lol sorry
    I like your sense of humour Taz, cheers

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