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UK pig finishing facility upgraded with
US equipment
JSR Genetics looks across
the Atlantic to meet
growing demand for pig
breeding stock.

JSR Genetics Ltd. imported pig
finishing equipment from the U.S. for
its new state-of-the-art fully slatted
and totally enclosed 8,100-place
wean-to-finish UK facility, Decoy
Farm, at a cost of £2.1million.
Explaining the reason behind
importing finishing equipment from
North America, Glenn Dams, managing
director of JSR Farms, said: "The
UK has the best pig loose-housing
systems, but it is lagging behind
with regard to pig finishing."

An outside view of JSR's new UK pig finishing unit at Decoy Farm.

CHART 1: Growth rates at Growth
Decoy Farm
at decoy
825
800
Growth g/day (finisher period)

By Stuart Lumb

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Growth
Linear (growth)
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Wean-to-finish facility
Local pig building company
A.M.Warkup Ltd. won the contract
to build the new JSR facility at
Decoy Farm. Skov provided the
ventilation equipment and the
finisher slats are Belgian, as is the
six-wheeler Joskin slurry tanker.
The Warkup team knew a
local Yorkshire pig producer who
had imported GroMaster sorter/
weighers from the U.S. and
has had excellent results.
So, together with JSR they went
across the Atlantic to see these systems
in operation. Impressed with what they
saw, 12 GroMasters were purchased
and fi tted into the new Decoy Farm
facility. The UK team also purchased
wet and dry ad lib feeders made by
Manitoba-based Crystal Spring which
they spotted while in North America.

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Feed conversion and daily liveweight gain data from Decoy Farm
show excellent improvements since the unit took in its first pigs.
The actual feed conveying equipment
was sourced from Belgium by Roxell
with its MULTIfast feed management
system, which can provide 497
different pig feed combinations.

Pig finishing technology
The first pigs were introduced
into Decoy Farm in July 2010 and
now 22 day-old pigs are moved
to the facility every two weeks.
The nursery has five rooms, each of
which contains six pens that house 120
pigs in each (3,600 pigs in total). The
pigs are split sexed in the nursery into
entires and gilts, three pens of each.
Initially they are fed a creep diet

as gruel, but they soon are feeding on
pellets. From the nursery, the pigs go
into the finisher section, which has six
rooms, each containing two pens of 350
pigs each including the GroMaster units.
After a two-week acclimatization
period, training on the GroMasters
starts on a Wednesday and by the
following Monday the pigs have
learned to work the equipment.
The pigs must enter the sorter
to get to the feeders. The threeway, sorting-end gate automatically
allocates the pig by weight into either
a light, medium or heavy pen, where
they are fed a diet appropriate to their
weight relative to the growth curve.

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