Posts by Jane Jordan

AARDVARK UPDATE – ALL ROUND GAINS

When degrees hit extremes, 360 degrees prove an asset outdoors Producers farrowing their outdoor sows in the award-winning Rattlerow-designed Aardvark say they appear to cope better with extreme temperatures than those nursing litters in more traditional type accommodation.   During recent heat waves in June and July, some units reported internal temperatures inside traditional arks to be in…

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NEW SIGNINGS SCORE SALES

Independence an advantage for RF’s  AI business Sales are soaring at Klasse, the Rattlerow-owned AI business. The addition of DanAvl lines to the comprehensive range of Rattlerow genotypes standing at stud is attracting considerable interest and AI sales are on the increase from new and existing customers. Producers have welcomed the ‘one-stop-shop’ approach Klasse is taking with…

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ONE-OFF GENOTYPE RAISES £1000s

With excellent conformation and a strong robust frame the latest addition to Rattlerow’s nucleus stands out from the herd.   Meet Hamlet, aka Gertrude, an exquisite one-off sculpture that has helped raise more than £200,000 for charity and is now the centre piece of HQ’s new conference and visitors reception. The life-sized art form was part of ‘Pigs…

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DOING THE BASICS BEST

Team spirit, proactive health control and stringent sow management earns Lincolnshire unit a top accolade National Pig Awards Unit Manager of the Year 2016 Gareth Virgo manages JE Porters 620-sow breeding and finishing herd near Navenby, Lincolnshire. He joined the team four years ago and has been instrumental in re-shaping the business from an average performing…

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AUTUMN CONFERENCE REPORT

Nutritional know how and practical advice on prolificacy well received   Independent pig sector journalist Jane Jordan, reports on Rattlerow’s ‘twin’ autumn conferences. Held in Yorkshire and Suffolk the events attracted more than 150 delegates, most of which were producers, and both were brimming with practical advice on managing highly prolific sows, both indoors and out.  …

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A double at the National Pig Awards

Two out of three ain’t bad at all Rattlerow is proudly celebrating two prestigious National Pig Awards. Ian Gillies, company Training Manager was presented with Investor in Training Award for our comprehensive staff development programme, and Joint Managing Director Adrian Lawson received the award for Technical Innovation of the Year for the Rattlerow-designed Aardvark farrowing hut. Both awards were presented during a gala…

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Herd productivity focus

FOUNDATION, FUNCTION, FAILURE ELIMINATION We talk to independent pig business consultant and analyst Stephen Hall about a possible ‘blueprint’ for breeding success.   Observations of UK herd performance reveal certain trends in breeding herd management that are worthy of consideration. There is a theory that a ‘Blueprint’ does exist that could help producers improve productivity…

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Conference call this Fall

Autumn forums focus on profit, prolificacy and expanding AI services Rattlerow has organised two evening dinner conferences this month to give producers an insight into its new Klasse AI business and share technical expertise on herd productivity and how they might realise more profit potential from highly prolific dam lines.   Speakers include: Dr Sian Nicholls from…

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Triple hopes in industry awards

Shortlisted for three  Our commitment to innovation, training and sound pig management has Rattlerow earned three nominations in this year’s National Pig Awards. We’ve been placed shortlisted in three categories: The Investor in Training Award, Technical Innovation of the Year, and the Outdoor Producer of the Year award with our outdoor production manager John Theobald…

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Klasse stud focus – Long Meadow increases capacity

Collaborative confidence, independent service, mutual benefits Innovative approach to AI supply aims to improve efficiency and producer choice        This is Long Meadow, flagship stud for new company Klasse AI. It’s one of the most technically advanced AI centres in Europe and also a fundamental part of Rattlerow Farms’ latest venture – to expand its AI business and provide UK pig producers…

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