Well here is my first report on the site so please be gentle !!
Wasn't sure what to expect with this it was either going to be a fail or a quick mooch round a yard but how wrong I was !
Was there for several hours and the place is a lot bigger than it looks and relatively untouched, it made for an enjoyable morning and a lot of pictures to go through. Below is a History of the place and then the pics. There were also some resedential properties here but were all much of the same and not of any real interest....
The British pig industry owes a huge debt of gratitude to its centre of research and development done here.
The UK pig industries Development Unit, in Bedfordshire 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.
The final piece of research work was completed in May 2007, part of the Defra LINK ï¿½3.5m weaner research programme. The centre's part was to look at weaner diets that maximised the use of home-grown cereals and oilseeds. To the end, the stock performed excellently with weaning to slaughter growth rates of 740g/day and grower to slaughter in excess of 1050g/day.
A BPEX Director of Pig Industry Development said: "It has been a huge asset to the industry over the years and we are sad to see it go. "BPEX carried out a major review of its research and development and unfortunately itdidn't fit into the new perspective."
Research over the years
Over the years, the work 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
- Liquid feeding offers savings of 14p/kg dead weight
- Liquid feeding halves the percentage of pigs testing positive for Salmonella at slaughter
BPEX has been exploring the redevelopment of the site and planning permission is being applied for.
Slightly different from the norm as we made a late night visit so no available light what so ever!
Thanks to SpaceInvader and Obscurity for a few tips on access used,bit of a shame as that is no longer doable so my self and Urban ginger had to scout for another way in...
Brief history borrowed from Morgan606 as its a good snipit of info
Ditton Research lab was originally opened by The Empire Marketing Board in 1930.
The EMB was formed in May 1926 by the Colonial Secretary Leo Amery to promote inter-Empire trade and to persuade consumers to 'Buy Empire'. It was actually established as a substitute for tariff reform and protectionist legislation and this is why it was eventually abolished in 1933, as a system of imperial preference replaced free trade.
The EMB had three principal aims: to support scientific research, promotion of economic analysis, and publicity for Empire trade.
The purpose of this laboratory was to carry out experiments on the shipping of fruit across the high seas,in order to extend its life over long,seabourne journeys. This is where the "ship on land" experiment originated from.
In 1969 the lab was incorporated into the nearby East Malling Research Station as the fruit storage section.
On with the pics,must admit the pipes and other machinery odds and sods that are left made it worth the late night.
Thankks for looking
Hi all wasnt very succesfull with this visit may go back later on next month when the weathers nice n crappy and hopefully I wont get disturbed this time ,This place was some kind of research facility for horticultural type things was wanting to visit after seeing on some of the other forums, had a good look around the outside and wanted to go up the concrete tower that youll see in my exterior shots, anyway here goes
Thanks for looking
Wanted to get in here but it was locked,kinda glad I didnt cos it was shortly after this one that I was rumbled and asked to leave
By TheBaronof Scotland
2 visits to this place, this is a kind of mish mash of both trips, first with UAP and second alone
round the back
bit of stair porn
Now, on the way out I bump into a guy who lives on the estate, after chatting about the history of the place his wife pops along and mentions the mausoleum
Then proceeds to tell me the route to find it in the forrest !
Not the biggest of finds but certainly wasnt expecting that wwhen I woke up
By TheBaronof Scotland
Another from the Belgium tour
Loved this place, so picturesque !