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Education
April 24
08:00 2019

SRUC students show their egg-spertise

By Caroline Manzie.

WINTER has finally given way to spring, bringing about a busy time for our gamekeeping students. With the Easter break now over the final semester is now upon them and for the next few months they will be heavily involved in the gamebird production process.

Laying stock have been accommodated and conditioned thanks to the students’ efforts and some TLC. Jim Goodlad, course tutor, said: “The college has invested heavily in resources associated with the incubation and hatchery process. Everything required for the gamebird rearing are now almost all in place.”

The main setter and hatcher have been relocated and calibrated for full production. On the gamebird rearing side, we are awaiting delivery of state of the art rearing sheds. This will ensure students learn good current industry best practice relevant to both these activities.”

The whole process started back in February with the preparation of the laying and rearing field and will conclude with the incubation process and the eventual releasing of the young pheasant poults in mid-July, early August.

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