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Green Peas Leading the Way to a Greener Future

27th July 2018

The Archbishop of York's Official Visit to the UK's Greenest Factory On 26th July 2018 the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu joined Swaythorpe Growers, a co-operative of over 40 family farms based in East Yorkshire, GWE Biogas, a local green energy company, and d’Arta, a top European frozen food company, to celebrate the businesses joint venture in producing the UK’s greenest food processing and freezing plant. At a time when, more than ever, the UK needs to focus on sustainability...

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The Pig & Poultry Fair 2018

20th June 2018

2018 saw the return of The Pig & Poultry Fair at Stoneleigh. With the number of visitors up on 2016 it proved to be a great turn out, with over 370 exhibitors across the two main halls and spilling out into the surrounding grounds, there was plenty for visitors to enjoy.  There was a fantastic buzz across the two day event with visitors describing the atmosphere as "upbeat" and "positive" - and the lovely fine weather proving to be the cherry on top of a great show. A big thank-you to t...

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JSR Farming Group Scholarship

19th February 2016

After an enormous response from students and a very competitive interviewing process, we are pleased to announce that we have awarded the very first JSR Farming Group Scholarships to two Harper Adams 2nd year students in Agriculture and Animal Science. Despite being in demand from other companies, Oliver French and Sophie Boyce chose JSR and will be joining us in the summer of 2016 for their 3rd year placements. The Scholarship makes a contribution towards their University fees and in return we...

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JSR Farming Conference hailed as the best in 25 years

22nd September 2014

After 25 successful years, the final annual JSR Farming Conference took place in York on Tuesday 16th September, with JSR Chairman, Tim Rymer, hailing it as the best since the event began. More than 150 delegates descended on the Ron Cooke Hub at York University, to listen to a line-up of high-calibre speakers as well as network with producers, journalists and suppliers from across the pig industry. Guest speakers, Meurig Raymond, President of the NFU and celebrity food critic, Jay Rayner addres...

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College run ‘canters’ into second year

20th August 2014

For a second year, Beverley Athletic Club has joined forces with Bishop Burton College to host the College Canter running event, which is sponsored by Southburn-based farming company JSR. Held at Bishop Burton College, the multi-terrain event will again offer a three-mile race aimed at juniors or parkrun runners, with a seven-mile race for senior runners, which is set to include chip timing – numbers permitting. Both races will take place on the equestrian exercise track around the boundar...

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NFU Journal Feature

8th May 2014

Written by Chris Tomson – RSPB Conservation Advisor As the RSPB’s conservation advisor for the Yorkshire Wolds and Coast my role is to offer local farmers and landowners free advice on how to enhance their land to benefit wildlife. This part of Yorkshire boasts some excellent habitats for wildlife and has huge potential to help boost declining farmland birds, as well as other animals from butterflies and bees to hares and hedgehogs. As food production is obviously the priority for an...

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Hornsea teenager is Yorkshire’s best young chef

8th April 2014

A 14-year-old chef who credits her grandmother as her main culinary inspiration was ‘speechless’ last night after being awarded the title of the Golden Apron 2014 – Yorkshire’s best young chef. Georgie Smithson-Brown, from Great Hatfield, near Hornsea, East Yorkshire, triumphed at last night’s final of the prestigious cookery competition run by Michelin-starred chef James Mackenzie, the Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School, and farming company JSR. Georgie, whose prize in...

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Talented teenage chefs from Wakefield, Otley and Hornsea reach the finals of the Golden Apron

25th March 2014

Three talented teenage chefs have reached the final of a prestigious cookery competition run jointly by a Michelin-starred chef and a leading cookery school. The title of the Golden Apron 2014 will be awarded to Yorkshire’s best young chef on Monday 7 April. The competition was open to young chefs aged between 14 and 19 from across the county. The three finalists are: Jake Fawcett (18) from Wakefield, who is studying for a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery at Wakefield Colle...

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New JSR concept encourages farmers to reap benefits of slurry

28th February 2014

The JSR Farming Group, one of the largest family-owned farming companies in the UK, has launched a new initiative to help farmers increase profitability and yields by using waste from pig production units. Being at the forefront of sustainable agriculture, JSR demonstrates an effective synergy between its arable and pig sectors. Crops provide cereals for pig feed, while the muck and slurry from the pig production business is recycled to produce organic manure. This not only reduces artificial fe...

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HRH The Duke of York, KG pays a visit to JSR headquarters in East Yorkshire

11th October 2013

JSR Chairman Tim Rymer welcomed The Duke of York to the company’s headquarters in Southburn, near Dri ield, on Thursday 10th October as part of a Royal visit to East Yorkshire. His Royal Highness expressed an interest in JSR after the business won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and International Trade in 2012, and visited as part of an effort to promote and raise awareness of British science expertise. The Duke was keen to learn more about JSR’s export activities, as...

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JSR Farms benefits from new and improved JSR Genetics sire lines

9th August 2013

The pig production arm of the JSR Farming Group, a 4,000 sow operation producing 2000 pigs per week, has increased the dead weight of its slaughter pigs and cut its overall cost of production by 2.5% by switching to two new sire lines developed by JSR Genetics. Against a backdrop of rapidly rising feed prices (up by 40% in the last three years) James Christian, Chief Operating Officer at JSR and his team were looking very closely at the performance of their four breeding sites and twelve finishi...

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JSR sponsor Beverley Athletic Club ‘College Canter’

1st August 2013

Beverley Athletic Club have joined forces with venue host, Bishop Burton College and main sponsor Southburn based farming company, JSR to organise the inaugural ‘College Canter’ multi terrain running event on Sunday, 29 September 2013. This new event on the East Riding calendar comprises a 7 mile race for senior runners and a supporting 3 mile race primarily aimed at juniors.The challenging route is based on the College equine hacking track, normally used to exercise horses. Race org...

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Village Hall fundraising mission for farming group

10th July 2013

The JSR Farming Group has risen to the challenge of helping to raise £1000 towards the upkeep of Kirkburn village hall. The fundraising target was given to the Advanced Leadership Development Group (ALDG), which is a course designed for managers and senior managers run in partnership with training provider, Cedar Associates. The group were assigned a community support project in November last year and the second task given to the team was to organize a one off fundraising event. The group...

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14th May 2013

JSR are looking for sites around the UK suitable for use as Nursery & Finisher accommodation We require sites containing buildings suitable for pigs with a supply of water and electricity.Sites should be ideally 3km from the nearest pig population(s) and most areas of the UK will be considered. Rents are dependent on facilities, but are negotiable and competitive. For more information contact: Angus Chambers,Mobile 07970 097538 Tel 01377 227761angus.chambers@jsr.co.uk...

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Wakefield student crowned Yorkshire’s Best Young Chef

7th May 2013

Philippa Lister has won the coveted title of ‘Yorkshire’s Best Young Chef’, after the 15 year old Wakefield Girls High School student wowed judges and diners at the final of The Golden Apron cookery competition. The final took place on Monday 29th April at The Pipe and Glass Inn in South Dalton, and saw the three finalists compete in a cook-off for 70 VIP guests. On the night, the finalists were asked to prepare a course each and the winner was determined by a combination of th...

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26th March 2013

SR are looking for sites around the UK to grow on breeding gilts. JSR are looking for sites around the UK to grow on breeding gilts. We require sites containing buildings, with power and water and offer competitive rent dependent on the facilities available. Potential sites should be a minimum of 3km from the nearest pig population. For more information please contact Paul Green on 07976 939817 or email paul.green@jsr.co.uk...

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JSR wins gold in Olympic year

9th January 2013

Staff at Southburn-based JSR are celebrating after the company was awarded the prestigious Investors in People Gold Standard. Investors in People (IIP) Gold is a demanding standard that sets out a framework for evaluating how well a company connects strategy and operational planning with its people policy, and JSR are believed to be one of the first agricultural companies in the UK to be awarded the Standard. JSR Chairman Tim Rymer said: “We are delighted to be awarded Investors in P...

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JSR Farms ‘Highly Commended’ in RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Awards

11th December 2012

Staff at Southburn-based JSR are celebrating after being runners up in the North East Regional section of the RSPB Telegraph Nature of Farming Awards, for their work in encouraging biodiversity and environmental enhancement on their land in and around the company’s headquarters in East Yorkshire. The RSPB Telegraph Awards celebrate the work farmers across the UK carry out to support and encourage wildlife on their farms and they’re open to all farmers, whatever their chosen system. F...

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JSR Wins Queen’s Award for International Trade

12th April 2012

Leading UK pig genetics company, JSR Genetics have won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade as recognition for outstanding export success. This is the second time the Yorkshire based company has received the award, made in honour of the Queen’s birthday and recognises an overall growth in earnings of 117% over a 3 year period.“We are delighted to receive this honour” says Tim Rymer, JSR Chairman.  “The last decade has be...

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Pioneering IMF technology boosts profit in pork

2nd April 2012

Pioneering new technology, unique in the UK, is being used by JSR Genetics to enhance the flavour of pork by reintroducing more marbled meat, without adding back fat. The image analysis software called BioSoft Toolbox® II - the only one of its kind in the UK - allows operators to analyse ultrasound scans from live animals to determine intra muscular fat (IMF) levels, the trait that determines not only flavor, but also tenderness and succulence.“As IMF levels increase you get more loin...

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JSR, Roslin Institute and Kent University win key research funding

2nd April 2012

Leading global pig breeders and geneticists, JSR Genetics, have successfully won two prestigious Technology Strategy Board grants in conjunction with top UK academic partners. The recently awarded grants, totaling near £800k, have been allocated to projects firmly focused on efficiency and sustainability, highlight JSR’s on-going commitment to scientific advances supporting industry growth.“We have always found links with academic partners to be very valuable,” says Dr Gr...

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JSR launch ‘Faster Finishing’ Boar

2nd April 2012

Pig and Poultry Fair 2012 will see the launch of a keenly anticipated new Sireline, the ‘faster finishing’ JSR Geneconverter 800m Boar, by leading global pig breeders, JSR Genetics. Bred specifically for speed of growth, JSR Geneconverter 800m progeny are up to 3 days faster to finish, giving an extra 5 kilos for those wanting more weight at the end of the production cycle.  In JSR’s nucleus units the top 10% of animals are consistently achieving 100 kilos in 120 days with...

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Advances in AI – More to achieve? By Stephen Waite, Head of Science, JSR Genetics

1st April 2012

The role of AI, in delivering the ‘best of the best’ genetics - and farrowing rates of up to 95% - is already firmly established as pivotal to the success of the pig industry. So how much more is there to achieve? Can Research and Development yield real positive benefits? In our experience, the answer would be yes; on-going initiatives at JSR Genetics are offering pig producersimprovements now - and plenty to look forward to. One such project is the viability of offering sex sel...

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Gilt Edged Return By Tim Rymer, Chairman, JSR

23rd March 2012

In the UK pig industry there is currently a gilt that is not only a safe and sound investment but is producing spectacular returns.  The JSR Genepacker Gilt.In financial markets there is a method of investing called Arbitrage – taking positions in 2 different markets when the movement between the two is in favour of the investor.  UK pig producers can use Arbitrage right now to improve returns.  The two markets are the Cull Sow and Gilt Replacement markets.  W...

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Investment in people at JSR to push international sales

20th March 2012

Due to continued growth in Asia and Europe, JSR Genetics has expanded its international sales team. Yolanda Hou, who joined JSR as a top Chinese graduate in early 2011, has been promoted to International Key Account Manager in China.  Ben Rawson joins JSR as International Key Account Manager in Europe.“Yolanda and Ben will focus on delivering international sales and ensuring pig producers in China and Europe have access to leading UK genetics,” comments Paul Anderson J...

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Advances in AI – the future

1st March 2012

Already delivering the ‘best of the best’ genetics and farrowing rates of up to 95%, the role of AI in pig production is assured. But what of the future? What is the focus of current research and development? Here, Head of Science Stephen Waite and Stud Manager Steve Cook of JSR Genetics tell how latest research initiatives offer plenty for pig producers now and even more to look forward to. “In AI, we’re giving our customers the ‘best of the bes...

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‘Butcher Shop of the Year’ praises pork

1st January 2012

Davidsons Specialist Butcher of Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, has ended the year on a real high, winning the prestigious Butcher's Shop of the Year for 2011, and is attributing a big share of its success to JSR pork. The family run shop, which also took the Scottish title at November's award ceremony at The Landmark, London, was praised for the quality and imagination of its added value and home-made products. For owner John Davidson, a butcher for just seven years and member of the Q Guild, the UK'...

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Genetics, health, nutrition and management

21st November 2011

The switch to JSR Genepacker genetics, a management shake-up and technical back-up from the JSR production, nutritional and veterinary team has transformed the physical and financial performance of the 570-sow pig unit at Westerfolds Farm, Elgin. The herd is managed by John Forbes on behalf of the family feed company, East Coast Viners Animal Nutrition, and utilises buildings and the poorer land on David Forbes’ largely arable farm. Weaners are reared to 20kg when they are moved to ECV Pig...

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JSR Open Day: nature and nurture in balance

16th June 2011

Farmers and members of the conservation and wildlife community turned out in force on 8th June at an Open Day entitled 'Keeping the environmental balance' hosted by JSR Farms at their Southburn Farm headquarters at Driffield. Arranged in conjunction with Campaign for the Farmed Environment and led on-farm by Philip Huxtable, JSR's Arable Technical Director, the day with JSR showed that environmental stewardship can successfully complement strong commercial farming enterprises. Tour destinations...


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Breaking news…

26th May 2011

JSR's David Thirlwell has been voted the Farmers Guardian Beef Stockman of the Future for 2011. The award is run in conjunction with the National Beef Association and the results were announced at the Beef Expo pre-event dinner on Wednesday 25th May 2011. Davy is beef herd manager for the 200-cow Stabiliser sucker herd at JSR's Givendale Farm, North Yorkshire. Davy was short listed down to one of 3 people and was interviewed on farm by the judging panel. Supporters were also asked to vote on-lin...


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Beef Improvement Group and Morrisons/Woodheads Aiming for Supply Chain Efficiencies

24th May 2010

The supermarket currently processes around 3000 cattle every week at its Woodheads abattoirs in Turriff, Colne and Spalding supplying beef to its 420+ British stores. Morrisons is the only major UK retailer committed to selling 100% fresh British beef. It is anticipated the new partnership will lead to competitive advantages for all parts of the supply chain and has the potential to further improve the eating quality of beef.  The Beef Improvement Group is committed to further building its...

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Make better use of slurry and meet NVZ regulations

19th May 2009

This year's NVZ regulations will require many livestock farms to increase their slurry storage capacity. Andy Collings visited an East Yorkshire farming company to see how it plans to profit from such changes. Make better use of slurry and meet NVZ regulations This year’s NVZ regulations will require many livestock farms to increase their slurry storage capacity. Andy Collings visited an East Yorkshire farming company to see how it plans to profit from such changes Like many other farming...


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Willow is the latest crop to be harvested at a Southburn farm as demand for green energy soars.

13th February 2009

With the help of a converted sugar cane harvester from Australia a team of farmers from JSR Farms Ltd, near Driffield have harvested an estimated fifty acres of coppice willow which will be converted into energy. The harvest operation was headed up by Philip Huxtable, director of Market Weighton based Renewable Energy Growers (Regro), which represents around 60 farmers throughout Yorkshire and Lincolnshire who are venturing into the cultivation of green energy resources. Mr Huxtable, who is also...

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Southburn Christmas Fayre - 13 November 2008

9th December 2008

Once again the Christmas Fayre was a huge success in its support for MacMillan Cancer. Once again the Southburn Christmas Fayre raised a staggering amount for MacMillan Cancer Support. The total amount raised was £25,561.00. Our thanks go to all those who contributed - we couldn’t do it without your support!...

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Show launch for JSR’s biography

11th July 2008

A BIOGRAPHY of a leading figure in Driffield's farming history has been officially launched at the Great Yorkshire Show reports The Driffield Times. Stoneground, the biography of the late John Rymer who founded the JSR Farming Group, has been published to mark the 50th anniversary of the company. Twelve years in the making, the book has been compiled by rural commentator Mark Keeble using a manuscript written by John Rymer who always intended to use his Omnium Gatherum to publish a book for his...


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Givendale Farm Receives Tye Trophy Award

10th June 2008

GIVENDALE Farm, part of the Garrowby Estate near Pocklington, has been named as the East Yorkshire area winner of the prestigious Tye Trophy, writes Robin Cradock, The Yorkshire Post. The award recognises the contribution of farmers in Yorkshire and the North East to wildlife conservation and environmental protection and is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and the region's Farming and Wildlife Advisory Groups (FWAG). The farm is one of the five area winners, and now goes forward t...


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