South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon welcomes investment in broiler breeding unit

PUBLISHED: 06:10 08 October 2016

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon (far right) opened a state-of-the-art broiler breeding unit at GGBT Farm in Starston.

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon (far right) opened a state-of-the-art broiler breeding unit at GGBT Farm in Starston.

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The need for East Anglian agriculture to invest to stay ahead of global competition was highlighted as an MP opened a state-of-the-art broiler breeding unit in his constituency.

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon visited GGBT Farm in Starston, near Harleston, where Julian Taylor has built the new unit to replace chicken sheds erected by his parents Richard and Patricia Taylor in the 1950s.

Mr Bacon said the development disproved the notion that food and farming production facilities in many other countries lagged behind those in Britain.

“It is we who have to ensure we keep up to compete in world markets and it’s precisely investments like this that are going to make it happen,” he said.

“Having this sort of investment taking place is a huge signal of confidence for the future. It creates local jobs, a sense of optimism and, when you have local firms doing the work, to very high standards, that sends a signal about the standards we expect in the industry.”

Mr Bacon said he regularly drove past the unit during its three months of construction, and he was pleased to have the opportunity to look inside.

The new unit houses 19,000 broiler breeders, producing eggs for PD Hook. Annual production is expected to be about 2.8 million eggs.

Mr Taylor said: “In any livestock sector you need to have the right facilities in place and be prepared to invest in it for the long term.

“The buildings erected by my parents were here for 60 years and I hope this new unit will be around for a similar period, when my children and grandchildren will be involved in the business. It gives us the chance to enjoy a long-term future with a well-respected British-based business, which is why this investment is so important.”

Among the guests attending the opening were PD Hook area manager Stewart Kerr and representatives from Barclays Bank, builders CE Davidson and Jansen UK, who fitted out the new unit.

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