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Rattlerow Farms acquires award-winning Bridge House Farm

7th May 2024 / By Alistair Driver

Rattlerow Farms (LPL Group) has acquired award-winning Northamptonshire pig breeding business Bridge House Farm. 

Bridge House Farm, an 800-sow unit located, won the Indoor (for the second time) and Overall Pig Farm of the Year Award at last year’s National Pig Awards.

Rattlerow Bridge HouseThe Bridge House Farm and Rattlerow teams.

Run by the Thompson family, it has been operating a nucleus breeding unit for Canadian genetics company, Genesus, with breeding animals sold across the UK, Europe and beyond, including China and Africa. It is renowned for its pioneering use of technology, including being among the first pig units in the world to use EID tags.

Rattlerow said the acquisition marks a significant expansion for the Suffolk-based pig genetics business and presents an exciting opportunity to broaden its reach and strengthen its position as an industry leader in the genetics sector. 

“We are delighted to welcome Bridge House Farm into the Rattlerow family,” said Robin Lawson, MD of Rattlerow Genetics.

“For many years, the Thompson family have been associated with exceptional performance and stockmanship, so this acquisition aligns perfectly with our mission to develop, improve and promote genetic excellence. We are excited about the possibilities this collaboration brings and look forward to leveraging the expertise and resources of Bridge House Farm to drive innovation and growth.”

Rattlerow plans to integrate Bridge House Farm’ operations ‘seamlessly’ into its existing infrastructure, while ‘preserving the unique characteristics that have made it such a well-respected and recognisable name in the UK pig industry’. 

“We are committed to upholding the legacy of excellence that Bridge House Farm has established over the years,” Mr Lawson added. “By combining our strengths and resources, we are confident that we can create even greater value for our customers and contribute to the long-term success of the pig industry.”

Sofina collaboration

In April, it was announced that Rattlerow Scotland has entered into long-term strategic partnership witb Sofina Foods Europe, which owns Karro. Sofina has acquired a number of farms, equipment and livestock from Rattlerow Scotland, with up to 12 Rattlerow Scotland employees transferred to the Canadian-owned company.

Sofina has taken full operational control of the farms, while Rattlerow Scotland is providing technical oversight and advising on the management of the genetic programme and the supply of breeding females into existing commercial herds.

Rattlerow, which is celebrating 70 years of providing genetics in the British pig industry, said the two deals demonstrate its long-term commitment to its customers and the British pig industry.