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    A Hampshire farmer is using a new breeding method to produce monster rainbow trout.

    Sam Holland,?

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    A Hampshire farmer is using a new breeding method to produce monster rainbow trout.

    Sam Holland, a retired aircraft designer, says what with his method he can see no reason why he can't eventually breed a 100 pound (45 kg) trout.

    He bought his farm on the Itchen river five years ago to breed the fish and he already has three year-old trout weighting 30 pounds (13.61 kg) and still growing.

    The details of his method are secret. But by "stripping" the eggs from 50 female trout and taking the sperm form the same number of male trout to fertilise them, Mr. Holland and his team produce batches of 250,000 small fish.

    Only the best fish are picked out for the breeding programme.

    Normally trout reach a maximum weight of about four to five pounds (1.8 to 2.3 kgs) in about as many years.

    Mr. Holland's rainbows have a growth rate of three times that. In their third year they weight up to 12 pounds (5.5 kgs). But their growth accelerates during the 4th year when they can put on as much as a pound (.45 kgs) a week.

    The fish are more aggressive than the normally inoffensive little trout. They have eaten small ducks and have bitten the men handling them.

    The film is serviced with a commentary by a BBC Nationwide reporter. A transcript is overleaf.

    SYNOPSIS: In England, a Hampshire fish farmer has been using a secret method to breed monster rainbow trout on his property on the Itchen river.

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