An item about the methods of trout farming used at a fish hatchery in North Wales.
Chirk (in the former county of Denbighshire), nr. Wrexham, Clwyd, North Wales.
M/S of foreman troutbreeder George Stevens and his assistant, Joe Moore, wheeling a trolley with several buckets and a spaniel on, towards the camera. The men pick up buckets and walk to the edge of one of the fish hatcheries' ponds. They scoop minced cod from the buckets and throw it into the pond for the trout. The water splashes and froths as the fish thrash around to get to the food. C/U of George. C/U of the bucket of cod at George's feet as he digs his trowel in. M/S of the cod landing in the water. C/U of the turbulent water. C/U of Teddy the spaniel sitting on the moving trolley - according to the narrator Teddy does not like trout!
M/S of George and the trolley with large buckets of water and live trout on. Joe walks from the pond holding a fishing net full of live trout. C/U of fish being tipped into the bucket. George - the foreman trout breeder - picks up one of the "two or three year old" Brown and Loch Leeven trout and measures it, grading it according to size. C/U of George's face. C/U of George systematically placing fish on the wooden measuring block before dropping it into the bucket. M/S of the measuring process. M/S of George and Joe carrying a large bucket to the edge of the pond. C/U of live baby fish being tipped from the bucket into the pond. M/S of the ponds - "a constant supply of fresh running water is essential for the rearing of trout, and here it comes from the Welsh mountains' river Ceiriog". C/U of water running from the river into ponds at different levels which allows them to be "gravity fed". Various shots of the ponds.
M/S of the two men holding a large net across one end of the pond. C/U of Joe. C/U of a trout writhing in a net. M/S of Joe and a young boy watching as George tips the caught fish into a large bucket. C/U of the large trout skulking in the bucket. Rope is attached to the handle of the bucket so it can be weighed. M/S of Joe holding the bucket on the end of a sprung weighing device, George crouches in front of him to read the weight. C/U of the weighing device. C/U of George reading the weight. C/U of the trout being returned to the pond in the net.