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

    Sam Holland,?

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    CU PAN FROM Reporter on river bank TO monster trout in tank at his side (2 shots)

    SV & CU Fish farmer Sam Holland, transferring fish (4 shots)

    LV Female being selected for egg stripping

    SV & CU Female fish being stripped (2 shots)

    SV & CU Male fish selected and being used to fertilise female eggs (2 shots)

    CU Baby trout

    CU 12-month old fish being fed from water edge

    CU Big trout in tank

    CU Mr. Holland interviewed

    REPORTER: "When you think that the very biggest rainbow trout you're ever likely to see on a pub wall is a nine-pounder, you'll realise what a monster this is. It's so much bigger than anything else around that it qualifies as a completely new breed. This one is still only three years old. It's not just a single freak fish that Sam Holland has produced; there are hundreds of them. What's been done here is the equivalent of breeding a 30-foot man or a cat-sized mouse. The details of Sam Holland's breakthrough remain a closely-kept secret. But it involves a completely new breeding method. The normal technique is to strip a female of her eggs-literally thousands of them. The problem then is time, because if the eggs aren't fertilised within two minutes, they'll die. But sam Holland has lengthened the two minute fertility deadline to an incredible five hours. This has opened up a range of cross-breeding possibilities that have previously never been dreamed of. His team can now strip 50 female fish and then fertilise all the eggs at once, with the sperm of 50 males. As the tiny fish develop, there are various ways of picking out the contenders for Miss World title in the trout fraternity. At 12 months old, Sam Holland's young trout are three or four years older. They have three times the normal growth rate. In character, they seem to be getting further and further from the inoffensive little trout celebrated by poets and composers and nearer and nearer to a kind of fresh water shark, with jaws almost as alarming."

    REPORTER: "I'll tell you what, I wouldn't like to fall in that pool you know."

    MR. HOLLAND: "No, well they're pretty active fish in there. They'll certainly take a young duck, they've done this of course. We do feed them on fish, form time to time. If we get any fish in the hatchery which aren't coming up to scratch, that's where they go."

    REPORTER: "What would happen if somebody fell in there?"

    MR. HOLLAND: "Not very much, I'd think, not very much at all. I think there'd be a hell of a lot of splashing around. One of the lads stripping the fish got bitten by one. Oh yes it made tears cam to his eyes all right. They've got some very nice teeth."

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    Background: 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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