By FWi staff

NEWSHAM Hybrid Pigs of Malton, North Yorkshire, has been bought by JSR Farms, of Driffield, and Wild Pork, a company owned by Newshams founder Ian Brisby.

The company, which employs over 50 people, has been in administrative receivership since September.

This followed reports that it began to suffer financially when some of its pigs were found to have contracted a disease related to swine dysentery.

A spokesman for JSR Farms said it was hoped most of the jobs at the plant were now secure.

“The opportunity to bring together the breeding expertise of Newsham and JSR will allow us to improve our products by using the best of both companies,” he said.

“We think we will be able to deliver better value to our customers as a result.”

A spokesman for receivers RSM Rhodes of Leeds said: “We are delighted to have secured a sale of both businesses.

” The customers and employees have been very supportive through a difficult time.”

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