The Shur Gain research farm at Burford, one of the largest of its type in North America, has been sold.
Dr. Kathleen Crispi, director of innovation at Trouw Nutrition, which bought Shur Gain in 2007, confirmed the sale, but did not name the buyer or the price.
Crispi said Trouw, which markets under the Nutreco label, has signed research agreements with the University of Guelph and the University of Alberta and also supports research at the University of Manitoba.
Shur Gain, which was a division of Canada Packers, started its first research farm in 1951 a Weston, moved to Maple in 1952 and to Burford in 1992.
Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show held its first three shows there, in 1994, 1995 and 1996, then moved to Woodstock.
Culligan Real Estate advertised the site as 827 acres with approximately 725 acres workable and systematically tiled, all in one block, seven houses, three poultry barns, a 34,000 square-foot hog barn, 108-cow tie-stall barn and 108.9 kg milk quota and Holstein dairy herd.”