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A Practical Guide to Nutrition, Feeds, and Feeding of Catfish

By Edwin H. Robinson, Menghe H. Li, and Bruce B. Manning, Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center and published by the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station - This is the 2nd revision of this report on the status of catfish nutrition and feeding. Several new studies have been completed that impact both feed formulation and feeding practices and the new data has been included in the report.

A Practical Guide to Nutrition, Feeds, and Feeding of Catfish - By Edwin H. Robinson, Menghe H. Li, and Bruce B. Manning, Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center and published by the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station - This is the 2nd revision of this report on the status of catfish nutrition and feeding. Several new studies have been completed that impact both feed formulation and feeding practices and the new data has been included in the report. Click here for the full PDF

As in the original report, certain sections are presented in more detail and are more technical than others. We hope the information presented herein is practical and is presented in a usable manner. As stated in the original report, the information presented is intended as a guide because the feeding of catfish, though based on sound scientific evidence, remains in part an art as much as a science.

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Digestion
  • Energy
  • Nutrients
    • Carbohydrates
    • Lipid
    • Protein and Amino Acids
    • Vitamins
    • Minerals
  • Nonnutritive Dietary Components
    • Toxins
      • Endogenous Toxins of Feed Ingredients
      • Mycotoxins
    • Fiber
    • Pigments
    • Feed Additives
      • Pellet Binders
      • Antioxidants
      • Antibiotics
  • Feeds
    • Feed Ingredients
      • Protein Supplements
      • Energy Supplements
      • Premixes
    • Feed Formulation
  • Feed Manufacture
    • Nutritional Considerations
    • Nonnutritional Considerations
    • Manufacturing Processes
      • Receiving and Storage
      • Grinding, Batching, and Mixing
      • Steam Pelleting
      • Extrusion
      • Drying and Cooling
      • Screening, Fat Coating, Storage, and Delivery
      • Pellet Grinding or Crumbling
    • Quality Assurance
      • Feed Formulation
      • Feed Ingredients
      • Manufacturing
      • Finished Feed
  • Feeding
    • Natural Foods
    • Warm-Weather Feeding
      • Fry
      • Fingerlings
      • Food Fish
      • Brood Fish
    • Winter Feeding
    • Feeding Diseased Fish
      • Medicated Feeds
      • Considerations
    • Effect of Feeds on Processing Yields of Catfish
    • Effect of Feeds on Sensory Quality of Processed Catfish
      • Flavor
      • Appearance
      • Fattiness
    • Compensatory Growth

Acknowledgments

The authors appreciate the support of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Delta Branch Experiment Station (DBES), and Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center (NWAC) for funding for this bulletin. We want to offer a special thanks to Brian Bosworth, Terry Hanson, and Jeff Terhune for critical review of the manuscript.

Further Information

To continue reading this report, please click here (PDF)

Source: Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station - January 2005

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