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Aller aqua launches fresh range of functional feeds

Functional feeds

A series of functional aquafeeds which include ingredients that promote growth and survival in a range of fish species has been launched by Aller Aqua today.

The concept has been developed at Aller Aqua Research and thoroughly tested for more than two years under real-life conditions on more than 30 fish farms in varying geographical locations, and different types of farming systems.

The range currently includes feeds for trout, catfish, carp, tilapia, sturgeon, sea bass and sea bream

According to the company, the results are achieved by supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria in the fish gut, so they can outcompete pathogenic bacteria. The feeds included protect the fish continuously and do not cause side effects or exhaustion, boosting long-term effectiveness. No prescription or withdrawal time is required.

Dr Stefano de Dominis, veterinarian at Aller Aqua Italy, explains: “Customers were experiencing continuous problems and wanted an efficient way to improve fish health to deal with the major issues they were facing. Aller Aqua’s solution has been to develop a series of feeds to promote fish health and directly preserving beneficial bacteria to help outcompete pathogenic bacteria – the Aller Aqua support concept. The farmers who have tried the product are very positive and impressed by the long-term effectiveness. Some report that they have never experienced such healthy and robust fish. Additional benefits of having healthy fish is lowered FCR and higher growth, leading to higher farm turnover.”

Dr Hanno Slawski, R&D director for Aller Aqua Group, says: “The support concept targets disease pressure in aquaculture. The initial tests and documentation showed that we were on to a good concept, and we knew that we had to carry out extensive testing to document the effect of the feed on different species and farming systems. The positive reception of the feed in the markets have confirmed the findings. The benefits of the feeds in the Aller Aqua Support concept are applicable at all stages of the fish lifecycle covering all critical periods and events, and the concept is therefore also applied to all fry feeds. This means that it has an effect at this very crucial stage in the fish life.”