These land-based systems are becoming increasingly popular in Europe, as they allow to produce high-quality, fresh shrimp products with short distances to market and, according to Aller Aqua, the new feed products provide rapid feed availability and high feed performance.
“We look back at a long cooperation with VDS as experienced partner in shrimp feed production. Together, we noticed the same shrimp producer demands about feed availability and performance as well as physical quality. With the growing demand, we found it was time to get together and develop an optimal feed for shrimp farmed in RAS,” said Hanno Slawski, group R&D director of Aller Aqua, in a press release.
“Feeds have been tested in our own RAS system, where we found faster growth and remarkably even size distribution of shrimp with the now market-ready products. Shrimp farmed in RAS is a growing market and our feed concentrate solution in combination with Aller Aqua’s experience in feed manufacturing, raw material selection, and high standard for physical pellet quality, have led to a range of products that have already gained customer attention,” added Koen Blanchaert, CEO of VDS.
According to Aller Aqua, on-farm trials show that the new feed has delivered faster growth and a more even size distribution of shrimp – thereby having the potential to improve the efficiency and profitability of shrimp farming operations.