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Shrimp Farm Brings New Business To Southside

by the Fish Site Editor
12 June 2006, at 1:00am

VIRGINIA - They raise cows, chickens and now seafood? One Southside farmer is doing it in Pittsylvania County. His cash crop is turning a lot of heads. Cochran - &quot;We get the shrimp when they&#39;re very little and then they have to be grown to a certain size before they can go out in the pond.&quot; Eddie Cochran is the first in Pittsylvania County to operate a shrimp farm. He&#39;s nursing Malaysian Giant Prongs...growing some eight-thousand of them in this pond. These shrimp start out as small as your fingernail. But they eventually will fill your plate. Cochran - &quot;They do get very big by the end of the growth season you should have a shrimp from head to pincher about that long.&quot; Cochran is also the first in Virginia permitted to raise African tropical fish, Talapia. These fish help keep the water clean by eating the algae. <i>Source: ABC 13</i>

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