Future shrimp feed production must adapt intelligent feeder systems

Shrimp Feeding Technology systems are continually developing

Normal practice at the farms has so far been to feed shrimps manually. However, more and more shrimp farms are now integrating smart feeding systems. In a few years we will see intelligent on-line feeding systems feeding shrimp in a much more cost-efficient way. As a result, wasted feed will be reduced significantly in the future. This will contribute to the reduction of environmental pollution.

The complexity of shrimp feeds is higher compared to other type of feeds. Shrimp pellets rapidly absorb water when they hit the pond, and small water-soluble components such a taurine, Vitamin C and ionic salts leach out into the surrounding water. The fundamental principle of future automatic feeding will be to feed shrimps addressing the animal’s demand and in this sense fulfil sustainability issues demanded by the industry.

The key factor for growth optimization and optimal feed conversion is to allow each shrimp to eat few quantities multiple times during the day. This helps to keep the feed fresh before being ingested and the loss of ingredients and nutritional qualities of the pellet under the water will be reduced and/or eliminated.

Shrimps are slow eaters and the pellets can be in the water for hours before they are consumed

By using new automatic feeding technologies it is expected that the retention time of the pellets into water will be reduced to the shortest possible time before being ingested and digested. In order to reach this objective, we must produce shrimp feed with physical and mechanical properties that fit these quality requirements.

For technical reasons modern feed distribution equipment (smart feeders) demands clean and well compacted pellets. The fines produced by the handling, transportation and distribution of the pellets must be reduced to a minimum and the mechanical durability of the pellets must comply with high handling standards. Today extruded feed meets these requirements better than pelletized feed.

We are convinced that the future will demand even higher physical and mechanical qualities of the pellets. The increased number of raw materials and ingredients are changing rapidly and the design of new production facilities must consider these changes.

GRAINTEC is the world’s leading solution provider for state-of-the-art production facilities and processing lines for the manufacturing of extruded aqua feed, and we continue learning from the industry and the technical pellet demands of fish farms.

Contact Graintec in case your clients are demanding high quality levels of shrimp feed. We will together design and integrate the best machinery to your production plant according to your budget and expectations.

Graintec will participate at the Ecuadorian Congress of Aquiculture & AQUAEXPO, GUAYAQUIL 2017 from. Sep 25 to Sep 28. Contact: Cristian Toscano. E-mail: crt@graintec.com