Risk in fish-free feeds
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In any aquaculture production unit, feed is the biggest cost.
Fishmeal has historically been used in aquaculture diets as the main source of protein, mirroring the natural diet of carnivorous fish. However, increasing demand and decreasing supply of fishmeal has driven up its price, making it too expensive to use in many aqua diet formulations.
Nutritionists are now using alternative sources of protein. The preferred alternatives are plant-based protein sources such as soybean meal. As explained by Anwar Hasan and Justin Tan in the first article of this issue of Science & Solutions, there are many different, more cost effective sources of plant-based protein currently available to nutritionists, with more emerging all the time. But what are the hidden costs of using these alternatives?
Verena Starkl highlights the growing problem of mycotoxin contamination in cereal crops. Fortunately, implementing an effective mycotoxin management program will reduce the negative impact of mycotoxins in feed and keep aquaculture producers naturally ahead. Thanks to our dedication to product development, BIOMIN is now able to offer the first soluble enzyme against fumonisins suitable for all post-pelleting applications. Read more about this exciting innovation on page 10.
Finally, Antonia Tacconi reminds us of the many benefits including a phytogenic feed additive in aqua diets can bring. As diet formulations change, so too will the digestibility and palatability of those diets. Phytogenic feed additives have many properties to help bridge any production gaps that emerge.
We share the first part of our guide to mycotoxins in aquaculture feeds on page 19.
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