Alltech Coppens launches expert guide for Recirculation Aquaculture System farmers

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By Milthon Lujan

Helmond, Netherlands.– Global fish nutrition company Alltech Coppens has launched a specialized Recirculation Aquaculture System (RAS) guide to help farmers achieve the full potential of their farm. Alltech Coppens is a specialist in nutrition in tailored feeds for RAS farms, and this new guide was created in collaboration with RAS specialists at the Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre, specifically for trout farmers. The RAS guide gives clear, detailed, farmer-friendly information on farm design, filters and how to operate them; as well as challenges and the critical feeding strategy.

RAS feeds are characterised by a high digestibility, leading to minimal amounts of faecal matter and high protein retention that minimises ammonia excretions. As a result, filters can work more efficiently. A true RAS feed makes a big difference in water quality, ultimately maximising the output of the RAS farm.

“To develop a high-performing RAS feed, it is crucial to fully understand every aspect of RAS farming,” said Gijs Rutjes, technical sales support manager at Alltech Coppens. “Working with customers, we discovered that it is possible to use more Alltech Coppens feeds, as the specific composition of the feeds results in even better performance and the filters will still cope.”

For RAS farmers, Alltech Coppens can identify barriers to achieving optimal performance and enables nutritionists to formulate with the best nutrients available, helping to reduce feed wastage.

“Being able to increase the daily feed rate is what every fish farmer wants, as more feed intake equals better growth,” added Rutjes. “In this guide, we share the knowledge and experience we have acquired through our more than 25 years dedicated to R&D.

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