A series of experiments showed that fishmeal is not an essential ingredient in tilapia feeds and that plant protein-based diets can yield results similar to those obtained with diets containing 10 per cent fishmeal, write Nathan Gur and Guy Rubinstein, Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Taken from the Global Aquaculture Advocate, a Global Aquaculture Alliance publication.For years, fishmeal has been considered an essential ingredient in fish and crustaceans feeds. Due to rising prices and the ever-growing gap between fishmeal supply and demand, however, intensive research is being conducted to identify suitable substitutes for fishmeal that support production levels equivalent to those achieved with feeds containing fishmeal. - See more at: http://www.thefishsite.com/articles/1856/fishmealfree-feeds-for-hybrid-tilapia#sthash.Od7IPZd7.dpuf
According to the 2014 Global Feed Survey, aqua feed, at 40 million metric tons, represents only about 4% of global animal feed production.
However, aqua feed production is up from 34.4 million metric tons in 2012 and 29.7 million metric tons in 2011, by far the fastest growing segment of animal feed production. It’s expected to be the fastest growing segment again this year, said Aidian Connolly, VP at Alltech.
“The number is still quite small. It’s just 4% of the world’s animal feed production,” Connolly continued. “But it’s much more consequential in China and throughout Asia.”
By region, Asia is by far the world’s largest aqua feed producer, at 31 million metric tons, more than three-quarters of the total. Europe, Latin America and North America followed at 3.8 million metric tons, 3 million metric tons and 2 million metric tons, respectively. By country, China is by far the world’s largest aqua feed producer, at 23 million metric tons
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by Aquafeed.com Staff
This week, keynote speaker Aidan Connolly, vice president of Alltech and associate professor of marketing at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland, addressed more than 1,200 Chinese feed industry, academic and political leaders at the 9th China Animal Husbandry and Feed Technology Economic Forum, held in Beijing.
During his presentation, Connolly summarised Alltech’s vision of the future of the Chinese feed industry with four points:
1. Consolidation – Between 1990 and 2012 the number of feed mills in both Europe and the US dropped by a third, while their production capacity increased over 80 percent (from an average of 24,000 to 50,000 tons per year). A similar trend is forecast to take place in China in the next five to ten years. Already, the number of feed mills has dropped from 13,000 to just over 10,000 and is predicted to drop even further as overall feed tonnage rises.
2. Automation –The feed mills of the future will be fully automated systems. Three people can run a 100,000 ton capacity feed mill in the west, where the same mill in China will have 30-40 production workers. Automation can not only reduce cost, but also increase manufacturing accuracy and play a part in biosecurity.
3. Consumer Demands – Today’s Chinese consumers are increasingly conscious about food quality and food safety. Safe feed is essential to produce safe food, thus feed producers must use safe and natural technologies in their production to ensure full traceability, consistent quality and biosecurity. At the same time, feed producers will need to significantly increase their feed efficiency.
4. Precision Nutrition – In the future, feed producers will be able to access information from technologies such as nutrigenomics, NIR, temperature probes and automatic weighing scales. These and other real time information systems will identify, on a minute-by-minute basis, the effect that nutrition is having at a genetic level, in relation to animal growth, diseases, food safety and food quality. This will lead to ‘precision nutrition’ or the development of systems that deliver precise nutrients when animals require them.