Cargill revolutionizes aquaculture industry with customized shrimp feed
Exclusive formula delivers precison feed for automated feeders using acoustic technology
Minneapolis – Oct. 25, 2016 -- Cargill is revolutionizing how shrimp are being fed through its introduction of iQuatic ™, a first-of-its-kind shrimp feed produced exclusively for automated feeders using acoustic technology. iQuatic ™ feed will be available in Central and South America over the next few months.
Through this acoustic technology, the automatic feed dispensers use microphones to detect when shrimp are eating, enabling the sytem to deliver more precise amounts of food when shrimp are hungry. iQuatic ™ feed is designed and formulated with ingredients that help ensure that shrimp take in all the nutrients available in a pellet.
”Our iQuatic ™ feed gives shrimp farmers a big competitive advantage because it maximizes feeding times,” said Adel El-Mowafi, Cargill global technology director for aqua. “Giving shrimp food during their natural feeding patterns makes a huge impact on productivity, but the nutritional and functional design of the feed itself has to be right. Otherwise key nutrients can dissolve. This new feed leverages Cargill’s extensive research and development capabilities. Cargill is now able to give shrimp farmers the precise pellet qualities needed to help ensure productivity gains.”
Automated feeders use the acoustic technology to understand the natural eating patterns of shrimp, resulting in improved efficiency. Because the shrimp make better use of the nutrients delivered, they grow faster and produce less waste. This results in improved feed conversion ratio and better water quality allowing for a more environmentally sustainable operation with healthier, larger shrimp.
“Our iQuatic ™ feed field trials have resulted in improved feed conversion ratios as much as 15 to 20 percent,” said Martin Baertl, Cargill strategic marketing lead for aqua. “Our customized iQuatic ™ feed ingredients and nutrients are designed specifically for acoustic automated feed technology to meet distinct farming needs. This is a testament to listening to our customers and collaborating with our supply partners to deliver for them in new ways that help them grow better shrimp using precise amounts of feed.”
Cargill’s 160,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 154 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture.
About Cargill Animal Nutrition
Cargill’s animal nutrition business has more than 20,000 employees at more than 275 facilities in 40 countries. Fueled by our innovation and research, we offer a range of products and services to feed manufacturers, animal producers, and feed retailers around the world, helping put food on the plates of nearly one billion people around the world every day. Cargill’s animal nutrition business offers a range of compound feed, premixes, feed additives, supply chain and risk management solutions, software tools and animal nutrition expertise that is unmatched in the industry. For more information about Cargill Animal Nutrition, visit: http://www.cargill.com/feed.