Aqua Feed

The FAO (Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) reports that global aquaculture continues to grow. Aquaculture today supplies more than half of all fish for human consumption, and global fish consumption per capita more than doubled over the last 50 years.

It, therefore, comes as no surprise that aquatic feeds became the fastest growing feed sector when compared to other animal feeds and pet food, and is currently growing at approximately 7% per year.

The ultimate goal of aquaculture is:

  • to produce healthy edible protein;
  • to produce edible protein at the lowest possible cost per kilogram.  FCR (Feed Conversion Ratio) and SGR (Specific Growth Rates) are therefore key performance indicators of manufactured aquatic feed and indirectly the technology used to produce them;
  • to do the above with negligible effect on the environment;

Ottevanger Milling Engineers & Aquatic Feed Manufacturing

Aquatic feeds have very high requirements in terms of both nutritional and physical characteristics of feed. These nutritional and physical feed requirements are driven by the life stage of a specific species under consideration. Physical characteristics include issues such as pellet size and shape; pellet density allowing us to produce floating, slow sinking and sinking feeds; water stability and pellet durability. The challenge is to achieve all of these while having a negligible effect on the environment.

Ottevanger Milling Engineers keep these and other project specific issues in mind when designing an aquatic feed processing plant.  The choice of equipment, technologies, processes, and equipment is, therefore, the key to success.  We take time consulting with customers to ensure we fully understand customer requirements and more specifically requirements of the specific market the customer is serving.  We do not promote or apply a “standard” Aquatic Feed Plant design and each project is assessed on its own merits.