Feed management at a shrimp farm should start with the arrival of a feed shipment. Appropriate handling and storage of quality shrimp feed and accurate quality control have an instant and substantial consequence on shrimp production. Mishandling and poor storage of feeds will result in product deterioration and palatability. Most of the time the consequences lead to nutritional deficiencies, disease outbreak, reduced growth rates and overall decrease in production. After receiving the feed batch, a few randomly selected bags should be examined for physical integrity. Bags should be weighed and examined for signs of opening or broken into, and then sealed or stitched again.
Feed samples should be periodically collected from newly received shipments (or at the time of using a new feed) and analyzed for proximate composition, mycotoxins, and selected pesticides if pertinent.
Shrimp feeds are made of highly perishable ingredients, and it is critical to handle. Hence it is crucial to store them properly until used. Most feed manufacturers provide general guidelines for the handling and storage of commercial shrimp feeds. These include the following:
The negative effects resulting from improper feed handling and storage can be controlled by using higher levels of antioxidants and vitamins, and also anti‑fungal agents. But various vitamins in commercial shrimp feeds can be lost in minutes if feed bags are left uncovered under direct exposure to the sun’s UV rays. This is quite common during transport from feed mill to farm. Being one of the leading participants of the industry, Nouriture always strives to process all of its feeds with the most advanced technology to provide you the best quality. However, the proper maintenance of feeds can more effectively produce the desired result.