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Sep 8, 2016

Prairie Aquatech to generate novel soybased fishmeal replacer

A South Dakota company says it is using a novel process to develop a soybased protein feed ingredient to replace fishmeal in aqua feed. Prairie Aquatech started with the understanding that alternatives to fishmeal were necessary to meet feed requirements in the aquaculture industry, said Dustin Schulz, feed development and sales manager. It was the brain child two professors at South Dakota State University – Bill Gibbons and Mike Brown. Having developed a new way to process soybeans, the two have been working to commercialize the feed ingredient generated, he said. “A lot of what people use for fishmeal comes from wild caught fish,” Schulz told FeedNavigator. “Since aquaculture has grown so rapidly, it’s using fishmeal more quickly than what wild caught can manage.” The price of the feed ingredient has been increasing rapidly in recent years as demand goes up and supply remains static, he said. The ME (microbial enhanced) Pro feed ingredient was designed as a sustainable, alternative feed ingredient to mitigate the reliance on fishmeal.  Read the article.

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