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Automated Feeding Systems for Improved Shrimp Production

The results over four years of testing clearly demonstrated that increasing daily feedings through the use of automated feeding systems can significantly increase the production and value of L. vannamei produced in semi-intensive pond culture using a soy optimized feed formulations. Based on our experience real time feed management using acoustic feeders is the most efficient method of feed delivery. Irrespective of the technology, the increased production and/or reduced time to a given marketable size will offset the investment costs for equipment. It should be noted that the application of these technologies have the potential to reduce the time to market, increase production and requirements for feed inputs. Thus, as farmers adopt these technologies it will also drive the demand for feed.