Feed technology research crucial to development
Major feed breakthroughs have been made possible through research by Skretting Aquaculture Research Centre’s (ARC) Feed Technology Plant (FTP).
The 20-year-old FTP now produces feed for trials all over the world.
FTP is an essential part of our operations in Skretting,” said Nanne Jørum, manager of the trial unit at Skretting ARC. “Aside from developing and optimising processing capabilities to further the flexibility in feed formulation, these facilities enable us to optimise production, ensure control over every process and develop best practice methods for all Skretting factories.”
The company said that with a growing demand for aquaculture products worldwide it is increasingly important to optimise extrusion and pelleting processes.
FTP contains an entire factory in a smaller scale, including three extruders, pelletiser, drying, coating, mixing and packing stations, in addition to laboratory facilities. With these facilities, FTP essentially allows radical and innovative theories to be tested on a pilot scale before being rolled out under commercial conditions.
Beate Johansen, manager at FTP, has been overseeing the facility for four years. She says that the demand for production is only increasing. “In the past year we produced 772 different feeds, including both fish and shrimp.”
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