Profitable Fish Farming

Practical advice for profitable fish farming…

Month: May 2016

How to Improve Returns on Catfish Farming Investment in a Tough Economy

  

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Surviving the effect of current economic situation in Nigeria on catfish farming investment involves conscious and coordinated efforts. Like I said in a recent article, returns on catfish farming investment have reduced drastically. This trend has been so obvious in the last two years. Yet there may still be more hikes in prices of catfish feed inputs, especially those from foreign countries. Just three days ago, there was news that the price of certain popular brand of floating feed has gone higher. This happens after three days of artificial scarcity. The price of a bag of that feed jumped from 4950 Naira to 7050 Naira. Mathematically, this is more than 40 percent increase within a period of one week. How can catfish farmers survive this?

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Causes and Effect of Poor Returns on Catfish Farming Investment on the Local Economy

  

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I can still remember vividly when I started catfish farming. The inexperienced catfish farmer then can predict precisely the expected returns on his investment. The prices of inputs were relatively stable except for seasonal hike in prices of these inputs due to unavailability of good storage facilities. The sales value of table size catfish was fantastic. Many of us were proud to be called a FARMER. We always look forward to the day of harvest because we want to know if we were able to surpass our previous profit record. A lot of big boy farmers then were into catfish farming. Oh! What good business catfish farming was!

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Poor Catfish Growth: What to do when your Fishes are not Growing Well

  

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It is not uncommon to hear catfish farmers complain of poor growth in their catfish stock. In fact, some farmers attribute poor growth in their stock to unresolved spiritual problems.

Up to 95 percent of cases of poor growth in catfishes are traceable to violations of fundamental principle upon which catfish farming is based. If you go against the rule and best management practices in catfish farming, you will surely pay for it in the area of growth of your stock.

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How to Calculate Crude Protein in Locally Pelletized Catfish Feed

  

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Protein is one of the most important nutrients in animal feed. It is the basis of body structure. It helps in productions of hormones and chemical reactions in the body, and it can also be converted into sugar and fat to compensate for deficiency in other classes of nutrition. Without protein, other feed’s nutrients cannot be used by the body. Most of the time, protein in animal feed is expressed as crude protein.

Crude protein (CP) is the measurement of protein both from protein and non-protein sources in animal feed. It is usually expressed in percentage. Researchers have discovered that catfishes need between 35 and 48 percent crude protein in their feed to grow well. The bigger the catfish, the lower the crude protein needed in its feed.

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How to Calculate Crude Protein in Locally Pelletized Catfish Feed

  

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Protein is one of the most important nutrients in animal feed. It is the basis of body structure. It helps in productions of hormones and chemical reactions in the body, and it can also be converted into sugar and fat to compensate for deficiency in other classes of nutrition. Without protein, other feed’s nutrients cannot be used by the body. Most of the time, protein in animal feed is expressed as crude protein.

Crude protein (CP) is the measurement of protein both from protein and non-protein sources in animal feed. It is usually expressed in percentage. Researchers have discovered that catfishes need between 35 and 48 percent crude protein in their feed to grow well. The bigger the catfish, the lower the crude protein needed in its feed.

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Broodstock Production: A Lucrative Business in Catfish Farming

  

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Catfish production is a very broad farming activity. It entails production of fingerling/juvenile from a well managed broodstock, production of table size fish and other ancillary services that help in production processes. Broodstock production is an aspect of catfish farming that is not well pronounced. Production of good catfish seeds will not be possible without proper management of brood stock. Those that know much about broodstock management will attest to the fact that it is more profitable than table size catfish production.

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Before you take a Loan for Catfish Farming: Consider the following factors

  

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At one point or the other in a business’s life cycle, there may be need for external finance. The need for this type of finance could be for expansion or related issue. A business like catfish farming is not exempted from this kind of need. A lot of able-bodied youths with much interest in catfish farming are financially hindered from pursuing their dream business. This has prompted me to write on sources of finance for catfish farming. I was not really surprised with the popularity of that article. Many people want to take advantage of the available opportunity, but please bear in mind that no loan is absolutely free. It usually comes with a price tag.

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Sunshine: Why it is Very Important for Your Ponds

  

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Sun is the most important renewable energy source nature has given to our world. As a matter of fact, sunlight and heat provide vital energy that sustain live on Earth. Without sun, no life will exist on the planet Earth.

The benefits of the sun are numerous. Both plants and animals benefit immensely from this special gift of nature. As a catfish farmer, I will like to expose other farmers like me to certain things we enjoy from sunshine without notice. Of a truth, your catfish farming business could be affected by the intensity of sunshine.

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Feed Conversion Ratio: Understanding this One Factor Can Help Catfish Farmers Maximize Profit

  

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Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) in catfish farming is the percentage quantity of feed consumed by a given number of catfishes that is converted into body weight (flesh and bone) for human consumption. FCR is the basis of all feed formulations because feeds are compounded to support profitable and healthy growth of catfishes. It is an established fact that catfishes are sold based on weight in most parts of West Africa. Therefore, feed must be formulated in such a way that it will promote the growth and weight of the table size fish.

Also, the profitability of any livestock business investment depends solely on how well feed can be converted into general body weight. This assertion is based on the premise that feed converted into flesh is always cheaper than the value of flesh produced. A farmer should bear in mind that feed is not just produced for production sake but to meet certain nutritional needs of our livestock. In other words, some feeds are not of much benefit to catfishes that consume them. For you to compound feed that will convert well and also be cost effective, you must understand the nutritional need of your stock at all times. It does not make economic sense to use more than the needed protein in a feed because excess protein will be converted to other needs in feed.

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Pond Carriage Capacity: Why This is Essential to the Growth of Your Fishes

  

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There is a limit to the number of fishes your pond can contain per time. The maximum weight of fishes a pond can contain successfully without crisis is referred to as the “carriage capacity” of pond in this text. In the time past, there have been series of questions related to number of fishes a given size of pond can carry for a particular period of time. Answers given to these questions are not specific. Experience has taught me that carriage capacity of a pond is a factor of water management technique adopted in a farm. In other words, re-circulatory system of water management can accommodate higher number of fishes per square meter than a pond system. Even in a pond system, there are factors that affect the appropriate stocking density of two different ponds of the same size and depth in different location. Soil quality has a great impact on water quality which is an important factor in determining pond capacity.

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