USSEC conducted a Shrimp Feed Nutrition and Feed Management Seminar in Makati City, Philippines on March 22 to educate 26 shrimp feed formulators, nutritionist, and technicians of the Philippines Shrimp feedmill about the value of using U.S. soy products in shrimp nutrition and to share new information on shrimp feeds formulated with soy-optimized diets and new technology on feed and automatic feeding management.
USSEC Philippines Technical Manager-Aquaculture Levy Loreto L. Manalac presented an introduction to USSEC’s Soy in Aquaculture Program in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Dr. D. Allen Davis of School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences at Auburn University presented and discussed “Use of extruded feeds, Current trends and constraints in Feeds for the Pacific White Shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei” and “Feed Management & the Transition to Automated Feeding Systems for the Production of Pacific White Shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei.” Dr. Benedict Standen, Product Manager of BIOMIN presented “Green Additives for Value Addition & Differentiation: Improving Feed Efficiency & Health.”
The sharing of new information on shrimp feeds formulated with soy-optimized diets, the value of using U.S. soy products, and new technology on feed and automatic feeding is valuable for this feedmill, whose management hopes to improve their production efficiency and profitability of shrimp industry thus increasing the use of U.S. Soybean Meal and other U.S. Soy Products.
The current inclusion of U.S. soybean meal in milkfish diets is about 35 to 40 percent.