BioFarm - A highly specialised function within BioMar
BioFarm is a highly specialised function within BioMar focused on education and knowledge exchange. It consists of experts in nutrition and farming efficiencies, technologies and best practices. This dedicated team of 63 people spans over 80 countries with a mission to spread the latest knowledge on the most efficient and sustainable aquaculture techniques.
The BioFarm family consist of biologists, veterinarians and engineers, some of them former fish farmers, who bring extensive experience and a deep understanding of the many different areas related to aquaculture. Our BioFarm teams spend most of their time out in the field, although they work closely with our Global R&D, Product Managers, Sustainability teams and the broader aquaculture industry. This ensures they have knowledge in both theoretical and practical farm management issues while having access to the latest developments in nutrition, sustainability and best aquaculture practices.
BioFarm covers all stages of farming and life cycle for most aquaculture species. The work includes a variety of areas within planning and monitoring of the production, feeding strategies, water quality and recirculation technology, veterinarian services and questions related to sustainability, food safety and the environment which are increasingly demanded by society. Their expertise extents from the hatchery to the grow out units, be it in sea cages, ponds or land-based facilities.
At BioMar we believe education is the key to driving long term, sustainable change. That is why we offer over 15 different type of courses dedicated to all aspects of aquaculture and business management, including programs for children and families of farm workers. These courses not only cover topics within biology, technology and nutrition for the early detection of farming challenges, but also social issues, communities welfare and environmental impact.
Training sessions range from a few hours to certificate level accreditations with local institutions and universities. Besides client and community training, we have partnerships with several academic centres, providing post study experience and employment opportunities for aquaculture students. In 2019, we provided direct training to over 5000 people, with a total of close to 48,000 training hours.
Knowledge exchange is a key focus of our business. We collaborate closely with our customers to give support on feeding strategies, defining and predicting production results and ensuring the quality of the final product. The implementation of correct feeding practices and being able to anticipate problems during production are vital parts for a sustainable aquaculture business model. Not only will it reduce production costs, but can minimise feed waste, animal losses and unwanted impacts on the environment.
“Farm managers show me around in order to give me an exact idea of the farm, of its equipment and how it is being operated. In order to give constructive advice to a customer you need to have an open dialogue. This involves insight in many aspects of the fish farm such as water parameters, environmental regulations, production targets, working routines, feed types that are being utilized and what his plans are for the future.
This ensures we can have a thorough dialogue and can point to actions that might help to optimise the performance of the farm”, Anders Andreasen, BioFarm Specialist for 35 years
That is why our Aquaculture Technology Centres (ATCs) and production facilities around the world have physical laboratories that can undertake a variety of tests including water/soil analysis, molecular diagnostics, pathology and finished product quality and safety. In 2019 more than 45,000 individual BioFarm analyses were undertaken on behalf of farmers.
BioFarm operates with the basic premise of collaboration and mutual support between customers and our BioFarm experts. This close working relationship is essential for implementing improvements which generate a real impact for sustainable change and optimised farm performance. In 2019 we actively undertook 129 collaborative aquaculture field trials.
The experiences gained by the more than 5,700 BioFarm onsite visits globally during 2019 and the free exchange of information, allow us to provide farmers with the best information available. In this way, we aim to be at the forefront of what is going on in our aquaculture regions, in a world which is characterised by constant change and challenges for farmers.