BioMar use the trial facility for the following research goals and objectives:
Feed cost often account for the largest production cost in aquaculture, which is why feed performance is a major competitive parameter for BioMar. Feed trials allow BioMar to benchmark diets against each other and identify what formulations work best in Australian farming conditions. To measure performance BioMar typically examine Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR), Specific Feed Rate (SFR), Specific Growth Rate (SGR) and Condition Factor. These metrics look at relationships between feed and growth and examine fish health, informing us how much feed the fish need to eat to attain their end weight, how much (relatively) they have grown over the trial period and how this changes their body shape compared to length.
In addition to measuring performance metrics, feed trials also allow us to test new raw materials and optimise our feeds formulations. Testing new, sustainable novel ingredients in commercial setting give us the opportunity to identify any unforeseen effects before implementing them into our recipes. We can also adjust feed formulation based on what we believe is working best for the fish, maximising benefits to fish health, human health and our feeds sustainability profile.
Feed trials are important for sustainable development of Australian aquaculture. Together, with partners like Huon Aquaculture, we can conduct R&D and collect data needed to optimise our feeds performance, fish and human health benefits, raw material combinations and sustainability profile for Australia.