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EXPERT TOPIC

SHRIMP

OPTIMIZING ANIMAL HEALTH AND DECREASING MORTALITY NEW, ALL-NATURAL ADDITIVE

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nnovative field-tested research shows decrease in bacterial infection and increase in survival rate. Optimizing animal health and decreasing the mortality rate in shrimp production are vital for its profitability and future. Prioritizing these demands, Dr Eckel now releases Anta®Ox Aqua – the definite all-natural health additive, developed to fit the needs of modern intensive shrimp production. Anta®Ox Aqua has proven effective in laboratory trials as well as under commercial farm conditions, demonstrating a breakthrough for the profitability of shrimp farms throughout the world. In South-East Asia and Latin America, Anta®Ox Aqua is costeffective even under very competitive market conditions. It is highly concentrated and works at low dosages, leaving enough space in the feed formula for maximum energy and nutrient density. It also doesn’t interfere with medications and water treatments. Anta®Ox Aqua offers a natural solution meeting exactly the demand for a healthy and efficient fish and shrimp production – perfectly in line with today’s consumer perceptions in regard to food safety and animal welfare. Lab results reconfirmed in large-scale field trials Anta®Ox Aqua can directly decrease the bacterial infection and increase the survival rate of Pacific White Shrimp – in the lab as well as in the pond. Trials conducted in cooperation with the renowned Kasetsart University in Thailand (Dr. Niti Chuchird,) gave spectacular results under laboratory conditions. The protective and immune-stimulating effects of Anta®Ox Aqua at the cellular level were measured and visualized (Niyamosatha et al. 2015). These convincing results could now be reconfirmed in large-scale pond trials under intensive farm conditions in South-East Asia. Anta®Ox Aqua significantly reduced the number of Vibrio bacteria in the hepatopancreas (Fig. 1). Early Mortality Syndrome is known to cause necrotic cells in the hepatopancreas of shrimp. Consistently, in samples of the control group, up to 80% of the hepatopancreatic cells were damaged. But the hepatopancreas of the shrimps with Anta®Ox Aqua appeared to be healthy and normal (Fig. 2). Furthermore, the lower bacterial infection in Anta®Ox Aqua fed shrimps accounted for better mean survival rate (91% vs. 63% in the control group). Performance parameters like growth and feed conversion ratio (1.35 vs. 1.55 in the control group) were positively affected by adding Anta®Ox Aqua to the grow-out feed. These effects increased total biomass production as well as profit in the Anta®Ox Aqua group. Even more significantly, because Anta®Ox Aqua enables lower mortality in the grow-out period, crucially there is less waste in terms of both animals and feed, whilst it also enables farmers to plan annual production volumes far more reliably. 36 | January 2017 - International Aquafeed

JAN 2017 - International Aquafeed magazine  
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