Presentation on theme: "Aquaculture on the family farm Brimin Lodge Murray Cod Rutherglen, North East Victoria Simon and Philippa Noble."— Presentation transcript:
Aquaculture on the family farm Brimin Lodge Murray Cod Rutherglen, North East Victoria Simon and Philippa Noble
Victorian Aquaculture Currently output of about $25 m/year $9m for trout $6m for farmed abalone $2.5m for ornamentals $1.8m for mussels $1m for eels $1.6m for farmed finfish $0.01 for yabbies
Current Farm Enterprise 600 Prime lamb producing ewes 2 holiday cabins on the river 10 hectares of Agroforestry Murray Cod grow-out – started in 1993
Vision “To develop the commercialization of true multiple water use on the property by using the irrigation water from our bore for commercial aquaculture production prior to application for timber and prime lamb production.
Resources Human oTraining: Philippa- Bachelor of Agricultural science - Post Graduate Diploma of Aquaculture -Cert 111 in Aquaculture- Breeding Simon- Bachelor of Agricultural Economics -Cert 111 in Aquaculture- Breeding -Cert 111 in Animal Nutrition oStockmanship: Philippa and Simon, each over 30 years handling and husbandry of livestock. oDetermination
Resources Physical –167 Hectares property with 4 km river frontage –Water Supply: »Bore- 60mg license »River- 125mg license –Water reuse: »30 Hectares of pasture irrigation »10 Hectares of Agroforestry
Tanks: –Black Plastic- 25x1200lt - 22 x 5000lt Water: Bore Water- Passes through heat exchanger and into meg 250,000 litre tanks for storage Fish tanks Recycle exchange once per day Temp 19-21 0 C
Heating: »Large capacity wood fired boiler »Thinning from Agroforestry Effluent: »Piped to Agroforestry »Recycle drain to irrigation dam Stocking: »Currently purchases 20,000 fingerlings/year in Feb/March »Working on breeding our own from genetically selected stock.
Agroforestry 10 hectares with some now 12 years old and pruned to 12 meters Planted at 1000 trees per hectare then thinned to 300 trees with the thinnings being used in the boiler and poles
Processing Killing, Gutting and Filleting: »Carried out in our own facility
Marketing Overriding Policy: »Offer the market what it wants “Quality and convenience” »Sales of whole fish and fillets to local restaurants »Concentration on printed menus »Consistent price year round to compete with Atlantic Salmon
Output Slowly increasing from 5 tons/year to 10 tons/ year as numbers increase. Maintain a price of around $18 - $22/kg
Challenges Maintaining 7 days/week commitment year after year Maintaining water quality in a cost effective way.