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  1. Welcome aboard!
  2. @GaryD - Would you like to chime in on iAVS?
  3. I'll start this one off. We are currently harvesting: - About 4 pounds of cherry tomatoes a day. - 1/2 ton of potatoes, finished in the ground, started in our AP system. - Plentiful amounts of various peppers. - Huge amounts of Kale from our media based system, more than we can eat so much of it goes to the goats and chickens. - Lettuce in huge amounts, but it is now in the bolt stage, so it's pretty pungent... most of it goes to the goats and chickens. So how about you? Bonus points for pictures.
  4. My wife's family is primarily of Norwegian and Swedish descent. They love their lefse, so it's an annual holiday tradition around our house. Looks like yours turned out great! Krumkake ( is also a very big deal for them. A few (very few) of the men in her family really like lutefisk ( too, but I really dislike it. hahaha... You have a beautiful home. I love those wood floors.
  5. That's always been my approach as well. It's not going to be perfectly accurate, but it's close enough to give the operator a good sense of the total fish mass in the system. At the tilapia hatchery, this was an exercise we did about once a month.
  6. Study finds Acti-Meal grape marc product improves FCR and growth of juvenile greenlip abalone By Staff, 11/08/2018 Researchers in Australia have found that dietary inclusion of Acti-Meal, a grape co-product from the wine industry, improves feed utilization and growth of greenlip abalone (Haliotis laevigata). In the 90-day study, researchers fed juvenile abalone diets containing dietary inclusion levels of Acti-Meal in varying levels from 0-20%, and recorded improvement in biomass gains of up to 12%. “The improvements were achieved despite greenlip abalone consuming significantly less feed when fed the Acti-Meal diets.”
  7. Sounds like you had quite an adventure! Thanks for sharing WillsC.
  8. I'm going to need to hear more about this! It sounds like you've got one heck of a story.
  9. Hello Joe, It sounds like we have many similar interests. Glad you found us and welcome aboard!
  10. Hi Ren, It is no longer available. Thanks for inquiring though.
  11. White Brook Tilapia Farm is for Sale! After a decade of successful business, we have decided it is time to work towards simplifying a bit, and to begin the process of looking for a new steward for White Brook Tilapia Farm. Don’t worry, we intend to continue normal operations until we find a suitable person or entity to take over, so orders will not be impacted in any way, and the phones will still be answered by a helpful friendly voice when you need us. Bottom line is we’re here for you, and that commitment is not changing. We have thoroughly enjoyed this venture, and boy has the time flown by. It has been an enormous blessing having the opportunity to meet so many fantastic people, and the friendships we have made through our involvement in the aquaculture and aquaponics communities will last a lifetime. It’s just time for us to start winding down some of our commitments, so we can focus more specifically on others - including family, friends, other business and farm commitments, and maybe a little more leisure time (we’ll see about that last one). Assets included in the sale: 1. All related branding, the domain name, logos and e-commerce website. Optionally, we have several additional tilapia and aquaculture domain names available as well. 2. Our entire inventory of tilapia breeders. This includes all 5 strains that we manage and sell. In total, probably about 230 breeders. 3. About 100 aquariums consisting of 40 gallon breeders, 55 gallon standards and 75 gallon standards all drilled with bulkhead fittings for centralized filtration. Also numerous smaller nursery tanks and holding tanks. 4. Hatchery equipment – McDonald style hatching jars, UV sterilizers, pumps, filters, etc. 5. Established retail customer base – Existing clientele and sales. 6. Established drop ship customer base – We drop ship fish for some other companies as well. 7. Vendor and supplier lists – We’ve already done the legwork of finding reliable low cost suppliers for shipping supplies, heavily discounted shipping rates, etc. 8. Training on how to properly handle, prepare and package live fish for transport. 9. Disease free inspection certificate (required for legal shipping of live tilapia in the US). 10. Non-competition agreement – We will no longer breed tilapia fingerlings to sell once the sale of the business assets are finalized and paid for. Please contact us at regarding asking price, or to request further details. Best Wishes, Kellen Weissenbach Founder
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    The subsistence fishfarming in Africa: Technical Manual ACF Devrig VELLY - Senior Food Security advisor, AAH Cédric BERNARD - Food Security advisor in DRC, AAH François CHARRIER - Food Security advisor in DRC, AAH, Rereader Aimara François MEUNIER - Emeritas Professor at MNHN, President of AIMARA, Rereader Patrice PRUVOST - Secretary of AIMARA Hélène PAGÉZY - Researcher, CNRS Other collaborators Roland BILLARD - Emeritas Professor at MNHN, Rereader Didier PAUGY - Research Director at IRD Thierry OBERDORFF - Research Director at IRD Jérome LAZARD - Research Director at IRD Alain BARBET - Agronomist Anton LAMBOJ - Researcher, University of Vienna, Austria. Mickael NEGRINI - Fishfarming technician Kirk WINNEMILLER - Researcher, University of Texas, USA Étienne BEZAULT - Researcher, EAWAG, Switzerland Fabien NANEIX - Teacher
  13. Hi Gary, We've had several people inquire about the business, but nothing too serious as of yet. We have been pretty busy at the hatchery, so we haven't really actively promoted its availability, other than a few posts here and there, that we made several months back.
  14. Dr Wilson Lennard, Australian Aquaponic Scientist and Consultant, has released a new book on commercial aquaponic system design and management called Commercial Aquaponic Systems: integrating recirculating fish culture with hydroponic plant production. The book is almost 400 pages long, A4 in size and full color. A table of contents and first chapter is available for download for free to understand what the book contains before purchase. Content and purchase details may be found at the Aquaponic Solutions web site:
  15. Thanks Gary. We really hate to give up the hatchery, but I have been burning the candle at both ends for many years, and it's time to simplify things. My biggest concern is finding someone who will run it well and enjoy it and benefit from it as much as we have. This will also eventually free up some time for me to dedicate a lot more attention to some other AP and iAVS projects I've been wanting to do for a very long time, and allow me to spend a lot more time on the forum.
  16. We do a lot of stuff besides just aquaponics and aquaculture at the farm. One of those things we do is maintain a herd of about 20-30 goats (primarily meat goat breeds). Our two purebred AKGA registered Kiko herd sires for Fall breeding season will be JAW GUSTO (white) and MKG 38-15 ZEUS (black). Gusto is about 4 years old and tips the scales at nearly 300 pounds. Zeus is a little over 2 years old now and about 230 pounds, and will probably end up at about 300 as well, once fully grown. They're in full rut and ready to go right now, but they still have to wait about a month until the ladies are ready for them. Can't wait to see the kids they produce. They should be some really good ones! We'll have a lot of them too since most of our does twin every year. We could have up to about 30-40 kids in the spring. Always fun!
  17. Terrific as always Cecil. Beautiful work man!
  18. We had a power failure.
  19. Goats are pretty funny, and provide a lot of entertainment. They are also fantastic at cleaning up weeds and overgrown brush. They aren't entirely maintenance free though. Deworming when needed, hoof trimming, etc. The lowest maintenance are typically Spanish goats, Myotonic goats and Kiko goats. If you're going to keep a couple of males, it's best to get wethers (fixed goats). Intact males stink pretty badly, especially during Fall rut. For wethers, I think Bokis (50% Boer, 50% Kiko) are also fantastic.
  20. We finally had time this Spring to finish fencing a couple of smaller pastures on the farm, so we recently added 6 goats, with more to come. Five of them are does/doelings. One is a whether. Four of them are young Boer doelings. Two are Myotonics (fainters)... one a 2 year old doe and one a 2 year old whether that came for "free" (in other words we had to take him) with the myotonic doe. We will be acquiring several purebred New Zealand Kiko does/doelings and a purebred Kiko buck soon. The Kiko buck will be the herd sire. This will primarily be a small meat goat operation, and we'll also be providing some commercial and registered purebred breeders. I've done primarily dairy goats in the past, and I'll probably add a dairy doe or two eventually, but not right now. It's been a long time since I've kept goats. I have to say, it's been a lot of fun already. I missed watching the ridiculousness that only goats are capable of demonstrating. Just finished some hoof trimming, CDT vaccinations for everyone, and did a few dewormings. Everyone appears to be acclimating well to their new digs. I'll try to add some pictures in the next few days.
  21. @Old Prospector - Totally agree. We have a pretty strong market here for goat meat, which is helpful. You can make a bit more selling from the farm, but sale barn prices have been strong and rising for the last several years here as well. I'm going to try to market the best bucklings as replacement breeder bucks to try and get a few extra dollars, and probably whether a couple and grow out to a bit larger size to put in the freezer. Any remaining will be sold for meat. Our long term plan is to continue to breed our herd up to "purebred" kikos, and sell registered breeders. We'll always have lots of culls to deal with though, so we'll be in the meat business still too.
  22. Nice! We have had 6 kids (3 sets of twins) so far from our does. Unfortunately, 5 out of 6 are bucklings. I was hoping for a good crop of doelings this year to add to the herd. I have 3 more does left to kid, and they should be birthing within the next 3-5 days hopefully. There better be a lot of girls this next round!
  23. Nice! Though, I'm hoping you don't have to bottle feed. We are considering adding some hair sheep this year for meat. I like katahdins alot, so that's the breed we'll probably go with here, but Spælsau sheep look like really hardy animals too.
  24. A set of twin bucklings were born today. 50% Kiko and 50% Boer mix.