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  1. Sous vide is awesome. It's particularly amazing to me how you can turn a relatively low/mediocre cut of meat into something special with a little time and love. hehe. We put a half a cow in the freezer every year, so we always have a lot of cuts that you have to get creative with. I turn chuck roasts and similar into steaks that rival a nicely aged prime ribeye, seriously. It's like magic. haha
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  3. @GaryD - Would you like to chime in on iAVS?
  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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krumkake) is also a very big deal for them. A few (very few) of the men in her family really like lutefisk (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 Aquafeed.com 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 signi
  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. 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.
  12. 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: www.aquaponic.com.au
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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 la
  16. Terrific as always Cecil. Beautiful work man!
  17. We had a power failure.
  18. 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.
  19. @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
  20. 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!
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