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August 6, 2015

United States

Iowa—J&J Drydock Shrimp



In a building on their farm in rural Forest City, Julie and Jeff Tegland raise shrimp in outdoor swimming pools (12 feet in diameter).  “We’ve sold out two tanks and are selling from the third,” Julie said.  Another batch of shrimp should be ready this month.  Jeff heard about shrimp farming on the radio.  “He doesn’t even like to eat shrimp.  I do and love them,” Julie said.  But, it was Jeff who convinced her to try and raise shrimp.


“Our first tank went bad.  We got a nitrite spike,” Jeff said.  “It was, ‘Oh God', now, what do we do?’”  The couple recovered and added more shrimp.  “We are learning what makes them happy,” Julie said.  The tank water must be heated to about 82 to 83 degrees.  Two of the tanks held 2,400 to 2,600 shrimp earlier this spring while the third tank held 3,500 shrimp.  The Teglands operate a biofloc system without chemicals.  “Bacteria eat the waste,” Jeff said.  They grow their shrimp to a selling size of about 20 to 25 grams.  “We are usually right at 21 shrimp per pound,” Jeff said.


Although their main supplier has been good to work with, sometime seedstock isn’t available when you need it.  “We’d like to start raising our own in a nursery,” Jeff said.  “It would make us more independent,” Julie said.


While raising shrimp is demanding, requiring the Teglands to attend to the tanks in the morning and evening, it’s not a full-time job, so both of them continue to work at other jobs.


Information: Julie and Jeff Tegland, J&J Drydock Shrimp, 15487 370th Street, Forest City, Iowa 50436, USA (phone 1-641-581-5259, Facebook Page


Source: Forest City Summit.  Shrimp’s in Business.  August 4, 2015.

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