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July 31, 2014

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Minnesota—Cargill’s New EMS Risk-Management Tool


Cargill’s animal nutrition business has launched an early mortality syndrome (EMS) risk-management tool to help shrimp farmers determine the best strategies for dealing with EMS, which has resulted in mortality rates as high as 100 percent on some farms.


With the tool, Cargill can identify the main risk factors for individual farms and provide tailored recommendations to help reduce the severity of the disease.


“With comprehensive risk assessment tools we are able to develop biosecurity programs tailored to identifying and reducing the risk of EMS losses on our customers’ shrimp farms,” said Ryan Lane, Cargill's global aquaculture technology director.


The tool assesses the risk of EMS based on the best available knowledge of the factors associated with the disease, like postlarvae, genetics, sanitary practices, the environment, farm management, nutrition and health.  It encompasses feedback and information from all of the EMS-affected countries, including a workshop in Mexico in November 2013 hosted by Cargill that brought together a wide range of academic researchers, government representatives and industry experts to share experiences and explore strategies for dealing with EMS.


Cargill's products include Liqualife®, Aquaxcel®, Purina® and Cargill® brand shrimp feeds, as well as feed lines developed specifically to help reduce the impact of EMS.




Source: The FishSite.  Cargill Launches New Tool to Help Farmers Manage EMS.  July 30, 2014.

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