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Monday, November 2, 2015

02/11/2015: Growth trial and challenge testing facility opens in Thailand

New facility can accommodate confidential, replicated growth trials designed to client specific protocols for freshwater, brackish water and marine shrimp and fish species 

First published in International Aquafeed, September-October 2015


Following the successful launch of its disease diagnostics laboratory facilities in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2014, Fish Vet Group Asia Ltd has now opened wet laboratory and challenge testing facilities in Chonburi, 90 minutes south-east of Bangkok.

The facility can accommodate confidential, replicated growth trials designed to client specific protocols for freshwater, brackish water and marine shrimp and fish species and both bacterial, for example Vibrio parahaemolyticus, and viral, including WSSV challenge tests.
      

http://issuu.com/international_aquafeed/docs/iaf1505_w1/20

Best bio-security practices
The unit, under the watchful eye of aquatic veterinarian Dr Leo Galli, is operated under best biosecurity practices. All incoming stock are screened at source and regardless of any accompanying specific pathogen free (SPF) status certification are only allowed into the facility after reconfirmation of their SPF status by conducting tests in the FVG Asia Ltd disease diagnostics laboratories in Bangkok.
 

Additional mandatory practices on site, include disinfection of incoming water, pipework and facility equipment.

The facilities
A series of 400-litre external nursery tanks are used to grow seed (shrimp PL’s or fish fry) to the preferred client stocking size before transfer into the external grow-out tank system which consists of 32 200-litre tanks.

Each grow-out tank has its own internal bio-filter, and aeration supply and is an individual separate bio-secure unit. The growout unit has a double skinned roof and an external roof water sprinkler system to keep the ambient temperatures steady and at least 10 degrees centigrade less than the external midday air temperatures.

Facilities, therefore, are ideal for feed/ growth trial work. Alarms alerting staff to disruption of the electricity supply, a back-up petrol generator and switch over back up air pumps ensure that electrical power is provided in the rare event of a power cut, or if there is a failure in any of the in-line air and water pump systems.                     


Read the full article in International Aquafeed HERE.

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