Introduction to Materials needed for Snail Feed Formulation

Before you can start formulating feed for your snails, it is required that you must understand and be able to recognize and identify those materials when you see them, which is why today, we are going to be discussing about what the essential raw materials for snail feed formulation is made up of. What is wheat offal? Its the waste product of wheat during processing, it contains the chaff and glutenous part of wheat seed Bone meal: is normal cattle bone or other bone like (goat, pig, etc.) Fish Meal:…

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Today’s Debate Topic: Which Feed do Snails Prefer: Vegetables or Formulated Feeds?

Often times when we mention snail farming as a business, many farmers assume that the only feed that snails consume is basically some vegetables. Although this was actually the major practice during the olden days, but Agriculture/Farming have gone far beyond the ancient methods because on daily basis, researches are being carried out to discover the better and most effective ways of modernizing Agriculture/Farming. In respect to snail farming, snails have been taken away from their popular method of feeding on some vegetables into compounding snail feeds which supports their…

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Snail Food and Feeding System

 Introduction The distinction between extensive, semi-intensive and intensive snail farming systems applies not only to housing but also to feeding. In an extensive system snail feed only on vegetation planted in their pens specifically for that purpose, as in mini-paddock and free-range pens. In a semi-intensive snail farm, external feed is provided to hatchlings, juveniles and possibly to breeding snails housed in hutch boxes or trench pens. In an intensively managed snail farm, all snails, at whatever growing stage, are always provided with external feed. Snails are kept in hutch…

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SNAIL MARKETING

In Africa, there is no organized market for the sale of snails. They are sold directly to the buyers or consumers from the snail  farmers or those who gather them from the bush or hawkers along the highways. With increasing awareness and production, snails could be marketed in the following ways; The snails could be sold directly to consumers or snail sellers directly from the farm Arrangement could be made to supply hotels and restaurants, e.t.c eggs and meat (DW basis). Exporting snails to foreign countries like United States of…

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FACTORS AFFECTING THE GROWTH AND REPRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE IN SNAIL

•        Environmental Factors •        Stages of production •        Feeding •        Stocking rate •        Darkness •        Management Practices •        Climatics factor •        Source of the foundation stock. ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AFFECTING PERFORMANCE Climatic factors affecting snail production: Rainfall Temperature (Hibernation and Aestivation) Wind Light Relative humidity. How to avoid excess water in the snail pen: Drum/Tank: Drum and Tank for rearing snail should be perforated at the bottom or sides to drain the excess water in soil. Wetting of the soil must be moderate. Cage: Holes should be drilled around the side…

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