ZENIT is the name of the new feeding programme that DIBAQ Aquaculture launches to the market in 2012.
Based on the inclusion of (1) functional additives of natural origin with prebiotic and antioxidant activity and (2) optimal aminoacids, vitamins and minerals balance for each species, size and period of year, ZENIT is a new concept and philosophy in the mediterranean fish nutrition.
This new program links directly to the philosophy of Evolution ® and with the inclusion of high digestibility plants and vegetables, thanks to its origin, pretreatments and a novel and innovative manufacturing process in Dibaq factory.
After 5 years of intensive research, ZENIT has collected in a feeding programme, the know how acquired in a collaboration with 25 companies and 20 research centers, in what have been a model of project setting a trend in the future of fish feeding: ACUISOST.
After finding the best results at the experimental level, over the past 15 months we have focused on results in the industrial field, working in sea bream, sea bass, rainbow trout and eel fish farms. We have performed many test facing ZENIT against different feed controls. We are convinced of the advantages of this new program for the farmer as his results are showing:
1.- Reduction of the production cycle through the improvement of performance parameters.
As shown in the graphic data, we have achieved and demonstrated an average reduction of 8% of FCR in sea bream, sea bass, trout and eel, thanks to the improvement of the average daily growth and the biological conversion rate in farmed fish. These results translate into a reduction of the production cycle of the species studied with great potential for growth, which undoubtedly is so interesting for farmers, our customer.
2.- Improvement of the biomass production/m3 and cost/kg of meat.
Through the use of functional ingredients, and in relation to the previous point, the ratio of price of food / kg meat (food cost x economic conversion rate) and the biomass productivity (kg of fish / m2) are significantly reduced such as expressed below in trout and eel industrial experience respectively.
3.- Intestinal health and water quality.
The performance improvement is not just due to the balanced and exclusive inclusion of raw materials with high digestibility proposed in ZENIT. It is also directly related to the inclusion of prebiotics and natural antioxidants that help to maintain optimal intestinal mucosal structure to promote the digestibility of nutrients.
Thanks to these properties, ZENIT allows an optimum feed using without removing detritus into the water after protein metabolism. These properties respect the environment with levels of excretion of N and P to the water significantly lower than traditional foods. This feature we found especially in closed water systems whose benefits can be fully extrapolated to any farm.
4.- Survival & Mortality & General Appearance.
Farmed fishes are used to consume high quantity of protein and fat during all the production cycle. For that reason, intestinal health is a reflection of general fish health. And this is also reflected in the mortality rates of our farm experiences, as shown by the results obtained in different trials in sea bream and rainbow trout industry.
Furthermore, the inclusion of natural antioxidants in fish feed, clearly improves the general appearance of the post mortem status of the fishes with bright colors, bold, and increasing the time of exposure in commercial lines. Similarly, these antioxidants help to keep the freshness of the fishes in a good condition, maintaining the organoleptic and palatability properties.
5.- Therapeutic Effects. Antibacterial and antiparasites properties.
Finally and fundamental due to the direct effect of the inclusion of natural prebiotics, ZENIT has demostrated a number of antibiotic treatments decreasing, thanks to the modulating activity of the bacterial microflora. This effect is supported with the declining of general mortality and leads to the benefit of the farmer.
Likewise, the integrity of the intestinal health and biocide and anti-parasitic effect of some of the ingredients, has shown to act positively to prevent implantation of intestinal parasites such Nucleospora spp, Enteromymum leei and Microsporidium spp. We have verified this effect experimentally as shown in the image, and undoubtedly will work in conversions improvement and the general health of the fish in the toughest times of the year.
In Dibaq, we are focus on profitability and competitiveness of our customers by providing efficient and sustainable solutions. ZENIT combines a set of properties and nutritional characteristics that allow us to be optimistic about our commitment to Mediterranean aquaculture and our desire to be always the forefront of fish feed.