Sustainability Case Study: Viet-Uc
Boosting consistency and profitability for our customers
Benchmark focuses on this throughout its offering, with water quality, probiotics, immunostimulants, advanced nutrition, genetically resistant strains and enclosed environmental systems; supporting improved animal health and welfare, and reduced environmental impact.
In this specific example, Benchmark’s Advanced Nutrition team partnered with leading Vietnamese shrimp producer, Viet-Uc, to evaluate the production benefits of farming indoors with limited water exchange compared to traditional outdoor farming. Together with the use of Benchmark’s high quality Advanced Nutrition products and technical protocol, the indoor method of farming has shown to improve productivity, consistency and reduce environmental impact.
“It is important to control what can be controlled and our Advanced Nutrition productsdo exactly this. This study is testament to our mission of enabling producers to improve their sustainability and profitability.” – Benchmark’s Advanced Nutrition Segment Director
Vietnam is one of the world’s largest exporters of shrimp and Viet-Uc, run by entrepreneur Van Thanh Luong, started its aquaculture operations with the successful production of shrimp post larvae and soon expanded into further integration, including the on growing of shrimp. As part of this enterprise the company has been investing in large-scale indoor farming capacity.
“The Advanced Nutrition team have really supported the growth at Viet-Uc’s shrimp production operations. Over the past year, they have helped us perform several successful commercial-scale production trials in our indoor system. We are now making joint efforts in testing and adopting their protocols from this study on a larger, industrial scale. We look forward to continuing our partnership.” – Can Nguyen, Viet-Uc’s Vice President of Production in charge of the collaboration between the two groups
One of the main risk factors in shrimp production is disease outbreaks. To achieve the highest level of biosecurity, it is essential to control the culture cycle as much as possible. Reducing the entry of possibly contaminated water into the ponds is an important element in the production chain.
Zero-water exchange protocols in indoor facilities offer the opportunity to control environmental factors and biosecurity which results in more predictable farming.
New Advanced Nutrition protocol and products driving sustainability in indoor shrimp farms
In a series of trials, Benchmark’s Advanced Nutrition team advised on a tailored protocol for indoor farming to manage environmental factors. Viet-Uc applied Benchmark’s high quality products including water conditioner (Sanolife PRO-W), a feed coating to improve shrimp gut bacteriology (Sanolife PRO-2), and a health booster diet to improve shrimp resistance against environmental stress (Sano S-PAK).
The results were clear:
•• Higher productivity and increased predictability: water quality control and the use of high quality probiotics and immunostimulants reduced environmental stress on the animals, resulting in less size variation at harvest.
•• Reduced water use: lower production costs due to lower energy consumption as a result of no pumping needed for water exchange. Overall input cost per animal was reduced.
•• Improved environmental stewardship: less chemicals were used during the process a result of zero water exchange.