Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre opens next-generation research facility

Alltech Coppens opened a new and specialised research facility for digestibility and growth trials that is applicable for trout, catfish and many other species.

Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre opens next-generation research facilityAlltech Coppens hosted an official opening for the expansion of its world-class research facility, Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre (ACAC), on September 29. Attendants of the virtual event had the unique opportunity to step inside and get a virtual tour of the research centre expansion.

Ronald Faber, CEO and global aquaculture lead of Alltech Coppens

The digestibility research facility of the ACAC has been increased by 50%, which will expand the company’s capacity for product development and aquaculture industry solutions.

“The unique feature of this expansion is that we are now able to conduct growth and digestibility trials at the same time,” said Ronald Faber, CEO and global aquaculture lead of Alltech Coppens.

“Also, this system can create the perfect circumstances for species like trout, eel and also catfish.”

More than 20 years of in-depth research has been carried out at the ACAC on methods of promoting fish health and their precise nutritional requirements. This research has provided the basis for the formulation of efficient, high-performing diets and development of feeding strategies, both of which have been instrumental in the success of fish farmers.

“We are constantly developing and innovating our feed range. The application of our new next-genreration digestibility system will bring our knowledge of fish nutrition to the next level by adhering to our 4 Pillars of fish nutrition: “Palatability, Performance, Pollution Control and Planet,” said Philip Lyons, Global Manager Aquaculture Research.

Alltech Coppens worked with ZEBCARE, a company that has focused on the design and construction of complete aquatic research facilities for over 30 years, to develop this revolutionary new ACAC 7 trial system, which will combine growth and digestibility trials for catfish.