Trout grow at different rates, depending on the variables of water quality and temperature, etc. on a particular site. On our farm, with our very cold water, we can produce an average 1/2 lb. trout in about 2 years.
Normally, trout spawn at about 3 years; however, on our farm, during our spring spawning season (late March to mid-May), we select our brood stock for late maturing at 4 years old and older. Four-year spawners or older, are generally larger, stronger and more robust — producing in turn, a hardier, later maturing trout.
Trout do not produce their own pigment, therefore, the colour must come from their food: shrimp are particularly high in red pigment, and are abundant in many lakes in this area, as well as, our feed contains a naturally-sourced pigment, which produces an appealing red flesh.
Not true! In the past, this was thought to be the case, when salmon farms were expanding enthusiastically and were less regulated than they are now. That prejudice was extended — inaccurately and unfairly — to trout farms.
In fact, a highly regulated certified trout-farm facility, run by responsible and committed operators, where water quality and feeding regimen is closely monitored, ensures a consistently clean flavour, resulting in a superior source of protein: low-fat, high in Omega 3's, delicious and healthy!
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Yes. For live deliveries, call Ted at 1-250-677-4308 to arrange deliveries of live eyed-trout eggs, live fry and fingerlings, and live catchables for pond-stocking.
For meat-fish deliveries (flash-frozen, smoked-frozen, and foil pouches of smoked trout) to restaurants, fruit stands, seniors residences, and retail outlets, call Maureen at 1-250-677-4308.
A triploid trout is a trout that is sterilized, due to having three sets of chromosomes instead of two sets. This happens when, upon fertilization of the egg, the sperm brings with it one set of chromosomes and combines them with the 2 sets already in the egg — making 3 sets of chromosomes. Normally, in the natural world, just after fertilization, one set of chromosomes is thrown off, leaving two sets. Although this is common, it doesn't always happen, which is why we sometimes find triploids in natural fish populations.
It was this discovery that led aquaculturists to the realization that a trout with 3 sets of chromosomes was, in fact, sterile. After this discovery, a method was found which involved 'shocking' the eggs with heat or pressure upon fertilization, a process which prevented the third set of chromosomes from being thrown off, thereby producing an entire population of sterile, triploidy trout.
It has been thought that if a sterile trout could be produced, we would have a fish that would grow faster and bigger and be more efficient with their feed. Although this could be true or not (depending on your experience), there are pros and cons to sterile fish.
A con is that triploids are somewhat less resilient than natural (diploid) trout when water quality conditions deteriorate, ie. warmer water in the summer and colder water in the winter — both of which can cause lower oxygen levels in the water, which causes greater stress in triploid trout.
Also, generally our experience is that triploid trout are a little slower growing. However, since they do not go through a spawning cycle, theoretically, they will continue to grow all year long and make up for the slower growth by putting energy into body weight, rather than the reproduction process.
In any population of trout, you will naturally have fish that grow faster and bigger than others; a population of triploid trout seems to be no different.
The biggest 'pro' with sterile fish, is when you have a pond with no facility for spawning, the fish will not go through the spawning phase, and become egg-bound — which can stress a fish for a short period of time.