Why do we use black soldier fly (BSF)
The nutritional content of BSF larvae is excellent. Full-grown larvae contain up to 45 % protein, roughly 30 % fat (bio-oils), around 7 % chitin and around 4 % calcium in the dry matter. BSF based feed also includes antibacterial agents. Live larvae are completely organic food and an excellent source of protein for chickens, for example.
BSF larvae have the best feed conversion ratio among insects and the growth rate of the larvae is high. BSF larvae eat carbohydrates and microbes and produce new protein that was not originally in the feed.
Black soldier fly larvae grow in dense masses, which means that the space requirement is small, and roughly 750 kilos of live larvae can be produced in one growing cycle (10-15 days) in one 20ft container. Mass rearing of black soldier larvae can be automated with low initial costs and using affordable hardware.
BSF based feed is a sustainable, locally grown, environment-friendly and cost-effective option for soy and fish based feed. Automation of the rearing and breeding process reduces labor costs and enables low production costs as well as low energy consumption.