Hi all, apologies for the late response. Things are moving, to say the least.
Gerry DeSeve While I will not discriminate against any markets, the main goal is to dehydrate them and subsequently mill them into a powder for use in human or animal feeds. Certainly if there is demand for whole (wet or dry) larvae, then I would sell them as such. As of now, the cost is too high for the larvae to be the sole protein source in animal feed, but their benefits carry over even if included as a supplement.
Steven Reubenstone shape is inconsequential as it will be a semi solid being dropped in each bin. The content will be proprietary, as I am moving away from the original ingredient, but don’t worry John Rodrigues, we’re still looking at a semi solid!
Jibin Lukose, are you referring to a feeder system for mealworms or fish? I’ve seen automatic pellet feeders for fish before. The larvae will be grown in wheat bran, which is standard, but their water source is what will be novel in this case. They can grow on wheat bran alone, but it takes almost 180 days for them to grow without a water source, so something like vegetable matter cuts that growth time down to 60 days (or shorter, is the goal). I’d be happy to chat with you, as aquaculture is of great interest to me as well. Please message me personally and I will share my email.
Thank you all for your continued interest! Not only does it mean a lot to me, but it is heartening to see interest in this particular subject is growing. Also, see mini update below this reply.