BREEDING SNAILS IN HOME FOR BEGINNERS
A snail breeding farm is a rather interesting business idea in terms of 100% profitability of the entry threshold and profitability. Many do not even realize the high profitability of this business with minimal investment. It is also worth noting the still very low competition of this exotic business.
In recent years, the cultivation of grape snails has gained particular popularity. This is due to the fact that in many countries of the CIS and Europe, grape snail is considered a tasty, healthy and exotic delicacy. Naturally, such delicacies are quite expensive. In this regard, there is an urgent idea for the business – the cultivation of grape snails. But not everyone knows what is needed for this, where to start and what is the benefit.
BENEFITS MINUS BREEDING GRAPE SNAILS
5 centimeters of the sink.
One individual in one season brings about 1 kg of offspring – 50 individuals with a shell diameter of 5 cm. At the same time, the cost of one individual is approximately $ 0.25 per month. Feed consumption for 40 snails is 2 kg. feed mixture prepared according to a special recipe. It includes crushed corn, chalk, milk powder and herbs. The purchase price of grape snail meat is $ 5 per 1kg. And the purchase price of white snail eggs can reach up to $ 200 per 100g.
Snail meat is more healthy than chicken. It does not contain fat and cholesterol. And most importantly, it has high taste indices. Popularly, snail meat is called natural Viagra, since it has the properties of increasing potency not inferior to oysters. Up to 40 snails can be grown on one square meter. But some professional farmers use artificial feeding and increase this figure to 200pcs. on 1 sq.m. The mollusk ripening period is from 6 months to 1.5 years. It all depends on the subspecies and the effectiveness of the intensive feeding technology.
WAYS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF FINISHED PRODUCTS
Eggs and clam meat.
Before you engage in the cultivation of grape snails, of course, you need to analyze the markets. As the Japanese say: “To do sex, to sell!” All your efforts will be in vain if you cannot realize the products you received. The main markets for deli meats include:
restaurants with European cuisine in which snail meat is an expensive delicacy;
companies manufacturing frozen semi-finished products;
Frozen convenience foods.
pharmaceutical companies that make various preparations based on snail meat, which are necessary for normalizing metabolism and rejuvenating the skin.
If there are similar enterprises in your district, then you may well begin to engage in this business. Otherwise, of course, you have to think about ways to deliver goods over long distances, perhaps even export to Europe or China.
Technology for growing grape snails in the home
The future entrepreneur has two main options for growing at home:
In a large indoor aquarium or in a plastic container on the balcony.
On a farm made in a garage, in the basement, in a greenhouse or shed.
Breeding in the garage.
Farm in the open air.
The first method is suitable for people who live in urban environments. Also, this method is a great option for those who are not completely confident in their abilities, because in the apartment you can try to breed a small number of snails in order to feel all the “pitfalls” of this process. Testing a business is a very important step that many overlook. At the same time, they greatly risk their investments. But experts still recommend starting to grow shellfish in natural conditions.
For breeding you will need:
Equipped area of 20 square meters.
Special terrariums for gastropods.
Soil fertilized with various useful elements.
Food for growing mollusks, twigs and leaves.
Growing snails for meat is not a complicated process, but it requires control. It is necessary to maintain a strict temperature regime of 23 degrees Celsius, remove waste products of vital activity every three days and be sure to monitor soil moisture. The main food for snails is leaves, best from cabbage plus a feed mixture. If there are no problems with all this, and you received the first profit, you can think about the full-scale breeding of mollusks.