THE NEW FULL NATURAL CYCLE BREEDING SYSTEM
The outdoor full natural cycle breeding system, in use up until now, implied reproduction and fattening as two distinctively separated sectors. Snails were manually transferred from the reproduction enclosure to the fattening one by means of white paper sheets. This method, besides being very laborious and time-consuming for the snail breeder, involved a high mortality rate for the animals. The new system proposed by ANE implies that the transferring process from the reproduction area to the fattening one is no longer carried out manually by men but in accordance with the natural migration of the mollusks. The 45m by 3.5m enclosure is divided into two parts: 40% for reproduction and 60% for fattening, both divided by 3.5m of Helitex net. When the migration time arrives the use of white paper sheets and manual labor is no longer required as it will simply be enough to remove the dividing net and the snails, who are attracted to the previously sown fresh and soft vegetation, will be naturally led to migrate towards the fattening area. In the reproduction enclosures there must be two areas: one for alimentation and one for the protection of the little snails that will be born. During the sewing stage, this peculiarity will thus have to be taken into account.
Natural Migration is the main principle in our breeding method and due to its substantial impact, represents a real revolution compared to the method that has been used so far. The old system implied a division between the reproduction and the fattening area in two separate enclosures, which very often, due to the layout of the land, could be hundreds, sometimes even thousands of meters away from each other. The transferring stage was therefore an extremely delicate process as it had to be carried out in a limited amount of time while paying attention to not to damage the little snails. This process is extremely laborious, stressful, and expensive - due to the need for employment of supplementary labor. All snail breeders who have dealt with this activity have tried to find solutions that could alleviate the costs in terms of time, strain and money: paper sheets, wheelbarrows, paper plates and cardboard cut outs have been the tools, inflected into all sorts of different shapes and dimensions which they used to face the challenge of conducting the herd from the reproduction stage to the growth stage.
Natural Migration - brilliant in its simplicity - represents the cure for all these problems as it drastically limits physical strain, labor costs, and the use of equipment and tools. Moreover, the application of this substantial innovation in breeding methodology has the quality to limit contamination by contact during man/snail interaction, and respect the habitat and the growing process of snails. This is a very important and valuable aspect: thanks to the concept of naturalness we can take a further step forward and consolidate the possibility of being the only representatives in the market today, of a ‘green’ philosophy - far removed from those artificial methods that unnaturally feed snails with powders and fodder.
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