Angus Breeder said:
Maple Leaf Angus said:Mike said:
works as long as their owner doesn't catch you at it, eh Mike?
Mike said:Maple Leaf Angus said:
I know you are saying that for a joke but............catfish rustling is an art here down south. My cousin had a whole pond (10-12 thousand lbs.) stolen a couple of years ago after he had fed them all year.
I guess we need to start branding 'em. :wink:
Are yours trained to the horn? ours are....drive up to the tank and honk.....you can see all the V's swimmin towards ya. Then throw out the feed, looks just like your pictures.
:shock: :shock: Good Grief!! That looks just like a school of Piranha in the wilds of the Amazon! Those 'suckers' can strip an Alligator bare to the skeleton in 15 -20 seconds!Mike said:A few Cats eating their feed.
More of the same
baling wire said:Whats the rate of gain? I have heard the feed eff. is real good.
jigs said:we have built a pond in the back of our yard and are currently dipping fish out of the canals to stock it. how much would it cost to get 50or so of the cat fish from a supplier?? or do they just do bulk ??
so far we have only got blue gill and crappy in the pond.... a few small cats, but they are hard to dip.
just curious on the price.
Maple Leaf Angus said:Last time I talked to my catfish farming buddy in Misissippi, the price of catfish was around $.70/lb., if I'm not mistaken. Is that about breakeven?
What's the price now for your finny friends?
When I was a little kid, we used to "sein" fish for catfish in a tributary of the Missouri River in Mo. (against the Law! but this was during the Depression - and we liked to eat once in a while!). I stepped on a gunny sack full of cats and stuck one of those 'needle sharp' whiskers in my bare foot!!! :shock: Sucker hurt for two weeks. But I like grilled catfish the way Ruthie fixes it!Mike said:baling wire said:Whats the rate of gain? I have heard the feed eff. is real good.
When they are fingerlings it is said that they will put on a lb. of gain for each lb. of feed. As they get larger the efficiency goes down exponentially.
Problem is................the processors (packers :wink: ) have figured out that it takes just as much labor to process a small fish as it does a larger fish, thereby wanting the producer to grow them to larger sizes taking much more feed. The feed is a 36% floating feed that's around $350.00 per ton.
The Vietnam fish exported here have all but killed the catfish market in recent years.
That's exactly what it looks like. A school of Pirhana. There's a guy down the road who has a Jack Russel Terrier that will dive in when he is feeding his and catch them. It's a funny sight! That poor little dog has holes all in his mouth where the fish have "finned" him, but he keeps going back in!
When a catfish farmer gets ready to sell a pond of fish, the processor sends a representative out to catch a couple, skin them on the spot, set up his cooker and cook some for a "flavor test", right there on the pond bank. They pay according to the sweet flavor of the grain fed fish. "Off Flavor" fish get docked a bunch.