Praire AquaTech

  • Prairie AquaTech Featured in Prairie Business Magazine

    Prairie AquaTech is a small company now, but developers say if it can help farmers in the Dakotas and Minnesota capitalize as a substitute for high-demand fishmeal on the world’s fish farms, it could bloom into something bigger. Created in 2012 as DAST LLC, Prairie AquaTech is developing an enhanced microbial conversion to produce high-protein feed that is converted into pellets for aquaculture. The same processes can be used to make feed for other farm animals, pets and humans.

  • Introducing Prairie AquaTech – A McGowan Capital Portfolio Company

    Prairie AquaTech is a technology company based in Brookings, South Dakota that is improving animal health and nutrition by providing high quality feed ingredients. They are upgrading sustainable, plant-based commodities, such as soybean meal and distillers grain, to high quality ingredients used in aquaculture and other animal feeds. This is because, in 2010, the world reached an inflection point in the production of animal-based protein when aquaculture, or fish production, exceeded beef production in millions of tons produced globally. This inflection point is attributable to changes in consumer preference and the demand for higher quality food. Fishmeal, or dried and ground pelagic fish and fish waste, is the most important feed ingredient used in aquaculture, which represents up to half or more of a producer’s total operating costs. The importance of fishmeal to both animals and humans is due to its protein content of ∼65% and its amino acid profile, supporting nutrient use and growth. However, as a limited resource, fishmeal supply has been the same or declining for decades, which does not support the significant increase in demand due to aquaculture. Therefore, the price of this ingredient has recently increased to more than $2,400 per metric ton.