Suppliers Of Quality Fish For The Table & Restocking markets
At Upper Hayne, we produce quality carp for restocking and for the table. We currently only supply to the wholesale market and for those wanting to stock carp for aquaponic systems. Read about our fish farm and wholesale prices for fish below.
Upper Hayne Fish Farm
The fish farm is located in the upper reaches of the Culm Valley in Mid Devon, which forms part of the Black Down Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty. The farm is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of hedge bordered pasture fields and rolling woodlands around the upper edges of the escarpment. Through our careful management of our ponds and surrounding areas, the farm has encouraged the development of a rich biodiversity of native plants and wildlife.
The farm has over 3 acres of water consisting of 12 ponds ranging in size from 400 square meters for rearing fry to over 2500 square meters for growing our larger fish.
The management of the site is based on our experience in being pioneers in organic aquaculture. We pay equal attention to the health and welfare of the stock reared on the farm, as well as fulfilling our responsibilities of managing the environment sustainably (both on the farm as well as it’s ecological footprint).
As an authorised aquaculture production business, we are regularly inspected by the Centre of Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS – an agency of DEFRA) ensuring we meet all statutory requirements for fish health and disease control. Further disease control measures which we undertake include the operation of a rigorous bio security plan, independent bacterial & parasite surveillance (needed for Section 30 live fish stocking of ponds and lakes) and the application of low stress management strategies when carrying out routine husbandry operations on site.
During the growing season (April to September), we closely monitor conditions in the ponds to ensure they remain optimal for our stock. Key water quality parameters are monitored regularly including dissolved oxygen, water temperature, ammonia and pH. With regards to feeding our fish, we apply two approaches. The first is maximising the natural productivity of the pond through regular fertilising of small quantities of animal manure to stimulate algal and phytoplankton growth. Natural feed is always the best but is rarely quite enough to provide adequate growth. To supplement this, we also feed our fish with either a quality course fish diet which is relatively low in fish meal but successfully meets the fishes nutritional needs.
We supply the wholesale trade, retail outlets or fisheries. For those wanting to stock aquaponic systems or to grow fish for your table, go to Fish For Aquaponic Systems.
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