BREEDING OF FLY AND LARVAE

We create ideal living conditions that even surpass nature.

A WDR documentory about our fly breeding

The larvae of the Black Soldier Fly (BSF), the Hermetia Illucens are perfect protein suppliers for the animal feed industry — as certified by the United Nations agricultural experts. Everything speaks for breeding them on an industrial scale. But how exactly does it work? How do you ensure good quality? Where do the millions of larvae grow? What do they live on and how do they eventually get into the feeding troughs of so many animals?

Highest quality feed provide the best possible yield

Many years of experience and fine-tuning have brought us where we are today.

When breeding BSF two factors are taken into consideration and not compromised on at Illucens: to deliver the highest quality and achieving the best yield. To achieve this we have applied our industrial and biological skills and experience to research and develop special fly houses, in which the flies deposit a maximum number of eggs and also a breeding process where the larvae can rapidly grow under ideal conditions. Over many years in endless trials, we have developed ideal conditions and requirements for feeding and caring for the young larvae. That is why we have set up a separate area for this early development stage, in which we can continuously meet these special requirements.

A good nursery and lots of care increase the well-being of the young.

It all starts with the laying of the eggs of the adult Hermetia Illucens. Our flies are kept under ideal, digitally controlled, biosafe conditions that not only replicate nature’s conditions, but goes beyond and enhances them. By recreating and improving the tropical living conditions, we succeed in maximising the amount of eggs deposited over and over again. While in a natural habitat a survival rate of only 1-5% is quite sufficient to maintain the species, we are getting closer to 100% survival through continuous improvements and advancements.

Within just 3 weeks the larvae of the Hermetia Illucens are ready for harvest

Only when the larvae in our nursery have reached a reasonable size, are they ready to be relocated to the fully automated growth stations the computer-controlled fattening and bio-reactors. By applying technology the perfect conditions are created to achieve the ideal mast size in the shortest possible time. But all the technology is ineffective without the experience of the employees (these have been part of the operation since inception)! We have also optimised the process behind the horizontal agriculture. In this process, the larvae is not exposed to the stress and undue pressure created by farming the larvae in vertical stacks. Using this combination of a flat bed and an ideal amount of feed and low toxins we achieve optimised yields.

We guarantee the optimal preservation of high quality ingredients.

After the larvae in the bio-reactor have reached their final weight under these ideal conditions, they are mechanically, gently cleaned in several stages. This way, we can guarantee the optimal preservation of the high quality ingredients and to maintain them.