May 2008 catfish feed deliveries down 23 percent from last year

Total catfish feed delivered in the United States during May 2008 was 82,653 tons, down 23 percent from May 2007, but up significantly from the previous month.

Foodsize catfish feed delivered totaled 81,263 tons, down 21 percent from the corresponding month a year ago. Feed delivered for fingerlings and broodfish totaled 1,390 tons, down 70 percent from the corresponding month a year ago.

May feed delivered to Mississippi catfish growers for foodsize fish totaled 42,292 tons, down 15 percent from last year. Mississippi accounted for 52 percent of the total foodsize catfish feed delivered to U.S. farmers.

The other major states with catfish feed deliveries for foodsize fish in May and their comparison to the previous year were Alabama with 19,235 tons, down 18 percent; Arkansas with 12,094 tons, down 43 percent; and Louisiana with 2,741 tons, down 8 percent from last year.

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