With this tool, Cargill can identify the main risk factors for individual farms and provide tailored recommendations to help reduce the severity of the disease to promote shrimp survival. Outbreaks of EMS have resulted in mortality rates as high as 100 percent.
The EMS Risk Tool assesses the risk of EMS based on the best available knowledge of the factors associated with the disease, from seed (postlarvae), genetics, sanitary practices, environment and farm management, to shrimp nutrition and health.
“This tool is the next step in our journey to mitigate the effects of EMS,” added Lane. “Helping shrimp producers manage risks of diseases like EMS will lead to better farming practices and can help mitigate other diseases. The Cargill technical team continues to focus on finding effective ways to combat EMS and is working closely with our customers to develop solutions.”