WEDA provides feeding system for insect rearing facility

WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp GmbH supplies complete insect feeding system for Polish animal feed producer HiProMine


The company of Robakowo near Poznan produces insect proteins on an industrial scale using the black soldier fly. With the new WEDA plant, 550 tonnes of substrate are produced and supplied there every day.

The technology creates a food chain in which the insect forms a bridge between plant waste and sustainable animal feed.

The use of the soldier fly as a food insect can therefore make an important contribution in the future to feeding the growing world population while conserving resources. Compared to other animal feed, insects are the only source of protein for which the raw material can be used one hundred percent. In addition, no waste is produced during the manufacture of animal proteins. On the contrary: during their growth, the larvae feed exclusively on organic waste. The soldier flies Hermetia illucens is also characterized by extremely rapid development, with the larvae fattening in about seven days.

“Furthermore, the end products are free of antibiotics and genetically modified organisms,” said WEDA Product Manager Jens Feldhaus in favor of expanding the breeding method. In HiProMine’s insect feeding systems, the proven technologies of WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp are used for this purpose. Inexpensive, nutrient-dense and environmentally friendly source of protein Insect feeds are currently already approved for pets, poultry, pigs and aquaculture.

If the technology becomes established worldwide, insects have the potential to become an inexpensive, nutrient-dense, and environmentally friendly source of protein for all animal feeds. Prof Dr hab Damian Jozefiak, one of the founders of HiProMine and professor at the University of Life Sciences in Poznań, is very satisfied with the prospects and the cooperation so far: “With WEDA, we have found exactly the right technology partner who offers us the production security that we have needed for the sustainable development of this sector of activity. “, he summarized.