Yabbies Farming

Farming yabbies is a good option for starting a business. Effective management techniques are the key to become successful in the industry.

All you need to do is to learn how to grow, handle and market the yabbies.

Tips to Grow Yabbies

Yabbies are exotic species that particularly grow in freshwater. This species is invaluable to export which is why engaging in yabby farming can be a perfect idea. Yabby farming started in Western Australia and as the industry progresses many people all over the world started yabby farming. However, before you decide to start in this business you should know the important facts about the yabby. This creature is categorized as herbivores and detrivores and can live in milky and muddy dams.

Yabbie Farming

In order to establish a successful aquaculture business, there is a number of considerations to take into account. The first step is to find a suitable land where you can construct a pond with good quality water. Likewise, it is also important to consider the climate when growing yabbie in order to generate good produce. Also, you should be committed to giving your time and effort to grow and manage the yabbie farm. Aside from the above-mentioned factors, there are other factors to consider such as obtaining the necessary licenses and permits. You cannot operate your yabbie farm without the aquaculture permit. That is why if you are thinking to start a yabbie farm you should inquire from the state authority about the required documents.

Water Quality

As mentioned earlier, the good growth and production of yabbie depend on the water quality. It is essential to maintain good water quality in order to obtain optimum growth. Regular water testing can help in maintaining water quality. You can do it yourself as there are testing kits available in analytical supply stores. The parameters that you should monitor regularly include the water temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH levels, water hardness, and alkalinity as well as salinity and turbidity. All those parameters should be in proper balance to avoid problems in growing the yabbie.

Pond Management

Before starting any aquaculture business, see to it that you have plenty and suitable water supply in the location. Some yabbie growers get water from different sources such as soaks, artesian bore water, and water catchment. However, it is not recommended to build dams or ponds directly in the water table. In case that there is a minimal source of water in your area, you can recycle the water as an alternative. You can do it by draining the ponds during harvest and cleaning. On the other hand, ensuring an abundant water supply is necessary especially during summer months when the ponds should be topped up with water. This is important because the water evaporates faster during the summer season.


  • ramachandra rao said on August 4, 2012
    I am from india ,andhra pradesh,visakhapatnam, and i want to start yabby farm please tell how do we start the farm and where do i get yabby for rearing in india and need the supply of yabby. anticipation of your reply
  • Allan FAIRHURST said on November 15, 2012
    I have a 5 mtr x 2 mtr x 600 deep outdoor tank and i would like to utilise it to farm for my own use, more as a hobby than a business. Any info as to tank requirements would be most appreciated.
  • ZTP said on March 9, 2014
    I wanted to start my own Yabby farm ,but there is not any room for a pond in my house. Will a Yabby farm work in a 50 by 20cm tank ? When farming yabbies why do people put them into a plastic bottle?
  • Ssentongo Roy said on June 7, 2014
    i would like to know where i can get these yabbies un uganda and start my farm. then i also need to know their feeds and the time they take to mature. and what is there average price at international market?


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