From egg to table size takes approx. 9 months.
We raise fish to a year and a half in age, at which point they start to produce eggs. These are fertilized and transferred to the hatchery. Eggs are taken from fish on the farm with the occasional import from Europe or South Africa.
The Top Farm is nestled alongside the south route of the Naro Muro River, touching the boundary of The Mount Kenya Forest. This is where most of the breeding and hatching takes place.
The Bottom Farm is situated along the Burguret River below the Trout Tree Restaurant. Here there is a hatchery, 10 small fry fish ponds, 4 medium sized fingerling ponds and 21 large ponds. Normal production in the two farms is close to 2 tons of trout per month.
The eggs need constant attention, especially during hatching when empty egg casings must be removed by hand using a siphon tube and feather. Water flow and water quality are particularly important at this time.
The feed is organic and made at the sister company Tamfeeds Ltd in Nairobi to a high specification formula capable of producing 1 kilo of fish from 1.7 kilo of feed consumed.
Fry lay about absorbing their yoke sacks for a week to 10 days before learning how to swim and actively feed. At this time they demand feed upto 6 times a day in comparison with their large parents that can be fed twice a day.
The farm was established as The Tamarind Trout Farm in 1978.
Managed by Elsen Karstad from 1984, he purchased the farm with John Njuguna in 1996 from the Tamarind Group.
It remains to this day as the largest commercial trout farm in East Africa.
TamTrout and its affiliated company Tamfeeds plus The Trout Tree Restaurant at the farm are completely vertically integrated.
From feed to breeding, production to the restaurant plate. This is how we like to do things here in Kenya, as independent from International outside support as possible.
The current price for cleaned fresh trout
3-4 per kilo is KSH 1250 per kilo.
Quantity wholesale discounts are offered.
Contact Elsen on 0733224556.