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Apple snails as animal feed.

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Apple snails potentially constitute a valuable source of food in Southeast Asia for poultry, ducks, pigs, fish, prawns and frogs for human consumption. Ducks will eat live snails, including their shells. However, for other livestock species, snail meal without the shells, created via silage, must be used. In general, only a portion of the normal diet should be replaced by snail meal because of the possible lower protein content and poorer amino acid profile compared to the normal high quality fish meal diet. The potential for snail meal to contain contaminants and pathogens may mean that sanitary procedures should be implemented. Evaluations of the economics of using snail meal as well as the performance of livestock fed on snail meal are needed.