If everyone used the Baader 101 stun and bleed system, every salmon would be harvested humanely.

That’s according to Dennis Schreiber, vice president of sales & service for Baader Fish.

“Roughly 50% of every industrially farmed salmon is currently harvested using one of our Baader solutions, and that is the majority of farmed salmon in Norway today,” Schreiber explains in the latest installment of Salmon Sessions.

With his colleagues Bodo Hensen, product manager of salmon, and Dirk Runge, project manager of fish, the trio explains why the Baader 101 is the most game-changing machine in the salmon and sea trout processing industry and ensures both animal welfare and superior product quality.

The background: Increased consumer expectations, science, and legislation

At the beginning of the 21st century, citizens around the world took on an increased awareness in fish welfare. At the same time, science began revealing how stress adversely affects product quality.

“The end consumer not only wants superior food, they are also increasingly cautious about how food has been produced and how it has been treated,” Schreiber explains.

In 2009, the EU passed legislation to protect animals during the slaughtering process. According to Council Regulation (EC) No. 1099/2009—which applies to the slaughter of farmed fish—animals should be stunned and rendered unconscious to avoid pain, fear, and distress prior to the procedure. According to leading animal scientists, this is best achieved by ensuring that the fish experiences an immediate loss of consciousness and sensibility, which lasts until death or when an instantaneous induction is not possible.

Against this background, Baader decided to bring a humane stun and bleed solution, the Baader 101, to market very early on.

The Promise: Painless, fearless, and stress-free stunning

One of the reasons the Baader 101 is different from other available solutions is that once fish are stunned, the stunning is irreversible, ensuring that the fish cannot regain consciousness, thereby keeping the fish from any suffering.

The technology applies percussive stunning. Here’s how it works: The skull is struck with a solid instrument, i.e., one solid body is forcibly struck against another. The objective of percussive stunning is to induce immediate insensibility by administering a severe blow to the skull of the fish. As a result, the fish remains unconscious until death.

Bodo Hensen – Product Manager

Joining Baader in 2016, Bodo Hensen quickly became a recognizable face at Baader as a Product Manager for salmon. His outgoing personality and hands-on mentality are highly valued among his colleagues and also are on display when he travels around the globe and works on machine optimization. The creative father of four knows how to juggle various tasks simultaneously. When he finds the time, Bodo favours outdoor activities such as biking.

Due to variations in size and species, proper positioning and the force of the percussive stun are challenging to older systems. In the Baader 101 system, fish are held properly in position by use of centering guides that deliver a precise stun. Users can adjust the percussive coil to make sure it delivers a proper hit of the skull-zone for respective size ranges. The machine can be configured as an automatic swim-in or manual (wet or dry infeed) version.

“The Baader 101 lets the animals do what their instincts tell them to do: swim in the water against the current,” Hensen says. This is made possible by leveraging innovative technology that creates an artificial countercurrent in the tanks. The salmon feels comfortable and swims against the current on its own accord. The tanks are covered to keep light incidence to a minimum, further reducing possible stress levels.

The full strength of a Baader 101 system is achieved when combined with the optional bleeding solution. The bleeding cut is performed right after they are stunned, when heart activity still persists. This integrated solution provides animal welfare stunning and outstanding bleeding results at the same time.

Welfare translates to product quality

These days, farmers spend all their energy raising beautiful, healthy fish.

“We want to make sure that the fish is not only being treated the way it should be, but also that we maintain the quality and meet our customers' expectations,” Schreiber explains.

In order to ensure the best quality for the consumer, healthy animals need to grow up and live in an environment that is as close to natural as possible.

“Companies invest a lot of money to rear these animals,” Hensen says. “That's why it is so important to make sure the first step of the processing does not ruin this effort.”

That is precisely what the Baader 101 does. The low stress levels the animals endure during the Baader harvesting process ensure that fish can be longer and better processed. For the customer, this means better meat quality, more natural color, and—most of all—better taste.

Low Maintenance, High Serviceability

In the episode, Dirk Runge, Baader’s fish project manager, demonstrates how to add easy operation and serviceability to the machine for additional benefits. Each stunner can be removed, cleaned and serviced without having to use tools, thereby ensuring easy maintenance.

Dirk Runge – Project Manager

Dirk Runge has been a creative mind for Baader since 1984. Ever since he joined the R&D department, he has since made major contributions to Baader’s continued innovations. He gained international experience for Baader as a technical employee in the U.S. before returning to Lübeck, Germany as a Project Manager for fish solutions. His zealous personality translates to his personal life, where he engages in different sports, such as cycling and performs handy work around the house.

The purely pneumatically operated machine possesses a pneumatic control box which is tidy, easy to understand, and thus maintenance-friendly. The control panel is secure, easy to understand, and easy to operate.

This Salmon Session installment on Harvesting Solutions ends with good demo that all operators can follow.

Fully traceability of every fish – the B’logic software

B’Logic is the Baader software solution for system assessment and analysis. The system delivers valuable data regarding efficiency, utilization, and more—and is accessible by all kinds of devices on- and off-site. It enables users to capture data throughout the entire process, from the point the fish is entering the factory to the point the fish ends up as a fillet in a box.

If you want to learn how to gut 600 kg fish per minute with only five operators, join us for next week’s Salmon Session on Thursday, October 15 when the focus will be on the Baader gutting solution—the key element within a processing line. (Copyright)