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I'm trying to business plan a 5,000 sqft commercial cricket farm (Acheta Domesticus) and am have some problems finding a reliable yield per square metre number. I've been through the forums here and researched online and am finding anything from 7K/psqm to 50K/psqm per harvest. My own calculations, based on a 3mx1mx1m cricket bin equate to 28k psqm. This is based on a housing sheet (cardboard, egg tray equivalent etc) distributed every 3cm through the length of the bin. Sheets would be 100cm by 60cm giving a total area of 6,000 sqcm x 2 (both sides) = 12,000 sqcm per sheet. 100 sheets per bin equals a total crawl space of 1.2m sqcm. Allowing 5cm per cricket (I know Patton suggests 2.5 but being conservative) equals 240,000 crickets per bin. At an adult weight of 0.4g, that would result in 84K per harvest so 28k psqm. Based on a 6 week harvest schedule that equates to 613k per bin, or 204k psqm per year.
If anyone has any thoughts would they like to review and let me know? Makes a big difference to the top line!
Thanks for your help