BELGRADE, MT 03SEP2018 – New network of cricket farmers largest in the United States.
Cowboy Cricket Farms Inc. (CCF) of Belgrade, Montana has officially begun onboarding Partner Farmers in what the company calls the Network of Partner Farmers (NPF). The first 3 contracted farmers have a combined growing space of over 11,000 square feet meaning that Cowboy Cricket Farms now has more than double the production area of its main rival, Aspire Food Group in Austin, TX. With 3 more farms scheduled to open in the next 2 months, and 30 more farms within the next year, Cowboy Cricket Farms is on a path to be the largest commercial human grade cricket producer in North America.
An affordable business model. The cost to each farmer varies based on the exact size and set-up of their farm, but the costs are lower than most other businesses ranging from $5,000 - $25,000 for most farmers. Partner Farmers are reporting up to a 12X financial return on the gross inputs at their facilities and have created nearly one dozen new jobs so far. Each member of the NPF is required to attend a “How to Farm Crickets Class” conducted by CCF as well as meet several strict requirements for their facilities. Some of these requirements include: site visits, water inspections, utilizing CCF breeding stock and feed, and allowing access to any governmental dept that may have authority over cricket farming in the future. Right now, no such agency exists. Cowboy Cricket Farms guarantees to buy all the crickets and frass (cricket poop used for fertilizer) that their partner farms can produce and want to reach 1,000 farms by 2020.
Why crickets? Edible insects are on the rise in the US. Compared to beef, crickets are over 2,000X more efficient with their water and 14X more efficient with their feed. They also have twice as much iron content and are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. As the world population is set to reach 10 billion people by the year 2050 it is critical that we find new ways to feed the planet. Edible insects are one of the most promising sustainable food sources available today and are set to become even more popular in the future.
Stars are already doing it. Justin Timberlake recently had a record release part in New York City with bugs on the menu, Nichole Kidman and Angelina Jolie are regular insect eaters. There are even festivals starting all over the country to celebrate eating insects. Just like sushi in the 1970’s, edible insects are not mainstream yet, but that is quickly changing.
Cowboy Cricket Farms is an edible insect farm, food manufacturer, and technology developer.
Cowboy Cricket Farms can be reached on their website, www.CowboyCrickets.com or on social media @CowboyCrickets