A short distance from our dock lies the specialised area for cultivation of our rainbow salmon. Salmon smolt come to Tiraholm at about three months of age at the end of June-July and weigh approximately 15 grams. The fish are divided into three large tanks and the first while involves an intensive period of hand feeding.
We go out to the little ones several times a day and feed them. Once they have acclimatized, they get their food via an ingenious machine. From the feeder, a stick hangs down and when the fish swims against it a little bit of food falls, which means that they have access to feed around the clock for better growth. By the end of the second summer they weigh about 1-1.2 kg and are basically large enough to be consumed. However, we let some get a little bigger before we take them in to be processed.
During the third summer, the fish have grown well and they are then served in both in the store and in the restaurant. During the fall of autumn, the remaining rainbows can weigh up to four kilos. They are then harvested, sorted by size and frozen to be used for smoking and pickling the following Spring.