Lesson 4:
Sorting the Snails
1st grade:
- The diameter of the shell is 3 cm or more.
- Weight - 8 g and more.
- The shell is whole, not broken, tiger color (black and brown stripe).
- Cap - whole, wrapped, solid.
2nd grade:
The diameter of the shell is less than 3 cm.
- Weight - less than 8 g.
- The shell has signs of unevenness, partially broken, has various types of damage.
- Cap - absent, damaged, soft.
Sorting
To sort the snails, one needs to open the nets and pour out the snails on the rack. The sorting is done manually.
In the process of sorting, we also select the breeding stock. Those are the snails of the 1st grade which will be stored separately. Their purpose is breeding for next season to lay eggs and hatch babies. 1 ton of breeding stock is required for 1 hectare. The breeding stock will need to be stored all winter in special refrigerated rooms. It is quite expensive, because you should take into account the cost of purchasing or renting this equipment, as well as electricity. Keep in mind that the refrigerators will work around the clock. Therefore, in many cases it is more expedient to buy ready breeding stock from large snail farms.

We offer our partners to buy breeding stock from us in the spring for further reproduction and raising of snails.
Packing
After that, the packaging procedure should be carried out. Snails are weighed on electronic scales in portions of 5 kg 200 g and packed in specially prepared new nets. The 200 g are "added" because the snails will still continue to dry out and will lose a little weight. The snails sorted by nets are placed in boxes and sent for drying. If the washing took place outdoors, the snails could already be dried well by the wind. In this case, they can be sent to the refrigerator right after packing. An indication that the snails are dry - they rustle like walnuts. 2 nets of dry snails are put in a vertical position in 1 box.
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