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Crawfish farmers find way to boost profits

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If you're thinking crawfish for the weekend, good news: prices are down once again in Lafayette!

On average, you'll pay 5.76 per pound. That's down four percent from last week.

However, as consumers celebrate the price drop, some farmers say they don't always get a fair cut. 

"Free market system I guess, they can sell it for what they can get for it," explained A&L Lawson Farms Owner Alan Lawson. 

For Lawson, the economics of crawfish don't always pan out favorably for the farmers. 

"You would help as the price came down on the farm side, it will come down at the restaurants, and it will, but I don't know if it will go as low," said Lawson. 

Crawfish farmers say a contributing factor is that crawfish caught in the beginning of the week usually don't stay fresh long enough to make it be sold on the weekends.

To mitigate the profitability problem, three Acadia Parish farmers have joined together to create a processing center, called Bocage Crawfish.

"This is one of the reasons we built it: to keep fishing, to be able to almost store up that stuff. Because once it's processed, you can freeze it, and it's good for a year. So, you have a way to keep it on the shelf instead of live sacks where it doesn't have a very good shelf life," said Guillot Farms Owner Benji Guillot.  

The processing facility will also offer a storefront where people can buy live or frozen crawfish.

The farmers are also introducing a minced crawfish product, which is ground crawfish.

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