Tanglefoot shrimp, southern illinois

About Tanglefoot Ranch

Tanglefoot Ranch is a 950 acre livestock, grain, and vegetable/fruit farm in Pope County, Illinois, owned by Grover Webb, his wife Shirley and his brother Richard Webb. We have 500 acres of row crops, a 300 peach tree orchard, 1 raspberry hi-tunnel, 1 tomato hi-tunnel, sheep flock of 30 ewes, 6 fresh water shrimp ponds, and a 55 head beef cow herd on the land that has been in our family since 1946.

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Grover Webb loves new ideas and prospects and is always working on something new on the farm, this makes Tanglefoot innovative and attractive to fellow farmers and consumers alike.

The Webb family has been raising freshwater shrimp, also called prawns, on the farm in Southern Illinois since 2000. The State of Illinois Alternative Agricultural Land Program enabled us to start a prawn enterprise. Currently we operate a regional prawn nursery that helps supply local growers with pond stocking animals. We also have six ¾ acre grow out ponds that are filled with clean water from a reservoir. Juvenile prawns are stocked the last of May and harvested the last of September. After harvest, prawns are sold whole on ice or processed in our State inspected facility.

The prawns raised on Tanglefoot Ranch are of the highest quality. They are closely monitored in the nursery phase then placed in clean aerated water until harvest. During the grow-out phase the water quality is checked daily and food is provided as required.

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