The Blue Catfish has a deeply forked tail and white chin barbells. The upper and lower jaws meet evenly, or the upper jaw may project slightly beyond the lower jaw. In body color, the Blue Catfish is light blue. Adult sizes range from 18 to 24 in. U.S. farm-raised Catfish has a firm texture, white meat with mild flavor and an excellent source of protein. Farm-raised Catfish are fed a puffed, high-protein floating food pellet (a mixture of soybeans, corn, wheat, vitamins and minerals). This specially formulated feed is one of the reasons for the catfish's subtle taste. At 18 months old (averaging 1 to 11/ 2 pounds), farm-raised Catfish are harvested with seines and loading baskets and shipped in aerated tank trucks to the processing plant. Catfish are kept alive until processed, making them among the freshest freshwater fish available.