Final day sees us travel back to Gan shmuel to start our selection.
\nOn our pre visit here we found some really nice smaller koi which the breeder is very kindly letting us select from.
Its another gorgeous day, thankfully the temperature here is a little less than yesterday's. Gan shmuel is one of the biggest kibbutz in Israel and hosts a few other very large manufacturing companys. One of which is the oranje juice factory selling juice around the world.
After another brief look around we quickly get to it and start selecting . As you can see these koi are a really high quality .
This process will be reasonably fast as the breeder has prepared his koi in smaller more manageable tanks for us to catch the koi in.
There is a great selection of high quality koi in many different varieties the farm has done superb this year with the breeding.
From here we then went on to select some butterfly koi.
A great trip overall at Gan Shmuel next on the list is Madan Koi.
Upon arrival we get straight to work start selecting some fantastic 11" sized koi .
Stunning quality of fish and they just keep coming.
We also managed to pick up some kin kikokuryu.
Many fish later we then picked up a stunning kumonryu which is
It's another beautiful day today temperatures already in the 30's and its only early in the morning. Firstly we travel to Madan koi for a pre visit to find out what koi they have prepared
There are so many tanks of koi on show we have very carefully viewed the tanks and taken notes on particular koi we will make sure we secure.
The fish are stunning
After visiting Madan we head out to Gan Shmuel fish farm for a pre visit. This farm produce some excellent koi And also stunning Butterfly koi. We are greeted by there gaurd dog.
There is plenty of koi on show and as always the quality is excellent. There is going to be some tough decisions made on our visit back here. Now we are on route to Dag Noy. On the borders of Jordan this farm has so of the most fantastic scenery looking onto the hills of the neighbouring country.
As well as hosting a huge koi facilty in this valley it is also very famous for many other wildlife. With lots of produce being grown in this area it is not short on food for the flocks of birds present.
We are greeted to a tremendous wave of heat as we step out of the car with temperatures well into the 40's. Climbing into the ponds can't happen soon enough
With lots of koi on show here we decided to select in varieties to make sure we didn't miss any koi.
Some fantastic Platinum Ogon and also some very bright kujaku purchased.
We then moved to the Matsuba and kikokuryu tank this is going to be a tough selection . Too many srunning koi .
Some very high quality koi we picked in this tank . The clean bright skin matched with the unique zip like scales running down there back.
Goromo's a plenty. Usually a difficult fish to find in this quality these fish went straight in to our floating bowl.
As you can also see we managed to secure the Hi utsuri as well as Kinki Utsuri,shusui and Asagi.
It is impossible to visit this farm and not take there Gin Rin Sanke and kohaku. The lust and strength of the colours are something not found any where else.
Its only fitting we toast to a succesful trip here today . Tomorrow sees us travel back to Gan Shmuel and Nadan Koi to do the Selecting there.
Today sees us travel to Hazorea Kibbutz fish farm. This farm as mentioned on past blogs is where we purchase the grow on koi. The quality of koi from this farm is exceptional. The farm has been able to offer some of the most unusual and high quality varieties not normally seen in smaller sized koi.
As always looking around the farm is truly mesmerizing. The sheer quantity of koi being produced her is unbelievable. Although the farm produces very high volumes of koi, they are also very strict of the selection process. With space of huge importance the breeders will only select what they deem as the top quality koi to grow on.
Before we start tge breeders are quick to show us what they have been working on. Currently the farm is starting the breeding for next season . Here you see some fry which are currently only a few weeks old.
At this size the fish are yet to be graded. They are around 1-2cm in size and its hard to make out what the fish may turn out as. It certainly takes a skilled eye to select at this size. At the time we were here we also witnessed them hand stripping the eggs dor the females.
It was now time to start the selecting.
The quality of fish on show are of a very high quality. Simply spoilt for choice so many beautiful koi.
After about 3 hours of selecting we have picked just under 1000 koi. Hard work when your working in 35 degrees temperature.
We have bought some amazing koi and had a really memorable day. Just before we leave to the next destination we take in some wildlife in the fields .
A good snap of a king fisher.
It was nice to see some of the local wildlife even of the do munch on some of the koi.
Our next visit takes us to the farm where we buy Butterfly koi. This season has seen a sharp rise in the amount of Butterfly koi sold.
This is a relitively small farm compared to others. They concentrate on Butterfly koi production. Here we managed to secure a number of fish which we have no doubt will fly out of our door.
Today has been very successful and we have purchased some very High Quality koi . We look forward to getting them back and on sale .
So the time is here we set off this morning to travel to Israel to start our hand selecting trip. After a very busy few months this trip ciuldnt come soon enough.
This year we are concentrating our selecting on buying as many different varieties as we can get. We have had a sharp rise in sales on rare and unusual breeds.
As we are in constant contact with all the breeders, we have already pre advisdd them on what we are looking for. They have been posting and sending us various videos this week of the fish they have prepared for our trip.
Tomorrow sees us start our picking at Hazorea koi facility. Check oir our blod tomorrow and keep upto date on the latest purchases .
After a busy week trying to get prepared for the incoming shipment of koi, today was the day. Its begins with a nice early morning drive to the airport in the fog!
Shortly after arriving the truck containing all the koi we have purchased pulls up. All 150 boxes fill the truck completetly.
We quickly unloaded the truck and filled up all 3 vans with the boxes ready for the drive back to our facility.
Once the vans pulled up stage one of our operation begins. It was all hands a deck as we unloaded all 150 boxes by hand one at a time. With each box weighing in excess of 25kg its as well we had all had our wheatabix.
All the boxes were stacked in a order to determine which pond they were to be released in . From here each bag is removed from the box and carried into our facility to start the acclimatisation process.
4 Hours later all the koi have been released in the water and will now start our strict quarantine procedure. In around 7 days we will start to lift some koi up and start listing for presale. Stay tuned for more updates on when the koi will be available.
Our final day has arrived. We start the day with glorious Israeli sunshine hopefully the weather stays.
Madan koi has some stunning fish on show it is not long till we start the the selecting.
Start of the picking!
What better way to start off than to start with these very intense yellow Hariwake. Such bright white and yellow contrast absolutely dripping in colour.
This bowl of Hariwake are fantastic. Such clean platinum white and great skin quality.
A koi not seen very much this year is the Utsuri mainly Shiro Utsuri.
Some great news here today as we manage to secure plenty Shiro Utsuri.
Blood red Kohaku
On the same tank we moved on to selecting the kohaku. Here you see a mix of Doitsu type and regular Scaled Kohaku. Beautiful bowl of koi coming to England.
Goromo the fallen grapes.
Often described as grape like colour the Goromo is a lovely site to see. This bunch of grapes is coming with us.
Some really nicely patterned Beni Kikokuryu.
Shusui and Asagi
Although we have purchased alot of shusui and Asagi at the previous farms we simply couldn't just leave these in the tank.
Rain stop play!!!
Just as we finished off in the first tank a huge storm rolled in from the sea bringing a deluge of rain.
Already wet we had no choice but to continue. Whilst the rain went on we moved to some of the smaller tanks inside the packing house.
In the small tanks the fish just keep coming. The quality seems to get better and better each time we move tanks.
Knock knock who is there?
A Tancho Goromo !! Yes you read this right we managed to get hold of the only Tancho Goromo and what a fine example it is.
Kohaku bowl number 2!
Anyone looking for high end Kohaku look no further Madankoi breed some unreal Kohaku both doitsu and regular scaled. Here you will also see a Doitsu Tancho Kohaku.
Continuing the selecting !
We continued the selection process with some slightly larger koi now . These koi measured upto 18"
Who let the Kage out its cage?
As we were casually picking away out popped the most beautiful Kage Showa Sanke.
From this tank we then moved along to some jumbo fish.
Time was pressing on a little bit so we move on over to select the jewels of the farm.
The shiro Utsuri decided to pose say cheese !!
A doitsu showa sanke
Goshiki measuring over 55cm.
A full bowl of 50 cm Kohaku :)
You want bigger ?
All the above koi came in at 60cm+. As we are sure you will agree they are incredible.
Wait theres more ....
Great way to end or trip. The Madan Koi fish were stunning as always . Thank you to Aviv and all the staff for the fantastic koi selected and prepared for our visit. All thats left is to get these fish back home. Keep checking our blog pages for updates on arrival abd when koi will be listed.
Another busy day ahead of us today. We start off bright and breezey at Madan Koi Facility. Here we went straight over to view there indoor facility where lots of there smaller koi are produced.
Walking around the indoor facility we viewed the smaller koi we will purchase through out the season to fulfill our koi mixes.
Walking around we have seen thousands upon thousands of koi in here. It is very clear our koi mixes are going to be top notch this year.
On route back to Madans main area from the indoor facility we pass many of Madan Koi's mud ponds. Most of which are full of fish for the season.
We did come across one pond which had been recently emptied and left to bake in the sun, which may well be where the fish we view today were prior our visit.
Upon arrival to the packing house we headed straight to the many high quality koi prepared.
The fish here are all sorted in size and quality order from tank to tank and Aviv and his team have done a great job. We only had time for a very quick look as we needed to head off to Dag Noy and we had over an hours journey to reach it.
Yet again more Butterfly koi. Madan koi is offering some very unusual and unique Butterfly koi. Some of the varieties here will not be seen on any other farm.
Its now time to travel to Dag Noy.
Dag Noy time !
On the road close to Dag Noy we pass through the local Date Farm a never ending field of Date Palms.
On arrival to the farm we had a quick look round to just plan where we will start the selecting.
First things first dinner time ! Its one of the favourite things when visiting Dag Noy the sandwich spread is second to none abit like the koi selection.
Lets get to Buisiness
Its time to start we get in the first tank. Which koi do we select first?
We start selecting in this large tank full of hundreds of various varieties of koi. We found an easier way to start selecting was by variety.
After narrowing down the picking to choosing in varieties. So we started with selecting sanke.
Dag noy has become quite famed in israel for the stunning deep red Gin rin Sankes.
After the sankes we started picking some of the kohakus they prepared us. Just like the sanke the red is very intense and as you can see patterns and the white colouration equal to the red
As you can see the quality of koi is a very high standard .
Up next the farm had a select few Goshiki which is one of the varieties specially prepared for us. Year upon year we regulary contact the farm and request certain varieties, Goshiki being one of them.
Some stunning Goshiki as well as some Gin Rin Goshiki.
The Matsuba a fish not seen too often now in such high quality. This farm still produces some of the cleanest and brightest looking Matsubas available throughout Israel.
These two stunning examples came in at 24" in size fantastic fish.
I think its clear to see they had a fair few to choose from.
Tancho Showa sanke
A couple of nice Tancho Showas hiding in the mass of koi.
Doitsu Ochiba Shigure
A couple of stunning Doitsu Ochiba Shigure. One of which will never see sale as its swooped up for the bosses pond for his own collection.
Gin Rin Chagoi
Some nice Gin Rin Chagoi measuring at 18" selected one copper red and the other two traditional Green Gin Rin Colour.
SOMETHING BRAND NEW ****
Exciting times for the breeder who was excited to show us his latest varieties he has produced. With no name to be given yet to this koi this would be a great addition to anyones koi pond all fish are one offs and cannot be found anywhere else.
Hariwake and Yamabuki Ogons
The Lemon Hariwake. These two inparticular show there intense lemon yellow colouration and certainly would stand out in a pond of koi.
In this tank we also picked some Yamabuki Ogons
The favourite koi of the day
This was the favourite koi we selected today. Absolutely glowing red Hi Utsuri. Colour so deep the fish looks artificially coloured.
More Koi to wet your appetite.
The fish just keep coming, more upon more stunning koi.
As the day started to come to an end there is still so many koi to go through. We couldnt work fast enough.
This job is never ending and it has been a very tiring day even the staff are feeling the pace
The day is over and we have had a great day today. The koi prepared have been excellent and we couldnt of asked for any more.
We left the breeders and there workers to finish collecting the koi we have selected. As they calculate the paper work we fear the car may not start again so we inspect alternative transport.
On a serious note we would like to say a huge thank you to the staff at Dag Noy who have made this trip such a success.
Our visit to Gan Shmuel
After numerous messages exchanged with Lior the farms breeder once again our expectations are high. Pulling up at the farm we are greeted by the guard dog.
Its a lovely day again today, perfect weather for selecting koi after a quick meet and greet we get straight to buisness. We started the selecting with these stunning doitsu Mettalic Ochiba Shigure.
This year the farm has worked hard to introduce some of the rarest varieties of koi. Something not seen too often now is the platinum Doitsu Kikokuryu.
We are simply spoilt for choice. These Doitsu koi are absolutely amazing the skin and body shapes are as equal to there colouration.
The koi just keep coming we have secured yet more beautiful koi.
As well as the unusual varieties of koi Gan shmuel produce beautiful Butterfly koi. Having already seen a few teasing videos we had an idea of what to expect.
Kin Ki Utsuri Butterfly
Here are some stunning Kin Ki ursuri Butterfly we have purchased.
Doitsu Sanke Butterfly koi
These fish were glowing Red absolutely fantastic quality.
Shusui Butterfly koi
Brand new release some Shusui Butterfly Koi. Having had few of this variety in the smaller sizes seemed quite special in 2018, but purchasing some of these in larger size is something else. Spectacular colour and skin quality many of which are the Hana Shusui type (all orange).
Tancho Butterfly no way !!!!
Yes you heard it right we have managed to secure a Tancho Butterfly Koi. Check this beauty out !!
Kin Matsuba Butterfly Koi
This variety already showed its popularity throughout 2018 in regular finnes koi. These fish will be in high demand.
Hi Utsuri Butterfly Koi
As well as the Kin Ki utsuri there is also Hi Utsuri these were not dor staying in Israel.
Still hungry for more?
Shiro Utsuri Butterfly koi and even a couple of Doitsu Showa butterfly.
Also some Purachina and Yamabuki ogon too.
The farm has gone to lots of effort on this trip and it clearly hadn't gone un noticed . Its only fair to take every fish prepared in some of the tanks :)
From 3 hours of continuous catching and buying koi it was time to have a spot of lunch. Even the guard dog was hungry.
After a quick bite to eat its straight back to picking.
Now we were selecting some more regular finned koi starting off with some unusual looking Asagi and Shusui.
Yet another variety of koi which is very popular.
Kujaku and Kohaku
After the Hariwakes we also selected some Unique kujaku and kin kujaku and also some very well patterned Kohaku's
The final tank !!
It was a full tank of kikokuryu's and Doitsu Mettalic Ochiba Shigure stunning koi.
Saving the best till last!
Voted the favourite fish of the day this amazing Doitsu Kin Kikokuryu. With its Gun metal coloured back ground and little drips of Lemon yellow colour over the top, this koi is a true Gem.
Concluding our visit we had a quick look at the outside pond while they calculated the amount of koi we purchased.
A short time later they came back to us with our paperwork today we purchased 563 fish with no koi under 8" in size. Think its fair to say this has been a good visit. This is the highest volume of koi purchased at this farm to date. We would like to thank Lior and all the team at Gan Shmuel for all the magnificent koi prepared for us today.
The visit went very well maybe a little too well which we learned when we got back to the hire car and it wouldnt start.
As the boss of Gan shmuel hooked us up to his car to charge our battery the other staff member just simply sat and watched.
Luckily it was a quick fix. And we were on our way with a bit of time to take in the beach at the hotel. Tomorrow sees us pre visit madan koi and the start selecting at Dag Noy.
A great way to end a very successful day.
Waking up on this beautiful morning over looking the sea wondering what the farms will have in store for us today. Our first day sees us visiting numerous farms.
Our first visit of the day is a truly mesmerizing one. All the koi this farm produce are under one big roof. This is one of the few very unique state of the art facilities which produce and rear there koi inside a huge poly tunnel type building.
Keeping and rearing koi in this way gives this farm a big advantage over the traditional fish farming methods. From egg to adult sizes the fishes development is monitored continuously to maximise both growth and quality. Having this advantage cuts out the optimisum of what a breeder may take out of his mud pond.
Entering the koi facility we walked straight over to a tank of larger koi prepared to show the quality the farm has available. First we start on the smaller koi.
At this farm is where the bulk of our grow on koi are purchased. Each koi we will purchase will be carfully hand selected. Before we start we were given a guided tour with one of the koi coniseurs and were shown a few upcoming projects.
The quantity of high quality koi available is unbelieveable.
Here we filled our boots managing to get hold of some really special koi to add to our grow on koi section even the breeders had to get involved to help us.
This was a massive task in its self selecting through thousands of high quality koi. The koi team have done a magnificent job.
Next comes the larger koi :)
After methodically selecting through the farms thousands of smaller koi we moved across to some larger sized jewels.
With the massive help from the farmers who brought the koi towards us and contained them into a smaller section we started our picking.
Anyone for a Beni kumonryu ?
We kicked of the selection process with these absolute jewels. This seems to be a variety this particular farm specialise in. The ruby red colouring against the immense black makes this fish super unique.
Yet another rare variety raises its head. Here you can see some doitsu Ochiba Shigure showing there best autumn colouration.
Also as we selected we found some stunning Goshiki.
New koi variety Alert!!!
One of the koi we have long searched for in larger sizes both Ki Utsuri and Midorigoi. These were not even considered upon first sight we purchased them straight away.
Concluding our buying on this koi, Tancho Beni Kikokuryu. This farm has gone above and beyond for us today and it has been a huge pleasure to visit and releive there fish stock slightly.
After a busy morning we have worked up an appetite. We stop off at the local sandwich place on the grounds of Hazorea.
Next up Koi Kin (Butterfly Koi)
As mentioned a few weeks ago this is a particulary interesting to us. We visit this farm with great hope and anticipation on what Butterfly Koi will be available to us.
Once again straight away walking through the doors of the koi facility we are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of butterfly koi available.
This visit is very exciting for us as we venture into something quite new to our web page. This year we are planning to be able to offer very High quality Butterfly koi in all sizes.
Now down to the selection time. Given the limited space on this farm they are un able to allow us to select individually. However working very closely with the breeder we have narrowed down some of the varieties and styles of Butterfly koi we are looking for.
The Butterfly koi here are something else. Some of the butterfly Koi seen on this farm are not available any where else in the world. These are truly unique to this farm and they are certainly masters at producing these koi.
Watching the breeder select for us has turned out perfect as we watch him select koi after koi we would swlect ourselves.
The Butterfly koi on display and also purchased are out of this world. After all the buying we exchange numbers and have been told thatbduring the season we can contact him at any point and request the high quality butterfly koi.
Another successful visit complete. Today has been a very good day some excellent koi have been purchased today, and we cant wait to get the koi back now.
January Hand pick Trip is officially under way. Just touched down in Israel.
While we sat awaiting to board our plane the breeders have been hard at work early this morning. Before departing we were treated to a select few images of koi they have prepared for us.
Its always reassuring to see the breeders showing off there koi before we arrive. Also we got a short video of some new and unusual varieties which are available for us to pick.
All this adds to the excitement of our trip. Tomorrow will be the start of our buying. Stay tuned to our blog to find out all our developments and purchases.
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