The final day of the June hand pick trip takes us to Madan Koi.
Here we already know most of the koi which are going to be available for us to select, however we have been informed they have added more to the tanks.
Before we start the buying the farm is keen to show us there indoor growing facility. This year this facility has proven it's worth to the farm so much so they are expanding the operation.
With each tank containing thousands of koi at various stages of the life. There is a constant breeding cycle going on. The breeder can monitor his fish very careful and also experiment with more tricky varieties
As you can see it is already a huge operation set to double in size next season.
After this educational visit we trot down to the main facility to start the buying
First up we start with some some very strong coloured Goshiki and Goromo.
Next bowl of koi is these stunning blood red Kohaku.
Followed up by these beautiful Sankes.
The quality just keeps coming
It's nice to see some many high quality koi the tancho kujaku really stands out.
We then decided to have a look at some of the jumbo koi. These fish were huge all at 5 years of age the colours and body shape were unbeliveable.
These koi are as big as Aviv makes them look each fish measuring well above 28"
Then we came to this kohaku and kujaku.
Then we moved along and found something very special. This massive showa sanke and stunning Hi Utsuri.
Day 2 we start the day at Hazorea Biosekoi. Here we are hoping for some high quality grow on koi. Today we are hoping foe big things .
The relationship we have with this farm is very strong. Prior to our visit we have been in contact with the breeder to request some koi we are looking to purchase.
At this farm there is a continuous cycle of breeding koi. In this area of the building the first stages of the rearing takes place. With every tank containing various fry.
At this point the breeders keeps all varieties separate so they can monitor and maintain a good selection of varieties. Here are some koi fry which are only 2 weeks old.
Kept in this building are the brood stock. This farm has a very large selection of brood to enable them to do multiple spawnings of each variety in a season.
Entering the fish house. Here the fish start there journey. The koi enter this section at a rough size of half a inch. From here they are constantly monitored and fed high protein foods to promote there growth.
Each tank holds thousands of koi. At multiple stages the koi are graded and separated. A large percentage of the fish are kept and grown to the next sizes
Everytime we visit this farm it is just amazing to see the volume of koi produced here. With all the koi being produced and reared under cover the farm can monitor the health and the development of there koi.
Here we start pur picking. And secure some superb grow on koi and these little beauties measuring 10".
From here we moved across to select some extreemly high quality koi. In these fish as you can see we have managed to secure some very unusual varieties such as karashigoi and Beni kikokuryu.
Continuing the buying we also purchased some larger koi. A couple of stunning doitsu Ochiba were quickly caught and will be coming home with us.
Also managing to secure some karashigoi regular scaled Ochiba Shigure and some Gin Rin Soragoi.
The kujaku were no decision they sell them selves with there striking Orange and amazing scalation pattern.
Something completely out.of the ordinary a Tancho Kigoi. This is the first time we have had one of these. The breeders were a little reluctant to sell due to the rarity of this fish.
How about this amazing Hariwake. Really unique scales stunning koi.
Finishing off with a Doitsu Tancho concluded our purchasing at Hazorea Biosekoi
Just before we left the farm are eager to show us there latest product
We ventured across to there small research facility to view these Bristol Shubunkins. These fish are rarely seen now a days and Hazorea are starting to produce these fish in large numbers.
This concludes what has been a fantastic trip to Hazorea next up Koi Kin fish farm.
Following the success we have had at Hazorea our trip to Koi Kin fish farm will be equally as good.
Having already secured some sizes of Long Fin koi this will be a nice easy visit.
After our visit to Koi Kin we moved onto something different to koi to our Goldfish supplier.
Here we select some high grade orandas suitable for Garden ponds.
Like with the koi again we are spoilt for choice and the fish are at a very high standard
After a long day we finished today's buying the way long days are meant to be finish. Tomorrow brings us to Madan Koi stay tuned.
What a glorious day to start the trip,the suns out and the temperature is matching the temperatures in the uk this week.
We start the day with a pre visit to Madan Koi. This pre visit is very essential giving us a first look at the koi the farm has prepared for us. At this stage it is possible for us to request any koi they may not have brought up. Usually though this is not the case and Madan Koi offer us more fish than we require.
The walk into Madan koi takes us past some of the holding ponds outside the packing house. Here the koi have come straight from the field and stored until they are sorted and graded according to size and quality.
Here is a see of yellow and white ogon ready for the packing house to be sorted
Inside the packing house it is unusually quiet. All shipments had already been packed and shipped early this morning. Also the next days shipments had also been sorted and put in the chilling tanks ready for dispatch tomorrow.
Here is a few fish getting ready to enter the chilling tanks ready to be shipped.
After a quick tour of the packing facility we step across to the next building to view the fish prepared.
Next stop Gan shmuel.This June trip shows us alot of changes at Gan shmuel. As the team come to greet us they are eager to show us the new uodates.
Here Gan shmuel are currently expanding there operation and building for the future. This is the new indoor facility which will be fully operational in the next few months.
After a short browse around as the breeders were very busy spawning the koi for next year we moved along to Dag Noy
Upon arrival it is lovely to see the scenary. Looking over the Jordan border its a lovely place to come and visit. The only downside is the heat today its 41 degrees C.
Dag noy adopt more traditional ways of farming and much of the machinery is very well worked and has been about for quite a few years. This clearly does not hamper the fish production as the koi quality is always a very high standard.
We get started and its clear the farm has put in alot of effort for our trip.
The koi here have been carefully selected specially for our visit and some of the koi are outstanding.
Many of the koi this farm offer you may well not find any where else in Israel.
Clearly this is going to be a busy day. Hand selecting is not easy.
Bowl after bowl of high quality fish there seems no end in sight. Here is a bowl of Utsuri. The colours and markings are superb
Trying to keep track on the varieties is very difficult with the amount of fish we have purchased
The quality just keeps coming. Its getting hard to keep going .
With no end in sight and the temperature getting warmer we crack on and get picking. Even the koi are feeling the heat witb tge oxgen paddles going full steam.
Finally we get to the end of the picking. This has certainly been a very good trip to Dag Noy with very high numbers of even higher quality koi. Thank you to all the farm members for all the work gone in to make this trip so good.
The excitement is building and our journey begins. We are sat waitong to board the airplane on what is expected to be one of the beat trips.
This year we have seen a dramatic rise in the quality of the grow on koi. We are hoping to continue the progress and biy some very special fish.
One of our to priorities this year is to try and find the rare and unusual koi varieties. With many koi enthusiasts looking for something different we will be on the hunt for some high quality rare koi.
Touch down! Our June 2018 Hand pick trip is official started.
Stay tuned for our update on madankoi pre visit tomorrow Hopefully spot some gems to bring home.
This seems to have come around fast. On Monday we head out to Israel to select yet more high quality koi. The trip cant come soon enough our stock of koi is a little depleted. We are now starting to miss a few varieties in various sizes.
This Trip as with all trips we will be looking for the highest quality koi to be found in Israel.
For the last few weeks the breeders have been working flat out to harvest there koi for our visit. Each breeder will strive to present us with there very highest quality koi to compete with the neighboring farms. Although each farm do ten to specialize in different varieties of koi it is still a big competition to claim the bragging rights to have the best fish.
Our Trip starts on Monday the 25th but due to bad flight times we will arrive late on at night so our first trip to see the fish will be Tuesday morning. Here we will visit Madankoi to view the koi we will select from later in the trip. This year there is also quite a few changes at MadanKoi with a additional new indoor koi system currently being built. This will be very interesting to see how the build is coming along and of course there will be pictures and videos showing you what is going ahead.
From here we will then continue our journey to Gan Shmuel fish farm where we saw a dramatic increase in the number of high quality koi this farm had, in particular the long finned koi. It is almost a certain That we will find some very nice koi here going off the January koi.
After the viewing we will the continue to visit the other various farms across the 3 days. This Trip should be very exciting We have noticed a sharp rise in customers looking for weird and wonderful varieties. These koi will be top of our agenda and we hope to be able to bring home some real specimens.
One of the Koi on our long list of wanted koi is the Midorigoi. This fish has become very hard to find in recent years and i understand that there may be a few to select from Hazorea koi farm. This farm has provided us with the high Quality grow on koi we have offered for the last few years. A truly mesmerizing farm with all the koi being produced under cover to help protect the vast numbers of koi the produce. it is fantastic to see the volumes of koi kept at this farm.
As the trip goes on there is sure to be lots of new and exciting things to share. So follow us day by day while we are there. This blog will be updated daily to give you a insight to what we get up to. Don't forget still looking for something unusual or something new to add to your pond . Get in contact with us and we will try our very best to find them while we are out there.
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