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 .
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