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.
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