Well, our fall harvest is finally over! Our farm is 80 acres. We have 15- 1/2 acre ponds and 5- 1 acre ponds for grow outs, not including 4 brood stock ponds. Above are a few pictures of the ponds. Coming this Spring we will be installing five more ponds!
As for the buildings with holding tanks we have 4- 10,000 gallon tanks and 32- 500 gallon tanks each. Totaling 56,000 gallons of water!
We have over thirty varieties of Koi in brood stock both straight finned and Hirenaga (butterflies). We spawn 15 females each Spring and we rotate varieties each breeding season. We do not breed every variety each year other then Hirenaga (butterflies) due to high demand.
Here are the varieties available this coming season:
Doitsu Sanke HeiSei Nisei Yamato Nishiki
Doitsu Kohaku BeniGoi Doitsu Yamabuki
Doitsu Shiro Bekko Yamabuki Ogon Kikusi
Hi Utsuri Matsuba Tancho Kohaku
Shiro Utsuri Shusui Tancho Sanke
Hariwake KarashiGoi Tancho Showa
Doitsu Hariwake Goshiki Tancho Goshiki
As for culling this fall, we had a lot of culling to do as you can see from all of the pictures! It is quite a lot of work. We cull the Koi into three grades:
A- High Quality (Show)
B- Select Quality
C- Standard Quality
Grade A Koi are grown out for five years. Each year they are brought into the building to be looked at, deparasited and culled. Then bottom quality are released for sale in the Spring.
Grade B & C are sold each Spring graded for size.
The pictures above are some of the Koi that we culled. They range in size and are also graded of (A, B &C) quality.