With the clocks going forward a few weeks back and the nights now still in daylight until until approaching 8pm we can certainly say we have entered spring and therefore the koi season is upon us.
On 08 April 2015, a really good number of the club member's joined us for our monthly April club night. The first item on the agenda was the Summer Grow and Show which is a new event for the the 2015 diary. The Kohaku Tosai were supplied to us by Mark Davis from Cuttlebrook Koi Farm. The 22 koi had been individually selected, photographed, measured and bagged back at the farm (by Mark Davis and Craig Emery - thanks again guys) and then brought to the club house. As with our other grow and show event, each member wanting to enter receiving one or two raffle ticket and they were then drawn out of the hat (at random) so they can select their koi.
As this is a new event and the first one introduced by the new committee I have set myself and the rest of the committee three success targets for the event to be deemed a success. First was to ensure great value / koi for the members, second was to ensure at least 20 entrants and finally is to get the highest growth to be 50% within six months. I never was one to do things by halves or give myself and others an easy ride!
I'm personally really pleased that I believe we have achieved the first two goals with all 22 koi that were brought to the club being purchased and what added a real positive was that member's who hadn't planned to buy koi actually turning round on the night and entering the event.
The koi came from a six year old Kohaku mother from Matsue. They were from one of the last spawnings of the year, in late June 2014, and then came in from the mud ponds in October at around 3-4 inches. They have been grown on at the farm in the Tosai house since then and are now between 20 - 26 cm. Mark advised us to look for
- Good contrast in the White and Red / Orange colouring
- Koi with a nice pattern.
- On young Kohaku you do not get the deep red yet because the skin is still thin. As they get older the White will get whiter and red reder
So the koi selected and entered are as follows,
KOI 1 TONY PINN (NEMO) 21cm
KOI 2 DANNY 25cm
KOI 3 ALAN 22cm
KOI 4 NIGEL 25cm
KOI 5 TONY PINN (NEMO) 21cm
KOI 15 MICK G 23cm
KOI 16 DAN RANDALL 20cm
KOI 17 DAVID UTTING 19cm
KOI 18 JOHN D 20cm
KOI 19 STEVE PLESTER 21cm
KOI 20 CRAIG 21cm
KOI 21 PAUL RANDALL 20cm
KOI 22 STEPHEN FORD 24cm
A big thanks from all the members of Kangei to Mark Davis from Cuttlebrook and Craig Emery for all the hard work getting such great koi for the event.
At 10:30 this Sunday 12 April we will be gathered at the Avenue Fisheries to see the results of our Winter Grow and Show. High hopes all round to see how all the sanke have developed and grown over the winter.
Next month (Wednesday 13 May 2015 from 19:45) we have Duncan Griffiths presenting Parasites, Treatment and Anatomy plus doing a book signing! This proves to be another real highlight event of the year so I look forward to seeing you all there.