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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Gumbo Jumbo

As the Koi breeding envelope continues to be challenged and some of the most impressive Koi ever seen emerge from Japan, there is something very serious brewing a lot closer to home. We all know that producing high class Koi is difficult. Producing good Koi is hard enough but producing high class Koi that have the potential to grow seriously large as well - represents the ultimate challenge for the world’s leading Koi breeders.

Hiroshima Sakai, Momotaro, and other have made some seriously impressive progress in this regard and we all remember Tim Waddington’s awesome posts of Hiroi Seiji’s monster Tosai, the quality of the company of masters working on this holy grail make the work of Louisiana’s very own Koi Breeder the unique Scott Purdin, even more remarkable.

It’s often easy to dismiss the work of non Japanese Koi breeders but I have to tell you, heads up guys dismiss this one at your peril. Having followed the sometimes excruciating, but never faltering efforts of my friend for more than fifteen years I really do think its time for the Koi world to wake up to what’s going on in its own back yard. Not only are the Koi being produced by Purdin Koi Farm good - they are seriously good, but as I often remark talk is cheap so check out some of these Koi which were all born in April 2007 (yes April 2007) they range in size from 28cm to 40cm and are well worth a look-see.

Add to this the fact that the entire farm is virus free, in fact the brood Koi have no new additions for several generations and its no wonder why Koi folks like the seriously wily Mac McCreavey showed up during my recent visit to check out the Koi. I’ll leave Mac to tell you what he thought and the photos to speak for themselves. We all know pictures are fun but the only way to see these Koi is up close and personal, and for most of us…….Louisiana is a lot closer than Japan!!

Get your dollar ready Jim.


Cascade in Japan

Dave Dyson Cascade head honcho is currently ravaging southern Japan in pursuit of the best Ogata Koi available for Cascade customers in the UK. Dave visits at least twice a year to consolidate and develop Cascades hard won reputation for high grade Koi.

November is especially exciting as this is the time of year when Ogata's larger Koi are available. This is a small sample of what's coming home to Bury and Harrogate in the next few weeks - check them out!OGATA KOI FARM was established in 1972 and for more than 30 years has been producing some of the finest Koi anywhere in the world. Located in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture in the south west of Japan. Ogata Koi are one of the most successful Koi brands in the industry, with an established distributor network spanning the globe.

What’s interesting is that not only do Ogata produce Koi in virtually all varieties, this selection has not only NOT compromised the quality, but its actually enhanced it.Consider that volume Koi production isn’t just about producing vast numbers of Koi, rather the volume production actually increases the numbers of high grade Koi available. This is reflected in the Go Sanke Koi produced by Ogata who won the grand champion in the ALL JAPAN TOKYO KOI SHOW in 1989 and since then increasing sales not only in Japan but also all over the Koi world, and in 2006 and beyond the export business is a fundamentally important part of the Ogata business.

The founder, Manabu Ogata was born on Feb.11,1955 in Kurume-City. After graduating high school. He joined IZUMIYA KOI FARM for training in Ojiya-City in Niigata. He returned to Kurume after 6years training and established OGATA KOI FARM. He has been breeding koi since then. Dave Dyson has been visiting Ogata for many years to select Koi for both his Bury and Harrogate Cascade stores and the 2007 collection is better than ever