Mon, 6 June 2022
OFI 1403: Tancho, The $25,000 Fish | FFA SAE Edition | Samuel Jimenez | Madera South High School FFA
INTRODUCING SAMUEL JIMENEZ!
Buckle up to learn something new in this episode. I sure know that I did when I was conducting the interview!
Samuel Jimenez has just graduated high school, and he has just been awarded a California State Proficiency Award in Specialty Animal Production Placement. How you ask? By raising thousands of Koi Fish in his families business in Madera, California.
Sam's parents have a business called Mad Town Koi Fish, and she sell Koi all over the world. In addition to the production of fish they produce a high quality manure/fertilizer for their business partner's pistachio orchard with the waste of the Koi. Sam has been learning this business inside and out over the years, and now when a buyer is at the farm to purchase fish it is Sam who takes out the nets and catches the fish for sale.
During our interview Sam told me about a type of Koi called a "Tancho". This is a very rare and very desirable pattern on the body of the Koi that results with a red circle on its forehead. While Same told me that Koi will sell for $5-$7 per typical fish, a Tancho can sell for up to $25,000! This fish business is very much like other livestock businesses. They even have a breed organization and they compete in shows for the grand champion Koi.
I learned a ton in this interview, and you will too!
SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: Koi Fish Production
HIGH SCHOOL: Madera South High School; Madera, California
FFA ADVISOR: Tim Deniz
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SAMUEL JIMENEZ:
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Madera South High School Telephone Number: 559-675-4450
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