‘Passion for poultry’ runs in the family

FLOCK TO SHOW: Far North Coast Game Club president John Gibson is excited to present the club’s golden jubilee year at the Lismore Showground.
FLOCK TO SHOW: Far North Coast Game Club president John Gibson is excited to present the club’s golden jubilee year at the Lismore Showground. Marc Stapelberg

LISMORE Showground will host the country's biggest poultry game show this weekend, as entrants from across New South Wales and Queensland flock to the Far North Coast Game Club golden jubilee show.

For club president John Gibson, the golden jubilee carries particular significance.

When the first meeting was held on July 10, 1965, John, then 15, was in attendance with his father Jack Gibson, who would become the game club's first president.

Since then, the club has only had Gibson presidents. After Jack Gibson, John's brother Geoffrey took the reins, and when he retired, it was John's turn.

"I think it's in the genes a bit," he said. "My father showed fowls before us and it's just something we've done and enjoyed."

"You can meet people, and have an association with people from all walks of life, from ordinary workers to doctors and solicitors.

"I've just got a passion for poultry I suppose."

Organisers are expecting about 1100 birds to be entered across 304 classes.

More than 90 exhibitors will have their birds on display, vying for one of the 17 major awards.

The birds are judged on the colour of their beaks, eyes and feathers, as well as temperament, physical fitness, posture and strut.

Entrants can plan for a show more than a year in advance, deciding which birds to breed and waiting for the offspring to grow.

After a bird is chosen, entrants begin preparations for a show about four months out. This includes quietening down a bird, getting its feathers right and putting it in its own pen.

In the days leading up to a show, the birds are washed and their toenails manicured.

The golden jubilee show will be held on Saturday in the Jim Muldoon Poultry Pavilion at the Lismore Showground.

Topics:  poultry

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