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How Ray Connor became a "living legend" of poultry world

FEELING COCKY: Ray Connor of Cowper, displays the rooster of the Champion Breeding pair, Australorp breed. Story Page 7
FEELING COCKY: Ray Connor of Cowper, displays the rooster of the Champion Breeding pair, Australorp breed. Story Page 7 Mireille Merlet-Shaw

RAY CONNOR is described as one of the "living legends" on the poultry show circuit, having been involved for the past 70 years.

He was proud to have some success with his Australorp roosters at the Lismore Poultry Club's 112th annual show yesterday.

"I have been coming here since I was 20," the Cowper man said.

"So I guess that is about 70 years now.

"This (showing poultry) has always been a big part of my life.

FEATHER IN THE CAP: Laurie Wheaton of Tregeagle with champion breeding Barnevel Der at the Lismore Poultry club in Lismore.
FEATHER IN THE CAP: Laurie Wheaton of Tregeagle with champion breeding Barnevel Der at the Lismore Poultry club in Lismore. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

"I've enjoyed every moment and I've travelled all over the place for shows.

"But I have to say that Lismore's is one of the best.

"Every time I walk in here it always gives me the greatest pleasure and there is a terrific atmosphere."

Mr Connor said breeders could usually tell when they had a winning chicken or rooster on their hands.

But he said it was important to get them to shows.

"There's the danger that when you're at home you can only see their good qualities," he said.

"It's only when you take them to shows that you see their faults."

While Mr Connor loves poultry shows, he said it was almost time to give them up.

"Eventually you have to say that enough is enough," he said.

Lismore Poultry Club president, Steve Dubber, said this year's show attracted more than 900 birds.

The inaugural Doug Hogan Memorial Prize for Champion Bird in Show was awarded to Ross Robinson, of Caniaba, with his Old English Game Bantam female.

The bird also won champion female in show.

Champion male in show was awarded to Tom McLean of Coraki with his old English Game Bantam male.

The soft-feather large category went to John Gibson of South Gundurimba and the hard- feather category went to Ray Connor, who also took out the champion breeding pair category.

Topics:  lismore poultry club




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