Buyer's market at chook sale
IT WAS nice weather for ducks yesterday, but the steady rain didn't help sellers at the Lismore Poultry Club auction.
About 70 people gathered at the showground to participate in the auction, much fewer than last year. Sale numbers and prices were also down on previous years, in what was described as a “tough” day by the auctioneers.
Of the 60 pens for sale, about half were passed in, although some were sold afterwards, said Lismore Show chief and champion poultry breeder John Gibson of Caniaba.
He thought the poor results were a sign of the economic times, as well as the weather.
One breeder who had brought two ancona roosters and a bantam down from Queensland was dismayed at the turnout compared with last year. Both his cockerels failed to reach reserve price.
“It's been a non-event for me,” said the man, who asked not to be named.
However, the day was a bright one for buyers.
Christine Jeffery, of Woodburn, was at her first-ever poultry sale and picked up three plymouth rock hens and a campbell duck at what she believed to be good prices.
Ms Jeffery and her husband have a five-acre hobby farm and she was looking to expand her holding.
“I'm just starting out,” she said.
Young Josh Bray, of Tylagum, has more experience in the poultry game.
He came knowing what he was after yesterday and he got it, at the price he expected.
Josh, 17, was there with his sisters Hannah, 15, and Jessica, 8, and younger brother Will, 9. Dad Graeme was the driver and let his eldest boy do the bidding.
Josh paid $120 for a red ancona cockerel to look after the 75 or so ancona hens he has – part of a flock of 150 birds.
On Saturday, show day, there were more than 1000 birds on display and the atmosphere was great, attendees said.