Feathering his nest as a future poultry judge is 19-year-old Aaron Van Den Heuvel, of Mullumbimby, with a Minorca Hen Champion of a large soft feather variety.
Feathering his nest as a future poultry judge is 19-year-old Aaron Van Den Heuvel, of Mullumbimby, with a Minorca Hen Champion of a large soft feather variety.

Plenty to crow about

THERE was no pecking order when 19-year-old Aaron Van Den Heuvel grabbed his first clipboard as a poultry judge.

The Bangalow Poultry Club member joined another teenager to become the youngest duo of poultry judges at any North Coast show.

The Mullumbimby man, who is doing a Bachelor of Animal Production at New England University, said the local poultry game could crow about its bright future.

“Chicken is a lean, cost effective food form of protein which is in increasing demand and Bangalow has got a great reputation,” he said.

Judging was a natural progression for Mr Van Den Heuvel, who aims to become a poultry consultant for private industry.

“The vertically-integrated nature of the poultry industry, is making it a profitable growing industry,” he added.



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