Poultry breeder flies high at show
YOU won’t hear veteran poultry breeder Ian Campbell, of Howards Grass, crowing about his success, but he has just taken out first place in four divisions at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
The modest poultry breeder sent a Plymouth Rock dark-barred cockerel and a pullet to this year’s show and scooped the pool by winning best male, best female, overall champion and best standard Plymouth Rock.
Mr Campbell has been entering poultry in the show since 1995 and has taken out prizes many times.
“I always had a bit of success,” Mr Campbell said.
The region has also fared well in the fresh foods display by taking out first place for the best display.
The entry was put together by Arthur Johns, of Richmond Hill, and featured corn from Woodenbong, honey and macadamia nuts from Lismore, sugar and bananas from Murwillumbah and pumpkins from Tenterfield.
Bentley beekeeper Geoff Manning took out first place for his champion beeswax.
Brian and Fran Eichmann, of Homeleigh, won the ‘open bitch’ category in the Australian stumpy tail cattle dog division.
Flora McKeown, of Kyogle, won best Australian cattle dog puppy.
Dairy cattle judging will continue for another 10 days, while beef cattle judging gets under way on Wednesday.
The show attracts about 900,000 visitors each year and runs until April 14.