Rarer breed: Matthew Selway with a Saxony bantam drake, one of a number of birds he exhibited.
Rarer breed: Matthew Selway with a Saxony bantam drake, one of a number of birds he exhibited. Cathy Adams

Show strictly for birds, breeders

IT was a quacker of an event at the Lismore Showground yesterday.

The 109th annual poultry show attracted 1015 exhibits, including 85 waterfowl – the third biggest-ever showing, according to Poultry Club secretary Ross Robinson.

About 250 bird fanciers turned up each day to have a gander at what was on offer, and to pick up tips on such things as breeding and vaccines.

The good turnout was helped by having an auction yesterday, Mr Robinson said.

The Caniaba breeder had a good day himself, winning the champion bantam breeding class with his pair of Old English Game Dunn.

The lovebirds then fetched $150 and were dispatched to their new owner in Victoria.

Maclean's Ray Connor had a pair of Australorp pullets that achieved $180 each.

Another Australorp pullet won Bird of the Show prize for Brian Thompson, of McKees Hill.

Prices were good all round, Mr Robinson said.

“It helps to have the sale after the judging,” he said.

“The judges help buyers todecide on a good price.”

Also happy with the prices was Matthew Selway, who lives in Brisbane but breeds waterfowl at his father's farm near Murwillumbah.

He sold a few geese at the show, and some Indian Runner ducks – ‘the tall skinny things seen in the film Babe'.

He breeds Drake Saxony ducks, and Blue Swedish and Rouens.

Like Mr Robinson, breeding is a hobby for Mr Selway.

He particularly enjoys trying to keep the rarer breeds alive, and ‘trying to improve them all the time'.



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