Surely there is light at the end of a very dark tunnel with poultry keepers having had to shoulder the added costs of extra feed, time and bedding for their birds since the poultry housing order was introduced to protect them against avian flu.
Domestic waterfowl especially do not do well with confinement so hopefully soon there will be good news and our ducks, geese and poultry can finally enjoy getting out again.
Agricultural shows will soon be upon us and with the relaxation of Covid rules these should be much more enjoyable family fun filled events.
Schedules for the first and biggest of these events, the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s annual Balmoral Show, are now available with online entries accessible at www.balmoralshow.co.uk
This year’s show, sponsored by the Ulster Bank, is being held between Wednesday and Saturday, May 11-14, at Balmoral Park, Maze, Lisburn.
If you are unable to enter online you could contact the RUAS Balmoral Show by emailing Karen@ruas.org.uk or by phoning 028 90 665225 to obtain a schedule.
The poultry section is sponsored by John Thompson and Sons with great prizes and a super line up of UK judges.
Anyone considering entering birds at this event must have a Flock Number, which is available from DAERA when registering your birds.
Even though there are Avian Flu restrictions at the moment, we are hopeful that these will be lifted well before the Balmoral Show.
To dispel some rumours that I have heard about showing poultry at the Balmoral Show, I can confirm that all the birds are looked after, fed and watered by the poultry stewards, who are all experienced poultry keepers themselves.
You deliver the birds on the Tuesday evening before the show. They are judged on the Wednesday morning and then can be collected on the Friday evening.
This is the largest agricultural show in Northern Ireland, and an amazing event to attend, so why not combine your planned visit with entering a few of your pure bred birds, making the best of both worlds
with being an exhibitor as well as a
The Balmoral Show each year marks the start of the local agricultural shows so in the coming weeks we will look at all the other events that have a poultry section.
These shows are a wonderful place to showcase your chosen breeds and to find others who keep them.
If you are only starting out keeping standard bred poultry then at these events you will find experienced poultry keepers on hand to answer or direct you to someone who can help with any information you
So why not come along and enjoy the craic of a good day out.
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