Breeder in focus: Brian and Margaret King

Ducks 25-6-20 SM Farm

How long have you been keeping poultry?

When we got married in 1960 we had a few bantams. With running a busy farm and starting a family we gave them up. However, we started again in the 1990s.

What got you into poultry?

We had always a notion of getting into exhibition poultry. Meeting up with Hugh Thompson persuaded me to get started again.

Did you start to show right away?

Yes, we acquired a few Sebrights to get us going. Then we caught the hard feather bug and started on a journey with various colours of Old English Game, although Brown/Red quickly became our favourite. That Hugh Thompson man was the culprit for entering the exhibition world.

How many breeds have you kept over the years?

We have kept many breeds over the years, OEG, Sebrights, Hamburghs, Light Sussex, Rosecombs, Rhode Island Reds and Ancona.

What is your favourite breed and why?

We would not say we had any real favourites, we have enjoyed them all, showing them and learning about the individual breeds.

What is your greatest achievement?

Our best show results to date have been winning Supreme Champion at the RUAS in 2008 with a Brown/Red cock.

If you were starting out in poultry is there any advice that you could give someone?

Yes, do not purchase too many birds and concentrate only on a couple of breeds.

You have been involved with the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society for many years.

Are there any special occasions from it you would like to share or any people you have met?

I have met many people during my terms on council. I have met all other presidents from the other societies and all the Royal Family. I must say meeting Her Majesty the Queen has been my greatest moment.

Finally, is there anyone in the poultry world that you admire?

I greatly admire Mr Chris Parker and Mrs Ann Bachmet because of their total dedication to the Fancy and all their involvement with the PCGB.

n Brian and Margaret have just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Many congratulations to you both.

They said there had been occasions in the past when they had thought about giving up the poultry but were glad they still have the birds at this time of lockdown.

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