Balmoral Show had the largest entry of Call ducks I would say in the history of the event, with 130 entered.
With the show being put back from the usual dates of May until to September, it suited a lot of the Call duck breeders.
It was a pleasure to see the variety of colours on display and well done to all the worthy winners.
It was great to see a lot of the well-known breeders supporting the show, with the Call Duck Champion going to Jimmy Ryan following on from his success at the Carlisle Show and auction the week before .
Special rosettes for the call duck section winners were kindly sponsored by the McKibbin family
The Call duck results are as follows:
Champion Call and Best Self Variety – Jimmy Ryan, white drake;
Reserve Champion and Best Mallard Variety – Scott McKibbin, Mallard drake;
Best Marked Mallard Variety – James Hammond, pied drake;
Best Dilute Variety – Peter Hamill, blue fawn duck;
Best Silver Variety – James Hammond, dark silver drake;
Best Marked Silver Variety – Peter Hamill, abacot female;
Best Marked Variety – James Hammond, magpie drake;
Champion Non Standard – James Hammond, dark blue silver drake.
As the Balmoral Show is the premium agricultural event in the country, many would have seen this wonderful display of superb Call ducks in a great range of colours, which will certainly promote this domestic duck breed.
The quality of Call ducks kept here is of the highest standard and, as can be seen by the results, there were a number of top quality exhibitors at this event and across the country.
Northern Ireland is fortunate to have a good number of Call duck breeders who work tirelessly to improve the breed.
In next week’s PoultryPen page we look at results from the first ever auction of poultry at the Belmont House Hotel.
n By way of a reminder, there is a poultry fair at the Belmont House Hotel, Banbridge, on October 30.
If you are looking to bring birds along you have to register with the hotel as space is limited.