Friday, January 28, 2022


Tom Boyd had the task of sorting through all the Waterfowl classes at Ballymena’s first and only show.

Running alongside all the usual classes, the British Call Duck Society had picked this show as one of its Regionals.

Out of 40 classes, Tom picked out a 2021 Pied Drake exhibited by the Hammond family, in the very capable hands of Lucy Hammond.

The Reserve Champion came from the same yard, a 2020 Silver Appleyard female which was also the Best Marked Silver Variety.

They also had the Best Marked Variety with a Magpie Drake and the Champion Non-Standard with a Dark Blue Silver Male.

Jimmy Ryan carried on his success with his White Calls by winning Best White Call and Best Self Variety.

County Tyrone breeder Peter Hamill was successful with the Best Mallard and Best Dilute.

Many thanks to Tom for judging these birds and to James McNeill Hardware for sponsorship.

The committees of the local poultry groups have been corresponding and discussing going forward with shows by bringing the dates forward. Once these are all finalised, they will publish them so people can start planning their breeding programmes.

On a more sombre note, The Fancy in Northern Ireland has lost a very valued member. Robert Getty passed away very suddenly on November 18.

Robert was a much-loved family man and well known in the business circles in Ballymena. This was a great shock to many who regarded Robert as a great friend as well as a distinguished judge.

Hugh Thompson shared a few of his many happy memories of Robert, a close friend for many years.

Robert served on the committee and held the post of Treasurer for the Ballymena Poultry Club for many years.

He was one of the main people who worked tirelessly to see the completion of the Slemish Hall, which was opened in 2000.

Robert had shown various breeds of birds since he was a teenager, everything from Large Game to Ducks.

Hugh and Robert had many great days judging together and had many people commenting on them placing a plate of eight eggs as Reserve Champion at the Royal Welsh Show.

Robert was awarded an Honorary Life membership in 2018 by the Ballymena committee for his work and dedication over many years.

We would like to pass on our prayers and condolences to Robert’s wife and family at this time.



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