Current show scene situation

Ducks 22-10-20 SM Farm

I know most of you keep up to date with what’s happening in the world of poultry on social media. However, I know there are still some of you who rely on publications like FarmWeek to keep you informed with the latest news.

We are still living in strange times with more restrictions placed on us in our daily lives. Families not able to meet together, children out of school and many jobs under threat.

Most of us have our 2020 birds reared and will soon be thinking of breeding for next year, especially with the large breeds.

There are so many unknowns: Will there be demand for stock? Will there be any sales? Will there be shows here or across the water?

It is well publicised that the Federation, National and Scottish National are cancelled. Many of us will really miss going to one or more of these “big” shows, not only to show our birds but to meet up with old friends.

So, what’s happening here at home?

As I am sure you are aware the situation is changing all the time and the following statements are correct at time of going to print.

Ballynure is not planning to hold any shows at present.

Likewise, Armagh, in the current circumstances, is not planning on holding a show.

Dromore Soft Feather and Waterfowl issued the following statement from Pauline Gibson and Judith Lyons: “After a huge amount of thought and consideration it was with deep regret that we have decided not to run our up and coming shows. The decision was not taken lightly but due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we felt it was our duty to keep our committee and members safe in these uncertain times.

“We would like to pay thanks to the committee members, special thanks to Ryan Liggett for all his hard work behind the scenes and to James Hammond and family for the kind offer of their premises.

“We hope things change for the better for our 2021 show season and that everyone keeps safe

and well.”

Dermot Gardiner, on behalf of Ballymena committee, stated: “The club is keeping the current situation under review and will run their shows when the public health circumstances allow.”

So, looks like we are getting nowhere soon. Nikki Heath and her committee are organising a big Virtual Show for December with many breed clubs getting involved, organising classes and judges.

Dust down the old Polaroids and get snapping.

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