AUTUMN in the pure-bred poultry calendar is a wonderful time of the year for domestic waterfowl keepers for at this time of the year ducks and geese are finally starting to look at their best.
This is because they go through their annual moult and both old and young birds hatched this year are now in their splendid glory, just at the best time for last Saturday’s annual Domestic Waterfowl show at the Dromore Poultry Club outside the County Down town of Dromore. This event had numerous classes for all varieties of domestic ducks and geese and with 331 entries there were plenty of superb birds to see.
The two judges who adjudicated at this show were Peter O’Loughlin from Kildare, who has kept a number of large and miniature varieties of ducks and was hugely successful with his birds in the show arena. The other judge was Mark Hewertson from Cumbria, England, who is well known for his quality white Call ducks.
Waterfowl keepers from across the country entered birds at this annual event and what an array of different breeds awaited the judges. This was a British Call duck club regional show and it was great to have Mark judging the great array of Calls.
In the Call duck section winners were:
Best Self Colour – Jimmy Ryan.
Best Dilute – Peter Hamill.
Best Mallard – Peter Hamill.
Best marked Mallard – James Hammond.
Best Silver – Andrew Moorehead.
Best Marked Silver – Peter Hamill.
Best Marked – James Hammond.
Best Non Standard – James Hammond.
The overall champion Call was Peter Hamill’s superb Mallard Call duck and the Reserve Champion Call was Jimmy Ryan’s excellent white Call duck.
In the goose, heavy breed, light breed and miniature duck classes section winners were:
Champion heavy duck was Darren and Mark Gillespie’s superb Saxony duck.
Champion Light duck was a well presented white Indian Runner drake exhibited by Peter Hamill.
Champion juvenile exhibit was a very nice Call drake exhibited by Kurtis Moorehead.
Champion Miniature breed was a wonderful Black East Indian drake exhibited by John Neill who also exhibited the Champion Goose, a Chinese Gander.
The judges then had the challenging task of selecting the Show champion and Reserve Show champion with the overall Show champion award going to Peter Hamill’s excellent Mallard Call duck. The Reserve Show champion award went to Darren and Mark Gillespie’s incredible Saxony duck.
The birds on championship row are only part of the story as around the show hall there were great birds in every class. There were fabulous classes of Aylesburys, Cayugas, Abacot Rangers, Buff Orpingtons and Swedish blue ducks, to name just a few of the breeds.
n The organizers, judges and exhibitors should be very proud of putting on a wonderful display of old waterfowl breeds with a special thanks to Frazer Feeds from Ballinaskeagh, Banbridge, who kindly sponsored this event.