LAST Saturday was the date of the 5th spring poultry show run by the Poultry Keepers of Ireland Club, held at Creagh Equestrian Centre, Ballinasloe, County Galway.
James Weatherup had a great way to finish the show season by winning his very first Show Champion Award at the event with a homebred White crested black bantam pullet.
Between this bird, her three sisters and one brother that he has shown this year, they have won seven Championships and eight Best of Breeds in the 2019/2020 show season, but to win overall show champion has topped it off. The amount of time that James has spent breeding and selecting to improve his white crested black Polands over the past decade has paid off.
At the Poultry Keepers of Ireland Club Show he exhibited 15 birds with all 15 being carded including five Best of Breeds, Best bantam hardfeather, Overall Champion Hard Feather with a wheaton Modern game cockerel, Champion Large Light with a large Silver Spangled Hamburgh & Champion Bantam Light with the white crested black Poland winning first, second and third in a class of eight and his black Male won first prize and Chamois Poland female also won first prize. What a haul of prizes by James.
This show also staged a Belgian bantam regional show with Nathan Foster from County Down winning Best Belgian with a Black Belgian Barbu D’Anver cockerel. Best opposite sex Belgian was Marc Ruymbeke’s white D’Anver female.
Nathan Foster also had great success in the Sussex classes winning best of breed with a Light Sussex bantam female which went on to win best Heavy soft feather bantam.
Oliver Flanagan from Athlone, who is well known for exhibiting eggs, had great success at this show. His results are as follows:
First and second and Champion Turkey, Waterfowl – Champion Silver Appleyard, Champion Khaki Campbell, Champion Welsh Harlequin; Eggs – Champion and Reserve Champion Eggs.
Well done to all other exhibitors and to the organisers of the Poultry Keepers of Ireland Club Show who kept everything running smoothly. Now everyone’s attention will turn to the breeding season. Happy hatching.