The poultry fancy flocked to the first show of the winter season, the Poultry Keepers Club of Ireland show held in Portlaoise. With an entry in excess of 500, this bantam and bantam waterfowl show was diligently judged by Artie Faulkner from Kells and Robert McKibben from Carryduff.
The eventual Champion was a sprightly Serama cockerel from Conan Kelly and reserve was a black Langshan bantam cockerel shown by Charlie Bourke. Best pullet was a light Sussex exhibited by Andrew Bierne.
This event currently acts as an Area Show for the British Call Duck Club and pending approval for the Poland club. In addition there were a variety of specials from various breed clubs such as the Sussex and Orpington clubs up for competition.
The Polands were on display in self, the ever popular white crested and the laced, including the rarely seen frizzled feathered varieties. The best of breed eventually went to Jean Wall with a White Crested male. The Champion Call went to winning Best Waterfowl for Alan & Scott Kingston with a lovely white Call.
As always, a warm welcome was afforded to all exhibitors. A great show to open the winter season and one for all exhibitors to put on their calendars.
Best of breed winners:
Championship row: Show Champion and Best True Bantam – Conan Kenny, Serama Male; Reserve Champion and Best Heavy Soft Feather – Charlie Bourke’s Black German Langshan Male; Champion Waterfowl – Alan and Scott Kingston’s White Call Female; Best Junior – Eoin O’Rourke’s Partridge Old English Game Male; Best Northern Ireland Exhibit – Ryan Liggett’s Black Orpington Female.
Best Ladies Exhibit – A McCarthy, R&J Barton; Best Light Soft Feather – Caroline & Emily Robards Silver Spangled Hamburgh; Best Hard Feather – Eugene O’Rourke’s OEG Female; Best Non Standard Call – James Hammond; Best Ancona – Zelda Crawford; Best Eggs – P&L Moloney; Best Junior Handler – Lily Pullein Cassidy.