Waterfowl show attracts record entries

POULTRY OCTOBER 18 RI Farm
ABOVE: Mark and Darren Gillespie’s Mallard Call duck which was last year’s show champion duck at the Dromore Waterfowl show

THE eagerly awaited autumn/winter poultry club shows start again this Saturday (October 20) at the Dromore Poultry Association’s club showroom at 84 Diamond Road, Dromore, County Down with the annual Waterfowl show.

And what a show it will be with a massive entry of almost 400 birds which is the biggest entry of waterfowl ever at the club.

ABOVE: Team McLaren and Adams’ Reserve Show champion at the Dromore Waterfowl show

Incorporated in this show is the regional call duck championship show with over 200 call ducks entered. This is an absolutely superb show and to add to this the club were able to secure two outstanding judges namely Alan Davis from Wales, the secretary of the British Call Duck Club and Tom Davies from Mudchute Open Farm in London. Alan kindly judged the Dromore show a number of years ago when the club was located at their previous premises at the Wellington House, Dromore.

On top of this outstanding entry of ducks there are 25 geese entered at this event. For anyone who has an interest is domestic ducks or geese this would be a fantastic show to attend to see a vast array of breeds and chat to the waterfowl keepers who have a wealth of knowledge about them.

The Waterfowl section at the Dromore club first started as a few classes for Call and Miniature ducks in the Soft Feather section in the late 1990s when the club was a bantam only club due to the club premises being much smaller.

When the club expanded at the previous premises at The Wellington House new show cages were purchased and the club was then able to cater for large fowl and at this stage a waterfowl only show was created. This show has gone from strength to strength and all the hard work has paid off with this Saturday attracting almost 400 ducks and geese to the Dromore club. Come along and see these pure minority breeds of ducks and geese.

Hard Feather Show

RIGHT: Champion Goose at the Dromore Waterfowl show last year – a Pomeranian Goose

The following Saturday, October 27, is the first of two Hard Feather shows at the Dromore club which caters for all varieties of large and bantam breeds of hard feather fowl. Entries for this show close this weekend. The secretary Gareth Ingram would prefer to have all entries in by Friday of this week. Gareth can be contacted on telephone number 07971 533551 or by emailing him on garethingram@outlook.com

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