YOUNG BREEDER FOCUS: KENNETH FLECK

Ducks 11-2-21 SM Farm

Fifteen-year-old Kenneth lives just outside Clough, County Antrim. He said: “I have been associated with showing and breeding poultry from a young age, like my father has since his teens.

“My father was inspired by the late Paul Alexander, who introduced him to Oxford Game.

“Over the years of showing alongside my father my greatest achievement was to win Best Oxford, Reserve and Show Champion. Over the past three years I have also moved into breeding Partridge and Barred Wyandottes and have shown them now for two years.

“The Wyandottes are my favourite breed, I like their type, they are easy to work with and nice to look at, although they do come with challenges just like any other breed.

“They need to be kept very clean to prevent mites and need to have a good leader on their comb.

“My advice to anyone starting out to show poultry is to purchase good stock and breed the best you can.

“Come along to the shows and if you don’t do well don’t be discouraged, ask for advice from the other breeders and judges and remember it is only that judge’s opinion on that day.

“The people I look up to in the poultry world are Austin and Robert Shaw and Eddie Agnew. Not only have I gained a lot from their knowledge of poultry but also enjoy their craic and witty humour, which gives us all a laugh.”

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