Poul­try num­bers im­press

Countryman - - WAGIN WOOLORAMA - Bob Gar­nant

Poul­try judge Grame Hopf from NSW was im­pressed with the num­ber of feath­ered en­tries at the Make Smok­ing His­tory Wa­gin Woolorama.

“The com­mit­tee did an ex­cel­lent job of turn­ing an old pavil­ion into a new sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

“Turkey num­bers were equal to what they were at the Syd­ney Royal Show.”

Mr Hopf was par­tic­u­larly in awe of a Old English Game ex­hibit, which he judged to be cham­pion bird, to the delight of owner Peter Strike, of Col­lie.

Mr Hopf said it was an out­stand­ing bird for the breed.

“It was very fit and ac­tive, had the cor­rect weight plus it dis­played a rare colour,” he said.

Mr Strike has been in the poul­try game for 55 years and is metic­u­lous about line breed­ing to pro­duce the best ge­net­ics pos­si­ble. “It is too dif­fi­cult to find out­side ge­netic qual­ity, so best to keep chal­leng­ing your own breed­ing,” he said.

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Poul­try breeder Peter Strike and judge Grame Hopf with the Old English Game ex­hibit at Woolorama.

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