Jim Sibraa, prince of poultry
Finley’s Jim Sibraa could be crowned the prince of poultry after winning a sweep of events with his birds at the Royal Melbourne Poultry Show.
Among his loot was the revered Grand Champion gold medallion.
In an outstanding effort, Mr Sibraa’s small yet beautiful one year-old modern partridge pullet won the Grand Champion Best other than Old English Game award — the same title the bird’s mother won last year.
In addition to this, Sibraa’s variety of birds were voted best and reserve in each class he entered them in.
These included: best and reserve Black Red against 23 others; best and reserve Golden Creel against seven others; best and reserve Silver Duck Wing; best Ginger against 11 others; best and reserve Pyle against 13 others; and best and reserve Modern Game other than Old English Any Other Colour (AOC) against 19 others.
Having taken 25 birds to show this year, Sibraa — who has been involved in showing birds since he was 11 years old — said he only really breeds for the Royal Melbourne Show as part of his hobby.
‘‘I don’t do many local shows and I’m not in it for the money, I just like competing . . . and breeding birds gives you a bit of interest,’’ he said.
‘‘My dad Norman used to show birds and currently I own about 50 birds who live out the back of my house in special pens.
‘‘This year’s Grand Champion bird is a particularly beautiful specimen.’’
When Sibraa’s not busy with his birds, he’s working as a meter reader for Essential Energy or busy spending time with his much-loved grandchildren, who adore him and his birds.
The Royal Melbourne Poultry Show is an annual event held in mid-July.