Jim Si­braa, prince of poul­try

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

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.

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