Jim achieves Melbourne show personal best
Jim Sibraa has a new personal record in poultry showing, with one of his chooks earning the title of second best across three states.
His modern game bantam partridge was declared Reserve Supreme Champion of the Royal Melbourne Poultry Show.
It was a tough feat, with 1200 entries in the competition coming from across Victoria, NSW and South Australia.
The 67 year-old Finley breeder has been entering the Melbourne Show since he was 10, and has only ever managed a few top 10 finishes before now.
‘‘This is my biggest victory and it’s a pretty good feeling,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a shock when they announced my name. I’ve been going down there for a while and it was the first time I’ve had a result that good.
‘‘I took 25 chooks overall and I won best and reserve pile, best and reserve duck-wing, best ginger and best grey.’’
Mr Sibraa’s top prized bird of the show also came home with more than one win.
‘‘She also won best Grand Champion Bantam Hard feather other than Old English Game (female)
‘‘The judge commended how soft she was, and how well she was presented. It takes a bit of time to prepare the chooks and that’s half the battle; presentation is the trick.’’
The success at Melbourne follows Mr Sibraa winning Reserve Champion at the Riverina Game Club Show in Wagga from 600 entries last month.
September’s Finley Show will be his next outing.
Jim Sibraa and his grandchildren (from left) Kaydence, Zane and Cassady Sibraa with his best performer.