Jim achieves Melbourne show per­sonal best

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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.

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