Big crowd for poul­try auc­tion

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

A large crowd at­tended Fin­ley Show So­ci­ety’s an­nual poul­try auc­tion on Satur­day.

Auc­tion­eer Nathan Ever­ing­ham had the task of sell­ing about 300 penned birds in­clud­ing ca­naries, bud­gies, chooks, ducks, geese, tur­keys, guinea fowl and even pea­cocks.

The best sell­ing birds were two lay­ing hens penned to­gether and sold for $50 each.

The day raised more than $1000 for the Fin­ley Show So­ci­ety.

Poul­try auc­tion or­gan­iser Gordon Close said al­though the num­bers of birds penned was down on last year the to­tal money raised was higher than ex­pected.

‘‘The high­est sell­ing lay­ing hens are nice pretty chooks to have in the back­yard; they’re good lay­ing.

‘‘There were more than 65 peo­ple who came to buy chooks, which is amaz­ing.

‘‘Most peo­ple were just buy­ing for the back­yard but there were some who bought for breed­ing.

‘‘You can’t have a sale with­out Nathan, he’s fan­tas­tic with the crowd and likes to have a joke with the kids.

‘‘This was the sixth year (the auc­tion has been held) and we’re happy to be get­ting more peo­ple along,’’ Mr Close said.

The com­mit­tee mem­bers also sold food and drinks and were very pleased with the out­come of the day.

All money raised will go to­ward the 2019 Fin­ley Show in Septem­ber.

Mr Close thanked all vol­un­teers who helped out.

The next event on the Fin­ley Show So­ci­ety’s cal­en­dar is the Sheep Dog Tri­als from June 6 un­til 10.

Tim Bev­er­ley from Katunga hold­ing a turkey he pur­chased at the poul­try auc­tion on Satur­day.

Poul­try auc­tion or­gan­iser Gordon Close and auc­tion­eer Nathan Ever­ing­ham in ac­tion dur­ing the day.

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