Fowl play leads to big bucks
THERE was an almost total clearance of birds at the annual Warwick Poultry Club auction at the Warwick Showgrounds on Sunday.
Terry Brown has been club president for the past 33 years and said the 231 lots sold averaged $60 per lot.
"Only one lot of two birds was passed in," Mr Brown said.
"The top price of $270 was reached for two lots; prices were comparable to last year.
"The money we raised out of the auction keeps the club going for the year.
"Three-quarters of the visitors came the day before to check out the fowls."
Allora poultry breeder Keith Young bought one of the top priced lots, two Australorp pullets and one cockerel offered by Peter Trow, of Glen Innes.
A trio of double laced barnevelders from Tenterfield were purchased by Annette Boland, of Roma.
Mr Brown said there was a lot of interest in the large fowls like barnevelders, Sussex and Rhode Island reds.
"Hobby farmers like the big fowls," he said.
"Ducks are popular with town residents because they don't crow."
Eighty three bidders' cards were issued with interest from as far as Mackay and Walgett. Long-time club member Graham Gillam said there were birds at the auction for everyone.