Above: The Birdcare Company’s Charlotte Doheny in 2017. This year welcomes free trade stands. Last year’s benched figure (excluding sales) was 1,437
Closing date for entries: September 18
FANCIERS HAVE LESS than one week to take advantage of the free bird entry to this year’s much-anticipated Budgerigar Society (BS) Club Show.
In the first of its kind for the BS, until September 18, you can enter for free every benched bird (excluding sales birds). Members will have to pay for their entries up front, but a refund will be made for the number of birds which are benched at the two-day show at The Dome, Doncaster, on September 29-30.
Ghalib Al-Nasser, Club Show committee chairman, told Cage & Aviary Birds that this is a unique incentive that all exhibitors old and new should get involved with. He said: “I hope that this important innovation that the show committee came up with for this year’s show will work for the benefit of the BS and the hobby. I would like to see an increase of 500 birds minimum, but that can only be achieved if we have more exhibitors compared to last year.”
This concept, along with free trade stands (traders are allocated a free 6ft table), came from the show committee and was endorsed by the BS General Council. Traders are welcome to make a donation to the BS if they wish at the end of the show.
Mr Al-Nasser explained: “The show committee looked at last year’s income from both show entries and trade stands and that amounted to about £4,000. In an attempt to boost entries and make a success of the show, we agreed to trial the ‘Free Entries for Benched Birds’ incentive for one year.”
Last year’s winner, Ady Lovack from County Durham, said: “This is the show of all shows, so the fact the BS is offering free entry is a testament that the society is constantly looking for ways to improve the numbers of benched birds at the shows.
“If 25 per cent of the BS membership exhibited just 10 birds each, this would give a benched figure of about 5,500 birds. Wouldn’t that be a sight to remember?”
●The BS Club Show classification and entry form can be downloaded from: www.budgerigarsociety.com
NEWCASTLE DISEASE UPDATE
FOLLOWING recent cases of the contagious Newcastle Disease in commercial poultry and smallholder flocks in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, APHA says there is an increased risk of the disease in the UK. Shows and gatherings can still take place subject to increased vigilance and compliance with a bio-security plan, as required by the current General Licence. However, exhibitors will need to complete and sign a declaration to confirm that birds at the event have not been outside of the UK within the past 21 days. (A declaration form will be sent to all BS Club Show exhibitors with their cage labels.)
Unfortunately, no birds from outside of the UK can be exhibited at the forthcoming Club Show, unless these conditions are relaxed prior to the closing date for entries. For more information on Newcastle Disease, see the August 15 issue.
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