Above: The record Fife entry at the 2016 National Exhibition. From early January 2019, FFF affiliated members can buy standard FFF rings through their club secretary
THE FIFE FANCY Federation (FFF) is to launch its first ever ring scheme for affiliated European clubs.
The scheme will offer standard closed and split rings to its 21 affiliated clubs (issued by the FFF secretary in early January 2019), and includes a proposal to COM-UK for FFF breeder ID-coded closed rings. Sample rings will be sent for approval at scheduled COM-UK and Eire Ornithological Association meetings in September.
If approved, affiliated FFF members can use FFF ID-coded closed rings when exhibiting at overseas events, such as the World Show.
Secretary Paul Larkin told Cage & Aviary Birds that offering both standard Federation numbered closed and split rings, and the possibility of breeder ID-coded closed rings, is a huge step forward for the FFF since its formation in 1984. He is positive that affiliated members will soon fly the flag for the FFF at world events.
He said: “Fifes are already shown on the world stage, so being represented using FFF rings seems the natural thing to do, as the FFF is the European governing body for Fifes.
“Promoting the FFF at the World Show will only heighten the profile of the breed and could, in turn, increase the number of fanciers keeping, breeding and exhibiting Fifes.”
The ring-scheme initiative is just one of a number of major changes planned for the FFF in 2018. As of September 30, all affiliated clubs’ members can compete in a points-based Fancier of the Year competition – a scheme proposed by the Fife Canary Club of Ireland, one of the FFF’s 22 affiliated clubs.
The competition will run across all 2018 member club shows and an award for both champion and novice exhibitors will be presented.
Mr Larkin concluded: “This year will see the biggest changes to the FFF in recent years. It is the beginning of a new chapter for the FFF. Our mantra to co-ordinate, advance and encourage the culture, improvement and honourable exhibition of this special breed will be at the forefront of every decision or initiative we put in place over the coming years.”
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