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Australia's Premier Young Bird Show & Eastern Classic Annual Show
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The PFS of NSW Inc has a wide variety of fanciers from the very experienced exhibitor to the novice, and are very keen to introduce young people into a rewarding and not necessarily expensive hobby
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ThePigeon Fanciers Society of NSW Incwould like to express there deepest sympathies to the Sander Family with the Passing of Desmond Sanders, life member and patron of the PFS. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.
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Results are in please visit the YOUNG BIRD SHOW PICTURE tab for results, thanks to all show particpated in the show and thanks to Fred Frendo for suppling the pictures.
Reserve Champion Bird of Show - Anne Henderson - Jacobin 2014
Grand Champion Brunner Pouter - Blenhaven Stud
Dr Colin Walker from Melbourne Bird Clinic
Q: Are there any more test results on the birds that went through the vaccination program in 2012?
A: The birds in the vaccine trial have been bled by myself every 60 days. the last bleed is on the 5th May. results have been forwarded to Stephen Kearesy who i understand then puts them on the VHA website. the birds still have a strong immunity with an average HI score of about 4.5. it appears that the vaccine does confer at least 12 months immunity.
Q: Some fanciers are unclear on the 12 month booster vaccination, some believe two doses are again required, what is correct?
A: Just single annual boosters are required. Birds only need two injections the first year that they are done.
Q: Dr Arzey (NSW DPI) has suggested that the Mereck application, (for pigeon specific vaccine) is progressing. Has there been any movement on allowing pigeon vaccine into Australia?
A: My understanding is that the application is progressing. I would consider it unlikely to be approved as there is already a safe, effective vaccine in the country. You will recall that Pfizer submitted their application to import their registered European brand and it was declined for this reason.
Q: Is there likely to be any relaxation by AQIS re PMV testing in pigeons at importation?
A: There should be but i dont think this will occur. I have prepared a submission to the DAFF.
Q: Some fanciers, racing and showing, are promoting the use of Virkon S in drinking water, at home and at shows. Could you advise your opinion this practice?
A: I would check the manufacturers but i dont think Virokon is designed for internal use. What are the fanciers trying to achieve by doing this.
Q: Some in the poultry fancy are suggesting that some Pigeon fanciers have used the Live Vaccine and that would pose a risk to shared use of pavilions for exhibition. If Live Vaccine was used would there be a risk? Is there any known use/purchase of Live Vaccine by Pigeon fanciers?
A: Live NDV4 vaccine can be purchased by any fancier through their vet. If pigeons inoculated with this are mixed with chickens there is the potential for this live vaccine strain virus to spread to the chickens. This of course has no significance; in effect the chickens are just being vaccinated for free.
Comment From Dr Walker: I think the logical time to vaccinate adults is after moulting, but before breeding. This means June or July. Young birds that have been vaccinated at weaning can be vaccinated next june or july after weaning. For some birds this will only be a few months but as this will do more harm i think it is the easiest way for getting the birds synchronized.