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On the last weekend in May we successfully held our Annual Young Bird Show. Our numbers were up on last year when everyone was concerned with the PMV 1 virus that was detected in Sydney.
At this Young Bird Show we had 690 breed exhibits, shown by 32 fanciers. I would like to take this opportunity
to thank all our fanciers and the judges for supporting us, it was great to see many familiar faces of exhibitors
as well as meeting a few new exhibitors to our show. I hope you had an enjoyable experience and hope to see
you at many more of our shows. It was great to see some of our new fanciers win Champion Ribbons, Trophies
and Cash in the show, well done.
A very big thank you also goes to all of our hard working judges and stewards without your efforts the show
will not run smoothly. It was very pleasing to have Richard Henderson from the UK down here again for this
show. He did an outstanding job with the many breeds we gave him to judge as well as spending time with our
fanciers after he completed the judging their breeds. It is always great to spend time with a knowledgeable
and approachable judge to find out more about our birds and his opinions about our breeds. All of our judges
assisted any fanciers with their questions. Thank you again to; Tom Bollinger from the USA, Max Healy from
WA, Phil Cleghorn from Queensland, Terry Stevenson from Victoria and our own State Judges; Steve Pithers,
Vaughan Kelly and Walter Hitchell.
congratulations to Murray Hayes for winning Reserve Champion of Show with an Australian Show Pen
Homer and John Hanson of Blenhaven Stud winning Grand Champion of Show with a Brunner Pouter. I hope to
see you all at our Annual Eastern Classic Show on 29th and 30th June 2013 at the Fairfield City Showgrounds
Prairiewood, 2176. Regards John Hickman
Grand Champion of Show : Blenhaven Stud, Brunner Pouter
British Show Racer : Champion : Blenhaven Stud Res. Champion : Blenhaven Stud
Hamed Mostafa and Terry Stephenson checking out the Egyptian Swifts.
John Hickman and Richard Henderson
Jim Lenz, Terry Stephenson and Phil Dew
Malcolm Davis and Steve Pithers
Barry Shoobridge, Clint DeBoni, John Hanson, Art Carte USA, Walter Hitchell
Breed Champion King - Wayne Parnell
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 don’t 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 don’t 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.
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