Poultry breeder Eric Rosolen from Fairy Hill, near Casino, pictured with a brown leghorn rooster, won multiple prizes at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Poultry breeder Eric Rosolen from Fairy Hill, near Casino, pictured with a brown leghorn rooster, won multiple prizes at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Cathy Adams

Breeder wins 20 awards with 15 chooks

FAIRY HILL breeder Eric Rosolen has more than just his finger on the poultry.

The part-time aficionado has just cleaned up at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, taking out 20 poultry awards – with just 15 chickens.

Mr Rosolen picked up eight first prizes and 12 placings in his awards haul – more than he had previously won in 20 years of exhibiting.

“Overall, it’s probably my best result, but I have had a champion breeding pair down there a few years ago, which is a major award,” he said.

“But I’ve never had this many breed awards before.”

The modest breeder says he is “too young to retire” but, due to a disability, is not fit enough to go to work. So he has channelled his energy into his chooks to fend off boredom.

“I reckon it’s a good show to go to – it’s the country showcase for the city people and we can show them what they’re missing out on.”

Mr Rosolen transports his birds in the back of his station wagon and picked up more than a few strange looks from motorists at Pacific Highway roadhouses. “They’re fairly quiet when you’re travelling, but when you stop they tend to think ‘hello, it’s time to make a bit of noise’,” he laughed.

Poultry breeders Allan Morton, from Lismore, and Norm Black, from Dorroughby, had similar success, with 18 awards each. Other Northern Riversexhibitors had also an impressive show.

The Sivewright brothers, from South Lismore, brought home 11 cattle awards between them, including two first places, while Geoff Manning, a beekeeper from Bentley, picked up 10 awards, including a gold medal.

CHICKEN FACTS

The chicken is probably the most well-known and widely used domesticated animal in the world.

In 2003, the estimated world population was more than 24 billion.

There are more chickens in the world than any other type of bird.

The chicken began in the wild though the modern-day breeds are thought to be domesticated from the Indian red jungle fowl 8000 years ago.

But it is also argued that chickens originated from China 10,000 years ago.

The first images of chickens were found on Corinthian pottery from 700BC.

There were also early pictures of chickens found on Greek red and black-figure pottery.

Source: poultypages.com

EASTER SHOW WINNERS

POULTRY: Eric Rosolen, Fairy Hill, NSW – 20 awards

Allan Morton, Lismore NSW – 18 awards

Norm Black, Dorroughby, NSW – 18 awards

CATTLE: John Sivewright, South Lismore, NSW – 6 awards

Stephen Sivewright, Sth Lismore, NSW – 5 awards

Mullum Charolais Pty Ltd, Mullumbimby, NSW – 3 awards

HONEY: Geoff Manning, Bentley, NSW – 10 awards

DOGS: N Rushforth, Lismore, NSW – 4 awards

HORSES: Famewatch Pty Ltd, Federal, NSW – 6 awards

Kristy Hill, Byron Bay, NSW – 2 awards


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