Cross duck “should have a crooked neck” say angry opponents


He was the rank outsider, raised by a bunch of guys playing rugby but destined for greatness.

Jorge Bhuja surprised the poultry scene by winning the title of best in class in front of perfectly smooth purebred breeds and some of the best known birds in the industry at one of the main agricultural shows in the country.

“We took a look at the duck calendar last year and it was wide open to attack… not a lot of entries,” said owner Hamish Stace at the New Zealand Agricultural Show in Thursday in Christchurch.

Meet Jorge, the class-winning duck.


Meet Jorge, the class-winning duck.

“We certainly ruffled a few feathers; the establishment isn’t particularly happy. We showed a crossbreed duck – that’s a major no-no – but this duck is a beautiful animal and you can’t take that away from it. . “

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Stace, the duck organizer from a group dubbed the Bhuja Boar Breeders, bought the Appleyard 2-year-old Indian racer cross for around $ 50 from a breeder in Geraldine and immediately saw its potential.

Tom Cunningham, left, Scott Black, Hamish Stace, Becs Odering, Nick Bell and Sam Sidey, the boar breeders of Bhuja, found success again at the NZ Agricultural Show.


Tom Cunningham, left, Scott Black, Hamish Stace, Becs Odering, Nick Bell and Sam Sidey, the boar breeders of Bhuja, found success again at the NZ Agricultural Show.

“He’s a really good duck. I wouldn’t have brought him home if he hadn’t been the first material.”

Stace said he contacted three breeders before one agreed to sell him. Most feared he might not be qualified enough to handle it, others raised their prices to make sure he didn’t slaughter the bird for meat, he said.

“It’s such a political scene. We were excluded at first, we couldn’t get access to buy reproductive material, so I had to take it a step further.”

The group specializing in pig farming took third place at the show with the Steineken pig in 2016, but wanted to “disrupt the status quo” on the duck scene.

Stace said rivals were quick to criticize the team’s efforts, with another contender saying the bird should “have a crooked neck.”

Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club chicken farmer Sarah Wyllie said she had never heard of a regional or national winning crossbreed and the company only allowed “heirloom animals” “, purebred and purebred at its events.

“Usually if someone tried to get into a crossroads someone would tap their shoulder and let them know it wasn’t appropriate, but the day it is the judges’ decision and maybe ‘they have more relaxed guidelines during the show. “

She said a national union had set guidelines for “the ideal bird,” and the mixing of bird breeds meant it was impossible to pit birds against each other.

“I can see how annoying the downpours coming from the world of poultry shows would be.”

His fellow Bhuja boar breeder Scott Black said the competition got tougher every year, with the number of pig entries skyrocketing and more teams dressing in costumes, shirts and shirts. Matching special ties for their presentations in the ring. Although they missed out on a spot this year, they were thrilled to have presented such a hearty beast to the judges, Black said.

“In 2016 we had a good pig but we did not feed him enough so he needed more fattening. This year we have shown a much better pork, the quality is just exceptional.”

“They’ll probably bring a little more heat next year and we’ll just have to react. We can react and we will,” said Stace.

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