TOP BIRD: Shaunn Jansch took out Champion Bird of Show with his pekin drake at the Maranoa Poultry Show on Sunday.
TOP BIRD: Shaunn Jansch took out Champion Bird of Show with his pekin drake at the Maranoa Poultry Show on Sunday. Lucy Rutherford

Feathered fun remains a family affair

THOSE who came flocking to the Maranoa Poultry Show on Sunday know it's more about showing some of Queensland's finest feathers.

The show is about carrying on a family tradition.

Shaunn Jannusch, who took out Champion Bird of Show and Champion Waterfowl with his pekin drake was also stoked that his six-year-old son Eli's entry of a silver appleyard drake won Reserve Waterfowl.

"My grandfather and my father did it and now my young fella does too so its always run in the family and been a passion of ours,” he said.

Travelling from Toowoomba, Mr Jannusch reclaimed his reigning title after winning Bird in Show at last year's poultry show and spoke highly of the hospitality and quality of birds. "There's such a good standard of birds out here to compete against, as well as being able to catch up with some old faces,” he said.

Father and son judges Peter and Andrew Stumer, who travelled from NSW and Brisbane, say poultry has been in their family for four generations.

"We love breeding, showing and going around the country judging and we've been privileged to judge such a high quality of fowls and ducks,” Peter Stonham said.

"Shaunn's waterfowl caught our eye as soon as we walked over, you can't do much better than him.”

In the best year that the show has seen, a completely full shed of 525 entrants had people travelling from as far as Charleville, Blackall and Brisbane to show their prized poultry.

Maranoa Poultry Club president Dick Schubert was thrilled there were so many young entrants, four of whom were his grandchildren Blayde, Dusty, Charli and Mia.

"It's something we do together. They love coming over to Grandad's and playing with the birds,”

he said.

Blayde and Mia Schubert at Maranoa Poultry Show
Blayde and Mia Schubert at Maranoa Poultry Show. Lucy Rutherford

WInner of pigeon category at Maranoa Poultry Show
Shane Lau, winner of pigeon category at Maranoa Poultry Show. Lucy Rutherford