Regs make poultry paltry
CHANGING crowd expectations and escalating costs are just two of the hurdles rural show societies face.
Organisers also have to deal with a decline in rural exhibits.
Clarence Pastoral and Agricultural Society Grafton president Neville Hayward said one of the causes for a decline in rural entries was local government regulations for breeding poultry.
Mr Hayward said policies had been introduced across the board in relation to the number of poultry that could be kept and noise levels.
"Pure bred poultry exhibitors are hard to find because people don't need to breed for a food supply and people have the right to complain about the noise of crowing roosters."
Competition from shows out of town also is an issue.