Farm competitions integral to the 2016 Longford Show in Tasmania

Poultry judge John Watson with the winning rooster for the Rhode Island red breed at the 160th Longford Show on Saturday.

Poultry judge John Watson with the winning rooster for the Rhode Island red breed at the 160th Longford Show on Saturday.

Feathered and fleeced friends were at the heart of the Longford Show on Saturday with strong displays of poultry, pigeons, sheep and even some alpacas.

About 200 poultry were on display and judged at the show, with about 80 pigeons also on show.

Sheep, dogs, and budgie shows were also present on the day.

Longford Show organiser Brian Bennett said there had been good support for the local shows this year and numbers were pretty steady.

“There’s been a really good variety of birds particularly,” he said.

Mr Bennett said the competitions had been well supported locally, which was great for the atmosphere of the show.

The poultry and pigeon sections were judged by two Tasmanian judges, John Watson, from Lower Barrington and Phillip Young, from New Norfolk.

Mr Watson has been judging poultry for 20 years and said the quality at the Longford Show had been excellent.

The main breeds represented included Rhode Island reds, langshans and sussex and Old English game birds.

“Each bird has its own standard so you’re looking for a bird that shows those qualities well,” he said.

Pigeon judge Phillip Young said the birds displayed at the Longford Show could hold up well in any competition and some had even been shown nationally.

He said the English carrier pigeon that won best bird of the show was a great example of the breed and was “a real stand out.”

“It’s a lovely pigeon, it has all the qualities of what you like to look for,” he said.

The Longford Show is known for its sheep competitions with the fleece, animal and handling competitions held throughout the day.

The breed classes were held in the morning, with the handling throughout the day and ending with the interbreed competition in the afternoon.

Lilydale alpaca stud Pandda Lodge also exhibited on the day to try and educate others about the Suri breed.

The shaggy haired alpacas were a popular exhibit for those leaving the animal nursery and heading to other parts of the show.

Dusti Aspinall from Pandda Lodge Alpacas with some of the stud's Suri alpacas.

Dusti Aspinall from Pandda Lodge Alpacas with some of the stud's Suri alpacas.

The horse riding competition was moved from the showground this year due to excessive rain leading up to the competition and was moved to the Inveresk showgrounds instead.

The 160th Longford Show was held on Saturday at the Longford Showgrounds.

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