Footscray & District Poultry Club Inc.

Footscray & District Poultry Club  Inc. Sussex Club of Australia.

   July   2014      Fifty Years of Conservation    


50th ANNIVERSARY SHOWOn Saturday 26th July Club celebrated 50th year Golden Jubilee Anniversary at our Annual Show. All participants were issued with a token gift pack, in recognition of their support of our club.2014 President Jack Pavey

President Jack Pavey passed away 9th September  2015

He was aged 73 years  and had been involved in the Club almost 50 years.

Secretary in the seventies.

President from 1999 -2015



A Doomsday Vault for Chickens?




Newsletter – October 2015

A Doomsday Vault for Chickens?

On the northern-most inhabited island in the world, constantly cold and near the Arctic Ocean, sits Svalbard, a desolate island of ice-enshrouded rock. Drilled deep into that frigid rock is one of the most remarkable experiments of the 21st Century: a series of rooms designed to hold billions of seeds from many thousands of varieties of domesticated plants from around the world. Officially called the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, but more commonly referred to as the Doomsday Vault, this ominous structure represents a hedge by humanity against the risk of environmental catastrophe in a rapidly changing world. Should the narrow range of plants currently planted as monocultures by industrial agriculture one day cease to thrive, it is the Doomsday Vault that may supply the seeds that allow our species to continue to feed itself under radically different environmental conditions. With this in mind, visionaries like Bill Gates have donated millions of dollars to create and operate the Doomsday Vault for seeds.

Like domesticated plants, domesticated livestock are also grown as monocultures for industrial agriculture. For example, in the world of meat chickens about 44 billion are produced globally each year, but more than 80% come from just three companies, and all of the birds are proprietary strains of a Cornish-Rock cross. Similarly, the vast majority of eggs are produced by a few strains of Leghorn. But, there may be as many as four hundred breeds and landraces of chickens around the globe, and many of these are now threatened with extinction.

This is a tragedy on several levels. These increasingly rare breeds are a physical reflection of our agricultural heritage, and when these breeds disappear so does a living piece of our history. But, perhaps more importantly, these rare breeds contain genetic gifts –often developed and refined over thousands of generations-- that are simply aren’t present in modern factory chickens. The average Cornish-Rock cross would simply sit down and die if placed in an open pasture, while the average Bresse chicken would flourish in the same environment. We need to preserve these genetic gifts for the day when they may be once again called into service.

Unfortunately, there is no Doomsday Vault for heritage chickens, probably because it is far easier to store dormant seeds than to perpetually manage flocks of active birds. There are certainly excellent organizations that have put lots of thought and energy into saving vanishing breeds of chickens –the Livestock Conservancy in the US and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in the UK come to mind—but these organizations primarily protect breeds through education and coordinating the efforts of other breeders, not by breeding the birds themselves.

So, absent a central “vault” for preserving heritage breed chickens it is you, the reader and small flock owner, who is essentially the vault that stands between preservation and extinction of many of these chicken breeds. Even a rooster and a few hens in your backyard can play a critically important role that potentially has huge implications for farmers decades or centuries from now. You’re a steward of the past and the future, and we thank you for your role in this important undertaking.


                                   CLUB PROFILE


Footscray (at the Marsh) Poultry Club
Footscray & District Poultry Club Inc.
Sussex Club Australia Inc.
2016 Club Profile
 Club meets monthly at 2.00 pm on the second Sunday 
afternoon of each month. Informative discussion along with hands
 on demonstrations, on every thing from chooks and sustainability,
 breeding, incubation, poultry husbandry to washing, preparing and 
Our Administration Executive Committee
meets on the second Sunday of each Month at 12.30pm 
an hour and half  preceding our regular members meeting 
 at our Clubrooms to plan Shows, Working Bees, Pay Accounts, etc.
All members are welcome to attend and have input.
 Our not-for-profit club, administrated entirely by volunteers, 
leads the way in Victoria with country hospitality in a city atmosphere,
 here at Bacchus Marsh. Our members, through keeping and breeding
pure breeds of  poultry are conserving and preserving the poultry 
genetic pool, saving many breeds currently on the endangered rare 
breeds list. 
Keeping poultry enables a great family pastime, encouraging 
children to be outdoors and active whilst encouraging and practicing 
sustainability, learning to be responsible and focused. 
This pastime is possible irrelevant of age, agility or ability, creating
a form of recreation and involvement for all  family and community
Footscray (at the Marsh) Poultry Club,  has made Bacchus Marsh 
their home. Over the last twelve years we have 
been renovating the old
Produce Hall at the previously referred as,  Bacchus Marsh 
Showgrounds, transforming it into one of the largest most advanced 
Poultry Pavilions in Victoria.
Among our membership we have several Poultry Judges, many 
leading breeders, and members with extensive poultry health and 
husbandry knowledge.
We are currently looked on as one of the most progressive poultry 
clubs. Many poultry enthusiasts from all over Victoria as well as other
 states attend our events. 
We hold two shows a year, poultry seminars and fundraising poultry 
Helmsman Auctions, at our Poultry Pavilion/Clubrooms,  
Racecourse and Recreation Reserve, (Harness Track)] Bacchus Marsh.
Balliang-Bacchus Marsh Rd. (continuation of Griffiths St.)
  Melways Map 333 A 12
Annual Membership:     
$15.00 for Family, or dual Membership (2 voting right) 
$10.00 Single, (1 voting right)  
or $5.00 Junior (16 years or under ) (No voting right) 
or $5.00 Associate Member (not intending to attend meetings)
(No voting right) 
Email for membership info pack.. but please note: 
Due to slow delivery and increased costs we can no longer send
 info by Australia Post unless self addressed and 
postage paid (stamped) envelope is supplied 

Come along and join in.

 Just drop in at 2.00 pm on second Sunday of month.

Administration Committee Members Meetings

 will be held monthly prior to this meeting commencing at 12.30pm