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Why are the German shows so successful?


I asked this question a few months ago in another forum and got the following responses:

Q: It seems to me that Germany has the best shows in the world with the most enthusiastic fanciers. I am doing some research into this phenomenon. My question is, why are the German shows so successful?

Answer from Mick Bassett is below. Mick is a world renowned fancier and judge formally of England, now residing in Germany.

A: Hi ! Alan,
From my experience here in Germany the main reason I would put foreword is; The German Breeders will work TOGETHER for the GOOD of the Breeds, First and Foremost, everything else comes secondary to this, So new Breeders are actively encouraged, and not disappointed) and held within the Breeding ethics of the Breed.

Also GOOD breeding stock in almost all Breeds is not adversely difficult to come by at reasonable prices, so all can afford a 'Good Start' in the Breed of their choice.
Next the strict selection of both Stock and Judges practiced here.

Few Breeders I have met here, would dream of passing on anything other than a Breed Typical 'useful' Stock bird to anyone, anything less rarely leaves a Loft here (at least not Breathing!)

Judges MUST be fully Trained, Licensed and keep up there knowledge with regular training days (or they can lose that license),

Also the fact the Judge gets NO distractions when Judging (and don't have to 'Play' to a Crowd!) they can simply get on with the job of Judging, which is what you have paid the Entry money for!.

This as far as is humanly possible, gives countrywide a stable Appraisal system, this coupled with the 'Öberman' system, where at every Show, every 97 top grade bird MUST be co-signed by two Judges (the Breed Judge and Öberman (Over Judge) This protects the integrity of that Top Grade and also that all Birds are judged FIRST to the Standard, initially no comparisons with other Birds, or playing to the individual Judges whims and Fancies of 'Likes and Dis-likes' of the Judge.

When you are paying Good money entering a Show it is comforting to know that your Birds will at least have the best possible chance of a 'Good and Fair Assessment'! where-ever you exhibit.

The Grading System and Cards, where you have something 'In the Hand' proving the assessment of your Bird, this I personally find far more constructive (important for the Breed) instructive and worthwhile than a 1st-2cnd-3rd- Prize card, however pretty the Rosette may look (you can still award those as well if you like)

1st-2nd-3rd behind or in front of what? Quality??? who knows! only that Judge!
With a Comment /Grade Card you have something tangible, in the Hand,

I know of experienced Breeders who do keep these Cards and use them along with their own assessments when Pairing birds, you don't have to agree with what is written but it is an 'Opinion' and does help prevent 'Loft Blindness' (you see your Birds every day, you can miss things!)
Before anyone asks,,,,,,,,,,,,, part of judge training is to make sure, every judge knows how to correctly and positively fill in these Grade Cards. The Judging here is generally done on Positives, not Negatives, be honest yes! but do you really want to put breeders off by only stating negatives! I will give you an instance. At a Show I had entered 6 young Lavender Mookee's, on Boxing one of the Best had two tail feathers molted, (automatically a 90 grade, missing Tail or Flight Feathers) so I substituted a young Stock hen, very uneven colour (for a Lavender) but super type, as expected she was downgraded to 92 because of colour, I was approached by two different Mookee Breeders with offers of stock! and one gave me two of the Birds He had in the Show!

There are Breeders I know in the UK who will do this and I am sure in the USA or wherever, the Difference is that here in Germany, that sort of action is not uncommon, they want Quality within the Breeds, they want to encourage Breeders.
Winning is all well and Good but not much fun when you are dealing with a 'Dead' Breed, a Breed that has too few Breeders through lack of encouragement on all levels.
MB



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Re: Why are the German shows so successful?


Mick knows about European shows. I'd add one other KEY point. There are many, many fanciers who live in an area that is much smaller in comparison to the US. Doesn't take long to get to any of the shows in Germany from the far reaches of Germany or other European countries.

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That's true. The closest major show to me is a 10 hour drive.


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Yeah we have much the same problem here in Australia. I guess I am lucky in one regard as I live within a 4 hour drive of Melbourne and 5.5 hour drive of Adelaide which are both hosts of the National show every 5 years or so but if I had wanted to go to the last National in Perth I would have had to travel 3000km. Way to expensive to go to the National every year.

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