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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:58 pm 
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How much has the rising cost of petrol and diesel curtailed you showing your birds?

In the last few weeks the price of a gallon of petrol here in the UK has risen to just over £7.00 a gallon. I'm not sure if you still use imperial measurements in Australia but that equates to over £1.30 p a litre.
The current exchange rate see's one pound Sterling being worth one dollar sixty Australian.

I've cut back drastically on the showing side, infact, for the last three or four years I've virtually dropped out completely . I touched on subject this in an another thread, when I said that poultry fanciers in Australia must be faced with much longer journeys than their fellow poultry keepers here in the UK. How are you coping ? You must be under at least the same pressures as us if not more. :cry:

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:30 pm 
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Prices here are about 90p per litre. (AUD$1.40/litre).

We are used to travelling longer distances here in Australia, so not really a concern for us. Also, we survived the Global Financial Crisis almost untouched. We didnt technically even have a recession, unemployment never got above 6% and wages were flat at worst.

But, then, others might be finding it tougher.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:04 pm 
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I agree with raf, it has not unduely affected me, I am limiting my shows this year not becuse of petrol costs more so time constraints ( shift work and studying got to love it )cheers pam

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:36 am 
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Showing, for me, is the end point of my breeding season - getting those birds I have been nurturing for the past twelve months and testing them against other exhibitors skills.

Last year I travelled to 5 shows that were in excess of 5 hours drive (each way). Two of those (on the same weekend) will be off the calandar this year due to a clash with a local show but other than that it will be business as usual.

Cost of fuel has been steadily increasing, particularly over the past five years, but total entries at Poultry Club shows I attend haven't shown any downturn in entries.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:47 am 
Its not only the rising cost of fuel but also feed. My family and i do about 15 - 20 shows each year. Half of them being ag shows. We are lucky enough that we live on a cropping property so it only costs us about $100 a month to feed 300 chooks. We dont drink, smoke or gamble so we can afford to do what ever show we like.

We have cut back on the number of ag shows this year though only because the majority of our fowls wont be ready till may and clashing with other events.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:52 pm 
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How much are you people having to pay for a gallon of petrol over in Australia?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:49 am 
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i live in rural wa and pay $1.40 a litre. not sure how much that is per gallon, is a gallon 8 pints? so approximately 5 times the litre price............gives roughly $7.00 a gallon give or take a few cents.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:47 am 
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In the UK its seven ounds a gallon which is approaching twice the price that you are paying.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:59 am 
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in my experience fuel prices effect peoples habits when they first rise, than people get use to it and go back to there old habits.


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