Since my 10 Silver Appleyards are from Holderread, I peruse his website and even bought the Silver Appleyard book. It is all good information, but my learning style is more hands-on. Venues to learn about ducks include: poultry shows, sales, swaps, Livestock Breed Conservancy clinics and conferences. County fairs aren't much good - usually one is lucky to find included a turkey, much less any waterfowl. To my way of thinking, getting a "1" on the card when there is no competition doesn't help much. Any other ideas?
In selecting the best bird for breeding, I have the knowledge, but need the experience of handling the fowl and knowing whether the structure under the feathers is good, bad, or indifferent for the purpose of the bird. In my case, that would be eggs, meat, and fertility/broodiness.