The Fab­u­lous Fed

Grant Br­ere­ton re­ports from the sec­ond big na­tional poul­try show of the year, The Fed­er­a­tion Cham­pi­onship Show at Stafford

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Re­port from the Fed­er­a­tion Cham­pi­onship Show

The 2017 Fed­er­a­tion Show was ap­proached with a cer­tain de­gree of trep­i­da­tion – un­der­stand­ably be­cause the dis­cov­ery of bird flu in Nor­folk on the eve of the 2016 show made for a very nervy event, over­shad­owed by the pres­ence of DEFRA of­fi­cials. Although the show went ahead, a new pre­ven­tion zone mea­sure was en­forced im­me­di­ately, which meant that all birds had to be kept shel­tered or in­doors un­til fur­ther no­tice, and this meant that all shows were can­celled un­til May of 2017. When shows were given the green light to go ahead, a new set of mea­sures was re­quired to be ad­hered to by all show com­mit­tees. One of th­ese mea­sures was the inspection of all en­tries for signs of ill health on ar­rival at the show, and this was car­ried out with great ef­fi­ciency at the 2017 event at Stafford.

The Supreme Cham­pion award went to 23-year-old Game breeder Ni­cholas Pendle­ton-Mc­Grath for his large Or­ange-Red Ox­ford male; he was de­lighted with his

achieve­ment. The Re­serve Cham­pion went to that pair – May­nard & Creighton – who are past win­ners with one of their large Sil­ver Span­gled Ham­burgh males. Best Ju­ve­nile was young Emma Han­cock from Der­byshire with her large Wel­sum­mer male. Best Trio went to fa­ther-and-daugh­ter team I &W Simp­son with their Black Aus­tralorps. Best Large Trio went to Richard Bett with a beau­ti­ful three­some of Buff Cochins. Best True Ban­tam went to Si­mon Pa­tel with a Yel­low Dutch male. Best Soft Feather Heavy Ban­tam went to Tom New­bould with a Buff Rock male. Best Soft Feather Light Breed Ban­tam went to Paul Lutkin with a White Crested Black Poland fe­male. Best Wa­ter­fowl went to Laura Ewan with a Black East In­dian Duck. Best Soft Feather Large went to Richard Bett with a Gold Brahma male. Best Rare went to N.R. Tay­lor with a Su­ma­tra fe­male. Best Asian Game went to Zade Shake­shaft with her O Shamo male. Best Old English Game went to Scott Ir­win with a Wheaten fe­male. Best Turkey went to M&R Neill with a Pied, and Best Eggs went to C&K Brown with six light brown ban­tam eggs.

Some other awards of note in­cluded Ge­off Parker from the Wir­ral and his 35th Breed Club Cham­pion with a Par­tridge Wyan­dotte ban­tam hen. Ge­off is Pres­i­dent of the Par­tridge and Pen­cilled Wyan­dotte Club and is its most suc­cess­ful mem­ber. White Wyan­dotte leg­end Al­lan Procter lost his wife Di­nah ear­lier in 2017, but man­aged to find the will to con­tinue and went on to win Breed Club Cham­pion in the White Wyan­dotte Club with a ban­tam pul­let. Th­ese gents are true gi­ants of the hobby and their records aren’t likely to ever be beaten.

LEFT AND ABOVE: The Supreme Cham­pion: an Ox­ford Game shown by Nick Pendle­ton-Mc­Grath RIGHT: Robin Creighton and Terry May­nard with their Re­serve Cham­pion Ham­burgh BE­LOW: David Gore’s Rump­less Game bird was Re­serve Best Rare Bird

TOP LEFT: Abi­gail Firkin with one of her prize Arau­canas ABOVE RIGHT: Ab­bie Hig­gin­son’s Poland Friz­zle LEFT: Ed­ward Booth­man judg­ing Rus­sian Orloffs BE­LOW: Best Ju­ve­nile Booted Ban­tam from Amelia Nel­son

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