More than 550 birds competed for the prestigious Poultry Club Royal Championship Show at the Royal Bath & West Show last week, with a chocolate and white Muscovy duck taking the honours.
It was the first time the new summer Championship Show had been held, attracting exhibitors from across the country. In close competition, owner Michael Jackson from St Austell, Cornwall, ended up making a clean sweep, winning both the championship and reserve championship prizes. “I’ve been showing for 20 years and have never had an Interbreed Champion, so to take both the champion and reserve spots is an amazing feeling,” he said.
Mr Jackson brought along 90 birds to compete for the prize, and ended up with six individual breed section champions. The reserve interbreed winner was a year-old White Wyandotte. “I’ve got 650 birds at home, and preparing so many for the show is a lot of work,” he said. “I knew I had some good birds, but never imagined I’d win the championship.”
As well as the wide range of poultry on show, exhibitors entered 483 plates of eggs for the separate egg competition, which was won by Sue Black. Her six Cayuga duck eggs impressed the judges with the even shape, size, colour and weight – and her Indian Runner drake also claimed the Light Waterfowl championship.
Over the whole four days of the Bath & West Show exhibitors entered more than 800 birds, and the section was going from strength to strength each year, said Poultry Steward Paul Meatyard. “We had 18 champion birds competing for the supreme championship, and it’s great that there is so much interest in keeping these rare breeds going. It would be a dreadful shame to just let them die out.”
- The Royal Bath & West Show was held from 27-30 May. For more information visit www.bathandwest.com or call 01749 822200.
About the Royal Bath & West of England Society
The Society was founded in 1777 in Bath by a group of philanthropists led by Edmund Rack. We are a registered charity organisation (Registered Charity Number 1039397). The Society was formed with the aims of encouraging agriculture, arts, manufacture and commerce.
Our charitable activities provide:
- Agriculture, veterinary, educational and art scholarships
- Technical events and Seminars
- Practical farming advice and conferences
- Countryside Education
- Diversification advice for farmers
- Education for children
- A market place for countryside products
As the Society approaches its 238th year it continues to deliver a wonderful mix of established traditional exhibits through to the latest energy technology and contemporary entertainment.
The entertainment and features around the 242-acre site ensure enjoyment for every member of the family and include attractions that are spectacular to watch, educational, inspirational, “hands on” or just plain fun.