Here you will see many breeds form a wide selection of poultry – full size hens for meat and egg laying popular with the farmer`s wives as one of the first farm diversification enterprises to tiny calling ducks used to lure wild ducks for the sporting shots.
CHAMPION OF SECTION is awarded to P3-19 – Best bantam
Congratulations to Richard Brittain
“I want to again thank the committee for inviting me to judge the poultry section within Wensleydales first Online Show. With so many poultry shows across the country sadly cancelled this year, virtual shows will be the way forward and the set-up of this show was incredibly straight forward and easy to navigate. Thanks also to everyone who entered – with the number of entries far exceeding my expectation! And congratulations to the owner of the OEG Bantam male, named as my Champion. Had 2020 been a normal year, I am certain that this bird would have been similarly successful in the show pen.” (Judge Jed Dwight)
Large fowl – these are varieties of standard size hens – there are many breeds of hens which are kept by poultry fanciers and breeders, you will see many different colours , shapes and sizes. Originally they would have a purpose usually egg laying or for meat. The judge will be looking for the hen which best fits its breed standard.
The waterfowl always include a fascinating variety of birds, ranging from large geese down to the tiny colourful calling ducks – who can easily make their presence known !
The bantams are often small versions of their full size cousins – popular as backyard egg layers they earn their keep still today. You will see a fascinating array of colours, markings and textures.
The plate of eggs is an extremely popular class in the live show. The judge is looking for a perfect presentation of 3 identical eggs in colour, size and shape with no blemishes in the shell. On live show day they will crack an egg and judge the yolk and white on colour texture and symmetry.
The children`s decorated egg will bring in a clutch of ideas- the judge will be looking for originality and presentation – see which you think you would have chosen!
Best backyard laying hen – she will be a fantastic layer, most colourful hen , produce the most colourful eggs or has an unforgettable character – see which one the judge goes for!
Sam Turner and Sons Ltd was established in 1931 by Sam Turner and his son Eric at a small warehouse in Eston, Middlesbrough, specialising in agricultural and horticultural products, they took their wares to the local markets in the area. With rationing and blackouts during the war years, travelling between Eston and the markets became problematic, so the business moved permanently to Boroughbridge Road in Northallerton. In 1946, Sam Turners moved again, this time to Quaker Lane in Northallerton as bigger premises were needed.The move to Quaker Lane was accomplished with a lot of help from the local people. They stayed at this site for 80 years until In 1983 Sam Turner’s had once again outgrown its site and moved to its current location at Darlington Road Northallerton.
The business became a limited company in 1947 when Sam Turner’s sons – Eric, Charlie and Bill were made directors. Eric’s two sons, John and Michael, continued the family tradition by joining the company on leaving school, and they were made directors in 1973. Their sons, Sam, Charlie and Ben Turner have now joined them in the business, taking the directorship of the company into the next generation. Sam Turner and Sons Ltd. has continued to expand and has become a valued and much-loved store for both farmers and the general public. The business has managed to survive and grow for more than 85 years. This is a family business that continues its strong link with the local farming community. By continually increasing our product range both in-store and at sam-turner.co.uk, as well as adding new sites at, Piercebridge, Leyburn and Stokesley, we hope to extend our famous commitment to quality, value and excellent service out to you.
‘It is our pleasure to be supporting a local show in our community, 2020 has been a challenging year so far and it is great that the show can still continue by moving online, we are proud to be involved’
We are honoured to welcome Mr Dwight to our judging panel- Not only is he the UK’s youngest fully qualified poultry judge but also Editor of the national poultry magazine ‘Fancy Fowl’. Having been a dedicated poultry keeper himself from the age of five, he has bred and exhibited many poultry breeds over the years and judged at agricultural and national shows making him ideally placed to cast an expert eye over both our seasoned competitor’s exhibits and newcomers in the amateur backyard hen and children’s classes on offer this year.