17/12/16 - Federation Show 2016

Federation 2016: Results

Only 11 of the 15  turkeys entered into the 2016 Federation Show actually turned up, but given the circumstances I don't think it was a bad turn out at all.

We actually picked up three best of breed and a second place.  But when you put it into perspective in some sections it wasn't so much a 'competition' as a 'turning up' award.

We achieved 'Reserve Best in Show' with our Norfolk Black hen, and I am delighted with this as the judge had 11 birds to consider, so there was an actual element of competition.

The Best Turkey in Show was won by a Bronze hen entered by Sophie and Jo Merchant.  Absolutely the best bronze I have ever seen, excellent in all areas, and a credit to their breeding strategy and presentation skills.

Mr B Ward the turkey judge did an excellent job, and he happily used the comment element of the judges card.  This meant that all who entered had the benefit of a comment from an experienced turkey judge.  One comment in his summary was that the turkeys exhibited were not 'in his opinion' as 'show prepared' as in other poultry.  I have to agree with him on this and with a few exceptions, standards of presentation has declined in recent years.  Something for us all to consider for future events.

Tags: Showing turkeys, best in breed,

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