Federation Show 2017

It was a great show, thank you to the organisers, and to the exhibitors who took the time to prepare and bring their birds! It was good to meet up with members who had travelled a long way to come and see the show.  David, Herbie, and Ryan from Ireland and Pasi from Finland, it was great to see you along with all the other members who travelled from all over the UK.

Judge Edward Boothman.

Edward was delighted with the overall condition of the turkeys and individuals received feedback on the judges’ comment cards.

Show Champion Turkey
Crollwitzer Stag – David Neill

Reserve Champion Turkey
Bronze Stag – Sophie Merchant

Best Juvenile
Norfolk Black Stag – George Brearley

Best Buff
Stag -Peter Hayford

Best Harvey Speckled

George Brearley – Young Turkey Keeper 2017

George Brearley, who? some of you will say…

George has been showing birds from a young age, and at the National Show 2017 he also won Young Turkey Keeper.  George was presented with a cheque for £50.00  and a ‘keepers’ trophy will be sent to him from Kelly Bronze Turkeys who have also donated the £50 cheque.  Well done George we look forward to seeing you show in the adult section next year!

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Avian Flu Netherland….

The Hague – The Dutch government has ordered the country’s farmers to keep all poultry indoors after bird flu was discovered at a duck farm.

Authorities issued the order on Friday after a suspected highly pathogenic variant of the H5 bird flu was discovered at the farm in Biddinghuizen, about 70km east of Amsterdam. All 16 000 ducks at the farm will be culled.

Zoos also have been ordered to prevent their birds from coming into contact with wild waterfowl.

The Netherlands has a huge poultry industry, producing eggs and meat that are exported around the world.


National Show 2017 highlights

Well done Diane Tanner winning Champion Turkey with her slate stag. Winning the PCGB trophies:

Will Burdett Trophy for Best Turkey

The Poultry Club Ladies Challenge Cup.

Brenda and Ian Waterman won Reserve Champion with a British White hen.

full results with pictures to follow…..

other news from the National ……. Jack Kileen was proposed and elected as the new President of the Turkey Club.

Good news – we are not on high alert for AI like last year, early days but lets hope…


Current situation

The H5N8 strain of bird flu is currently circulating in Europe, with recent cases in poultry and wild birds in Italy, wild birds in Germany and poultry in Bulgaria.

The current risk of incursion in the UK is medium for wild birds and low for poultry, although this depends on levels of biosecurity on individual premises. This is because the wild bird migration season is well under way, bringing birds from areas where we know bird flu is present to the UK for the winter.

DEFRA Website

National Show – Arrangements for Turkeys and Geese

Please see below message received from PCGB regarding the National Show entries for Turkey and Geese.

Dear Brenda & Denise

Andy Marment, National Show manager has asked me to send you an e-mail to confirm that the Turkeys & Geese will be able to access the show hall from the rear doors of the hall to assist those who normally carry birds into the show.

I’d be grateful if you could re-assure your members that our arrangements will take this into account and will be facilitated.  Please bear in mind that the birds will still need an inspection and be accompanied by the necessary paperwork.

There is a National Show meeting coming up in a couple of weeks after which more details will follow on the arrangements for the bird inspections and access/check points.

We would be grateful if you could cascade this message to your club members in case they have concerns about this.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions for the show arrangements or committee.

Kind regards


Kate Dickinson

General Secretary for the Poultry Club of Great Britain