** Kent County Show 2011 **
Saturday Poultry Show
The poultry marquee organised by Kent Poultry Club was, according to members of the public and officials (The best they had seen ). Praise indeed ! We tried to include something of interest for everyone and, considering the sometimes quite difficult logistics, it was a great success.
Thanks must go to the Kent County Agricultural Society for their support,also to all those who helped in any way with the Poultry Section .
Congratulations to all Prizewinners and special thanks to the exhibitors on
Saturday and Sunday for their support, any problems with parking we hope to address. We are already planning for next year !
A full report will be included in the Yearbook, there will also be reports in the wider Poultry press and on the Kent Poultry Club website.
MAIN PRIZEWINNERS: POULTRY SHOW.
BEST IN SHOW : A. DOWDEN. : CARLISLE F. Best H/F Large.
RESERVE : L. HINE . : DUTCH M. Best True Bantam .
Sunday Egg Show
Kent Poultry Club staged a varied and interesting Poultry section at Kent County Show which included a display of many breeds of poultry, chicks and ducklings, a schools drawing and decorated eggs competition and a Farmyard display of bygones.
One of the new attractions on the Sunday was the introduction of an Open Egg Show, a new format was devised, the innovative idea of Founder Member and past President of the club Mr. Fred Hams to mirror the sort of Egg Show that was so popular when organised by Max Butler many years ago .The show attracted entries from a much wider exhibitor base than the normal Poultry Club show; entries were received from many different systems of egg production and marketing, from pack house to farm gate sales thus bringing a much needed emphasis on agriculture back to the County Show scene.
The classes included Keyes Trays, plates of 12 eggs, 6 eggs and also 6 eggs internal/external. There was great public interest during the judging which was undertaken by Mr.A.Stockwin, who took the time to explain to his audience exactly what he was looking for in a good egg.
His choice of Best Eggs went to a superb Keyes Tray entered by Princess Christian’s Farm of Hildenborough. The farm is managed by K.C.C. in partnership with Hadlow College, the aims of which are to give opportunities to individuals with learning difficulties and disabilities to improve their skills in a land based environment.
Reserve Best Eggs went to David Vicente from Lewisham who exhibits poultry and eggs to a very high standard at National level. The eggs were selected from his very successful Silkie hens.
Best Internal/external was awarded to Mr & Mrs. May who run a flock at Old Wives Lees near Ashford where their hens have the pleasure of running free range in an idyllic orchard setting.
The trophy for Best Eggs was very kindly supplied by Humphreys Feeds and presented by Steve Clout, their South East area representative.
Plans are already in place for a larger Egg Show next year; details of which will be available on the Kent Poultry Club website in the New Year or from the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.