‘Good life’ trend boosts poultry club

CRAVEN Poultry Keepers’ Club, organiser of the feather show at Gargrave over the weekend, is thriving thanks to the back-to-the-land movement and an energetic committee.

And this year it developed its corner by organising recognition from the Rare Poultry Society, whose certificates helped to bring in a crowd-pleasing range of exotics.

The best rare breed bird was a Vorwerk hen from Robert Driver, of Oxenhope, but best in show was a plain black Pekin bantam, from Russell Birkett, of Barnoldswick.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise


Dairy Cattle

Supreme champion: Jersey from David & Janet Jones, Chorley; Reserve – Shorthorn from Pauline & George Fleetwood, Huddersfield.

Other champions... Holstein: David & Margaret Booth, Earby; Ayrshire: Ian Patrick, Tyldesley.

Beef cattle

Supreme champion: British Blue from John Stephenson of Bordley.

Other champions... Commercial Beef: Limo-x from Trevor Stoney, Pateley Bridge; Pedigree Native Breed: Shorthorn from Stuart & Gail Currie, Rathmell.


Supreme champion: Charollais ram from Robert & Samuel Tindall, Linton Springs.

Breed champions: Swaledale: Bill Cowperthwaite, Malham Moor; Blue Faced Leicester: Pete Webster, Windermere; Mule: Gavin White, Horton in Ribblesdale; Teeswater: Darrell Pilkington, Rimington; Dalesbred: JH & J Ryder & Sons, Harrogate; Texel: Margaret Perrins, Rathmell; Beltex: James Garth & Son, Keasden; Suffolk: Fred Reeday & Sons, Hetton; Jacob: G Wood & S Dickinson, Ulverston; Zwartble: Raymond Heigh, Bentham; Butchers’ lambs: PW Simpson of Bolton-by-Bowland pipped George Cropper of Cumbria in the under-40k competition and Mr Cropper’s lambs beat Mr Simpson’s in over 40k.

Heavy horses

Best heavy horse in show: Brookhills Magic Lady, Antony Gribbin, Leventhorpe Hall, Thornton, Bradford.