West Craven poultry breeder Alan Parnaby, of Barnoldswick, was responsible for the champion trio of Red Saddle Yokohama bantams at the annual Craven Feather Auctions Christmas show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Dec 15)
Alan Parnaby, left, and Craven Feather Auction judges Marion and Stephen Bowman with the champion pen of Red Saddle Yokohama bantams.
The Japanese Longtails - a cockerel and two pullets – landed a debut Skipton championship for Mr Parnaby, who breeds poultry as a hobby. He decided to raise a few Yokohamas after acquiring and hatching eggs from his poultry-breeding grandson Matthew Emmott, of Wythop in the Lake District.
“He wasn’t having the best of luck with them,” explained Mr Parnaby, who said that the acquisition of a new Red Saddle Yokohama cockerel produced breeding lines that led to his title-winning success.
Mr Parnaby, who specialises in pure-bred Sussex – he has some 30 breeding hens and sells their eggs locally – saw his Skipton victors sell for £42.
The show was judged by Stephen and Marion Bowman, of West End, Summerbridge, who breed geese, ducks and large fowl.
They awarded the reserve championship to the first prize pen of waterfowl, a pair of Saxony ducks from Mrs M Leggate, of Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, while another Lanarkshire vendor W Linton, of Wandel Abington, Biggar, presented the first prize pen of large fowl, a trio of White Silkies.
Pens of White Wyandottes headed the selling prices at £200 and £150 respectively, both from by Alan Barnes, of Cowden, Blackburn, who regularly heads the Craven Feather Auction prices, and to the same buyer, GE Marston, of Wetherby.
A chicken hut donated by Glen Pickles Carpentry, of Lothersdale, was sold for charity, raising £220 in aid of St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate.
Also on the Skipton agenda was the annual festive show and sale of Border Fine Art, Beswick, ornaments and gifts.
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