Broughton egg champion Bill Oldcorn is celebrating after winning the prize for the best plate of eggs at the National Federation of Poultry Clubs championship show.
His three white bantam eggs were laid by one of the Ancona bantams he bred two years ago. The show was held at the Stafford County Showground and attracted around 6,500 exhibits from nearly 450 exhibitors from all over the country.
Mr Oldcorn explained that his bantam breed was named after Ancona in Italy, and his exhibits were among the 6,150 poultry entries of large and bantam chickens, waterfowl and turkeys at Sheffield.
There were also 350 plates of eggs of every size and colour. Unusually, the two plates selected for the top honours of champion and reserve champion were both plates of three white eggs: one plate of large ones shown by George Taylor, of Kendal, the other being Bill Oldcorn’s bantam eggs.
Bill said: “Luckily for me, my plate of white bantam eggs was eventually preferred by the judge, Frank Clark, from Derby, who is one of the most experienced egg judges on the Poultry Club of Great Britain’s approved panel of judges.”
Overall, Bill was awarded 25 prize cards; eight firsts, five seconds, nine thirds and three fourths.
Another of his first prizes came from a plate of three bantam Marans eggs. These were also judged to be the best plate of Marans eggs in the Marans Club Show, in which 54 plates had been entered.