Specialist poultry breeders from across Wales and some from much further afield flocked to west Wales last weekend for the 42nd Welsh National Poultry Show.

The show, and sale, held at the Pembrokeshire Showground, Haverfordwest, is affiliated to the Poultry Club of Great Britain, a registered charity, that boasts a proud record in promoting the highest standards in the keeping and breeding of pure-bred poultry.

This Poultry Club Championship Show, originally held at Llanybydder and since relocated to the purpose-built Brithdir Exhibition Hall on the showground, featured no less than 18 regional club shows together with the Dyfed Poultry Society Show, the Domestic Waterfowl Club’s Western championship and the tenth annual Breed Club members' show.

Along champions row, the winners of all these sections came before the supreme judge, widely acclaimed Nancie Hutchinson who works at the National Poultry Club and was making only her second visit the area.

Justly impressed with the quality and number of birds on show she awarded the championship to Marcia Gilbert, Torfaen, and her business partner, Arwyn Price, for the 15-month-old white Wyandotte pullet that had earlier taken the breed prize.

Placed in reserve was the champion OEG large hardfeather male bred by Arwel Edwards, his wife and sons, Brynaman.

This special weekend also included the Dyfed Society’s annual dinner which took place at the Beggar’s Reach, Hotel, Burton.

The next Welsh National Weekend for specialist poultry producers will be at Haverfordwest on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18.

Main championship winners (Judges: J Dwight, W Shackel, J Sissons, S George, S Cola, M Perkins, M Knight, R Davies, P Tucker, C Beebe, L Smith, J Wightman, P Birch, M Lloyd, N Smith, S Kay, P Kyles, J Marsh and M Harries).

Wyandotte and large softfeather – Gilbert & Price; old English game and large hardfeather – A and B Edwards & Sons; true bantam – S Standerton; bantam hardfeather – R J Bett; fowl – J Christopher, rare breed – A Harding; Indian game – K Brim; trio – D Tanner; waterfowl – K Williamson; novice – Brick and Bloom; juvenile – Tom Reed; arts and crafts – Ben Reed.