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Scots win with native breeds at Stafford poultry Show

Well-known poultry breeders Sandy and John Cumming of Glenfarg, Perth, found themselves on championship row at the recent National Federation of Poultry Clubs' Championship Show held at the Stafford County Showground.

The father and son partnership is dedicated to conserving and promoting the two native Scottish poultry breeds, Scots Dumpy and Scots Grey, and were successful with both. The best Scots Dumpy was a large black pullet that was overall show champion at the new Smallholder Show held at Forfar earlier in the autumn.

The best Scots Grey was a bantam cockerel which comes from a line up of exceptional winners, his father taking the show championship at the Scottish National Poultry Show in 2010. The best large Scots Grey was a cockerel attending his second show, also exhibited by Sandy and John Cumming.

Reacting to the double win, John said they were both thrilled that the birds had done so well. "We are still supporting the Scottish breeds as it is so important to keep these rare breeds going."

Another successful Scottish exhibitor was Hugh Wallace of Bonnybridge, Falkirk, who won best Belgian with a black Barbu d'Anver pullet. The 2012 hatched bird was show champion at the Central Scotland Variety Bantam and Game Show at Newhouse, Lanarkshire, in November.

At the Stafford Show, she beat Hugh's English National Belgian winner, the Normal Quail Barbu d'Anver hen which was awarded reserve best of breed. A white bantam Silkie pullet, also exhibited by Hugh, beat 53 others to become best bantam Silkie.

See this week's The Scottish Farmer for photos of the winning birds, out November 22.

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