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Burton S D Fed 25-06-18




Saturday June 16th saw 100 members send 1306 birds to Yeovil, the birds were liberated at 11-45 into a brisk s.w. wind; I think there was a touch more south in it?

After the run of east winds this year, we all thought the birds would enjoy this blow home and we’d have all home and the lofts closed up in a short time, this didn’t materialise.  Yes, the leading birds made the expected speeds, and were dry on returning home. But, there were big gaps between clocking’s and late birds were still returning whilst members were at their h.q. getting clocks struck off?  There were some heavy showers around; it was just a case of whether you were unlucky enough to hit any of them?


Those birds returning in the late afternoon certainly saw some heavy rain, but then again, we ourselves had a couple of hefty showers around tea time.  The Tamworth fed liberated at Honiton, less than 15 miles further down than Yeovil  at 12-00, and their birds  romped home, with lofts having 100% returns in no time. So, was it the fact that we were unlucky to hit heavy showers, or were the birds split by Percy?

Congratulations to Dougie Nesbitt & Sons of Hill Ridware, they made it 4 federation wins in a 5 week spell, outstanding performance Doug & co. They timed in a Belgian rung yearling Leo  Hereman cock to top the fed on 2019.  


Clubmates Spink & Barks were a whisker behind on 2015, timing in their top 4 yo hen “95”. This hen has won 7 x 1st fed and was federation inland bird of the year last year. She also won the convoyers trophy and £25 prizemoney.   T & D Fearn of Swadlincote Town was 3rd & 5th fed on 2003.3; 2000; Debbie timing in a 3yo  “Hideaway” x Jansenne cock closely followed by a 3yo Vandenabeele cock, this cock also took runner up in the convoyers race winning £15 prizemoney. 

Daz Barks

Jim Ottewell of Winshill was 4th fed on 2003.1 with a 2yo Jansenne x Camphius cock.  Davis, Wright & Sons of Swadlincote were 6th fed on 1990 with a 2yo Demeyer x Van Reet hen.   Mr & Mrs John Dowd got the winner at the Bulls Head, their 4yo hen good enough to take 7th fed on 1984.  P.C & C Cooper got the winner at Appleby Magna, their 2yo Cheq cock winning 8th fed on1973.    Mr & Mrs Trevor Collins & Son of Swadlincote were 9th fed on 1972 with a yearling Lambrecht cock.  Rich & Gordie Jones & Chris Batt took 10th & 11th fed on 1968; 1967; both yearling Cheq hens, the first bred by Steve Duggan, the second a NEHU rung off Graham Jones from Guisborough.

Around the clubs,

At Stretton, 13 sent 174 and congratulations to Jim & Matt Parker on taking the red card on 1931 with a yearling hen, a granddaughter of “Grey Gem” and “Thor” and “Shelby”.  Alan Brassington was 2nd on 1923 with a yearling Soontjen x m/m Lycett x Peter Fox cock. Phil Bourke was 3rd on 1900 with a 6yo Staf Van Reet cock and Ray & Jean Grimsdell were 4th on 1898 with a yearling De Weerdt x cock.

At The Nelson, 5 sent 73 and Mr & Mrs Trevor Collins & Son took the top two spots on 1949; 1945; the winner a yearling Lambrecht hen out of “the good hen”; followed by a 3yo Soontjen hen. Sid Wincup & Son were 3rd on 1928 and Davis, Wright & Sons were 4th on 1830 with a 5yo Vandenabeele hen, she’s a multi prize winner, her sire is a brother of “31616”, the dam off “Shadow” lines.

At Swadlincote Town, 6 sent 86 and T & D Fearn took the top two spots on 2003 and 2000; the winner was a 3yo Cheq WF cock out of a son off “Hideaway” who has bred 6 x winners, the dam a Jansenne. Debbie’s second arrival was a 3yo pied Vandenabeele cock, a multi prize-winner, and he singly won the clubs OB knockout cup this season. Davis, Wright & Sons were 3rd on 1990 with a 2yo De Meyer x Van Reet hen, she has won twice before.  Mr & Mrs Trevor Collins were 4th on 1972 with a yearling Lambrecht cock.


Down at Birch Coppice, 10 sent 134 and John Craven was 1st & 2nd on 1944; 1942. Elmore & Smith were 3rd on 1935 with the same yearling cock that won out of Frome the week previous, this cock winning the 3rd prize in the convoyers trophy in the fed. Rob Horton was 4th on 1925 with a yearling hen.

At The Miners Arms, 4 sent 40 and Brian Ayre took the red card on 1896, the sire was a son out of John Gilberts brilliant channel cock “The Saint”, the dam a Koopman. Mr & Mrs Alan Stretton were 2nd & 3rd on 1814; 1749; the first off Curtis, Wall & Lunt “Gem” lines x Louis Thijs; Alans’ second a Koopman  x “Miss Magic” lines, its’ sister has won 2 x 1st this season. Mick Harvey & Son were 4th on 1743.

Into derby now, at Osmaston Park, 13 sent 139 and Mick Fern was 1st & 3rd on 1943; 1845; the winner a 2yo Van Loon cock followed by a 3yo Van Reet cock. Jake Harcup was 2nd & 4th on 1890; 1811.

At Winshill, 7 sent 60 and Jim Ottewell was a clear winner on 2003 with a 2yo Jansenne x Camphius cock. Jim Parker & Son were 2nd & 4th on 1931; 1748; their first a 2yo Jansenne x Curtis, Wall & Lunt hen; followed by a 2yo Curtis, Wall & Lunt x Drapa cock. Paul & Maureen Stringer were 3rd on 1756 with a yearling Van Reet x Van Den Bosche cock.

At Etwall, 11 sent 129 and Dave Williams & Son were 1st on 1867; N Crofts runner up on 1853; Alan & Liz Houldsworth 3rd on 1851 and Tony & June Whitehurst 4th on 1807.

Over at Hill Ridware, 15 sent 255 and the top four all appear in the top 11 open in the fed, where Doug Nesbitt & Sons and Spink & Barks took 1st & 2nd fed respectively.


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