Persistent a very apt name for this hen, having flown the BICC Barcelona race five times at a distance of 710 miles which is no mean feat. This is though to be expected when you consider the bird’s lineage coming from the Harvey and Emerton partnership which many will know are the result of forty five years of the 71 to 879 mile Jim Emerton strain that is built on a strict selection process of race them and see.
Persistent is no exception from this process flying Agen 500 plus as a yearling. Persistent is the product of the inevitable outcross of a strain to add new vigour to the original family being on one side all of the best of the Emerton greats such as Dark Destiny, Daughter of Darkness, Dots Delight and Diabolos not forgetting the legendary 879 mile record holder Barcelona Dream and on the other tried and tested long distance marathon blood.
It’s not often you find bird’s of this quality flying Barcelona 5 times with her best position being 11th open and overcoming all the challenges that that she inevitably faced completing this feat and ultimately taking up her well deserved place in the stock loft which again she did! Persistent is now taking her rightful place in the Jim Emerton gene pool along with all the other great bird’s in continuum of this wonderful long distance marathon strain
Dave Bunker Brierley 2021
Please note this image of Musgrove Persistent is a close artistic representation created by myself to provide you with some eye candy.