Stoke-by-Nayland: Anglian Turkey Association’s annual show results

Huntingfield Poultry farmer Jeremy Blackmore has been coming to TW Gaze's Diss sales since 1980. Pi

Huntingfield Poultry farmer Jeremy Blackmore has been coming to TW Gaze's Diss sales since 1980. Pic for feature on the traditional auction of turkeys,geese,ducksand chickens the week before Christmas. Photo: Nick Butcher Copy: Emily Dennis For: EDP Archant © 2008 (01603) 772434 - Credit: Archant © 2008

Poultry farmer Jeremy Blackmore scooped the top trophy for the first time at the Anglian Turkey Association’s annual show at Stoke-by-Nayland.

Mr Blackmore’s father Richard began rearing turkeys more than 50 years ago when the family farmed near Saffron Walden.

They moved to Low Farm, Huntingfield, near Halesworth, in 1981 because land near Stansted airport was getting too expensive.

They developed the turkey enterprise as well as starting in free-range eggs, which is now the main business on the farm.

Jeremy’s 10kg bronze turkey won the class for stags under 11kg, and was chosen by judges David and Margaret Grove-Smith as best in show.


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“We’ve had several class winners at the show over the years — but how ironical we should win the championship just the year when we weren’t there! I’m only glad our youngest daughter Vicky was there with our friends, the Binders, to collect the trophy,” said Mr Blackmore, a former ATA committee member.

The Blackmore family produces around 1,400 turkeys for Christmas, sold to butchers throughout Suffolk and south Norfolk as well as at the farm gate.

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The other premier trophy, the Goodchild Cup for services to the turkey industry, was awarded to Paul Fields, who has organised the show for many years. He was chairman for two years and for several years was secretary.

The show is unique in the turkey world, with entries ‘show plucked’ leaving their neck feathers intact in the traditional style that turkeys were once displayed outside butchers’ shops. The judges were David and Margaret Grove-Smith.

The ATA is the last remaining regional turkey association, and continues to flourish with more than 150 members from the eastern counties and far beyond, and a busy programme of meetings and events.

The winners were:

CLASS 1 – Stag under 11kgs - INKSTER CUP: Championship Jeremy Blackmore, Huntingfield, Halesworth; 2nd Ian Wylie,, Carlton, Newmarket; 3rd Phil Hunter, Fressingfield.

CLASS 2 – Hens under 5.5kgs – KELLY CUP: Championship Phil Hunter, Fressingfield; 2nd Mick and Charlotte Binder, Rumburgh, near Halesworth; 3rd Howard Blackwell, Coggeshall.

CLASS 3 – Hen 5.5kgs – 8kgs - MARRIAGES CUP: Championship Ian Wylie, Carlton, Newmarket; 2nd Howard Blackwell, Coggeshall; 3rd William Weeks, Downham, Billericay.

CLASS 4 – Hens over 8kgs - B.U.T. CUP: Championship William Weeks, Downham, Billericay: 2nd Ian Wylie, Carlton, Newmarket: 3rd Phil Hunter, Fressingfield.

CLASS 5 – Brace of white turkeys - CORRINGALE CUP: Championship Cottage Farm, Sevenoaks, Kent: 2nd Mick and Charlotte Binder, Rumburgh

CLASS 6 – Brace of bronze turkeys - MOTLEY TROPHY: Championship Kelly Turkeys, Danbury: 2nd William Weeks, Downham, Billericay; 3rd Mick and Charlotte Binder, Rumburgh.

CLASS 7 – Oven ready under 11kgs - MORETON CUP: Championship Cottage Farm, Sevenoaks, Kent: 2nd William Weeks,Downham, Billericay: 3rd William Weeks, Downham, Billericay.

CLASS 8 - Retail Presentation - ASCO CUP: Championship Cottage Farm, Sevenoaks, Kent.

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