Peebles man Danny Walkinshaw, of Springwood Terrace, took overall championship of the poultry section at the Royal Highland Show.
Mr Walkinshaw beat tough competition from the whole of the UK to take the much coveted show championship as well as numerous other prizes, including Champion Challenge Salver, Nitrovit Perpetual Silver Trophy for best bantam, best leghorn and best soft feather light breed bantam.
His success was achieved with his favourite white leghorn bantam female – home bred and beautifully presented.
It was understandable that she took the four judges’ eyes with a perfect pure white turnout so vivid, despite the dull muddy conditions in the showground.
Many visitors to the show were intrigued as to how her smooth feather condition and pure white was achieved. It is unusual to see a leghorn with such a perfect head and comb – the positive result of careful breeding over many generations.
Leghorns are a breed with their origins in Italy and US. They are a good egg producing breed – so much so that in the post-war years, leghorns influenced the establishment of the high egg producing hybrids.
They are active, sprightly birds well suited to the conditions of Peeblesshire.
There was a record entry in the poultry section this year with more than 800 entries, making Mr Walkinshaw’s overall success even more admirable.
Mr Walkinshaw is an experienced poultry keeper, exhibitor and qualified judge who has shown for decades, but this is the first time that he has scooped the big prize at the Highland.
He is a founder member and hardworking honorary president of Peebles Poultry Club, one of the most successful poultry clubs in Scotland.