A grand champion by any other name is just as sweet
WHEN Barb Cormack’s boys flew the coop and headed to boarding school, she found herself with plenty of time on her hands.
Now she’s looking after a brood of a different kind – and if the prizes are anything to go by, she’s doing well at it too.
This white standard wyandotte might not have a name yet (“geez, he must be the first one I haven’t named,” Mrs Cormack said) but that hasn’t stopped him from collecting grand champion bird at the Wandoan Show and as of this week, the Miles Show.
Judge Ray Steel said he chose the Guluguba resident’s bird as grand champion because he was “true to type, in good, clean condition and a good head”.
Despite only being 8-9 months old, Mr Steel was impressed with his size.
“Been fed pretty well, hasn’t he?” he said, chuckling. Mrs Cormack has been showing chooks for about five or six years now.
Her boys used to show chooks when they were younger, but while their interest waned, Mrs Cormack’s is as strong as ever.
“I just enjoy their different personalities,” she said.
“They’re quiet and placid... sometimes they get a bit clucky and broody, they’re a bit feisty sometimes.
“Sometimes you think, God I wish we didn’t have animals but yeah... they’re like everyone. They have good days and they have bad days.”
As for the nameless two-time grand champion, Mrs Cormack said he was off to Chinchilla next week, before taking a break.
“He’ll be well and truly sick of it by then,” she said.
It is the first time in 30 years that the Miles Show has put on a poultry pavilion, after the shed was burned down three decades ago. Stewards Jenny Noe and Kim Hill were the driving force behind getting it back up and running.
The stewards wished to thank the wool pavilion for sharing their shed, and to Wandoan and Tara for donating their cages, as well as the pavilion’s sponsors.
LEFT: Barb Cormack with her grand champion standard wyandotte at the Miles Show on Sunday.