Saint Germains’ Charles Smith recently won the prestigious Supreme Champion in Show award at the 2014 Royal Melbourne Poultry Show.ALEXANDRA BATHMAN July 22, 2014 3:20am
Saint Germains’ Charles Smith recently won the prestigious Supreme Champion in Show award at the 2014 Royal Melbourne Poultry Show.
Mr Smith’s black Australorp pullet was plucked from more than 1600 other birds to be considered the pinnacle of the Australian poultry industry.
While Mr Smith has three other varieties of fowl — white Wyandottes, partridge Wyandottes and silver pencilled Wyandottes — he also milks 450 cows on his 404
‘‘During the drought I was very stressed and I needed something to take my mind off the farm. My wife Carolyn suggested I buy some chickens — and me being me, I took it that one step further,’’ Mr Smith said.
‘‘When I’m around the fowl I’m far less stressed about the daily grind and everyday runnings of the farm.’’
Mr Smith’s interest in chickens began when he was about seven years old before he started working on the family dairy farm at Zeerust.
While Mr Smith’s grandparents and parents used to show cattle at the royal show, this was his first entry at the prestigious event.
It’s fair to say he ruffled more than a few feathers.
‘‘Not only did I come first overall, but the birds who came second and third in the same class were also mine,’’ Mr Smith said.
‘‘There were 14 birds in this particular class — and guess who happened to own some of the other birds? The breeder I bought my birds off!’’
Mr Smith first purchased his birds from George Norman from Benalla who had been showing and breeding poultry for 60 years.
‘‘He was happy for me though because he knows what it takes to win and it was still a testament to his breed,’’ Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith said the quality of Mr Norman’s fowl was a reason why his reigned supreme.
He said it took strong dedication to day-to-day feeding to produce a champion chook, and his sons Hamish and Alex were learning the ropes.
‘‘It’s become a good common interest for me and my sons,’’ Mr Smith said.
‘‘My son Hamish is breeding the white Wyandottes and he just won best in his section in a junior poultry show.’’
A DVD about the experience of Indigenous people who settled on the river flats between Mooroopna and Shepparton from 1939 will be screened on Monday.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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