THE best table eggs in Australia.
That’s what Katie Tisdell from Taree has delivered for the past two years to become a two-time champion of the open egg plate category at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
A huge accomplishment in itself, it becomes all the more impressive when you remember Katie is only seven-years-old and her eggs were up against every egg entered in the show from across Australia, by people of all ages.
“You take the eggs down and they are cracked open in a bowl so the judges can see how the yolk is,” said Katie.
“If it stays together it’s good.”
Judges take into consideration the shell colour and size as well as the colour and shape of the yolk.
Her eggs came from hy-line brown fowl, which were given to Katie as one-day-old chicks by Hy-line Australia when she won the open egg plate category last year.
For the following year she cared for them and readied them for show.
Katie is proud of her achievements but wasn’t too sure about her prospects going into the competition.
“I wasn’t exactly sure what I would come.”
The youngster’s Royal Easter Show prize haul was big this year.
As well as presenting the champion egg plate (open classes) she won the champion egg plate standard, was awarded both first and second place in the poultry open egg classes (six standard brown eggs) and came second in the Ancona, Single Comb, cock open class.
In the poultry bantam single classes – soft feather – light her soft feather Ancona came first in the junior judging class for that category and in the champion soft feather category she came first in the junior judging class.
“She’s done a good job,” said her dad, Peter.
“She reared them, incubated them, hatched them ...”
It is no surprise Katie has joined the championship ranks so early, as both her dad and her late grandfather, Clem, were Royal Easter Show champs in their time, as well as a host of uncles.
Clem also has a poultry hall at Taree Showground named in his honour.
“Her grandfather would be very proud,” said Peter.
Katie has enthusiastically continued the tradition.
“I enjoy preparing them and bringing them down,” said Katie.
She has successfully exhibited at Taree Show and the Sydney Royal since she was a preschooler.
Katie is now a year two student at the Manning Valley Anglican College.