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Rabbit Clinic Tomorrow!!

Come join us at the rabbit clinic Saturday in Glenwood, Arkansas

NO RABBIT TO SHOW RABBIT

Is a Rabbit a Good Choice for YOU? – If you are thinking about getting a rabbit but haven’t yet, or maybe you just got your first rabbit. This class is for you! We will go over the basic questions of what to expect.

Meet the Breeds—With 48 ARBA recognized breeds, there is a lot to know! In this workshop, we will introduce you to many of them.

General Bunny Care—New rabbit owners will learn the basics including cages, proper feeding, handling skills and how to keep your rabbit healthy.

Rabbit Nutrition— “You are what you eat” goes for rabbits too. Learn what your rabbit needs to keep it healthy and in top condition.

Rabbit Supplies—There are all types of different supplies that are suitable for rabbits but what will be best for you? water bottles or crocks, cages or hutches, nesting boxes? Get the scoop here!

Preparing for Show/Showmanship—Here’s all you need to know– how to find shows, what type of shows are out there, how to enter, what to bring, and what happens when you get there. Hands on Showmanship.

Tattooing—There are many successful procedures for tattooing. Here you will go through the process of tattooing your show rabbits.

Rabbitry/Breeding—Day to day management tips for an efficient and healthy rabbitry. This will include basics on breeding, kindling, and raising healthy litters in all weather conditions.

Guest speaker – Nick Mason and Bethany Barnes

PIKE COUNTY 4-H

APRIL 14, 2018

9AM-12PM

PIKE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

Does my rabbit have to have pedigree to show?

Did you know that you DON’T have to have a pedigree when you show a rabbit??

I get so mad when I hear someone say they were told they were not allowed to show a rabbit unless it has a pedigree. So I want to break this down some for you.

  1. You CAN show a rabbit without a pedigree – in fact they don’t even look or ask for a pedigree.

  2. You DO however want a rabbit that is the closest representative of the breed as possible.

  3. You CAN start your own pedigree.

  4. Just because a rabbit has a pedigree DOES NOT mean it is showable.

I have seen some extremely nice rabbits that didn’t have pedigrees for one reason or another. Matter of fact we ended up with some really nice dutch but no pedigrees. So what did we do? Started showing them and making our own pedigrees. Yes, it will take a few generations in order to get a full pedigree but that is ok and we can still show in the meantime. Our youngest daughter showed a couple of weeks ago with a Dutch that has no pedigree and won out of 7 other rabbits.

Again – just because a rabbit has a pedigree doesn’t mean that it is showable! There are a lot that goes into it. You need to research the breed and then you need to talk to reputable breeders. Find out all the dos and don’ts of that breed.

If you decide that the breed is something you want to raise and show then start your own pedigrees. We actually use Evans software to help us keep up with all info on rabbits and print pedigrees.

We prefer getting rabbits with pedigrees because it shows the breeder took the time to keep all information updated. However, if it is a quality rabbit then we won’t let a lack of pedigree stop us.

Amanda Goodwin


www.goodwinfamilyfarms.com

 

Trying to cope

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia back in 2010 at the age of 30. I have had my ups and downs every since. It has been extremely difficult for me since I was so used to being active and doing most things on my own. Fibro has slowed me down and even stopped me at times. I fight it constantly and even been put on medicine for it. The problem with the medicine is that the side effects caused me more problems, so I got off of everything. I use a Doterra oil mix to help with some of the pain.

I hate that I can’t plan days of activities as I never know when I will be down because of a flare up. I feel like I am letting my husband down because when we got married I was healthy as a horse and no issues. We can’t do the things we used to do and it depresses me. He is amazing and support of it all but it doesn’t stop me from feeling so useless at times. He also has to be super careful with me at times because when I am in a flare up, my body aches so bad that I can’t handle a simple touch.

I hate that I can’t go play with my kids the way I should. I am always too tired and it kills me knowing they just want some of my time also. I am forcing myself to work a full time job and by the time I get home there is just nothing left of me. I absolutely hate it, but there seems to be nothing I can do at this time.

If I am active one day then I end up paying for it the next time and then of course this time of year the weather makes it worse. Yesterday, I spent the day on the couch in my pajamas because on Saturday I chose to take my youngest daughter to a rabbit show. So on Sunday, I couldn’t hardly stand because my legs hurt so bad and were weak. I also had chest pains and stomach cramped. Of course being a female I have to also deal with monthly cycles which fibro makes 100% worse. Fibro has a way of making normal aches and pains double and sometimes even triple at times.

Today my body is screaming at me and my legs are hot and painful. My joints are swelled up and aching. My stomach is bloated and cramping every time I so much as move, but I am at work. Why??? Trust me it’s not because I want to be. I have no choice but to force my body to continue to push through. We can’t afford for me to stay home where when I have days like this, then I can rest like my body needs. I can’t find a remote online job so I am forced to drive over an hour one way just to get to a job.

I ask myself all the time – WHAT CAN I DO??. I hate being stuck, I hate being forced, I hate to hurt so bad I want to bawl, I hate being so young and disabled. I just want to scream and shout how it is so unfair!! I look normal yet I am in so much pain I can barely paste a smile on my face. I have worked so hard to get where I am now but I am stuck! I can’t afford to quit but then again I don’t know how long my body will hold up to being forced to fight. It’s an emotional roller coaster that is very depressing. I don’t think I can get on disability and I don’t mind working but I am becoming limited.

I know others have it worse and I know I am blessed with what I do have but I have no clue how much more I can handle pushing myself. I have always considered myself to be a strong individual but sure not feeling it lately. I just wish I knew what it is I am supposed to be doing.

What do you do when you get to this point? I hate being a downer and do my best to be positive but I am wore out!

 

I blinked!

Wow! It’s hard to believe that we are already flying through February. We have all currently been fighting the flu but so thankful that maybe we can get all sickness over and done with before we start our lambing season. The ewes are getting bigger and bagging up. After last year’s rough lambing year we are hoping for a reprieve this year.

We did get a surprise batch of puppies out of our rescue LGD, not sure what she managed to get bred by but she had 4 big healthy pups. Two girls and two boys, of which we plan to keep both females to add to our LGD pack. We was shocked she had puppies because she is so old we didn’t think she was able too.

We have also cranked the incubators back up. Currently have test eggs which consist of Sebbie geese eggs, snowflake quail and butler quail. We have decided that if our Cornish chickens don’t start laying within the next month then they are all going to freezer camp. Sometimes you have to step back and decide which benefit you and the farm and not just a money pit and lost cause.

So as we prepare to head to our first rabbit show of the year 2018 this year we are also having to consider thinning the herd down. Hope everyone has a great rest of FEB.

 

 

 

Farm Happenings

It feels like winter outside and frozen water tubs prove it. This is the time of year that farming and keeping livestock sucks. You have to make sure everyone handles the freezing temps and that they have access to fresh water all day. Not a lot of fun trying to handle cold water with numb fingers. This is when we fantasize about Spring and pray that it shows up quickly. I know that since we are in Arkansas we don’t have to deal with extreme snow falls and blizzards. I thank God for that and pray for those that do, I honestly can’t imagine raising livestock and dealing with that type of harsh environment.

Out of the animals here on the farm, most handle it without any issues, in fact our Chows and LGDs love the cooler temps. Our youngest daughter has a small three pound chihuahua and when I set her outside the other morning she immediately turned around and said to heck with this. I think that is the fastest she has ever done her business. She doesn’t even mind the sweaters our youngest places on her so I guess she knows they help.

We having been working on our bull pasture and extending a couple of pig pens, got a lot done yesterday and a lot closer to finishing. Now we are prepping for the arrival of lambs over the next couple of months. Praying for a great lamb crop as last year’s wasn’t so great. That is the part of raising livestock that no one likes. Losses….. Last year we had issues with aborting and even lost a couple of older ewes to unknown reasons. We have done our best this year getting our ewes prepped for lambing including vaccination to help prevent abortions.

Time will tell.

Hope everyone is surviving the winter and looking forward to Spring and the babies it brings.

Welcome 2018! Act on that dream!

It’s a new year and that means another year survived. Now to make this year even better than before. Lots of plans but that means a lot of work but it will never happen if we don’t start somewhere. We can dream all day long but until we start putting the wheels in motion we can’t get any closer to our dreams.

I challenge each of you to think of your dream and the steps you will need to take to get there. We can only regret the steps we didn’t take to get closer to our dreams. Just think if we had started working on our dream with more dedication years ago then we might have been where we want to be now. Believe in yourself and your dream!

I have discovered podcasts recently and let me tell you – some of those are very motivating. So I am going to take some of their suggestions and start stepping out on those stepping stones!BGTBridge_Brandywine-creek-stepping-stones_MIKE-KOSMYNA_285-size.jpgGood luck to all of us! May our dreams one day become a reality!

Halfway through the year!

Well we didn’t get off to a very good start with our babydolls this year. It has been one of those rough farming years. Seems like if it could go wrong then it did, but we won’t let that stop us and have bigger and better plans for next year!

Our youngest has decided to start her own pig farm – guinea pigs that is!!! She takes in rescue and unwanted pigs. She also has plans to start showing them.

We have also started experiencing the wonderful world of essential oils! Oh My!! I wish we had of started them sooner! If you want to know what I’m talking about or want to join in then contact us at delightfulsensations2017@gmail.com. We use DoTerra oils.

2017 a NEW YEAR

Hard to believe it is already the second month in the new year!!!

We are so excited about 2017 as we have a lot going on and planned for. We will start lambing around March and can’t wait for those little lambs to hit the ground running.

Our girls are getting geared up for the new show season and just waiting on lambs to get here so they can officially start planning shows.

We have also added a new partner to our Rabbitry so that we can offer a bigger variety of rabbits. We specialize in rare breed show bunnies. Currently we have Holland Lops, Thriantas, Tans, Czech Frosty, Dwarf Hotots and English Lops.

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Hope to see some of yall at the shows!!

Farm Update

Sorry that I dropped the ball on you! We are once again getting ready for fair. We have had a lot happen this year and still not done!

The kids showed this spring and summer and done a great job! img_1257 img_1206

We will have our county fair week after next and plan to show sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and geese. Then we will be headed to District fair and have a small break then off to State. Wish them luck!

We plan on adding several babydoll ewes to the herd. The market ewes are off at the breeders now. Hoping to have quite a few baby lambs around the first of the year.

Hopefully I can start making a habit of posting here again.img_0061