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.
You CAN show a rabbit without a pedigree – in fact they don’t even look or ask for a pedigree.
You DO however want a rabbit that is the closest representative of the breed as possible.
You CAN start your own pedigree.
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.
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.
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!
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.