The power of selection, and the resulting progress

I continue to be very pleased with my juniors and other rabbits that I raised over the winter. (Please don’t take this as bragging; luck played a large part, and I might not always be so lucky.) Having returned to the rabbit hobby in late 2012, I am pleasantly surprised at how rapidly my herd has improved, and that is a demonstration of the power of the selection process. I selected what I thought were the best to be the parents of the next generation, and have moved forward. I now have juniors that please me very much with their cobby bodies and wool density.

At a show in Hutchinson KS last weekend, my juniors were winning over my seniors, which I take as a very good sign of the progression towards improvement with the younger generation.

Best 4 Class English Angora doeShowing Angora Rabbits is always more fun when done in the company of pleasant people, and we have been blessed to have a new fancier join us this spring, Laurie Holden. Laurie has come up to speed in the rabbit hobby very rapidly, due to her learner’s mind. She got started with a REW buck bred by Susan Wistand out of parents from Debbie McCormick’s Heartfelt Hares rabbitry, and then acquired a blue doe from Penny Osborne. Before the Hutchinson shows, she acquired the tort senior buck with which I earlier won several BOB/BOS. Tabitha Savage came to the show all the way from Ohio, (she came with a friend who was there for the Palomino national) and her company made the day even more enjoyable.

That tort buck, Drury, comes from a now somewhat “famous” litter. His litter sisters Mariah in Alabama, Marcella in Florida, Holly in Illinois, and Muri in my Kansas rabbitry, are all Best of Breed winners.

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Earlier this month, New York Times Magazine published photos and an article about the Angora Rabbits at a show in Palmyra, New York. The writer got a few details wrong, but it is overall a nice summary of the hobby. Read the story The Cuddly, Fluffy, Surreal World of Angora Show Bunnies.

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The National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club annual national specialty show is coming up soon, May 2, in Columbus OH. I am not attending, but many others are, and it sounds like it will be a very large show. Best wishes to all who attend!

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