Monday, March 30, 2009
I sent out my finished registrations this morning... and I also sent out my Pear Blossom entry!
I entered 5.... a SJB "Mason" (who is out of Ex. Getaway and Keepsake) and a BJB "Titan" (who is out of Maid Dignified and Stitch). I really like both of these boys... I especially see Titan being the next herdsire in the barn. I also entered three BSD's; Ellie Mae, Mia and Hades. I couldn't decide which one to show, so I figured why not show all three! I am judging a youth show Friday night and I am also the registrar for Saturday, so I will mix that with showing and clerking and managing to catch up with breeder friends. I will probably bring a few for sale animals as well, I can't hang onto all of them for long.
I have started to read up on Mini Lop Nationals information after my classes this morning. The weekend actually works out pretty nice, I'll only miss two Chemistry lectures and an Ethics reading, but I am not at all worried. I have a tenative show list, however I won't decide anything until later this week for sure or not.
Wednesday night I have a 4-H meeting... so I have to plan something for the kiddos. I don't think we have a 4-H show coming up soon, so I think it will be dedicated to a knowledge night. It will be a nice relaxation night, as Thursday afternoon I am leaving for a *long* roadtrip with one of my ANS classes, about 20 of us going. Vistiting about 6 feedlots or breeders in a matter of 3 days, covering a lot of distance... should be fun I suppose.
Don't have much else so I am posting pictures of some of my keepers.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
When negative comments were starting to fly about Fibre 3, I will admit, I began to worry. When you are 4 hours from home and no "rabbit experienced" family members to tell you about flesh and fur condition you are running a rabbitry blind. Furthermore when I didn't do as well in my first show as I would have liked, I had to e-mail a reputable breeder who switched over last fall. When he told me his experience was going very well, I was relieved.
When I came home, I was uberly impressed. My older juniors, who are now seniors look amazing. My babies that are now juniors, look amazing. Even some of my seniors, who have had litters and went to shows galore, look impressive. The only one affected minorly was my herd buck, who is getting older and needs some TLC anyways. I had healthy litters of 3, 5, 8 and 5 all living with a great start. The feed works for my herd, and so does the price. So I will just let the negative comments fly; I'm sorry it doesn't work out for them.
I spent a few hours out in the barn and I came up with two show lists. I was really picky and critical.... that's a lot of money to spend. I'm going to weigh two of the juniors tomorrow, with a month left, I want to make sure they won't go over. At Pear Blossom, I am going to show 5... and 3 does are in the same class... but I like them all SO much and with barn blindness, I can't really tell which one I'd pick best, so I'll let the judges suffer over that one ;)
For Mini Lop Nationals, I have chosen to enter 7. Six of them are juniors, and 1 senior doe. I will post my list later on when I have decided "for sure" that's who's going to make the trip.
I have decided to sell the chestnut doe from Exclusive Getaway and Keepsake. Her Chestnut brother will also be for sale as soon as his first litter is on the ground. I have a chinchilla buck and steel buck from Summer and Stitch. They are very promising as show/herdsires but I will be keeping a doe or two. I also might have a chinchilla doe for sale, she's very nice... so if she doesn't sell I won't be unhappy to keep her :) I have also decided to let go of two senior does, so lots of opprotunties for sales and such.
I cleaned the entire barn today, every single cage. Moved some rabbits around, made some evaulations and did some tattooing. I have some breeder friends coming over tomorrow to get animals registered. I've then gotta head into town to go shopping, Friday is cleaning and Saturday is getting ready to go back "home" to Corvallis. This break has gone by way too fast!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Boomerang (might do a spring show, sell for San Diego?)
Kenai (VM program, sell afterwards)
EGK2 -SJB *
MDRV2 -BJB *
MDRV3 - BJB - For Sale!
2ESBRV1 - SJB *
2ESBRV2 - SJB *
2ESBRV3 - SJB *
Hera (spring show)
Ellie Mae *
Mia (spring shows?)
Kassidy (VM project)
Mozzerella - On Hold
MK2 - BJD (For Sale!)
MDRV1 - SJD *
EGK1 - SJD *
Summer - On Hold
2ESBRV4 - SJD *
2ESBRV5 - SJD *
(* denotes possibly ML National showing)
On Friday I drove up to Portland to get a 6 hole stacker from Quality Cage Company. I thought it was necessary to have some more holes while growing out some breed National juniors. I might add in some other cages I have sitting behind the barn for extra room, but we'll see. For now I still have empty cages.
I was very happy to come home to my barn... where I spent all day yesterday cleaning and organizing, I still had time to sort through juniors, make some evaluations and get some pictures!
I am happy that I am under 30 rabbits. I have quite a few juniors I'm holding back to show at Nationals, I'd like to pre-sell them but I don't know if that's possible. I have updated my juniors page and for sale page. I have a couple does I'm willing to part with, along with a bunch of nice juniors I'm really happy with.
I need to come up with a show list for PearBlossom, those are due April 1st. I also need to decide on my Nationals list... I am going to have to be really critical as if I want to show in all 4 shows, it will be really expensive. So I will work on that today :) Yesterday, booked my ticket for San Diego! It's very exciting, I can't wait to breed my does after Nationals.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Marika and sister holding a cute Polish