Monday, January 28, 2008

Santonio

I just love this young buck! A son of Stinker and Sunrise, he has his dad's nice butt, and the nicest density of my tans. His coat is short here, he molted in December and is now just getting to where he photographs nicely. At 6 months of age, he weighs 8# 6 oz, a very respectable weight, I may just be able to officially hang the Tan Pattern Giant name on him. :) If he makes weight, he will be the first of his line.

Friday, January 25, 2008

More on NAIS

http://www.wiwfarm.com/doomsday.html

This lady has put together an excellent page on the topic, and what is really going on. She also posted a comment on my NAIS post, located here. Please read what she has to say, especially if your are one of the folks that thinks NAIS is harmless, and can't happen here. Then call, write, and email your representatives and tell them that if they let this pass, they have lost your vote.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Chloe is a big girl, RIP Verizon


I took Chloe with me the other day to Pet Supplies Plus to pick up dog food. They have a scale there that the dogs can walk right onto. She was reluctant, but after some coaxing (whereby I realised I really have to lose some weight) we got her weight - 86 pounds! She is a delightful dog, she entertains herself out in the yard for hours, loves the cold, and is very eager to please.
She loves the rabbits and guards them vigilantly, but I don't think she realised she had to guard them from her own "brother", our Springer, Banjo. I'm not sure exactly how, but the dropped nestbox came open on the cage containing Verizon, who was due next week. We didn't even know she was loose, and she couldn't have been loose for long, because I had just fed about a half hour earlier. At any rate, I went back to bed and Bob let the dogs out. We heard a squawk, and Bob ran out to investigate, but too late. Banjo was standing over Verizon's body, directly under the cage. Bob brought her in and got me, I held and soothed her as she struggled to hang on, but she died in my arms. :(
Verizon was my last doe with any Giant bloodlines. Evergreen's Guess is the only buck I still have with Giant bloodlines, but he is an Otter, and is dedicated to the Tan Giant Angora project. So, I'll just have to continue building my own unique Giant bloodline with Lear and the German gals, of which all the mature ladies are up at Cheryl's, being bred to Oscar. JG's Joy would like to be bred, but she isn't even 5 months old yet, although she weighs 8 3/4 pounds already. :) So Lear will have to wait a bit for his next opportunity.
Meanwhile, Guess' first litter will hit the ground next week, he was bred to Sunrise, my blue tan doe. This is my first tan pattern to tan pattern breeding, and I am eager to see if a theory of mine holds true. I have had great difficulty in getting tan pattern angora bucks, until last summer I've only ever had 2 born, and both died in their first month of life. So all my breedings have been tan pattern does to self bucks, and the tan pattern has not been all that great, often the eye circles are incomplete, the collar is nearly indistinguishable, and the chest markings are not very broad. A far cry from the splashy pattern of the Tan breed. I *think* it is because the bunns are heterozygous for the Tan gene, being ata instead of atat. So I'll be looking this litter over very carefully to see if I can figure out which babies are atat by looking at their markings. Yeungling, my black tan doe, is also expecting, I hope. I can't be sure, she went through what I thought was a false pregnancy, but refuses to be rebred, so maybe she was just excited to be preggers. We'll see, if she was bred successfully the first time, she'll be due the same day as her mom, Sunrise. She was bred to Santonio, my black tan buck, also out of Sunrise. I'm expecting blacks and blues out of these litters, and if chocolate or lilac show up, I'll be estatic!

Friday, January 11, 2008

USDA Plans to Use Breed Registries to Implement NAIS

USDA Plans to Use Breed Registries to Implement NAIS
USDA plans to use breed associations to force NAIS registrations, beginning as early as March 2008, less than two months from now. USDA's Business Plan calls for breed registries to start using an official Animal Identification Number, or "AIN" in their registry. And since you must first register your property in NAIS before you can obtain an AIN, this could effectively implement the first two stages of NAIS for anyone in those registries!
The breed registries for cattle, horses, sheep, and goats are potential targets, but the Plan does not indicate which breed registries have agreed to implement NAIS.
Take Action: Contact your breed association or other livestock registry and find out if it will be implementing USDA's Plan.
Ask the registry:
Do you plan to require members to use the USDA's 15-digit Animal Identification Number (AIN) to enter or maintain animals in your registry?
Do you plan to require members to use the State's or USDA's premises registration system in order to obtain a breed registration number?
Can you please confirm the registry's intentions in writing?
Tell them that you do not want them to be a tool for implementing the government's plan for NAIS!
Next Steps:
If they plan to force their members into NAIS, consider finding another association to meet your needs if possible. If you do leave your association, be sure to tell them why.
Spread the word! If you find out that your breed association plans to force NAIS on its members, tell all the people you know who are in that association or considering joining. Post to the online groups that focus on your type of animal. Let people know how the association is working against the best interests of its members.
Email us to let us know what your breed association says. We'll post a list of organizations that are requiring NAIS and those that aren't.
More Information

The USDA published its Business Plan in December of last year. You can download the Plan at http://farmandranchfreedom.org/content/Government-documents. The Plan sets aggressive targets for implementation of NAIS. One of the strategies for achieving those goals is "harmonization" among various systems that already use individual identification. Harmonization involves changing the existing programs so they use the NAIS-compliant Animal Identification Numbers (AIN's). (Plan, pp.28-29).

As part of its harmonization strategy, USDA lists having breed registries begin using NAIS AIN's in March 2008, less than two months from now. (Plan, p.52). The AIN is a 15-digit internationally unique identification number. It starts with "840" which identifies the animal as coming from the US. (Plan, p.30). In order to get an AIN under NAIS, you have to register your property ("premises registration" under the NAIS plan). The legal effect of this registration is unknown, because there has been nothing like it before - permanent federal registration of citizens' property, linked to an issue (animal ownership) that carries potential liabilities.

With this harmonization strategy, USDA plans to use our private associations to force livestock, poultry, and horse owners to register their property and tag their animals under a government program, despite the continued protests of animal owners across the country.
Contacts for more information

Liberty Ark Supporters: The Liberty Ark email system is still down. You can contact the Coalition by emailing one of the Steering Committee members, Karin Bergener, at bergener@config.com or calling her at 330-298-0065.

FARFA List: As always, you can reach us at info@farmandranchfreedom.org or 866-687-6452 with any questions.
Working together, we can make our voices heard.
Judith McGearyFarm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
www.farmandranchfreedom.org
866-687-6452

Mr Clean


This is JG's Mr Clean. He was the winner of the numerous p*ssing contests between himself and his brothers. :) He is out of Antje by Oscar. I still need to trim off the last remnants of the competition, but he is coming along nicely.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Bummer

Verizon was not a good mom, and her babies did not make it. :( So, she'll go back in with Lear, and we'll try, try again. I had a feeling this might happen. My Tan Angora does will also be bred, so hopefully I'll have someone to foster babies to in case this happens again.

This makes me think back to something another breeder posted in a chat group. She routinely fostered her angora babies to proven meat rabbit moms. These fostered babies went on to be great mothers themselves. She did this because her first angora does were not very good mothers. Apparently, mothering instincts in rabbits are enhanced if the does had a great mother themselves. Verizon's mom was not the best, but she was better than her daughter. My Tan Angoras have all been wonderful moms. So, I'm thinking that when the time comes, the most desirable babies will be raised by the Tans, and the less desirable by Verizon, and we'll see what happens. If she flunks motherhood a second time in a row, she'll make someone else a great wooler.