Thursday, December 30, 2010

Angora and infants

So recently I had a rather heated discussion with some ladies in a spinning group. A couple of these ladies swear up & down that angora is dangerous to infants. Since I know families who have used angora in their baby items literally for generations, I was quite surprised. One of the ladies insisted that her own infant had "choked" on angora. I asked her if it had been imported chinese angora yarn (which is famous for shedding) or quality homespun and never did get an answer.

The reason this subject came up is that I am knitting a blanket for my first grandchild and it is an angora blend. The body is spun from angora and natural colored BFL, the border will be a satin angora and tussah silk blend. Needless to say, this will not be an 'everyday' blanket! But even so...

I did some research and found nothing indicating that angora is a danger to infants.

So, I thought I would ask all of you. Do you think angora is dangerous to infants? Mind you, it seems these days everything I ever used with my kids seems to be dangerous - how did they ever survive? But seriously, do any of you believe that an item made from well-constructed homespun angora blend would really endanger a baby?

Friday, December 03, 2010

My final decision on Purina Fibre3

So, after over a year of using Purina Fibre3 and observing how my rabbits perform on it, I'm switching to Purina Show. Both have no corn, but the Show formula has 16% protein, and Fibre3 only 15%. Once upon a time, Fibre3 had 17% protein, and I was quite happy with it, but with the reduction to 15% my rabbits did not hold their condition. I think Fibre3 is a marvelous feed for those whose rabbits tend to be overweight, but it just doesn't cut it with most of mine.

I've also tried a new supplement, Dr Cheeke's YQ+. My rabbits give it mixed reviews, but most of them do eat it, especially if it is included in my mix of Calf Manna, Showbloom, and crimped oats. I was anxious to try it on a buck who came home from Convention with sneezes, because it is supposed to help with stress and illness. So far, it has made no difference on that front, but it definitely does reduce the ammonia in the urine. For that reason, I give it a thumbs-up.

I have no shows planned until the PA Convention, which I plan to attend unless the birth of my first grandchild preempts it. :)

UARC plans to have a 'fun' class for all angora varieties under CODs, specifically Black Giants, Broken English, and Broken Satins. So, if you breed those varieties, plan on showing some at the PA Convention February 5 & 6. We need to get good examples out there in front of judges and other folks. We need to educate everyone on what makes a good example of these varieties, because apparently some supposedly educated people don't have a clue. :(

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Jan and Charlotte go to Convention

Nope, sorry, no good pics. I was too busy, and when I did have time, my feet hurt too darned much. We must have walked at least 10 miles each day, if not more. One thing I will not do again is stay at the Hyatt - any Hyatt. I'm still waiting for the dust to settle and see what they actually charge me. I won't get into details, but we were not impressed. I think from now on we'll likely stay at a Days Inn or Best Western and drive in every day. You get a lot more for your money that way.

Luke did well, he placed 3rd in a class of 9 colored senior bucks. Had Convention been a month earlier, he might have won, but he coat was slipping too much. I'm in the process of plucking him down. I plan on plying his wool with a single of tussah silk. :)

I learned a lot from the new variety presentations. One thing I learned was to keep a camera handy and document everything. In fact, I think ARBA should have a few camcorders on hand to videotape the rabbits being handled and any faults or DQ's that are found. I think this would be very helpful to everyone in understanding what the Standards Committee is looking at and how they arrive at their decisions.

That's all for now. :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Giant Angoras Pt IV




Reproduction. It's a sore subject with some. Some folks claim not to pay much attention to it. (Yeah, right!) Some say folks who are concerned with it are trying to run "bunny mills". (Yes, that got back to me, too.)

I currently have 17 cages. Most of them I keep empty because I need them when I have litters. I currently have two breeding pairs (some bunny mill!) both of which have nice litters nursing. I also have a couple young potential breeding pairs, plus a couple good friends work with me and have some of my stock.

As many of you know, I currently hold the Certificate of Development (COD) for Black Giant Angoras. Anyone who is familiar with this process knows how long and demanding it is. I will need to make three successful presentations to the ARBA Standards Committee. The make-up of those presentations is very specific:

1st Presentation:
Senior Buck
Senior Doe
Junior Buck and Junior Doe from the above pair being bred together.

2nd and 3rd Presentations:
Senior Buck
Senior Doe
Intermediate Buck
Intermediate Doe
Junior Buck
Junior Doe
The 2nd must include at least one pair from the 1st, and the 3rd presentation must include a pair from the 1st or 2nd.

So what does this have to do with reproduction? Simple. In order to meet those requirements, my animals can't just look good and produce lots of nice wool. They have to reproduce "ON DEMAND". Not once a year, not 'maybe next year', not after some missed breedings, but when I want/need them to.

ARBA has a good reason for those requirements. It's not enough to be able to meet or even exceed a standard, all that is moot if the animal cannot reproduce itself. Reproduction is something that rabbits are supposed to do exceedingly well. Few breeders want to spend a lot of time and money on a rabbit that cannot reproduce when they want/need it to.

The momma bunny (Roberts' Mopsie) pictured up there in my banner with a litter of ten cost me $25.00. She had a successful show career, and she reproduced bountifully for myself and for the nice lady I eventually sold her to. Back then my shearing skills were definitely sub-par, but she still gave me ten ounces of prime every shearing. That's my idea of a rabbit! Her daughter from that litter exceeded her mom's performances on the show table and with shearing weights, and produced many fine litters. Her daughter performed similarly on the show table and in the breeding pen, and even once got faulted on the show table for "almost too much density". The pictured litter is the first litter from her daughter, the great-granddaughter of Mopsie, who also had a successful show career and conceived her litter in September, on the first try. :)

What's interesting about this doe is that I never sheared her until right before I bred her. I have a friend who is very successful in showing Giants who doesn't shear her juniors, so I decided to give it a try. I kept her inside all summer in the air-conditioning, and never had to groom her except behind the ears and around her vent that entire time, except when I showed her for a few BOBs in the first 2 weeks of September. Her show coat gave me 15 ounces of prime, plus about 4 ounces that I chopped up and kept to use in her nestbox when I clean it out.

Anyway, I just wanted to put out there why I feel reproduction is such an important characteristic to keep track of and breed for. :)



Sunday, October 17, 2010

Jan and Charlotte do Rhinebeck

My good friend Charlotte, who has some of the best French Angoras in the country, accompanied me to Rhinebeck this year. We went to pick up a doe from another good friend, Amy Spang. The chocolate doe is a daughter of JG's Milo, a black Giant buck, and one of Amy's excellent does. Amy is working on developing her own Giant line, and this doe will contribute to my Otter Giant line. I named her Nellie, because she is a "nervous Nellie", although now that she is snug in her own cage she has calmed down considerably and is even approaching "friendly".

I came home with some marvelous, "AMERICAN-MADE" !!!! square knitting needles made by my friend Terry Kunst of Twin Ponds Farm. These needles are made from recycled wood and will be knitting a luscious 2-ply yarn of natural colored BFL and chocolate angora, resulting in a baby blanket for my first-born grandbaby, due on Valentine's Day. :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Can you tell I'm happy?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Painesville UARC Specialty

The UARC Specialty at Painesville went off well. We didn't have as many entrants as we would have liked, Pam Barnes got started late and was en-route, others had previous commitments, but we still had 29 entries and made a small profit for the club.

No Giants were entered, and I had the only Satin. Nancy James took BOB and BOS English, and Tina Vance took BOB and BOS French, plus BIS!

It was a real pleasure getting to know Maureen Varvir better. She wrote for the NE Ohio Open show, and helped me write for the LGR&CC, Wool-A-Rama, and UARC Specialty shows. She's a very nice lady, and her English doe had a phenomenal coat, she swept the BOB English in the other shows.

I also got to meet Barb Gaul, a very nice lady and fairly new breeder who has French and Satins.

There was a horse show going on next door, so there was plenty of visiting back and forth, and we may have sparked some new interest in rabbit breeding. :)

Luke's litter arrived while we were at the show, 7 babies, all alive and snug in a perfectly constructed nest. There *might* be a dilute in the litter. There are at least 3 brokens, and colors appear to be blacks, chocolates, and torts.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Luke's Banner Day


Somerhill Banja Luka (aka "Luke"), our Satin Angora buck, had a banner day for the most part yesterday at the Blennerhassett and UARC shows, taking BOS in the UARC show and BOB in the Blennerhassett Open show. He won his class in the Jackson show, but lost further honors to a really nice junior buck owned by my friend Annette at Lilac Haven, you can check him out here.

Luke will be a father soon with a nice broken doe I got from Joan Hastings. :)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Giant Angoras Pt III

Crossbreeding with other Angoras. Why do it? Well, some folks want to increase wool production in their Satins, French, and English, but retain the fine texture and other characteristics which make their breeds special. Giant breeders want to bring in colors. Actually, Giants have always come in colors - but that will be another post. :)

I've kept in touch with quite a few breeders who have crossed other Angora breeds in with their Giants for different reasons. Some people had French who were constantly going overweight, and Giants who were constantly underweight. Seems like a good idea, except that there is a difference in wool types, and French are medium-boned, you want a bigger boned breed if you are trying to improve your Giants. However, careful selection and culling certainly can result in a better Giant from this cross. Some people had English and wanted faster coat growth. Unfortunately, this cross usually results in loss of the lovely, soft texture of the English. It also softens the texture of the Giant. But again, careful selection and culling can bring the best of the two together. I personally like my Giants a little softer than what has become the norm.

By far the most popular crosses between Angora breeds are French/Satin and German/Giant. I won't go into the former, since it doesn't involve Giants, but I've done a whole lot of the latter, with mixed results. The following is MY OPINION, based on MY EXPERIENCE. Your mileage may vary.

The older German lines in this country, pre-2002 imports, benefited my Giants enormously. So did the first crosses with the 2002 imports. Then things started going wrong - at least with fertility and sickness - when I got really serious and chucked most of my older bloodlines for the 2006 imports. My opinion is the increased density (and documented coarseness) of the wool in the import bloodlines resulted in increased body temperature, similar to that of a fat (obese) rabbit. Fat rabbits don't breed well and aren't healthy, and neither did/were my rabbits, the more import blood they had. I looked at feed, I looked at housing, I looked at air quality, I looked at everything, until eventually I realised that none of those factors had changed, but the rabbits had. I've since gotten back to my older bloodlines, thanks to several satisfied customers, and my rabbits are breeding again. :) I have not totally abandoned the import bloodlines, the bucks usually perform well, and I still have one doe and one buck from them, but I've yet to get babies from either. Maybe because I'm breeding them together? I dunno.

So lately I've been using fuzzy French Lops for color and size, my old bloodlines for density and texture, and my Otter line to improve color. My Otter line tends to be small, soft textured, but incredible bodies and color. The plan is to blend the three bloodlines and wind up with the perfect colored Giant. My Blacks are there, the Otters are close behind. I've also brought some very successful REW Giant lines in.

Edit - I forgot to put my conclusion in regarding crossing Giants and Germans. :)
My conclusion is, a little bit of German blood is very beneficial. More than that, and you start having issues. My advice is to get a really good buck, use him a couple of times, then keep him around as a wooler.

Next installment - Colored Giants, genetics and history.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Giant Angoras - Pt II

Crossbreeding. It is how the Giant Angora came into being. Without going into politics, suffice it to say that Louise Walsh had to come up with a bigger rabbit, so she looked in her barn, and the 2 best bucks she had at the time were a Flemish Giant and a French Lop. The results are a matter of history, the Giant Angora was accepted as a breed in 1988.

Over the years, due in part to the rarity of the breed, people have attempted to re-create them. I've done it, too. Satin Angoras are another breed often subject to crossbreeding. While not a bad idea to bring genetic diversity into the breeds, and to improve body type, many breeders have had issues with "wool depression" in the early generations.

I used Tans to bring the Tan Pattern into my Giants. Those early generations definitely had issues with molting and wool block (not to mention temperament!). However, when I bred Thriantas in, I did not have the wool block problem, although they did molt. Nor did I experience it when I used fuzzy French Lops (the wool gene exists in the breed). Why, I wondered? I know at least some people have also had the issue when using New Zealands and Satins.

I *think* the answer has to do with flyback vs rollback coats.

My *opinion* is that breeds with flyback coats should not be bred into angoras except for terminal crosses for meat. Or, the best shorthaired babies should be kept for breeding and the wooled babies culled for at least a generation or two to give the gut, which seems to be narrower in breeds with flyback coats, time to expand.

Breeds with rollback coats have longer hair, and they molt, and I believe their guts have adapted to it. Now, I have no scientific evidence to prove this, simply things that have been discussed between myself and other angora breeders who have had experience with crossbreeding.

Brian Hartzell agreed with me on this, and he often stopped me at shows to ask how my Giants were coming along. When he judged some of my 1/4 French Lop. 3/4 German "Giants", he got even more excited that I was about them. I'm not exaggerating, I have witnesses, lol.

So my recommendation is, if you want to crossbreed because you're having difficulty finding good examples of your breed at an affordable price and within reasonable driving distance, it's not a bad idea. Just think about these considerations:

1. Don't try to pass them off as purebreds unless and until the crosses are off the pedigree
2. Use breeds with rollback coats if you can
3. If you can't, wait at least a couple of generations before you start keeping wooled babies
4. Select for non-matting coats that don't molt

And just a couple more thoughts:

1. For Giants, select a breed that has heavy, not medium bone. Ears and shoulders are easier to breed out than sore hocks.
2. Wool has more points than type.
3. I'm not being critical of anyone, just passing on information that may or may not be helpful
4. If someone you know has already crossbred in the breed you are interested in, by all means take advantage of their hard work! No need to reinvent the wheel!

That's all, folks! :)


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Giant Angoras PT I


A reader asked if I could post more about Giants. I've written a few posts of their origin, and their close relation to Germans, so I'll skip that this time around.

The thing that distinguishes Giants the most from the English, Satin, and French is their coat. They have 3 types of hair in their coat. First is the thick, straight guard hair, which supports and extends up over the wool, giving the rabbit a halo effect. Second is the awn fluff, which is sort of half-way between a guard hair and under wool. It has a guard hair tip, but is very wavy and finer than the guard hair. Last is the underwool, fine, crimpy, soft, and dense.

Technically, all angoras have awn fluff, but Giants and Germans have more of it.

Another distinguishing factor is size. The minimum weight for Giant bucks is 9 1/2 pounds, the minimum for does is 10 pounds. In order to get that weight, or better yet more, you need bone. I've read from several good sources that short, wide feet indicate good bone, and since I started paying attention to that, I think I agree.

Being large rabbits with heavy coats, you can literally get a pound of wool from one clipping. Personally, I prefer a somewhat softer, finer coat, but I still get nearly a pound of wool per clipping.

Currently, Giants are showable only in Ruby Eyed White (REW), or albino. Colors are being worked on, and I have been notified that my Certificate of Development for Blacks has been accepted. My first presentation will be at the 2012 ARBA Convention. Wish me luck!

Next post will be about cross-breeding, something I have a lot of experience with.

Above is JG's Princess Clover right after winning 2 BOB's during a trip to New York.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

If Islam is a religion of peace...

... why is it that they don't police themselves? Why are they putting up mosques where they aren't wanted or needed, instead of banding together and attacking the terrorists within them?

So I wanted to elaborate on this further. Do I hate Islam? No. I do not respect it, however. I've seen the videos by major news networks of Iraqis and Afghanis - among others - who teach their children in school about how evil the US is. They go right on camera and freely profess it. We, OTOH, do not teach our children that people different from us are evil, nor do we teach that Islam is evil. We don't have to. The terrorists do a fine job of that all by themselves.

Occasionally some idiot will point out atrocities performed supposedly - and in some cases really - in the name of Christianity. Hundreds of years ago. We outgrew that phase. Once in a great while some idiot will blow up an abortion clinic. Yet, even though most of us abhor abortion, the perpetrator is arrested and brought to justice. We don't glorify them, we're ashamed of them. That's probably why it seldom happens.

OTOH, there are extensive lists of terroristic acts in many countries performed in the name of Allah, and these terrorists are heroes in their countries. Especially if the acts of terrorism are against the US.


Read through the entire site, you might not agree with everything, but it is nevertheless very thorough and damning, even if only a fraction of it is true. And it's way more than a fraction that is true.

Anyway, if Islam wants to impress upon Americans how peaceful a religion it is, it needs to quit forcing itself upon people, even if it is legal, and Islamic countries need to band together and annihilate terrorism within their ranks. Until they do, they are and will be part of the problem.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New discovery

A good friend of mine has a set-up at the local farmer's market. While perusing her wares, I asked about the felted alpaca yarn balls she had. She told me a friend of hers had tested them, and they are a substitute for fabric softener. You just throw them in the dryer with your clothes, and they take out the static. Now, I am acquainted with the friend who field-tested them, and I know she wouldn't say such a thing if it weren't true, so I bought one. That was about six weeks ago, and I've since bought another. They do indeed work. In fact, they do a better job than fabric softener. Not only do they take the static out, they also pull the hairs off your clothing, so black clothes are black, not black with assorted colored hairs sticking to them. It seems to work equally well for pulling dog, cat, and rabbit fiber from the clothes.

I don't know if the felted balls have to be alpaca. I just know they work. really, really well. I'll never buy fabric softener again.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Calling for photos

I'm hoping I can get photos of red and fawn descendants of the tan-based reds and fawns I have sold to folks, plus photos of the original reds and fawns . I kinda need them to settle a spirited discussion, my photos of them as babies aren't all that clear.

Anyway, I had promised to post about some of the new stuff going on here at Jan's Giants. Bob has Broken Satin Angoras, yay!!! I got him a broken black doe, who turns out got impregnated somehow by her brother and surprised us a couple days after we got her with babies. We're keeping the broken chocolate tort, but the broken black is available. Both are heavily marked, very friendly (could be because of all the attention they're getting, lol) and look to be bucks. That could change, though. Let me know if you're interested. Excellent bloodlines! Later this fall we'll breed the broken doe to our chocolate satin buck from Lisa Rodenfels. Broken Satin Angoras are going to be a fixture here. :)

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A Slight Change of Focus

As many of you know, I've been working on colored Giants (and German hybrids) for about 7 years now. My first two angoras, in fact, were black German hybrids. I am now going to focus almost exclusively on the colored rabbits, REWs (albinos) will still pop up and be shown, but if you are looking to buy showable Giants, I'm probably not the best bet right now. I've slowly farmed out my REWs, right now I only have 3 left, 2 of my own breeding and another not of my breeding but definitely from my bloodlines, and they will be living here pretty much forever.

I also have some REWs that will be going to Convention who are pre-sold, so don't worry, if I promised you a rabbit, it will be there. :)

I have a bunch of good folks helping me out with breeding the colored Giants and German hybrids, and we hope to make a significant contribution to the Giant breed in the near future.

Meanwhile, there are other things cooking here at Jan's Giants, I'll be posting on them soon. :)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

What I've been up to lately...

That's me on the left, immediately after finishing the last leg of the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay. Yep, you read that correctly. I (mostly) ran 4.3 miles, along with 4 co-workers, to benefit our local Gilda's Club. Gilda's Club provides cancer support for the whole family, the whole time, free of charge.

I've been working out and losing some weight, I have a long way to go, but what I have done so far has made a major impact on my health, arthritis is now GONE, blood pressure is down, blood chemistry is great and I should live a lot longer now, assuming I don't step out in front of a bus or anything...

When I started on this odyssey, I could barely make it from the car to the office after a half-hour walk at lunchtime, my arthritis was so bad. My co-workers had serious doubts that I'd be able to keep it up, but I did, and I repeat - the arthritis is GONE. Really, it's gone.

So, even if you really, honestly think that you just can't exercise, do it anyway. It will hurt like hell at first, but if you work through the pain and keep it up, you will prevail, and you'll live a longer, healthier, happier life.

Oh, and the rabbits are doing great! Got some BOBs and some BOSs this year, just about every time out. :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Federal Racketeering Lawsuit Stuns HSUS

It's about freaking time!

http://www.consumerfreedom.com/news_detail.cfm/h/4111-federal-racketeering-lawsuit-stuns-hsus

You may have missed our New Year’s Eve exposĂ© covering the dismissal of a federal lawsuit pushed by a consortium of animal rights groups that included the deceptive Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The groups alleged that Feld Entertainment (the parent company of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus) mistreated elephants in violation of the Endangered Species Act, but in December a judge tossed out the lawsuit. Now the plot thickens: The circus is suing HSUS, two HSUS lawyers, and a number of other animal rights organizations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. (The lawsuit is exclusively available at HumaneWatch.org.)

The original animal rights lawsuit, filed more than nine years ago, was based on information provided by a former Ringling elephant “barn helper” named Tom Rider. After Rider left his circus job, he was paid by animal rights groups to testify about the supposedly “bad” treatment of elephants there. In all, the original lawsuit’s plaintiffs paid Rider more than $190,000—his sole source of income for years—while the litigation made its way through the court system.

Sound a bit like pay-for-play? As Judge Emmet Sullivan noted in his December ruling that dismissed the animal rights groups’ lawsuit: “The Court finds that Mr. Rider is essentially a paid plaintiff and fact witness who is not credible, and therefore affords no weight to his testimony…. [T]he primary purpose [for the payments] is to keep Mr. Rider involved with the litigation…”

Based on Judge Sullivan’s finding, Feld is suing everyone who played a part in this collaborative scheme (hence the “racketeering” aspect). This includes Rider and a nonprofit “Wildlife Advocacy Project” charity that the Washington, DC law firm of Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal allegedly used to launder money between their plaintiff clients and Rider.

One of these clients putting up dough to support Rider was the Fund for Animals, which merged with HSUS in 2004.

Feld is leveling bribery, fraud, obstruction of justice, and money laundering charges against HSUS and two of its corporate attorneys, three other animal rights groups, Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal, and all three of that firm’s named partners. It’s an earth-shattering lawsuit. Today we’re telling the media:

America’s farmers, ranchers, hunters, fishermen, research scientists, fashion designers, and restaurateurs have seen for decades how the animal rights movement can behave like a mobbed-up racket. But it’s still shocking to see the evidence laid out on paper. In a treble-damage lawsuit like this, a jury could actually do the humane thing and finally put HSUS out of business completely.

You can read the full, 135-page lawsuit over at HumaneWatch. It’s worth more than a glance. If these allegations are proven true, HSUS employees might be finding themselves walking the same breadline they’ve tried to put so many others in.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Square knitting needles

Today I went to the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival. I went with the intention of catching up with a friend who was a vendor there, and with buying a longer set of dpns (double-pointed needles). I had a set with a sock-in-progress on them, but they were too short and I kept dropping stitches - annoying, to say the least. Especially as I turned the heel. Anyway, at the festival everywhere went it seemed I saw Kolláge square needles. One booth had a knitting sample out so you could try them, and I liked how they felt, so I got a set in the size I'm using for the socks. I finally sat down tonight and tried them, and I'm not sure why, but they are indeed easier to knit with. The package says they are perfect for slippery yarns or if you knit tightly. Check both of those for me. So, they get my stamp of approval. If only they weren't made in China. :(

Sunday, January 17, 2010

"Mission Statement"

I decided to come up with a sort-of mission statement for my rabbitry. There are a couple of people out there who claim to know what I "really" mean when I say something straight -forward and in plain English, and what they claim I "really" mean bears little resemblance to what I actually say, but here goes anyway. I'm sure some folks will have a field day with it, but I don't care.

The goal of Jan's Giants is to promote the Giant/German Angora to its fullest. I want to produce a true all-around workhorse of a wool rabbit, who is robust and healthy, and meets Louise Walsh's vision of an economically housed and fed rabbit. I want to breed a non-molting wool producer that can be shorn every 90 days, every 120 days, or whatever suits the owner, much like today's English Angoras, but with faster wool growth and more density. This rabbit should not require more special care or diet than any other angora, in fact it should require very little in the way of grooming, apart from a monthly nail trim and a trim around the vent area. It's wool should withstand mill production but still be soft, not scratchy.

Angora wool typically is 12 - 16 microns:

http://www.apparelsearch.com/Definitions/Fiber/Angora_Wool_definition.htm

Fine sheep wool can be as high as 22 microns:

http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/ansci/sheep/as989-8.htm

I want rabbits whose wool measures no more than 20 microns, preferably less, who can produce 12 ounces every 90 days, and who reproduce - well, like rabbits. Specifically, I expect my does to be able, ready, and willing to produce 3 litters a year. That's a month to be pregnant, 8 weeks to raise the kits, and a month to re-condition. I expect my bucks to get the does bred in 9 out of 10 attempts.

These rabbits should reach 10 pounds of weight by 8 months of age, and should have a good commercial body type. They should come in other colors besides REW.

They should also be friendly, laid-back, and easy to handle. They should perform just as well on the show table as they do in wool production and reproduction. They should also make great pets.

That's what I'm shooting for. That's my idea of the perfect Giant/German Angora. It might not be yours.

Friday, January 08, 2010

World-wide deep freeze


http://www.accuweather.com/news-weather-features.asp?partner=&traveler=0&date=2010-01-04_1701&month=1&year=2010



What's interesting is, while researching this post, I found similar articles from 2008 and 2009. I also found articles claiming the freeze is actually a result of global warming.

Um, sorry, you can't have it both ways. The above reasoning reflects the shift from claims of global warming to the somewhat more believable claims of "climate change". Of course the climate is changing, that's what the weather does. Duh!

There have been an estimated 5 other global warmings - all before Man appeared on the planet. All immediately following the 5 "Ice Ages".

Want to read some truly funny stuff? Google "global warming 2012". Hmmm... it's 2010 but none of those things seem to be happening, in fact I'd welcome some global warming right about now. How about you? ;)