Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A New Holland Lop named Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter would not be the name I would have chosen for a black tort Holland Lop doe, but when you are raising and showing rabbits with your children you don't always have the last say regarding names.

We just got back from the Lonestar Showdown in Mesquite, TX this past weekend where we had the priviledge to add an amazing little brood doe to our Holland Lop lines for my son.  We have been looking for a doe to help add strong ankles and bone to our Hollands and with the help of Cindi Hinton from Quietcreek Farm we were able to bring home our newest little girl.

Meet Peanut Butter born on December 17, 2018 my youngest daughter and her brother picked out a name for her the minute she was unloaded from the car.  She has been calm and easy to handle and has the potential to help us improve our breeding stock come fall when we are ready for our next breeding.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hunts Valentine Joins the Family

Meet our White New Zealand buck Valentine.  He was born November 30, 2018.  He is a total sweetheart who loves to meet you at the hutch door for attention every time you walk by.  He and his brother came to us from Bonita Hunt at Baileywick Rabbitry because she was getting ready to move and couldn't take all her young bucks with her.  And we could not be more excited to have him around and on our show team this year.  He is already showing his great breeding with Hunts and Basgil/Borden lines and we are looking forward to his joining our foundation breeders for whites this fall when he is just a little bit older.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Levelland Texas, Brought Lots of Rain and a Fun Rabbit Show

We have been seeing a lot of spring rains here over the last several weeks and Mother's Day weekend was no exception.  I decided that as part of this fun weekend I would make the drive out to Levelland, Texas for the Llano Estacado Rabbit Breeders Association Spring Show.

Clarissa and I make the six hour drive down under constant rain and several times while going through small towns we had to watch the road carefully due to all the puddles and run off from the rain.  Fortunately, we were able to make this drive without anything exciting happening and in good time for the Friday evening show.

There were several New Zealand breeders who made it out to the show and we had a great time visiting and showing our rabbits.  A big thank you goes out to the show secretary Debbie Herring for all of her hard work, as we had our show results within the first week after the show and everything went smoothly.

The results are in and we are so pleased to share:

Burgundy Lace our junior red doe won Best of Variety (BOV) in all three shows.

Periwinkle our junior white doe won Best Opposite of Variety (BOSV) in all three shows.
Thunderstorm our broken black intermediate buck  won BOSV in one show.
Valentine our white junior buck won BOV in one show.
Valentine's Brother our white junior buck won BOV in two shows.

It's going to be interesting to see how our white junior bucks shape up over the next couple of weeks.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

10th Annual Fibber McGhee Memorial Show Results & Our First Grand Champion

April has been a slow month for us here at the Bowery.  We had planned to attend a couple of shows and family things came up that prevented us from attending.  So we have been looking at our May calendar and are hoping to squeeze in an extra show to make up for the ones we missed.

We received our show reports this week from the 10th Annual Fibber McGhee Memorial Show in Stillwater, OK.  I have to say that I was really pleasantly surprised.  Usually I am pretty good at tracking my new zealands and I already know how they placed while I am at the show.  Somehow I missed the fact that our junior broken red doe Coppertina managed to win herself her first leg towards a grand championship with a Best Opposite of Variety.

Our newest black junior buck Duke Frederick also showed well and won his first leg with a Best of Variety.

Our junior red doe Burgundy Lace who has already been placing really and won her first leg with a Best of Variety award.

Finally our broken black buck Thunderstorm won his second leg with a Best of Variety.  It was a great weekend with fun times visiting and chatting with friends.

We also had a chance to send off the paperwork and our Black New Zealand Hunts Swift is now officially a grand champion.  He is a doll and we are already seeing good things from him as his son Thunderstorm is showing and competing very well.  We are expecting more good things to come as he sires the next generation.