Friday, June 26, 2015

Rabbits: Truly Multi-Purpose

Fiber, Meat, Hopping, Pet, Therapy, Show, and so much more!   A lot of people believe that rabbits are just pets or are used for meat.  What they don't know is that a rabbit serves so many purposes.  There are 48 different recognized breeds of rabbits within the American Rabbit Breeders Association and each breed has their own purposes.  A few examples are the following: Angoras are used to produce fiber.  The nice thing about Angoras is that their coats grow back.  Californians are usually a meat breed.  Rabbit meat is one of the healthiest meats, low in cholesterol, and high in protein.  English Spots are a full arched breed and they love to hop.  The full arched breeds make it look easy to jump over the jumps and they have a great time doing it.  

If it weren't for all of my experiences with PaSRBA and 4-H, I wouldn't know that rabbits are such a multi-purpose animal.  PaSRBA does a wonderful job promoting the rabbit industry in a positive way and I hope that this will continue for a long time.  There are a number of opportunities for youth when showing rabbits while learning all that there is to learn, participating in showing, traveling to demonstrations, and meeting new people.  Hope to see you at a show or a fair soon.

Best of Breed French Angora.  One of the examples of showing.
Best in Show and Reserve in Show.  Another example of showing.

Here is an Angora yarn.  An example of fiber.