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Looking Forward to Fall shows

What a great summer for new litters!  I raised dozens of litters, with my herd numbers climbing well past 300 many times this year.  I will have some very nice Juniors and young Intermediates available this fall that have made it through many rounds of culls.

Made it to one show all summer, the Allen Co Fair where I placed 1st and 2nd meat pen and a my 6/8 Doe, by my favorite herd buck TSJ1, took BIS.  Hoping to make it to Mason, Springfield, Hicksville, and East Lansing this fall.  I have some great young ones coming along and am looking forward to getting them on the tables!

My showing may be limited in the near future, I passed my judge’s exam at Mini-convention and I am starting to work under judges.  Very excited to be on the other side of the tables!

Lima Best In Show Lima mp

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Looking forward to Spring litters!

I am hoping to start breeding again around March 15!  I love spring litters, it seems there’s few if any issues with conception, delivery, and the does taking good care of them when it’s an early spring litter.  I have kept several really nice young does from last summer’s breeding to add to my brood doe herd.

MSRBA Annual Convention is coming up next weekend, I am running the OSRBA Promotional booth to promote our Mini Convention.  I hope to still be able to show a handful of Californians.  Josi and I ventured to Huntington, IN show on Feb 14, braving the unexpected blizzard conditions on the drive home.  My 6/8 Doe, Thorp’s 4RS, was BOB in the 1st show.  We did not stay for the 2nd show because of the weather.  I haven’t shown much the past 4 years, but I hope to get back on the tables regularly in 2015 as work constraints start to let up.  Hope to see you at the tables this year!!

Meet Snowmanosaurus!

This is the result of my brother and I with heavy equipment and a dream! Meet Snowmanosaurus!  If you’re stuck with cold weather, find a way to enjoy it🙂

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My first involvement with rabbits came in 1997 when by brother started raising feeder cattle.  He got a cow, so I wanted a bunny!  I later joined 4-H, raising and showing Dutch, Mini Rex, and Californians.  I kept my involvement fairly local throughout my childhood because I was always busy feeding cattle, working in the family business, showing horses, and being very active in my FFA chapter.

I sold out of the rabbits and cattle right before I went to The Ohio State University in 2002.  Spring of 2006 I started raising Californians and Mini Rex, and thankfully my neighbor took care of them during my final year at OSU!  After graduation, I started heavily breeding Californians and soon had a herd of over 300.  I spent most of my weekends showing all over the tri-state area with my 4-H kids, and I became much more involved with the OCRSC and OSRBA in addition to three local clubs.  I soon sold out of the Mini Rex, but later added Havanas because of their rich color and amazing fur structure. 

My active involvement with the OSRBA Youth sparked my next fancy of raising cavies.  We had a hard time coordinating animals to practice with during our summer sessions, so I bought a couple different breeds just to practice with.  Cavies are so cool that I started breeding and showing them at all the shows I could, and a year later I have over 50 cavies of several different breeds.  I keep a diversity of breeds for educational purposes, but my true passion is with Roan Abyssinians and Tan Americans.  I have slowly converted several rabbit cages to cavy cages, and the ratio of cavies to rabbits has steadily increased…

On a professional note, when I’m not spending my free time with the OSRBA Youth or travelling to shows, I am self-employed as the third generation entrepreneur of our family real estate company, currently focusing on residential property management.  I also help out on the family farm, raise Paint horses, and I’ve learned to fix about anything with a wrench, wire nuts, and a sledge hammer.