Thanks to the Communications Committee for our latest Newsletter edition! Contents include 2015 ARBA National Convention Results, Minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting and the latest version of the Constitution!
Photo courtesy of Lupin Lapin Lilacs
A New Youth Breeder Among Us
By: Kelly-Anne Giminiani
My son, Ryan, has autism and his wants are usually whims, unless it is matchbox cars. He doesn’t particularly care to go to rabbit shows but humors us when we go. He has his original rabbit, Napoleon, a black Dutch. Napoleon can’t be shown because he got into a fight with his sibling when we first got them. However, Ryan approached me one day and said, “Mommy, I want a rare rabbit. I want one that a lot of people don’t have and that I can save.” He has a wonderful heart. He started raising honeybees for the same reason.
Well, being a mom, I researched different heritage breeds. Ryan was toying with a Belgian Hare, but I was afraid that with their delicate feet, if one got broken he would be devastated. Then, I saw the Lilac and saw that it was a docile breed and not much bigger than our Havanas. When I told Ryan about them, he was excited. He said, “Mom if you’re sure they are rare…I’ll get them.” With that we looked around and found someone in Cairo, NY – Richard Kudliack – who had a pair. This was the beginning. They were dubbed George and Martha (Washington, of course). Unfortunately, Martha passed over the summer when a dog got into the yard and scared her to death.
This devastated him. How can he breed them if he only has a buck? That was his question. Good one I might add. When we started talking about convention, I asked him to bring George with us to show. “I don’t like to show Mom, you know that.” I told him it couldn’t hurt and then George wouldn’t miss him so much. Well, I’m glad we did…..because George – RL1 – won BOSB in Youth at convention….. Oh my goodness……I couldn’t believe it when Joseph Borawski called me on my cell to tell me the news. I think I was more excited then Ryan. Our very first convention, and he didn’t even want to bring George with us.
Ryan purchased a new doe from Joseph at convention and we are trying to get her bred. She and George have been doing a lot of dancing but not too much in the way of loving. We keep trying though and Ryan brushes George before we put the new Martha in with him. He gives him a pep talk too, “Now George, this is Martha. She is your wife, you need to make her happy and give her some babies. You know you’re handsome.” It’s so adorable watching him with the rabbits. He has a wonderful heart and finds solace in the animals he cares for. He sees them as friends and good friends. The rabbits calm him, he is even getting a little bit of confidence when we are going to shows. He tries to pick them up but is afraid to hurt the rabbit. He is proud of his rabbits, and I am proud of him. The Lilac Breeders got a GREAT kid in their corner. Thank you to everyone at convention for clapping for him when he got his awards and being kind to him. I think he’s hooked...well, me too.
Hello NLRCA members,
Where do I begin; it's been a very busy last few months for myself. I'd like to first start off by saying the 2013 National show in Kentucky in conjunction with the KY Cup was a little bit of a roller coaster ride but we seemed to pull it off and had a amazing show. It was one of the largest showings of lilacs at a national. Thank you to Don Sheets for judging our speciality show and Wade Burkhalter for judging the national show. Congratulations to all the winners! The basket raffle was a great success as well. I wanted to extend a thank you to all the members who donated items for the raffle I appreciate your support a lot.
The board of directors and I have been discussing plans and location for the 2014 NLRCA National Show. I will make sure to post information on the website about the show as it becomes available .
Hopefully everyone has lots of nest boxes full of junior prospects for the 2013 ARBA convention in Harrisburg, PA. I know that I'm looking forward to a great show. I am in the process of working on getting some great awards lined up for it. I will have appetizers and beverages prepared for our club members at our club booth for our meeting and award presentation after breed judging. We will be doing a raffle at our club booth , if you are instrested in donating a item or a basket please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org. I will make sure to keep you all updated with all the information about the show. Look forward to seeing everyone there!
It has been brought to my attention about doing a club guide book. What's everyone's thought on this? This type of book would include our breed information , the standard, past national and convention winners, breeder listing and also other information that is important to our club , photos, etc. Please email me with your opinions and ideas about this.
Some of our club members are working on a broken variety of lilacs. Make sure to check out the letter they sent in explaining their plan for this variety. I would like to hear everyone's opinion on this! The letter will be posted in the newsletter section on our webpage.
I will make sure to keep all updates and show information sent to our webmaster so they can be displayed on our club website for all members to view.
Hope everyone is having a great summer.
Joseph Borawski Jr
Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns.
Lilac Health and Vigor Tips!
When it comes to the topic of lilac rabbit health and vigor tips and tricks, there are many different products and techniques that many of us use within our herd to guarantee that we produce healthy Lilacs. I have found over the years that less is best when it comes to maintaining a healthy Lilac herd.
One essential trick that has worked the best for me is to feed quality hay, good complete rabbit pellets with the essential amount of protein and fresh water daily. These factors all are very important to help maintain the health of your lilac herd and making sure your herd with be productive with producing the next generation of champions. Keeping only healthy and prouctive animals in your herd is also a key factor that can play major role: as I like to say, “Keep the best and cull the rest."
New Variety Proposal
A new variety of lilac rabbits has been proposed, and is currently under development by the NLRCA Secretary, Mallary Goldman, and Youth Director, Elizabeth Gray. A few of these broken lilacs were brought to the National Lilac Show in Kentucky this April so that club members could get a chance to see them and make their own observations. Many questions have arisen from this, and I would like to address many of those questions here.
Lilacs are lilac. Why would we need another variety?
According to the American Livestock Breed Conservancy, Lilac rabbits are currently on the watch list for endangered species. This means that their numbers are critically low. Many breeders start with lilacs, and move on to other breeds simply because they get bored with a breed where all the rabbits look the same. The only logical variety that could be added to lilac would be broken. The thought behind this is that by adding the broken variety to lilac rabbits, more interest would be gained for the breed, and the number of breeders would be increased, therefore increasing the number of lilac rabbits.
What about white spots on my solid lilacs?
At this time, all the breeders who are working on the broken variety are keeping the broken line separate. There will come a time where they may keep solids out of brokens, but that time has not yet come. Many other breeds including Havanas and Mini Rex have raised these same questions about white spots, and though proper development, that has proven not to be an issue.
Is there a COD yet? If not, why not yet?
Brokens are currently under development. The breeders working on them do not yet have the animals developed to the point where they would feel comfortable obtaining a COD. Additionally, when a COD is applied for there should be a group of 5 breeders who are currently working on the proposed variety who will all be listed on the COD. Breeders cannot be added after the COD is applied for. The brokens were brought to Kentucky to see if other breeders would be interested in pursuing this new variety.
How were these brokens developed? What was used to bring the broken gene in?
There were 2 different methods used by the 2 breeders working on brokens.
The first line was developed by breeding a blue Beveren to a broken chocolate Havana. Why a Beveren? This breeding goes back to the history of the Lilac breed. According to ARBA, Lilacs were developed using this same cross over 100 years ago. The Beveren gives the lilac the bold head that is not found on such breeds as Havanas. The offspring of that breeding was then bred back into several Lilac does, and thus we have our first (F1) generation of broken Lilacs. The second generation (F2) will be developed by breeding an F1 broken back to a full Lilac. The second line was developed by breeding a broken blue Havana buck and a Lilac doe. The offspring of this was bred back to a Lilac.
Stock from each of these crosses was exchanged in Kentucky.
I really feel strongly against this new variety. What options do I have?
At this time the proposed variety is under development. The lines are being kept separate from full Lilacs. When a new variety is proposed documentation and paperwork are of utmost importance. By keeping these lines separate, it is allowing the breeders involved to work on them while not polluting the population of Lilac rabbits on the show tables with potential hidden flaws that need to be worked out. Once a COD is applied for, the club will have a chance to vote on the proposed new variety.
I would like to help with this new variety. Where can I find a broken?
Mallary Goldman and Elizabeth Gray are the breeders who have this new variety under development. If you are interested in joining them on this pursuit, contact them and inquire if they have anything available. They will also instruct you what documentation you will need to ensure you keep so that once a COD is applied for it can be pursued. All breeders listed on the COD would need to be an ARBA member for the past (continuous) 5 years, be a member of the NLRCA, and actively be breeding the proposed new variety. Keep in mind that until a COD is issued, brokens may not be shown at ARBA shows.
What do you do to get babies - tricks and tips to ensure more and larger litters?
This is a topic that many of us deal with no matter what type of breed of rabbit we raise. I know that throughout my years of raising lilac's this issue was one that I paid a lot of attention too and was always willing to try new techniques to help ensure that my lilac's always had the best opportunity to raise the next generation of champions. I have a few different things I like do with my lilac herd to ensure a great conception rate from my breeding stock.
One trick I've learned over the years is to use organic apple cider vinegar in my lilac's water. Apple cider vinegar has been said to boost fertility rates and produce more female kits in a litter and said to make the does more willing to breed. This product contains a potent combination of vitamins as well as being full of minerals- including potassium, copper and iron as well as magnesium and phosphorous. Many health benefits can come from use of this product due to it containing enzymes. I like to use the organic apple cider vinegar with the mother in it so it is alive and still has all the valuable probiotics. The recipe is easy add 1 to 2 tablespoons to a gallon of water. I would recommend starting with one tablespoon and then work up to two, sometimes i do not even measure it just a splash in a gallon jug and you are good to go.
Another helpful trick is a supplement I use to help my herd when it comes to reproduction it is called oxy-gen and it's a pellet for rabbits. This product helps my lilac's have larger litters with a higher survivability, extended breeding life for my breeding
stock and helps with the conception rates in my lilac does.
Finally, an old trick I learned as a youth is keeping the rabbits on timer lighting systems year round. I like to give my animals up to 16 hours of day light per day, this makes them think that it's always spring/summer light out and in returns helps with their breeding cycles.
Joseph Borawski Jr.