Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bird Houses

Beautiful bird houses found throughout Grand Army Farm.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Completely Angora Book

I managed to buy a copy of the Completely Angora book co-authored by Leslie Samson. I also received a pamphlet to join IAGARB.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Grand Army Farm Angora Goats

Rosalie has a very nice flock of Angora Goats. They are so cute and provide her with wonderful, lustrous fiber. Below you will see one of her Anatolian Guard Dogs which are always on the look out for the safety of their herd.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Grand Army Farm

Rosalie offered room and board for a nominal nightly fee at her Farm. I took a few pictures of the breathtaking views.

The farm was very cozy and impressive. It sure beat having to stay in a stale hotel room.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Winte Fiber Retreat at Grand Army Farm, Labadie, MO

I took few pictures of the Winter Fiber Retreat at Grand Army Farm. I was so privileged to meet Leslie Samson and Rosalie Truong, as well as many other wonderful people.

I learned tremendous amount of information about Angora rabbits in general, and especially the German Angora. Below are some pictures of Leslie evaluating and judging a German Angora and Rosalie shearing it to collect its wonderful wool.

Notice that at after the rabbit is sheared she needs to be coated to prevent her from being cold and getting sick or worse. Rosalie has a room that she heated to ensure her shorn angoras were cozy and comfortable.

The weather in MO was not as cold as I though, however, for a naked rabbit, any small draft can significantly affect her.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Winter Fiber Retreat at Grand Army Farm in Labadie, MO

On my way to Winter Fiber Retreat at Grand Army Farm in Labadie, MO.

I will be staying at the Rosalie's Farm, which was established in 1901! I am ecstatic to learn a lot more about Angoras, taking a felting class,  visit this farm, and make new friends.
The trip is a long one, but I know it is well worth it!

This is my schedule:

Friday December 12:
Angora Management Class 1-5 pm
Teacher : Leslie Samson
Saturday December 13:
Registration and free shearing demo starting at 0900 AM.
Lunch on your own
Felted Flower Workshop: 1-5 pm
I will stay overnight Friday and Saturday and return home Sunday. I am hoping to take pictures to post on my blog.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Continued work on my line (Road To Angora)

Well, it has taken me several years to re-build and am still working hard on improving my line. This year, I managed to get some litters and 3 promising show prospects. However, I have not been able to attend shows as I truly wanted to due to work constraints and personal reasons.

However, m quest still continues to develop my breeding program where I can be competitive at the National level. It is very hard to truly work on one's line. I have been working diligently to only keep the best rabbits and cull the rest. I also have been working on a side project with my angoras, but that is another post.

I am hopeful for showing in 2015, but then again, with work constraints, it is hard to tell right now.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Vote for Lil Peck for NARBC District 2 Director

My very good friend, Lil, is running for District 4 Director of the National Angora Rabbit Breeders Club.

Elections for this office and District 2 Director will be held in the spring. Here is a link to her page where she included her resume for review.

Please vote: Candidate for Director of District 4 – Lil Peck
(California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Hawaii. International: Mexico, Central America, Pacific/Asia)