We had English Angora rabbits Rufus, Mio, and Llewelyn at the three counties yesterday entertaining the crowds, by being stroked and handled. Many people do not realise they are angoras, and thought they were dogs. Others are amazed that Angora wool only comes from rabbits and not goats. It was very popular and Mio was the clipping demo rabbit, he looked rather different after the experience but behaved beautifully as usual.
Good day at North East championships today. Alan Cargo won Best Angora Adult ending with 3rd in the fancy challenge AA. He also won Best Angora u/5 ending Best fancy u/5 also Best Cashmere .
His rabbit is the son of his smoke champion Black Magic and is called Neptune. A stunning rabbit, I expect we will hear more about him in the future.
Congratulations Alan and Neptune.
National Angora Club AGM
Held at 1pm on 26thMay 2019 at Wyken Community Centre, Westmoreland Rd, Coventry, CV2 5BP.
Present. Mrs C. Hamilton (Secretary), Mrs L Hordon (Chair), Mrs S May (Treasurer), Mrs S Sutton (Vice President), Mrs J Connolly, Mrs Y Hobbs-Fothergill, Mr Richard Grindey-Banks, Mr Rob Grindey-Banks, Mr A Wright, Mr M Fox, Ms A Wray, Mrs G Webb-Bailey, Mrs S Fisher (visiting)
Apologies: Alan Cargo, Lesley Taylor, Joan Ward, Dawn Caines, Joan Leighton.
Minutes of last AGM read and approved. Proposed S, May seconded |J. Connolly.
I bought a doe from Lesley
Mated to a winning buck.
(I wanted something nice to show
And thought I’d try my luck).
I put her in a roomy hutch
Without disturbing her too much,
I fed her on the best of fare
And told her just how much I care.
After a month (her name’s Delight)
She had some babies in the night;
I dared not look at them in case
They vanished not leaving a trace!
But on the awful morning after,
One tiny head I found –
So perfectly dismembered
‘twould have made a surgeon proud!
I gave her a big pile of greens
Before looking for the rest.
Imagine my sighs of relief
Seeing three wholebabies in the nest!!
Now they are getting sleek and fat
Dare I hope and pray
That one of them will catch the eye
Of Mrs P one day??
Poem By Yvonne Fothergill-Hobbs
The National Angora Club are often contacted by people who have bought or rescued a fluffy rabbit, and have been told that it is an Angora. It can be difficult for rescues, pet shops and others not familiar with Angoras to tell the difference between different breeds of long haired rabbits. The Club are willing to offer help to people struggling with their rabbit’s coats, but please be warned! Crossbred fluffy rabbits often have coats that are very hard to care for, matting easily, right down to the skin. If you wish for a long haired rabbit, think very carefully of the work involved. Obtain your rabbit from a reputable breeder, who will give life long support, and clipping and grooming lessons before you take your rabbit home. YouTube is not enough!
The National Angora Club had stands at two craft festivals in July and August this year. Fibre-East took place at Redbourne School, Ampthill, Bedford on 27th July, after a very hot week. Thankfully the temperature dropped so it was safe to bring Cheyenne, the Smoke Angora.
Anne demonstrated spinning pure Angora on the wheel, whilst Lesley taught spindle spinning.
This years woolfest was a great success and the National Angora Club was there with a whole range of natural Angora rabbit products from their members. A few images below of the stand and a thank you to Leslie and Sandra for all their work on the stand.
You will need to take extra care this summer with your Angora rabbits due to the continued good weather we are having in parts of the UK. High summer temperatures can cause severe dehydration, over heating and health problems for animals especially woolly ones.
Top 10 approaches to keeping your Angora rabbits cool in hot weather:
- Clip them to remove the large long coats
- Use frozen bottles of water or frozen pads so they can sit by them to cool down
- Hang a wet towel in front of their cage or cover part of the hutch with a wet towel
- Ensure they are in a shaded location or add additional shade netting to the area and if necessary move hutches into the shade area if possible
- Ensure good ventilation and use additional fans to aid with moving air if possible
- Put them in larger more open cages
- Reduce the bedding down
- Provide a cooler surface for them to lie on like wire
- Provide more water bottles and you could put a ceramic bowl in as well
- Refresh water bottles with cold water throughout the day
Yvonne Hobbs Fothergill with her under 4 month old White doe, Best in Show in the 1* show judged by Rob Banks.
Grindey and Banks with their under 5 month White doe, Best in Show in the Open and also in the 3* stock show judged by Christine Hamilton.