Corn and greens

All plants of the earth are specially for feeding of the animals of the universe, and as rabbits are a part of this animal kingdom the main feed of the rabbit is herb’s or in winter bark of trees. Because we have chosen to make pets of rabbits the feeding habits should not change to suit our way of feeding, so rabbits will exist on herb’s and garden plants, without recourse to pellets and water. In fact rabbits fed on green food need not be given water in any circumstances. My rabbits have never seen water. (Article from the 1998 Year Book).

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Sooty fawn (Chris Hamilton)

The Onion and the invisible ink, an article by Steve Cook from the 1992 Year book. It’s amazing how often common sense answers to problems are incorrect. Common sense is not always that common or sensible.

For instance, I remember well a rabbit fancier expressing the view that the best way to produce cream angoras would be to cross a gold with a white angora. The theory was similar to that of mixing paints, “white and red paints mixed makes pink”. Of course, a gold crossed with a white angora should yield anything but creams or even even whites or golden kittens. I should imagine that brown-greys or smokes would be a likely outcome (and not particularly good ones at that).

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Buy the latest copy of Country Smallholding magazine to read an article by Lee Connor featuring Lesley Hordon and Richard Grindey-Banks, who are our National Angora Club Members. The three page article covers the role of Angora rabbits in wool production and exhibition. Care, housing, clipping and grooming are featured, along with advice on choosing quality rabbits. The article appears in the magazine’s special 45th birthday November 2020 issue, and is well worth a read.

Leaky Faucet

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but I find it is only bucks that have stubborn eye problems that refuse to clear up. Well I have found one solution that at least gives temporary relief. You must I’m afraid do the unthinkable – put a buck in with a does and leave them for a time together for a couple of weeks! After a recent clipping binge the temperature plunged – I wanted some babies so I put some pairs together. I figured that they would keep each other warm! The result was – apart I hope from the obvious! – that the bucks with eye problems were cured. How permanent a solution it is I don’t know, I will report in the newsletters. (L.Taylor)

The Tinct. Of Euphrasia is better used at the dilution of 2-4 drops per half a tumbler of cool boiled water, which is double the strength I suggested before. It works better. (Y Hobbs)

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Fur is flying everywhere –

Angoras are the cause:

we eat it in our sandwiches,

It’s sticking to our jaws.

Jackets all have woolly linings,

Skirts with silky threads are shining…

It is a tangled web they weave –

Where they get you’d never believe!

Its quite an adventure sucking a toffee –

Long threads are floating about in our coffee.

Its known as a high fibre diet –

I wouldn’t recommend you try it!

The hoover is all clogged with threads –

We even find wool in our beds!

My erstwhile friends just sit and grin,

Noticing the state I’m in.

A furball cure is what I need

When grooming such a fluffy breed,

It isn’t the poor rabbits’ fault –

‘Tis I who need the Kittymalt!!

Poem by Yvonne Hobbs, written for the 1992 Yearbook

This is an article from the 1998 yearbook  called ‘Ramblings” written by Mary Tomlinson. Lesley has pleaded for items for the year book, (no change) so here goes! These are not necessarily in the right order, but are being noted down as they come into my head, as the title suggests ‘Ramblings”

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This year the National Angora Club Stock Show as well as the London Championship show were held virtually. The Judge was Mrs Gemma Mckell who said it was a pleasure to judge the angora stock show but also proved difficult, as pictures do not really do these beautiful rabbits justice. Nice to see them all groomed, and ready for a show. Stay safe everyone, hopefully we will all be out showing and enjoying our wonderful hobby soon!!!

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Felting fun using natural wool products

For fun I have started felting and started to create some bunny rabbits and hares out of natural fibres including Angora wool. It is a fun process and the end results can create some characterful creatures. If you want to make your own and need natural wool products get in touch.

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Rio, the Sooty Fawn Angora, sitting patiently for his haircut. Afterwards he will be out on the lawn, digging some very big holes!

The National Angora Club is a non-profit making society which promotes the Angora rabbit and its welfare. Our members are spinners, exhibitors and companion animal owners. We sell the surplus wool of our rabbits to go towards the costs of keeping them. We keep our Angoras ethically, making it an expensive hobby. Vaccination alone can cost £70 per rabbit per year! 

We produce Angora wool ethically by shearing the rabbit every three months. This does not harm the rabbit in any way. Rabbits sit quietly on the owner’s knee to be sheared. Wool is sorted into best quality spinning wool (above 2.5 inch staple) and second quality felting wool (coarser wool from chest and tummy, and shorter lengths.) Spinning and felting wool in White and a variety of colours is available by mail order. We also sell wooden bottom whorl drop spindles at prices suitable for just having a go.

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Natural swaying of an English Angora rabbit

Do not be alarmed if your English Angora rabbit sways in their hutch. This is quite normal behaviour and is seen a lot in the White Angora more so than coloured angoras.