The National Angora Club are now applying for stands at next year’s craft festivals. We have been accepted for Wool@j13 and the British Wool Show and are applying for Woolfest and Fibre East. There is a new Fibre Festival in Scotland, Ewefest in Slessor Gardens, Dundee, and we have been offered a concessionary stand. Sarah Garrehy has kindly volunteered to help. Are any other members in Scotland or the North of England interested in coming along to help? The dates are Friday August 16th and Saturday August 17th 2019. Advance planning! Website ewe.scot for more information. Here are the helpers at the British Wool Show in York this year, Sandra, Rebekah and Judith.
The National Angora Club (NAC) held a stock show at the London championship show last weekend. Sadly there were only four entries and one of them was absent. The judge for the stock show was Geoff Boot. Foxwood stud had the best angora with their u/5 white.
Congratulations to all the exhibitors, well done, I know how hard it is to get a rabbit to show standard for two days running.
The 2004 Stock Show Best In Show was Val Downer (Arundel Stud) magnificent white. Val was a very successful established breeder for many years, and well known amongst Angora Fanciers, she lived in Surrey and was a a leading figure in the Worplesdon club. Sadly Val dies a few years ago, but she had some superb Angoras, coloureds and whites.
I am often asked for homeopathic remedies for rabbit ailments. The following will do no harm and may be helpful.. Tablets, mother tincture and ointments are sold by health food shops and some pharmacies. Administration of tablets can be done whether by placing directly into the mouth, (taking care not to touch the tablet by hand), or by crushing it between two spoons and sprinkling on food or hidden, whole in a piece of bread.
The number appearing after the remedy, eg. Aconite 30, signifies the potency, and only the potency stated should be employed, as although higher potencies will not cause death, they may cause complications if incorrectly used. A dose = 1 tablet. In acute disease the medication should continue for 24-48 hours, increasing the intervals after the symptoms seem to be alleviated.
Angora wool makes a useful natural fibre to make items of clothing from and one I used recently to make some angora wool hats for a product competition. They are soft,warm and great to wear on a cold day.The Felt hat below was made by Joan Ward, from angora wool and silk.
Angora rabbit wool is…..and can be made into a range of products including toys, hats, gloves, insoles, booties, shawls, scarfs and so much more, below is a selection of products I have used angora wool in.
Brown-Grey breed standard
- Head, ears and feet wild grey, a mixture of black and gold
- Wool blue, as dark as possible with tips to match head
- Eyes brown
- White belly with blue under-colour
Cream breed standard for the English Angora rabbit
- Head and feet cream, wool lighter cream with tips to match head
- Creamy white belly, eyes blue-grey preferred but brown acceptable
The Cream is an Agouti colour. The Cream can be thought of as a dilute Golden (picture on the right) , and a Cream bred to Cream (picture on left, a really good cream colour) for many generations will have the genotype AABBCCddeell. At present this colour is relatively uncommon, although several breeders are now trying to increase the numbers of Cream rabbits available.
It has taken many years to develop the lovely coloured angoras we now have, many of which match any white in quality, so let us preserve these colours. Recently many people I have talked to have expressed a worry that in order to prevent too much inbreeding of their stock they were beginning to cross colours. I too am guilty of this but I hope I have been doing it responsibly as all colours that are not ‘right’ should be kept at home or sold as pets.