Sunday, June 3, 2012

Silver Fox Rabbit

Classified as “Threatened” by the ALBC (June 2012), the Silver Fox Rabbit is the newest addition to the livestock/poultry mix on Grimm Acres, and is fitting in wonderfully.

According to the The Livestock Conservancy (previously the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy), “The Silver Fox rabbit is the third breed developed in the United States. It was created by Walter B. Garland of North Canton, Ohio. The Silver Fox is truly a multi-purpose breed, raised for meat and fur.”

These beautiful rabbits are a large breed. The bucks often weigh 10 to 11 pounds and the does can reach 12 pounds. They are a great meat rabbit, dressing out at 65% of live weight. They reproduce well. The does have large litters and are great moms, attentive but calm. That calm nature makes them great pets, as well as utility animals.

But it’s their coat that makes them really unique. The young are born either solid black or blue and begin to show silvering of their fur at about 4 weeks. The silvering process takes 4 months to complete. “The fur is one of the most attractive and unusual features of the breed. It is extremely dense and 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length. When the fur is stroked from tail to head, it will stand straight up until stroked in the opposite direction. This trait is found in no other breed and greatly resembles the pelt of the silver fox of the Artic.” ALBC.
A young Silver Fox rabbit

We raise these great rabbits to sell as pets, for 4H projects, as breeding stock and as meat rabbits. The rabbits sold as pets and for 4H are handled several times a week to help them be the friendly, social rabbits this breed is inclined to be.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Why Diversify?

Why Diversify?

Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist Edward O. Wilson has a new book The Diversity of Life
published by the Harvard University Press. In this book Wilson discusses the value of genetic diversity, and the terrible risks we face as that diversity dwindles. Edward Wilson was recently interviewed on NPR’s Science Friday where he put into words some of the urgency I, and so many, many others feel regarding the conservation of the diversity we have before it is lost.

WILSON: …we're coming to understand the great value of preserving what is left of biological diversity in nature. We can provide many, many examples of products that have been forthcoming just in recent times, and the likelihood of vast, new important products -- drugs, new kinds of crops, fibers, petroleum substitutes, restorers of exhausted soil, and on and on.
… every species is a great treasure for humanity to enjoy and use for centuries, for thousands of years to come, and that in saving them, we should not only regard them as having this enormous, virtually limitless potential for our children’s' future, but also as part of our deep history -- literally the cradle in which the human spirit was born.

As The Livestock Conservancy, (previously the American Livestock Breeds Conservancytells us: The need for livestock conservation is urgent. Throughout agricultural history, each generation has taken its turn as steward of the genetic trust. Our generation is now in danger of bankrupting this trust and leaving little for the future. Each day, some breeds move closer to extinction. Each extinction reduces the diversity within the livestock species and the biodiversity of the Earth.

In simple terms, we cannot afford to put all of our eggs into one basket.

At Grimm Acres, Diversified we have chosen to take our small position on the front line actively working to preserve the genetic diversity in our small number of livestock and poultry. We work to do our part in caring for the animals and spreading the word about the intrinsic value of each species, and the joy they bring into every day of our lives. “At Grimm Acres the animals are not our whole lives, but they help to make our lives whole.”