Youth show off animal projects
Monday was the opening day of the Bingham County 4-H Fair which continues through Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the Market Animal Sale begins at 6:30 p.m. and the Sale Buyer's barbecue starts at 4:30.
On Monday, county 4-H members were showing their animal projects—rabbits, meat goats and sheep.
In the rabbit category, 13 1/2-year-old Brooklyn Abercrombie from Blackfoot won every category in which she entered her rabbit, a "Silver Fox" rabbit.
There are 49 recognized rabbit breeds.
Brooklyn won overall reserve showman, grand champion intermediate showman, grand champion for quality (of senior bucks over nine pounds) and grand champion for fur.
American Rabbit Breeders' Association (ARBA) judge Allan Ormond recommended to Brooklyn that she should breed her rabbit "because he is so good."
Rabbits are judged on a scale of 100 points, he said. They are judged on body type, color and condition of their coat and fur.
Rabbits come in six body shapes—cylindrical, commercial, compact, semi-arched, fully-arched and mandolin (narrow at the front; wide at the hips).
Personally, Ormond raises Holland Lop rabbits. Fifteen does and five bucks make up his breeding colony. He sells them as breeding seed stock.
He also raises 30 head of sheep, nine cows, two breeds of Heritage miniature horses (Dexter and Scottish Miniature) and two breeds of chickens (Icelandic and Swedish flower head).
Ormond has been breeding and selling rabbits for 39 years. He travels the world judging rabbits and teaching children.
"There is nothing better than passing knowledge unto the next generation," he said.
On the sheep side of this competition, sheep could be entered in a new class this year. This is the commercial class.
To prepare a sheep for this class, the wool of each sheep is clipped with hand shears and then carded.