It has been a little longer than usual since my last blog but we have been traveling and upon our return have been super busy. We are in the middle of expanding our facilities which requires a lot of thought and hard work. We will update you on that later.
Today I want to discuss a topic that has been on my mind for quite some time and it affects every breeder in some form or another - the pedigree.
I have purchased many bunnies over the years, some with pedigrees and some without, and oftentimes I find that there was not a distinct advantage either way. Before you get too upset over that statement let me explain.
In my opinion, an incomplete pedigree is just as bad as not having one at all. There are several pieces of valuable information that should be on a pedigree but the one piece that is most of the time missing is the weight of the animal. It is such an easy thing to do and yet, after all these years, I have failed to see a single pedigree that was complete in regards to weight. Not a single one...ever. That is a lot of years and a lot of pedigrees.
If you are a breeder, whether it be for show or meat, I believe that you need to know the weight of the ancestors to at least have some idea if the line has a propensity for good growth. I see a lot of ear numbers on pedigrees which tells me that someone took time to tattoo these animals, when on a scale of importance as related to weight, does not even register.
If you are starting to think I have lost my mind today, just take a look at the number of inquiries in various Facebook groups asking about the growth rate of bunnies. They want to know that the bunny will reach a good weight at a specific age. Let's say that I just bought two bunnies in hopes of breeding them. They both have pedigrees but the weight is missing on nearly every animal. How can I, in good conscience, tell the prospective buyer that this pairing is going to produce the adequate weight when I have little or no information on the pedigree to even guess at it? All I can do is give the generic answer that we all know which is NOT what the buyer wants to hear.
As a breeder it is vitally important that we breed in such a way to meet or exceed the standard in every way and while most all are only focused on color, the weight of the animal should not be excluded. It is every bit as important, if not more, than anything else on the pedigree so please, if you are a breeder, take time to put the critter on a set of scales. I think you will find that it will help you as well.