|Posted by Larry Rishel on January 18, 2014 at 1:15 AM||comments (0)|
I might be a little late getting this out, but I want to remind people that Spring 2014 is indeed coming. With it brings our usual shows for the ESFGRBA Community.
Lebanon, Pa. is where we will all meet on February 1st and 2nd for the PaSRBA show. ESFGRBA is hosting Flemish Specialty on Saturday Feb 1st, 2014. Entry fees are $3.50 pre-sho entry or $4.00 day of show. Cooping is available through PaSRBA. This year we will be showing Flemish in the 'Cow Palace' room which should provide exhibitors with some extra space....judging, and cooping will take place in the Cow Palace for Flemish along with Youth Open Shows.
On March 2nd 2014 we will be attending an open show in York Pa. This is always a well attended show and a lot of fun. Join us at the 4-H Center in York: 771 Stoverstown Rd., York. PA 17408
On April 13 and 14 2014 many ESFGRBA members will be traveling to Taylorsville, NC for the Flemish National. 2014 Flemish Nationals SFGRSC will be hosting the 2014 Flemish Nationals. Nationals will be held on April 12 and 13 at the Taylorsville Fairgrounds, 170 Fairgrounds Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Saturday will consist of Open and Youth and we will have an Open Specialty on Sunday. LaQuinta Inn will be the host hotel. 1607 Fairgrove Church Rd, Conover, NC 28613. 828-465-1100. They include free breakfast buffet with a made to order omelette bar. Rates and cut-off dates are not available at this time. This show is put together by Charles Bryant and his club. If you were at any of the shows down there, you know Charles always puts on a first class show...I recommend this as a show to plan to attend. I'll post more information as I get it.
2014 Flemish Nationals
SFGRSC will be hosting the 2014 Flemish Nationals. Nationals will be held on April 12 and 13 at the Taylorsville Fairgrounds, 170 Fairgrounds Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Saturday will consist of Open and Youth and we will have an Open Specialty on Sunday.
LaQuinta Inn will be the host hotel. 1607 Fairgrove Church Rd, Conover, NC 28613. 828-465-1100. They include free breakfast buffet with a made to order omelette bar. Rates and cut-off dates are not available at this time.
This show is put together by Charles Bryant and his club. If you were at any of the shows down there, you know Charles always puts on a first class show...I recommend this as a show to plan to attend. I'll post more information as I get it.
There will be three shows at Cortland, NY this spring as we gather at the Cortland Fairgrounds in Cortland on April 26th and 27th 2014: 4292 Fairgrounds Drive Cortland, NY 13045-1019. The Judges for the three shows will be:
Mary Ellen Stamets - New Jersey
Mike Ross - New York
Tim Branham - Ohio
We look forward to seeing a good turnout for this show.
May 3rd and 4th we will gather at the Ohio Mini Convention, Open and Youth with a Flemish Specialty held on Saturday and an all breed show on Sunday. This will be a the Ohio State Fairgrounds. OSRBA will have more updated information on it's web page as soon as the catalog has been completed. Catalog:http://www.osrba.net/miniconvention/
Looking forward to seeing friends, family and members at these great shows
|Posted by Larry Rishel on December 18, 2013 at 6:05 PM||comments (0)|
We have learned that Kathy Chapin's Mother has passed away after a post surgery heart attack. Kathy has taken care for her Mother for several years....and we want to keep her in our thoughts and prayers as she travels this most difficult road. If you care to send a card Kathy's address is:
1002 Roy Truitt Road
Cullowhee, NC 28723
|Posted by Larry Rishel on December 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
To the Board and All ESFGRBA Members,
Thank you all so much for the Honor of receiving your beautiful award at Convention. What a huge surprise but an enjoyable one for me and Reggie. I hope you know how much we love our Flemish giants and all rabbits. We have been Blessed with meeting many others who enjoy the animals and the shows.
We thank you for whatever you each do to contribute to the whole.
Thank you to those who made it to convention. We had a nice turnout of Eastern States folks and rabbits. Our own Carlo and Fern Zappio took the BOB Honor!! Congratulations to a fine Flemish and to a fabulous couple! Wonderful! Exciting! So Hoppy for you both!
And to the newly added Master Breeder, Cathy Carrochiolo... we are all proud of you for your hard work with the Blues.
To our Youth of the Year, Elizabeth Barrett, we know and do expect great things and excellent Flemish to come for many years.
Jan van Etten was the Sweepstakes winner and congrats for her success.
To Stephen Trent and Bill Fergusen who worked for very long hours and days non stop for the MARCS club to get everything set up for the convention...
Thank you soooo much!
To everyone who helped in any way... thank you from Reg and me for making this a great convention... one we will never forget.
Blessings to you All!
Anne and Reg Murdock
|Posted by Larry Rishel on July 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
Emily Carter has passed away. She and her husband, Herb have been longtime Flemish Giant breeders, known particularly for their outstanding Blacks and Blues. Together, over the years, they have won almost every award for their excellence in in the Flemish world, including the prestigious Master Breeder award. Emily battled cancer long and hard, and didn't allow it to keep her down. Even in the roughest of times, she always managed to come to the shows to see her friends and show their animals. She was a staple at the writers table, and supported the Eastern States Flemish Giant Rabbit Breeders Association 100 percent.
Lynn Waters Bolyard
MY DEAR FRIEND, EMILY CARTER, PASSED AWAY, YESTERDAY. I AM SO GLAD I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND TIME WITH HER AT THE NATIONALS IN APRIL.
I MISS HER, ALREADY. WE SPENT MANY HOURS OVER THE YEARS SHARING CONFIDENCES AND FEELINGS, TALKING ABOUT OUR FAMILIES AND LAUGHING AT THE GOOFY THINGS WE DID. THEY AND TRONES CAME FOR MANY YEARS TO OUR HOME FOR OUR TWO FLEMISH SHOWS. IN LATER YEARS EMILY DID OUR SHOW REPORTS ON HER COMPUTER. BOB AND I MADE TRIPS TO THEIR HOME, AND WE ENJOYED VISITING, LAUGHING UNTIL OUR SIDES HURT AND GETTING TO KNOW THEIR FAMILY. WE ATTENDED MANY SHOWS AND CONVENTIONS TOGETHER AND I HAVE SUCH GOOD MEMORIES OF OUR TIME WITH THEM.
I FEEL AS THOUGH I HAVE LOST A SISTER AS WELL AS A BEST FRIEND. I AM HAPPY SHE IS NO LONGER SUFFERING, BUT DEAR FRIEND I MISS YOU SO MUCH.
Kathy Chapin : I was taken by sadness as soon as I learned the news last night. But then I thought about how long she'd been ill and what a fight she'd gone through. All the pain and suffering has been taken away now, so for that I am glad. BUT without a doubt she'll be solely missed, by so many.
I'll never forget a few years back, at Convention, she and Herb gave me one of their blue bucks. I was so honored and surprised, I asked why would you want to do this? And she said that they'd heard how dedicated to the blues I had become. That they had worked for many years on their blue herd and that soon they wouldn't be here any longer. They wanted to be sure that their line carried on afterward and this was one way of doing that. I promised them, I'd do my best. It just seems like yesterday now.
RIP ~ Ms Emily Carter. We all love you so!!
South Mountain Rabbitry: Lynn, we will miss her dearly, and we're thinking about Herb here in the east. Always loved talking to Em at Cortland, both at Harold's old place and the new venue at the fairgrounds. I was sad all last night.
Ginger Walters: I am so heartbroken to hear this. She sold me my first pairs of flemish when I was 13.
Robert Bomia: A long time Breeder of Flemish Giants from PA., Emily Carter passed away this am.. Emily was a Senior Member of the Eastern States Flemish Club, and National Flemish Federation. She will be missed by all that knew her. Our condolences to Herb her husband, and family.... May God be with them in this time of need.. Barb Trone said there will not be any services.
Regards, Bob Bomia
And many breeders and friends lifted their glass in tribute to this wonderful woman. We wish her well in eternity, and we keep Herb and the family in our thoughts and prayers. As per Emily's wishes, there were no services.
Our Dear Friend, Emily
How do you really say what you feel? What are you thinking? What is in
your heart? Well, here goes! We only hope Emily is looking down on us
and hears what we want to say.
We have known Nick and Emily Carter for twenty to twenty-five years.
We were not always close friends but became close right about the time
Emily was diagnosed with cancer. We have never known anyone who had
a brighter out-look on life than she did. Even through all her hard-ships and
suffering you never heard Emily complain. If there was a show in Cortland,
New York, she always was determined that she and Nick would make the trip.
She also made a point of coming to York for our local show in March each
year. There were always donations of food items for each show. Nick would
make several dishes and no matter how bad Emily felt she would always bake
for these shows. There were also numerous visits from Nick and Emily to our
home. She enjoyed coming to our home for a visit and to go out to lunch.
Emily also enjoyed going out to dinner with a group a rabbit breeders.Although
she could not eat much she always ordered as though nothing was the matter
with her appetite. Emily was alwayswilling to do her part at any show she went to.
If she was not writing at the judge's table she was preparing the show reports
Every summer Emily would make endless jars of jelly. There was a great varietyof
flavors. She made this for her family and the endless line of people that shewould
see. There was always a nice tote bag full of jars of jelly to be handedout for her
friends and acquaintances.
Many people, including ourselves, knew Emily as an experienced and dedicated
rabbit breeder. We would also like to remember her for her greatpersonality,
kindness, and concern for others.
We love you Emily and will always think of you.
John and Barbara Trone
|Posted by Larry Rishel on February 6, 2013 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
The following is a reprint of an article received by Dr.
Wendy Feaga, with her permission.
Wendy is a member
of the AFNZRB.
ARBA Rabbit & Cavy Health Committee
I am seeing an unusual number of young rabbits dying with a jelly diarrhea. In some cases I am loosing adults and nursing does. What is going on?
A number of rabbitries are reporting losses of 4-8 week old rabbits, some with no signs of illness, some with just a hint of diarrhea, but many with full blown mucoid enteritis with rapid weight loss (wasting), diarrhea and jelly stools. You may be lucky to lose one or two in the litter or, the entire litter may die over a period of a week.
Generally the adult rabbits are unaffected, but this time we are seeing some adults dying especially nursing does.
The first reports of unusual deaths due to diarrhea surfaced after the 2008 ARBA Convention in Michigan. One exhibitor thought that the floor boards were to blame, but I saw convention rabbits on risers which came down with the jelly diarrhea at the end of the convention, or very soon afterwards. So there was not a good correlation between the ARBA boards and disease.
Often there are complaints of illness after the ARBA convention – the convention rabbits are exposed to other rabbits, new water supplies and general stress, so illness is expected.
It appears we are seeing a new infectious agent to which the rabbits have never been exposed, and this is fairly wide spread. We are seeing deaths in adult rabbits, sometimes losing as many as half the adults, an age generally resistant to diarrhea, or at least an age which usually recovers totally in a few days of pulling them off pellets and just feeding hay.
In the 4-8 week olds, pretty much all that show signs of illness will die regardless of what you try. Rabbits over 3 months of age are more likely to survive. I have tried various medications on the babies with little success.
One that survived was given just hay and water and no medications. Subcutaneous fluids are helpful in the older rabbits, but as I said before, little appears to save the 4-8 week olds.
Fecal exams may show coccidiosis, but treatment for coccidiosis is unsuccessful leading me to believe that there is an additional disease and not simply coccidiosis.
Often I have seen clostridia in fecal samples of rabbits with diarrhea, but have not seen unusual numbers of this normal bacterium in these youngsters.
High protein feeds will aggravate the problem and should be avoided when the rabbitry is experiencing these losses. Although feeding hay is no guarantee of avoiding this current strain of mucoid enteritis, it remains the best recommendation to lessen your losses. Be sure to give fresh hay each day to nest box babies to insure their first meal is hay to establish the correct pH and microbes in their GI tract. In an out-break, I recommend giving fresh hay twice a day to does with litters over 3 weeks of age.
Instead of full feeding these does and litters, feed pellets twice a day and limit the pellets so they are cleaning up each feeding in a couple of hours.
It’s important to provide good sanitation by removing soiled bedding and cleaning the cage floors with a wire brush to remove visible manure, feeding hay on a regular basis, avoid over-crowding, and providing water in a closed water system (impossible in winter when freezing water forces us to use bowls). Before moving a new rabbit into a new cage, especially doe and litter, be sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect that cage and equipment. But the bottom line is that the rabbits need to develop and immunity to what appears to be a new infectious agent.
My hope is as this disease goes through a rabbitry that the stock which are exposed and survive will have immunity so that eventually this disease will run its course in a year. Also the normal evolution of an infectious disease is to become less virulent over time because when it is this virulent it dies with its host. A successful organism does not kill its host so it can continue to spread through populations.
|Posted by Larry Rishel on January 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Hello Flemish Friends:
Due to reasons out of our control, we had to reschedule our show this year. It will be held on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Spencer Fairgrounds in Spencer, MA.
We will sanction the Flemish (Open) as we have in the past, but would like to know if there's enough interest out there to host a Specialty, as Eastern States has done since 2007. Two local vets usually donate the money for the awards, and Eastern States pays only for the BOB and BOS awards.
I am fully aware that this date is just before our Cortland Spring Show and National Flemish Show, so I can understand if you decide against it. On the other hand, it gives folks another opportunity to show their animals twice and earn Sweepstakes points.
Please reply only to me so that I can gauge your interest, and I'll work with Eastern States and the National to get the necessary sanctions.
See you all in Lebanon in a few weeks.
Most Sincerely, Juan
|Posted by Larry Rishel on December 31, 2012 at 10:15 PM||comments (0)|
As the year draws to a close, so does my term as President of Eastern States Flemish Giant Rabbit Breeders Association.
Thank you for your support over the past 3 1/2 years. My heartfelt thanks to the Board and all the elected officials who worked with me during my tenure as President.
Tomorrow a new Board takes over our club. I wish them all the best, and would like to
offer my support and assistance should they need them. I encourage you to do the same as they prepare to lead Eastern States.
Lastly, may the new year bring peace and happiness to you and your loved ones.
Most Sincerely, Juan
|Posted by Larry Rishel on December 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
Most of us knew and admired this stoic British ARBA Judge. He was a friend, mentor, advisor to so many over the years. His passing leaves a void that is not easily filled. He was one of the 'old timers', a judge from 'back in the day' and he could tell you stories about people, shows, conventions, times and places. And we would listen..... He judged with professionalism and integrity. Behind the show table, he not only judged, but taught as he went. We learned so much from this Judge, with the staunch British accent, and the easy smile. We say, not only Rest in Peace Bob, but a Giant Thank You!!
SHAFTOE, Ronald “Bob“ - Bobby Shaftoes gone to sea To sail for all eternity Peacefully at Victoria Hospital on December 22nd, 2012, Ronald “Bob“ Shaftoe of Ingersoll in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Sheila Shaftoe. Loving father of Robert, Susan, Christine, Jacqueline and Julie. He will be missed by his several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dear brother of June, Eunice, Robert and Harry. Predeceased by his sisters Alma and Iris. Private arrangements entrusted to NEEDHAM FUNERAL HOME. In memory of Bob, contributions to Childhood Cancer Research at L.H.S.C. would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be left at www.needhamfuneralhome.com 12181984
|Posted by Larry Rishel on December 18, 2012 at 7:45 AM||comments (0)|
The following are thoughts and/or opinions of one person and do not necessarily reflect those of ESFGRBA or its' members.
Recently on another web site a discussion arose that colors that were mixed indiscriminately together didn't matter so long as they were going for pets or meat. As usual I had to stick my two cents worth in and upset a few people, but I explained why I said what I did (for some it still fell on deaf ears, but their loss).
The litter in question had blues, white, a fawn and what to me looked like a black. Both parents were steels. The person did say she was having them fixed and I applaud her for that, but she couldn't see where she had done anything wrong.
The point I made, mainly, that down the road any of those youngsters could have been purchased by somebody interested in breeding or showing and right away they were headed for disaster color wise.
For the beginner these are the colors that can be bred together.
Fawn can be bred to fawn or sandy but if the fawn has smut then stick to a fawn to fawn breeding and the fawn should have no smut.
White can be bred to white, light grey, steel and even black if the background is all white, steel or light grey. Bred to a black with blue in the background is not a good idea as the blues can come with white hairs and toenails. All of these colors can be mixed but the light grays and steels will have varying shades ,some too light or too dark. Too much black in the background of a steel can produce animals with dark heads and feet. Blue obviously can be bred to blue, and black if the blacks background is blue/black.
Above all type comes first, then breed for color, improve one point at a time
|Posted by Larry Rishel on December 3, 2012 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
The results of our election are in, congratulations to the new Board! Here are the
A total of 70 ballots were received by the Election Committee.
President - Wayne Bechdel - 68, Vice President - Chris Stover - 66, Secretary Treasurer -Ginger Walters - 60,
Directors - (The top 4 candidates get elected to the Board):
Brian Hoornbeek - 65,
Larry Rishel - 62,
Bill Bechdel - 59,
Carlo Zappia - 42,
John Curk - 37
The question on the ballot giving the Board authority to split the Secretary-Treasurer position passed, 54 votes YES, 14 votes NO.
The new Board becomes effective January 1, 2013.
Many thanks to Barbara Trone and Emily Carter for counting the ballots and reporting out the results despite many pressing commitments. Thank You, Ladies.
I also want to thank the current Board and all the members for your continued support during my tenure as President of this fine organization.
Last but certainly not least, let us work together with the new Board to ensure that Eastern States remains the best regional Flemish club in the entire continent.