Small animals, big results: Rabbit, poultry shows demonstrate care at Moffat County Fair
CRAIG — While many man-hours go into the effort of raising large livestock for Moffat County 4-H members, the level of attention for much smaller animals is hardly any less.
The rabbit and poultry tent was the scene Friday afternoon at the Moffat County Fair, as handlers showcased their furry and feathered charges.
A few clucks from chickens were drowned out by honks from geese and gobbles from turkeys in the pens, but the bunnies stayed quiet in their hutches and while on the table for judging.
Kayla Deaton was a junior grand champion in showmanship for her rabbit, Summer, a Christmas present.
“Probably the hardest thing is keeping him cool,” she said of the preparation involved in raising him for fair.
Though rabbits are more like a pet than the larger barnyard animals, there are many guidelines to keeping them healthy and ready for the show, noted Alyssa Duncan, who was intermediate grand champion for her bunny, Snow.
Still, the long-eared companions have a definite advantage, in one way.
“Larger animals, you have to work with them more. since they have to walk around, and you can just carry your rabbit,” she said.
Contact Andy Bockelman at abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or 970-875-1793.
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