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ARBA Bulletin 1956 Vol. 1, No. 1 – Spring
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ARBA Bulletin 1956 Vol. 1, No. 1 – Spring

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American Rabbit Breeders Association

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1956

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RABBIT MEAT IS
THE FOUNDATION OF THE RABBIT INDUSTRY
The Final Destination Of Approximately 80 Percent Of All Rabbits Produced In America Is On The Dinner Table Of The American Home.
As A Result Of NATIONAL DOMESTIC RABBIT WEEK, May 20 to 26, Many More American Families Will Enjoy A Golden Brown Fried Rabbit For The First Time.
Who Produced The Fryer On The Platter? The Fancier Or The Commercial Producer? Does It Make Any Difference?
An American Rabbit Breeder’s Association Publication
1956 SPRING EDITION 1956
VOLUME ONE NUMBER ONE
Official Publication of the American Rabbit Breeders Association
A. R. B. A. OFFICIAL BULLETIN
where to find
PURINA RABBIT CHOW
and good service
The Store with the Checkerboard Sign ... that’s headquarters for rabbit raisers across the country. They make it headquarters because it’s where they get Purina Rabbit Chow and the many “extras” that are available to folks who feed from the Checkerboard Bag.
“Extras” like sales and promotional helps; like Rabbit Chow’s ability to help develop top quality fryers and show stock . . . plus the benefits of Purina’s years of research on feeding rabbits for profit.
So make it your headquarters, too . . . THE STORE WITH THE CHECKERBOARD SIGN.
RALSTON PURINA COMPANY • St. Louis 2, Mo.
A. R. B. A. OFFICIAL BULLETIN
ARBA
The
President’s Message
By Peter M. Leeuwenburg
The
ARBA
Secretary’s Column
By James Blyth
This Bulletin will be the first to appear after an absence of eighteen months. The A. R. B. A. hopes that this publication will be a means to accomplish various aims, which may differ with the ideas of each of us. I too gave some reasons for wishing this to be a successful effort on our part.
I have some very positive and definite ideas about the relationship which should exist between our Association and its members. In my opinion the American exists only for its members. Therefore all our activities must be directed towards serving our members to their greatest benefit.
But in order to best serve your wishes, a definite two sided program is essential. One side must be that unless we as a National Association inform you as soon as possible of our programs, actions, decisions and aims, we are failing in our obligation to keep you abreast of our activities. But unless you as members indicate your wishes and desires, we as your elected officers are definitely handicapped, as we then do not have the opportunity to serve you to the fullest extent.
I firmly believe that an informed membership is our greatest asset. Therefore, I hope that through this Bulletin, we can keep you fully informed of all our activities. In this the Bulletin can act in supplying you with this information. But for this effort to be truly successful, we must have your help with ideas, suggestions and constructive criticism.
(Continued on page 12)
Our New Election Laws
Every one should take part and vote in every election in which they are privileged to vote. Many of us would complain if we were deprived of our right to vote, yet many of us do not exercise this great American privilege. If you do not vote for the candidates or laws which you feel would be best for our Association, you have not exercised your right to vote. Therefore, you have no right to complain when you must abide by the decisions of others. We will try to explain our election laws for this year and hope that every member will cast his or her vote.
In order to have your name placed on the ARBA Election Ballot, you must file an election petition with the Secretary. These petitions are available to all members of the American in good standing and can be had for the asking. This petition must have the signatures of 25 members of the American who are in good standing with this Association. The candidate must name the office which he or she is seeking.
These petitions must be filed in the Secretary’s office on or before June 1, 1956. The filing of this petition will place any member’s name on the official ballot.
Resolution number 8, approved at the Columbus Convention, changed our method of voting. This year, instead of mailing two ballots, only one will be mailed. This one ballot will be final and the candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be declared elected. Ballots will be mailed to every member in good standing on July 15, 1956 and must be returned to the Election Commissioner post-marked not later than August 15, 1956.
(Continued on page 3)
DON'T BE SHUT OUT
Join Now In Order To Be Listed In 1956 YEAR BOOK
OFFICERS
Peter M. Leeuwenburg, President John C. Fehr, Vice-President Dr. Max R. Andrews, Treasurer James Blyth, Secretary
DIRECTORS
Fred R. Applegate Harry Hurlburt Dick F. Parker
Vern Ashton J. Cyril Lowit Oscar F. Schultze
Vincent H. Hunter Ellis W. Murray Edw. H. Stahl
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A. R. B. A. OFFICIAL BULLETIN
PUBLISHED BY
AMERICAN
RABBIT BREEDERS ASSOCIATION
SHORTS By The Officers
4323 Murray Ave., Pittsburgh 17, Pa.
EDITORIAL
Outlook For 1956 — On The Threshold
Are we on the threshold to bigger and better things for The American Rabbit Industry? — For the ARBA? Is this bulletin the beginning of the fullfillment of the “OBJECTS” appearing at the head of our Constitution and By-Laws and published in our guide books for many years. (See Below)
Who and where are the individuals who originally wrote the “OBJECTS”? Put them where they are and partially carried them out? And who will assist in finishing the job? These are the questions that the year 1956 should answer.
OBJECTS
“To maintain a registration and recording system - - afford memberships to persons interested in breeding and marketing of rabbits and allied products - - promote and conduct public and private exhibitions - - provide judging systems - - license its official judges and registrars - - make and revise official standards - - organize and assist local, County and state associations, and specialty clubs - - maintain information bureaus - - furnish at cost, bulletins, guide books, booklets, posters, placards, supplies and textbooks to members and to the public — investigate markets - - assist in securing legislation and publicity - - hold annual conventions and meetings of its members and board of directors.
MEMBERSHIP FEE $3.00 PER YEAR
Advertising Rates
Official Bulletin - - - Year Book Space Mechanical Requirements Rate ¼ Page 2-¾ x 3-½ Inches $17.50 ½ Page 4x½ Inches $32.50 Full Page 4-½ x 8 Inches $60.00 SPECIAL POSITION
INSIDE COVER PAGES ...... $75.00
“The Cost Of Advertising Is Never So Great As The Cost Of The Lack Of It”. CLOSING DATE. — .Advertising For. ANNUAL YEAR BOOK MAY 28, 1956
SEND ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO. 4323-BN Murray Avenue Pittsburgh 17, Pa.
“RABBITS, Tops As Meat Producers”.
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“Who Is Our Oldest Member ? The Daddy Of Us All”.
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“Keep The Wheels Of Progress In Motion, We Are Well On Our Way”. --------------------o----
“Show Your Club Affiliation, It Helps Them, It Helps You”.
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“Advertising Rates Are Based On Circulation, This Bulletin With Its 10,000 Circulation Is A Real Advertising Buy”.
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“When We Take Our “OBJECTS” Seriously, Put Into Operation What It States There, Part Of Our Renewal Problem Will Be Solved”.
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“A More Attractive Meat Carton And Publicity For Those Who Purchase Them In Large Quantities Is A Must”.
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“Are You A Processor Of Rabbits Small Or Large. Are You In The Market For Rabbits For Any Purpose? Then Send Your Name To The Secretary”.
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“The Success Of This Bulletin Depends On YOU The Member. It Will Be As Good And No Better Than Your Suggestions, Contributions And Support Will Make It.
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“Writing About What Should Be Done And Doing Nothing About It Is A Waste Of Time, Space And Printer’s Ink, That Is Why Many Good Ideas Never Reach The Operation Stage”. --------------------o----
“Give Me The Good Old Days When Does Had Young Only After A Visit To The Bucks Hutch Or Vice Versa”. --------------------o----
“I hope that some day we will do away with the words Fancier and Commercial, as they do not really make the proper distinction. I don’t particularly like the word fancier. I believe that in some way the word breeder is better This is the distinction other animal industries have drawn between the breeding stock man, and the ones who raise for the meat market. These other call one a breeder, and the other a producer.”
1—“An Organization of Service to All Rabbit Breeders”
“Think”.
“An Informed Membership Makes A Strong Organization”.
“Raise From Registered Stock, That Is “THE AMERICAN WAY”.
A. R. B. A. OFFICIAL BULLETIN
COMMITTEES and DEPARTMENTS
(With Names and Addresses of Chairmen)
REGULAR COMMITTEES
BUDGET
CHARLES O. LEWIS,
247 Willow Street. Roslyn Heights, N. Y. CONSTITUTION
DR. MAX R. ANDREWS.
1117 ½ So. Clinton, Fort Wayne 2, Ind. MEMBERSHIP SERVICE DON GUTHRIE,
Box 108, Mount Ayr, Iowa. RESOLUTIONS
CARL P. KROBOTH,
107 Westwood Drive, Lexington 36, Ky. STANDARDS
DICK F. PARKER,
4901 So. 5th. Ave., Birmingham 6, Ala. WASHINGTON
RALPH N. NEUMANN,
60-H Crescent Road, Greenbelt, Md. YOUTH
MRS. DORIS LEIBEL,
169 West County Road B, St. Paul 3, Minn.
SPECIAL COMMITTEES
ORGANIZATIONAL SURVEY ELLIS W. MURRAY,
1714 West 106th. St., Los Angeles 47, Cal. RESEARCH FOUNDATION CLAIRE C. BARCLAY.
Route 3, Waterloo, Iowa.
SPECIAL DEPARTMENTS ADVERTISING and PROMOTION EDWARD H. STAHL,
Hickman Mills, Mo.
COMMERCIAL
PAUL E. BOWLIN,
Route No. 2, Box 357-A, College Park, Ga. PUBLICITY
FRED R. APPLEGATE,
1707 E. Carpenter St., Springfield, Ill.
NOTE—Chairmen of Departments and Committees welcome exchanges of ideas, want suggestions according to the category in which
they function.
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NEW LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS FOR 1955
Arizona State New Zealand Club. Central Arizona Rabbit Breeders Assoc.
Pima County Fair Commission.
Satin Rabbit Breeders of Calif.
Santa Clara Rabbit Breeders.
Solano County Fair.
Sonoma County Fair.
South East Rabbit Club.
Tulare County Fair.
Vancouver Island Rabbit Breeders Assoc., Canada.
Logan County Fair, Illinois.
Washington County Farmer & Merchants Fair Assn., Indiana.
West Kentucky Rabbit Breeders, Ken. Brockton Fair, Mass.
New England Poultry Assoc.
Muskegon County Rabbit & Cavy Breeders Assoc., Michigan.
Columbus Rabbit Breeders Assoc., Mississippi.
Polk County Rabbit Breeders Assoc., Missouri.
Eastern Dutch Rabbit Fanciers, N. J. New Mexico State Fair, New Mexico. Jefferson County Agric. Society, N. Y. Shawnee Rabbit Club, Ohio.
Central Carolina R.B.A., S. Carolina. Coastal Rabbit & Cavy Breeders Assoc. South Dakota Rabbit Breeders Assoc. Bexer County New Zealand R.B.A., Texas.
Fort Bend County Fair Assn.
Good Will Rabbit Club.
Harris County Fair.
South Western Exposition & Fat Stock Show.
United Calif. Rabbit Breeders of San
Antonio.
Utah State Fair.
Roanoke Rabbit Breeders Assoc., Va. Central Washington Fair., Washington.
OUR NEW ELECTION LAWS
(Continued from page 1)
To be brief, the following things are to be remembered about our elections:
First - you must file a petition with the Secretary if you wish to become a candidate. These must be filed on or before June 1, 1956.
Second - there will be only one ballot mailed you. This will be mailed to you on or about July 15, 1956. Vote at once. Do not set it aside and forget it. It’s your duty to vote. Exercise this great American privilege.
Third - Be sure your ballot is in the mails before August 15, 1956. This is the dead-line.
We suggest you study the activities of the candidates and vote for those you honestly believe will serve the American best.
This year, we will have the following officers to elect: President, Vice President, Treasurer and 5 Directors.
Take an interest in your Association and prove this by voting at once when you receive the ballot. Remember, only one ballot will be mailed this year.
2. Serving The Rabbit Industry In All It's Branches”
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A. R. B. A. OFFICIAL BULLETIN
CONSTITUTION BY MAX R. ANDREWS, Chairman
The Following Resolutions Were Passed at Columbus, Ohio, 1955. Please Note Carefully As They Are In Effect As Of January 1, 1956.
Resolution No. 7, changes and revises Article 11 of our By-Laws to read: ARTICLE 11 Members
Section 1. Individual members shall pay a fee of three dollars ($3.00) per annum, said fee to accompany the application.
A combination membership for a husband and wife (no other combination) shall be available for five dollars ($5.00) per year, providing the application for both memberships is made at the same time.
Members in good standing shall have the privilege of registering rabbits or animals for the fee of $2.00. Non-members shall be charged $4.00 for such registration.
Any member of the A.R.B.A. who organizes or holds office in a national association that has a Constitution and By-Laws or a registration system contrary to that of the A.R.B.A. shall automatically have his membership revoked
The Board of Directors reserves the right to accept or reject any application for membership or renewal.
Local Associations
Section 2. Any member in good standing may organize a local association composed of breeders in his or her district for the purpose of building up the industry. Officers should consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five or more Directors.
No charter shall be granted a local organization which does not have five or more members in good standing with this Association; furthermore, an officer or director must be a member of A.R. B.A. in good standing.
No local association charter shall be renewed unless said local has five or more members in good standing with the A.R.B.A. at time of renewal; furthermore, an officer or director must be a member of A.R.B.A. in good standing.
No charter shall be granted any club or local organization within any city where a chartered club exists without the approval of the Board of Directors who shall make thorough investigation before issuing such an approval.
All local Associations affiliated with A.R.B.A. shall file a complete list of their members’ names and addresses,
including number of members belonging to A.R.B.A. at the time of renewal of charter or applying for charter.
Local associations shall pay a fee of fifty cents (50c) per member said fee to accompany application for charter. Each local association shall pay an annual fee of fifty cents (50c) per member said fee to accompany renewal, which shall be due 1st of January each year. When an association is chartered, said charter shall be in force forever, unless revoked by the A.R.B.A. for good cause.
If any chartered association, except county or state fair associations, fails to pay its annual fee, due the first of each year, its charter shall be null and void, unless paid within 60 days from the date when fee is due; furthermore, said charter must be returned to the secretary of A.R.B.A. and cannot be renewed except by making new application for a charter under another name for club or association as per regular rules of A.R.B.A. granting such charters.
The cost of a sanctioned approved show shall be $2.00, said sanction to be issued by A.R.B.A. Secretary as now in force. We believe this sanction to be very important to any association or show, and worth many times the cost of $2.00. Said $2.00 to go to Convention fund for cash specials and premium money, offered by the A.R.B.A. for Convention shows only. That the expenditure of this accumulated fund shall be under the direct supervision of the Board of Directors. The A.R.B.A. Secretary does not receive any commission for handling the above fund.
Specialty Associations
Section 3. National specialty clubs shall be granted a charter without payment of fee. The charter for National Specialty clubs, local specialty clubs and State associations shall be granted only with the approval of the Board of Directors.
National Specialty Clubs
Section 4. National specialty clubs chartered with this Association shall receive ten cents on each registration certificate issued for their respective breeds as their share of registration fees, providing sliding scale has been paid.
3. “Raising Of Rabbits and the A. R. B. A. Are Inseparable'’
A. R. B. A. OFFICIAL BULLETIN
100 memberships, $5.00 fee per year. 100-250 memberships, $10.00 fee per yr. 250-500 memberships, $15.00 fee per yr. 500-750 memberships, $20.00 fee per yr. 750-1000 memberships, $25.00 fee per yr. 1000-1250 memberships $30.00 fee per yr. 1250-1500 memberships $35.00 fee per yr. Over 1500 members the same pro rata fee will prevail. Small specialty clubs by relinquishing registration commission may be recognized, but will not
Application for a National Specialty Club must have at least ten (10) members in good standing with the A.R.B.A.
Any National Specialty Club must have a member of the A.R.B.A. in good standing as an officer and director at time of renewal of its charter.
No National Specialty Association Charter shall be renewed unless said National Specialty Association has 10 or more members in good standing with
BECOME A MEMBER
of the AMERICAN RABBIT BREEDERS ASSOCIATION
Incorporated
The Largest Organization of Its Kind In America
BOOSTING ALL BREEDS OF RABBITS AND CAVIES
James Blyth, Secretary,
4323 BN Murray Avenue Pittsburgh 17, Penna.
Date
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
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A. R. B. A. OFFICIAL BULLETIN
100 memberships, $5.00 fee per year. 100-250 memberships, $10.00 fee per yr. 250-500 memberships, $15.00 fee per yr. 500-750 memberships, $20.00 fee per yr. 750-1000 memberships, $25.00 fee per yr. 1000-1250 memberships $30.00 fee per yr. 1250-1500 memberships $35.00 fee per yr. Over 1500 members the same pro rata fee will prevail. Small specialty clubs by relinquishing registration commission may be recognized, but will not participate in commissions; however all other rules and regulations apply as above.
National Specialty Clubs chartered with the American Rabbit Breeders Association holding its annual convention other than in connection with the annual Convention of the American Rabbit Breeders Association, unless said specialty clubs be represented at the Annual Convention of the American Rabbit Breeders Asso., by an officer or duly appointed member who shall give a report of the activities of the club, number of members, names of officers and directors with their addresses designating the ones in good standing with the American Rabbit Breeders Association along with a financial report, shall automatically be deprived of all benefits as an associate member.
Application for a National Specialty Club must have at least ten (10) members in good standing with the A.R.B.A.
Any National Specialty Club must have a member of the A.R.B.A. in good standing as an officer and director at time of renewal of its charter.
No National Specialty Association Charter shall be renewed unless said National Specialty Association has 10 or more members in good standing with the A.R.B.A. at time of renewal.
State and Local Specialty Clubs
Section 5. Local and State Specialty Clubs charters shall be granted only with approval of the Board of Directors of A.R.B.A.
Local and State Specialty Clubs shall have at least five members in good standing with A.R.B.A.; furthermore, an officer or director must be a member in good standing of A.R.B.A. at time of application or renewal. They shall pay a fee of three dollars ($3.00) which shall accompany application. After investigation by the Board of Directors a charter shall be issued if approved by the Board.
The charter shall be in force forever unless revoked by the A.R.B.A. for good
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A. R. B. A. OFFICIAL BULLETIN
cause. Annual fee of three dollars shall be due 1st of January each year; furthermore, if dues are not paid within 60 days after 1st of year, the charter shall be null and void. Local and State Specialty Clubs shall have the same show privileges as local associations except they can only put on a show for the breed they sponsor.
No local specialty club to include territory in more than one state.
No specialty club, association, federation affiliated with the A.R.B.A. shall be allowed to have clauses in their Constitution and By-Laws or to pass any resolution that conflicts in any way with the Constitution and By-Laws of the A.R.B.A. Any club, association, or federation having passed such resolutions as are in conflict with the Constitution and By-Laws of the A.R.B.A. be instructed to at once make all necessary changes, so as to be in full accord with the parent body. Refusing to abide by this rule will automatically revoke the charter of any club, association, or federation.
All associations, local, state or national shall file a copy of their Constitution and By-Laws with the Secretary of the A.R.B.A. who in turn will keep these records on file. Furthermore, any change of the Constitution and By-Laws must be sent to the Secretary of the
A.R.B.A. The time for filing such reports will be at the renewal of charter of association, and any changes at each renewal thereafter.
No association or federation affiliated with the A.R.B.A. can issue charters.
Fairs
Section 6. Any county or state fair or agriculture association may secure a charter by complying with all show rules and paying annual dues of $3.00 without having five members who are members of the American Rabbit Breeders Association.
Auxiliaries
Section 7. We encourage the foundation of Ladies Auxiliaries to local and state associations and to Specialty Clubs and that the Secretary of the A.R.B.A. be authorized to issue charters to any Auxiliaries that may make application, provided they are endorsed by their local or state organization or Specialty Club holding charter under the A.R.
B. A. The charge for said charter to be one dollar per annum.
Resolution No. 8, changes Section 3,
Article VI of our Constitution to read:
Any member in good standing of the A.R.B.A. wishing to become a candidate for any office of the A.R.B.A. shall write the Secretary for a nominating petition, which the secretary shall supply. These requests shall reach the secretary not later than June 1st of each year. The nominating petition shall carry the member’s name and the office he decides to be candidate for and shall carry the signature of 25 members of the A.R.B.A. in good standing. When the petition is filed before the 1st of June with the secretary, the secretary shall then place the member’s name who appears on the petition on the election ballot. These election ballots shall be mailed out and returned to the Election Committee. After the final count is in, the Election Committee shall advise the secretary as to their findings, and the highest for each office shall be declared duly elected.
The award of Grand Champion Certificates as clarified by the Board of Directors.
Please refer to this rule instead of the one on page 283 of our 1954-56 official Guide Book.
A Grand Champion certificate can be awarded to any rabbit (or a cavy) that has won at least three first awards in classes of not fewer than five entries owned by three or more exhibitors. Best of breed, best opposite sex or best of variety may be counted, providing the above-mentioned entry requirements are met, and further providing that only one win be counted at each show. (Two legs cannot be honored for the same show on the same animal.) At least one of these wins must be attained as an intermediate or senior. No award can be counted unless it is attained in a show regularly sanctioned by the A.R.B.A., with an A.R.B.A, licensed judge placing the awards.
The record of legs for Grand Champion certificates must be obtained by the exhibitor from the show secretary where the award was won. Three such legs completely filled out, including the A.R.B.A. registration number of the rabbit (or cavy) and the signature of the show secretary, when forwarded to the secretary of the A.R.B.A., together with a fee of one dollar ($1.00), will entitle the owner to the certificate. Provided these wins are made under at least two different ARBA judges. Only one such certificate will be issued to the same rabbit.
4. “Want a hobby don’t cost much, get a rabbit and a hutch”
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A. R. B. A. OFFICIAL BULLETIN
NOTICE TO ALL REGISTRARS and JUDGES
Notice to all Judges and Registrars
Additions to the Standards of Perfection - Effective December 1, 1955 The Standards Committee in annual session at Columbus, Ohio, October 25, 1955,, voted into the Standards the following:
REX STANDARD
New Varieties added to Rex Standard. All other sections same as printed in STANDARDS OF PERFECTION except as noted below.
CALIFORNIANREX COLOR: Body to be pure clean white all over except nose, ears, feet and tail which is to be dark as possible.
FAULTS: Light shading to colored sections due to moult. Color on dewlap, but not to disqualify if con-confined to dewlap.
DISQUALIFICATIONS: Colored section extending on to the body of the pelt above the junction of either foreleg. White spot in Colored sections; absence of color on nose, ears, feet or tail.
EYES: Color to be pink. Disqualify any other color eye.
FEET AND LEGS: Shall be medium bone straight and rather short in length. Toenails to be dark or horn color.
DISQUALIFICATIONS: Any other color toenail; or missing toenail.
SABLEREX
COLOR: Saddle even rich sepia brown shading gradually to rich chestnut on flanks. Head, ears, legs and upper side of tail to match saddle. Chest to match flanks. Color to go well down the fur shaft, undercolor to match shadings throughout.
FAULTS: Streaks, splotches, white hair or rusty tinge.
EYES: Dark brown with ruby red glow in the dark.
DISQUALIFICATIONS: Any other color eye.
FEET AND LEGS: Toenails to be dark brown.
DISQUALIFICATIONS: Any other color or missing toenail.
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SEALREX
COLOR: Saddle rich dark sepia (almost black). Shading only slightly paler on flanks, chest and belly. Color to go well down the fur shaft, undercolor to match shadings throughout.
FAULTS: Rusty tinge, streaks of white hair. Saddle to extend from nap neck to tail.
EYES: Very dark brown. Disqualify
any other color eye.
FEET AND LEGS: Color of toenails to be dark brown.
DISQUALIFICATIONS: Any other color or missing toenail.
FUR CLASS FOR SATIN STANDARD
“One Satin Fur Class - White Fur only. One Satin Fur Class - Colored Fur only.”
SUPPLEMENT TO A.R.B.A. 1955-1960 STANDARDS OF PERFECTION EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 1956
Due to errors or mis-prints in the STANDARDS OF PERFECTION the Standards Committee herewith informs you of the following changes:
BEVEREN: Page 29 under Weight and Condition change to read: “All colors. Ideal Weight - Senior Bucks 9 pounds, Senior Does 10½ pounds. Registration Weight - Senior Bucks over 8 pounds, Senior Does over 9 pounds. Flesh to be firm and solid. Points 55.”
AMERICAN CHECKERED GIANT:
Page 37 under Markings Section. Disqualification for butterfly, change to read: “Split butterfly; for white spot in butterfly; for strip of white along the lower edge of upper lip.” AMERICAN DUTCH: Page 44 under “Disqualifications Applies to All Colors”, change to read: “Three colors -Black, Blue and Chocolate. Distinct white spot or spots in colored section. Distinct colored spot or spots in white section, spot or spots must be plainly visible. The absence of definite marking (except hairline between ears). When the body color extends below the first joint below the shoulder of either foreleg. When the foot-stop reaches the first joint above the hock. When the body color runs between the toes on either hind-foot connecting with the color of the foot pad known as the split-stop.”
GRAY DUTCH: Body Color: A uniformly ticked medium dark shade if Gray; agouti coated, carrying distinct color bands which are visible when blown into; undercolor next to skin to be slate blue. Fur to carry a distinct ring color when blown into, and to be free from any brassy or sandy tinge. Ticking to be carried evenly over cheeks, top of body, sides, down the outside of rear legs and ears. Narrow black lacing on ears desirable. Eye
circles of white, or very light gray, should be narrow and inconspicuous. Belly Color: White surface color with slate blue undercolor extending from inside of rear legs over the belly to the undercut. The undercut on the Gray Dutch is determined by blowing into the fur, and is the point of junction where the slate blue undercolor on the belly meets the white fur covering the forelegs and the breast. The undercut should be a continuous line with the Gray ticked saddle to form a perfect circle around the body, the same as other varieties.
Tail Color: Top of tail to match body color. Underside of tail to match belly color.
FAULTS: Avoid sandy, brassy or brownish tinge in all sections. Avoid long black-tipped guard hairs. DISQUALIFICATIONS: Undercut
showing on the surface of belly color.
NEW ZEALANDS: Page 67 under New Zealand Red Color add this sentence to section: Under Faults, “White hairs in pelt”. Under Disqualifications paragraph same section change last sentence to read: “Positive or distinct
white patches on any other part other than underside of tail and padding under feet.” Strike out “White hairs in pelt.”
SILVER MARTENS: Page 87 under Weight and Condition change second sentence to read: “Registration Weight - Senior Buck 6½ to 8½ pounds. Senior Does 7½ to 9½ pounds.” Page 89 under Show Room Classes change to read: “Senior Bucks over 6 months of age 6½ to 8½ pounds, Senior Does over 6 months of age 7½ to 9½ pounds, Junior Bucks under 6 months of age not over 6½ pounds, Junior Does under 6 months of age not over 7½ pounds.”
5. “In Rabbits We Lead The World”
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SINGLE FRYERS CLASS THIS IS AN OFFICIAL A.R.B.A. STANDARD EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1st, 1956.
DRESSED CARCASS
The information given here is intended as an educational feature of a show. Its use is optional with the group sponsoring the show. It is a suggested Standard for the edification of and enlightenment of the Judges and Exhibitors. All Fryers entered in this Class must be from Standard Bred Rabbits. An A.R.B.A. General Disqualifications to apply; spotted liver to disqualify.
ALL BREEDS JUDGED TOGETHER
Commercial Fryers. .. not over 59 days of age...Weight 3½ to 4½ pounds. (Animals to be judged alive then dressed out for carcass judging.) All animals entered in this Class must be killed when judged.
SCORE CARD FOR JUDGING COMMERCIAL FRYERS
LIVE ANIMAL
Condition of flesh ...... 50 points.
Condition of fur ........ 20 points.
Meat type ............... 20 points.
Thrifth appearance...... 10 points.
TOTAL LIVEWEIGHT 100 Points.
Dress-out Percentage - % of Dressed Weight to Live Weight ... 50 points. Shape - well fleshed in shoulders, loin
and hindquarters........ 20 points.
Appearance - light pink, free from deformities, appeal to buyer . 20 points. Fat - white with good showing over shoulders and kidney, light covering well distributed over carcass 10 points.
TOTAL POINTS 200 GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS:
to get correct and true dress-out weight, the carcass should be weighed as soon as possible after dressing. SUGGESTIONS TO JUDGE:
Under no circumstances shall the Judge give preference to a white coat over a colored coat, nor shall he cut or disqualify for off-colored or mis-marked coat. The coat shall be judged for quality, density and finish only. Coat not to be considered unless in a tie, then the rabbit with the best coat to win.
The schedule of Points and Judging Specification in this Standard is printed herein for the selection of good meat rabbits.
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THE CHARLES A. PINE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The Chas. A. Pine Research Foundation is starting its second year of operation. You members through your individual donations and local club activities have donated $2,672.23 to this fund. Of this amount $2,000.00 has already been put to work on the study of Mucoid Enteritis at the Kansas State College, Manhattan, Kansas; this project is a three year study costing $3, 500.00, the balance due is to be paid for in the next two years.
At the York Convention Chas. A. Pine had planned to promote a fund for Rabbit research. He was planning on proposing a fund of $10,000.00 to start this Research Foundation by soliciting from 100 members $100.00 each. Your Research Committee believes this campaign, to raise $10,000.00, has a better chance of succeeding by soliciting 200 members who will donate $50.00 each. We have several members who made a donation of $50.00 or more and if you are interested in seeing that this Research Program succeeds we will be pleased to have you join the Chas. A. Pine Half-Century Club.
As funds become available your Research Committee hopes to place research study on all phases of rabbit husbandry, such as diseases, breeding failures, nutrition, and any other related subject. The continued success of this program depends on you and your continued support with your dollars through individual contributions and local club donations. All local clubs have been contacted this year and asked to support a fund raising project. If this Research Program has not yet been discussed at one of your meetings please bring the subject to the attention of your members as all local Secretaries on record have been contacted.
We have for every member interested, “an attractive phamphlet describing the Research Foundation”, and anyone wanting one is invited to write to the chairman.
Don’t forget that this is your Research Foundation.
Claire C. Barclay, Chairman Route No. 3,
Waterloo, Iowa.
Admitting New Breeds or Varieties to A.R.B.A. Standard
By DICK F. PARKER, Chairman Standard Committee
There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding among some of our Breeders regarding Admitting Breeds or Varieties to the A.R.B.A. Standard. I feel that this article, from the Chairman of your Standards Committe, may be the means of clearing up some of the misunderstandings.
The A.R.B.A. Standards Committee has set out in very plain and understandable words, rules for Admitting New Breeds and Varieties on page No. 10 of the 1955 to 1960 STANDARD OF PERFECTION now enforce. For those who have not yet received their copy of this latest edition here is a reprint of the rule as stated in this Standard Book.
“While we do not believe in disregarding new breeds and not admitting them to our Standard, we do require that they first be proven worthy of admission and posses qualifications of individual merit peculiar to themselves, and also that they are a separate and distinct breed as claimed by Breeders seeking their admission. When the Breeder has found that he has produced a new and distinct breed, he
should write up a standard to cover same and mail it to the Chairman of the Standards Committee, advising him that he has a breed worthy of recognition, stating he will make a display of this new breed at the next Annual Convention Show of the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc., requesting the Standards Committee to examine the breed, and if found worthy, adopt a working standard to cover same. The Standards Committee shall consider any proposed Standard for a new variety to any recognized breed Standard, after exhibition requirements have been met, upon its proper submission by a Breeder or the Specialty Club sponsoring the breed. If the Committee find the new breed or variety worthy of recognition, a Working Standard will be adopted and the breed admitted as a Standard Breed, after being exhibited at three (3) consecutive convention shows, under the same name, and the breed or variety shows improvement each time shown.”
When a new breed or variety is presented to the Standards Committee, according to the above ruling, at a Na-
6. “When you think of meat try a treat, get a rabbit all
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tional Convention, the Committee will examine this rabbit thoroughly and if it does not conflict with some of the already recognized breeds and there is enough background in the Standard presented and it has been proven by the off-spring from the mating of a pair of this new breed or variety to assure true breeding and the rabbit presented to the Committee at this time comes up to Standard offered in every detail, then there should be no reason why a Working Standard could not be allowed.
WORKING STANDARD A Working Standard is a temporary Standard and does not become permanent until the rabbit has been shown to the Standards Committee in three consecutive A.R.B.A. National Convention Shows. Each time it is showed there must be improvements over the

1956 A.R.B.A. CONVENTION AT ST. PAUL, MINN.
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time showed previously. Each time the new rabbits are showed the number entered must be increased being the off-spring of those previously showed. If the Standards Committee finds that no improvements have been made since the last showing then the Working Standard will be held up until the recommendations are carried out. A case has just come under my observation where a Breeder entered a rabbit as a variety of a now recognized breed in a show. The judge disqualified the the rabbit, this was correct, for there had been no Standard issued, by the A.R.B.A., for this particular variety to that breed. No licensed A.R.B.A. judge can place a rabbit in a show that is not listed in the Standards printed by A.R.B.A., nor can a rabbit be registered until it is listed in our Standards.
(To Be Continued)
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YOUR PUBLICITY
by
FRED R. APPLEGATE, Chairman
(Publicity Department)
“NATIONAL DOMESTIC RABBIT WEEK” MAY 20th thru MAY 26th, 1956
Here is a brief summary of the things your Publicity Committee will try to achieve during 1956. Every effort will be exerted to increase our membership, augment registrations, and work for a larger number of Sanctioned Shows. Every Show should be an A.R.B.A. Sanctioned Show, also by as large a number of National and State Specialty Clubs, and State Associations as possible. The larger number of Sanctions you have, the larger your entry will be.
Below you will find an outline of “WHAT your Publicity Committee, will try to accomplish during 1956. Keep this on file to save repetition in articles in later Bulletins.
1 —Educate the Breeders as to the advantage of getting their stock registered. To increase registrations as many percent as possible.
1a—Show the advantage of registering one’s stock.
1b—Show the increased value of registered stock.
1c—Why more valuable, explain reasons for it’s higher value.
1d—Such as “Better Type”, “The higher Dressout Percentage of pedigreed and Registered stock”, over “Mediocre”, or scrub stock.
2 —How best to keep our membership “Paid Up”.
3 —How we can best influence all Club members to belong to the A.R.B.A.
4 —Try to get everyone raising rabbits to join their Local Club, and the A.R. B.A.
5 —Compile as large a list as possible to the many benefits one derives from their A.R.B.A. Membership.
6 —Compile as large a list as possible of the many ways an increased Membership and the resulting increase in revenue this would give, would help
the American, and the many things it would permit them to do to help all Members.
7 —Show the Breeders the Value of showing in Sanctioned Shows.
8 —Compile as large a list as possible of reasons “WHY” all Shows should be Sanctioned Shows.
8a—Show their value to both Clubs, and Exhibitors.
9 —Create “Better Public Relations” between the A.R.B.A. and all Clubs and Associations.
10— To influence all Clubs to get all persons raising rabbits in their territories to join their Clubs.
11— Try and get all Clubs to make their Clubs 100% A.R.B.A. Membership clubs.
12— To try and get all Local Clubs to “DEVELOPE” and ENLARGE MARKETS for “Rabbit Meat”, “Laboratory Outlets”, and “Breeding Stock”, thereby making rabbit raising more “Profitable” to their Members, by doing this a Club will be rendering their Members a real service.
13— To do everything possible to assist all Clubs, and Breeders in making the 1956 “NATIONAL DOMESTIC RABBIT WEEK” the best one yet.
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
(Continued from page 1)
The members are the American, you are the sole reason for our existence as an Association. Therefore this Bulletin is published only to serve you better, with your participation and cooperation, I hope that we can convey by this means the idea to all our members, and more important to all those who raise rabbits, but do not as yet belong, that it is a privilege and a pleasure to belong to the A.R.B.A.
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“THE COST OF ADVERTISING IS NEVER SO GREAT AS THE COST OF THE LACK OF IT.
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FOR THOSE IN THE MOUSETRAP GAME
Americans are great lovers of well-worn proverbs such as, “Feed a cold and starve a fever”—(or maybe it’s the other way round)—or, “Early to bed and early to rise makes one healthy, wealthy and wise.”
Pin these people down and probably they don’t believe them literally, but frequently they give lip service to them and more than half have some faith in them.
An example is the old one about the world beating a path to the builder of a better mousetrap. Here’s one that simply isn’t true.
One reason, probably, is that modem houses aren’t nearly so susceptible to rodent invasion as was grandfather’s and people aren’t so interested in mousetraps.
But the main reason is that many a
builder of very efficient mousetraps ends up in the bankruptcy courts because he fails to tell the public about his product.
All of which is our way of getting around to recognizing, in this Advertising Recognition week, a sometimes maligned profession.
Advertising, like every other profession, has its bad apples, those who are just plain hucksters. But anyone who follows daily newspaper advertising will soon realize that advertising is one of the main lubricants in our free competitive system.
In this day of great cities and highly developed suburban areas, with highly mobile populations, the advertising columns are the market place.
We salute this very important link in our economic system.
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The 4th Annual Rabbit School to be sponsored by the Keystone State Rabbit & Cavy Breeder’s Ass’n will be held, as in the past, at the Penna. State University, State College, Pa. on Friday and Saturday, June 22nd - 23rd.
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ATTENTION LOCAL CLUBS and ASSOCIATIONS
METHOD NO. 1
By this method a multigraph folder is prepared under the heading - ATTENTION RABBIT BREEDERS, YOU ARE INVITED - which is followed by the time and the place of the meeting, and the subjects to be discussed throughout the year, as for instance. Jan. - Duties of Committees. Feb. - Advertising your club. March. - Marketing your stock. April - Records and Their Importance. May - Selection of a Breed. June - Pedigrees - Registrations. July - Exchange of Ideas. Aug. -Diseases and Control. Sept. - Housing, Nest Boxes. - Sept. - A.R.B.A. - Its Activities. Oct. - Our Shows. Nov. -Feeds and Feeding. Dec. - Summary of Years Activities.
Above are but a few of many subjects. For instance. At the beginning of summer, and at the beginning of winter the subject should be. Heat and Cold prevention loss. etc.
On the bottom of this folder appeared an application blank with the amount of yearly dues with an invitation to attend meetings. To attract breeders and others interested advertisements were placed in local newspapers (Sunday Edition) and the folder mailed to them.
METHOD NO. 2
By this method a multigraph sheet is sent (Regular Letterhead Size) to each member in advance of each meeting. While this method makes more work for the secretary it has proven very effective. Attention usually is called to the program, Activities of committees. Shows to be held by the club and other clubs in nearby states, with places and dates given.
Attention is called to social functions Picnics and other gatherings, group trips visiting rabbitries, exchanging of ideas and methods. Birthdays of members, those who are ill, and of those who pass away.
When such methods are used, there is never a dull meeting, always well attended, those who do go come away feeling that they have been benefited, and will come again and again.
These two methods have been adopted by the Progressive Rabbit Club of Kansas City, Kansas. And The Heart OF AMERICA Rabbit Raisers Ass’n of Independence, Mo.
WHAT METHOD DOES YOUR CLUB USE TO MAKE YOUR MEETINGS INTERESTING - TELL US AND WE WILL PASS IT ON TO OTHERS.
DON’T FORGET DADDY
JUST A SUGGESTION—During each meeting take five minutes to discuss the PARENT. The American Rabbit Breeders Association. Call attention to what the A.R. B.A. means to you as an individual member, and to your club as an affiliate. Pass out membership application blanks and call attention to the world of information and services provided to each member as explained on the back cover page of this bulletin. See that your clubs name is stamped on the recommended line of each application blank. Your club will receive a cash refund of 50 cents on each member and you may also participate in the membership contest. A Plaque to the winner, also cash. - JUST A SUGGESTION.
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Our Membership Drive for 1956 off to a Good Start
January 162 Members — February 150 COMPETE FOR CASH and PLAQUES
SEPARATE CONTESTS PLANNED For The Individual — For The Local Club
THE DETAILS—The ARBA will supply any individual, Firm, local club or association Illustrated Membership Application Blanks to enclose in your mail, pass out at club meetings, Shows, anywhere where rabbit breeders gather.
CASH FOR ALL WHO TAKE PART - A PLAQUE TO THE WINNER
CASH COMMISSION of 50c to all who are credited with 3 memberships in any quarter (3 Months). If less than 3 are received in any quarter, commission is paid when 3 are received. A.R.B.A OFFICERS CONTRIBUTE CONTRIBUTIONS By the Officers assures cash awards to the 5 individuals or firms credited with the most members. An engraved plaque to the one who tops the list. Send Pledges to James Blyth, Sec’y. Ask for supply of membership blanks.
JUDGE
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A.R.B.A. Director
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Everybody Loves A Contest - Slogan Wanted For This Bulletin
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Send in your suggestion at once. Those so far suggested appear on some of the pages of this bulletin numbered from number 1 up. All received will be numbered and published in the next bulletin and a vote of the members taken. The person whose slogan is cho-
sen will receive an engraved plaque. Send your suggestion to the Secretary. If duplicate slogans are received the one with the earliest post mark will be entered. (Contest Void In All States Prohibiting Same.)
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