2017 Annual General Meeting, Portland, Maine

 

You can register for workshops, the Keynote Speaker, and order your lunch on the Registration page.  Please note the deadline to order lunch is March 30.

YOU ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE

IAGARB’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
APRIL 7 – 9, 2017
PORTLAND, MAINE

They say that the 30th is the Pearl Anniversary. For IAGARB, this year is a classic combination of Angora and Pearls. White on white, this pairing speaks to classic luxury. Take a step beyond to naturally colored angora wool and something magical happens. The pearls glow even more brightly on silver wool than on white.

For this very special AGM, IAGARB has booked a truly outstanding speaker on the subject of Rabbit Coat Color Genetics, Dr. Steven Lukefahr.

Dr. Lukefahr, is a co-author of Rabbit Production the 9th Edition. This reference is respected around the world as THE book on rabbit management. He also authored Developing Sustainable Rabbit Projects and about 200 articles published in journals and conference proceedings.

In 1997, in recognition for his humanitarian services, Dr. Lukefahr received the coveted International Animal Agriculture Bouffalt Award from the American Society of Animal Science.

Dr. Lukefahr served as President of the World Rabbit Science Association (WRSA) from 2004 to 2008. He served as WRSA General Secretary for Developing Countries. He is presently assisting a major rabbit project in Nepal (Rotary International: WRSA) that involved humanitarian efforts to alleviate hunger, disease, and poverty as a result of the catastrophic earthquake disaster in 2015.

Dr. Steven Lukefahr, professor of Animal Sciences at Texas A&M University, is an educator, scientist, author, humanitarian and a cowboy.

We are extraordinarily pleased to present the dynamic Dr. Lukefahr from Corpus Christi to Portland as our speaker on April 8th, 2017.

 

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, APRIL 7

Registration Testing, All Day

SATURDAY, APRIL 8

9:30 am – 12:30:  Dr. Steven Lukefahr

Coat Colour Genetics

As we are aware, white wool sells well. Naturally colored wool also has a keen market. We carefully select for traits of density, texture, body type and vigor in albino rabbits. When we add color to this exercise, we must also contend with how to achieve our objectives of specific colours and their depth of expression.

Here is your opportunity to learn from a published expert. Dr. Lukefahr’s seminar will begin with a general introduction to Coat Color. This will establish basics of heritability and necessary vocabulary.

From there, we will move to other areas of interest such as factors influencing the intensity of color, modifiers, the red gene, the Vienna gene and white spotting. Heritability of different coat textures will also be discussed. Questions welcomed.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about color inheritance from Dr. Lukefahr. This seminar will be an investment in your rabbit breeding program.

$35/Members

$40/Non-Members

12:00 to 1 pm:  Lunch

Join us for lunch. Due to planning, only pre-registered lunches will be accommodated. Choose from Maine Lobster Roll with Light Mayonnaise and Lettuce on a Toasted Bun or Turkey Bacon Club on Whole Wheat Wrap with Mayo, Lettuce and Tomato. Both Choices Include: House Made Kettle Chips Garden Salad OR House Made Soup, Chef’s Selection of Dessert, Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Hot Herbal Teas or Iced tea and Lemonade Cost $20.25 – Sign up Deadline March 30!

After Lunch:  Registration Testing continues in addition to the following workshops:  

1:30 pm to 3:15 pm:  Wool Production and Data Workshop, Penny Rice

Shear for Success – Discover with Data-Analysis your Angoras
Go beyond the basics in this wool production record-keeping workshop. Discover how keeping accurate data makes more informed decisions on which rabbits to keep and which to remove. Track your angora wool production, then project which rabbits will likely pass IAGARB registration or for your own rabbitry’s standard and what that projected wool outcome should be. Included will be hand-outs and electronic forms for immediate use. Start your own data collection and make better decisions through thoughtful analysis.

Penny Rice is IAGARB’s District 7 Director and is thrilled to offer this workshop. Her background includes being an educator for 26 years of which 12 years were in the classroom and the other 14 were in the Techology Department as a Data Management Specialist, Database Administrator and software developer for the Bangor School Department. In addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, she has a Master’s in Instructional Technology. She and her husband, Mike, have a small farm in Holden, Maine with dogs, cats, chickens, goats, and rabbits. Having retired from the Bangor School Department last June, she is busier than ever, has expanded her rabbitry, and is lovin’ it!

$25/Members

$30/Non-members

 

3:30-5 pm:  Lace Knitting Basics with Michaele Bailey

Learn the basics of knitting lace to make a lovely, soft angora scarf. Several years ago, a pattern was designed using IAGARB Ice Yarn called the Angora Dreams Scarf. You will get a copy of the pattern and learn how to knit it.

Participants must already be comfortable with knit, yarn over, and K2tog.

In this class learn how to:

  • Learn several methods to keep your place in lace knitting
  • Insert a “life line” into your lace so you can pull out rows confidently to fix a mistake.
  • Learn how to block your finished lace to make it stunning

Michaele Bailey learned to knit at a young age with her grandmother, but only really started making garments when her children were young. She has been raising angoras and spinning their wool for 15 years. Lace is her favorite type of knitting and she brings this experience to the class. Michaele is currently the VP of IAGARB and an IAGARB judge.

Materials to Bring to Class:

Straight knitting needles size 4 and 8

IAGARB Ice yarn, 1 ounce, lace weight angora/cormo singles (bring your own or instructor will provide for $20 per skein)

  • Dental floss, colored, not white or colored embroidery floss, about 18”
  • Yarn needle
  • 3 Index cards
  • Highlighter tape, optional
  • Pencil

$25 members

$30 non-members

Evening:  6:30

Dinner at Sonny’s, Exchange St., Portland, ME

Sonny’s has been an IAGARB and Portland favorite!  Please join us for fun dinner with friends.  No host.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9

9:00 am:  Annual General Meeting

12:00 Lunch

Join us for lunch. Only pre-registered lunches will be accommodated. Choose from Maine Lobster Roll with Light Mayonnaise and Lettuce on a Toasted Bun or Veggie Wrap.   Both Choices Include: House Made Kettle Chips Garden Salad OR House Made Soup, Chef’s Selection of Dessert, Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Hot Herbal Teas or Iced tea and Lemonade Cost $20.25 – Sign up Deadline March 30!

1:00 pm – 2 pm:   Show and Tell 

Bring your hand knitted, crocheted, felted, woven, and spun angora items for oohs and ahhs.   Alexis Woodbury, IAGARB President and Chair of the IAGARB Color Committee, will be presenting a ideas for a program to debut at the 2018 AGM.  This is something that is open to all members and we are very excited about it!

You can register for workshops, the Keynote Speaker, and order your lunch on the Registration page. Please note the deadline to order lunch is March 30.

 

Hotel and Meeting Space Information

The Clarion Hotel in Portland, Maine is a pet-friendly hotel close to many area attractions. We will be allowed to keep our rabbits in the Gallery Room, the main function room for our event. Tarps will be put down on the rug to keep the area fresh and clean. Rabbits may stay in this room for our entire stay.

Check out their website for photos and more amenities. Bring your suit, they have a heated, indoor pool!

Clarion Hotel 

Room rate is $79.00 per night plus 9% tax.

All rooms come equipped with a microwave and refrigerator. Our group rate is guaranteed until
 MARCH 14, 2017. Call the hotel at
(207) 774-5611 to make your reservation.
  Make sure you tell them you are booking 
for the IAGARB AGM, in order to receive the special room rate.  The hotel has a free shuttle service to the airport and is less than a mile from the Amtrak station.

For those of you who may consider flying into Boston (Logan International Airport), there is a non stop shuttle service from Logan to Portland at reasonable rates.

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