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Market rabbits raised by Kodie Foster stick shut collectively for heat in the course of the chilly climate.


On a chilly and wet day in early February, downy trios of snow-white lumps huddled collectively for heat on a Mission Valley farm. If rabbits wore sneakers, these ones would have huge sneakers to fill.

The 2022 Victoria Livestock Present will mark Kodie Foster’s third entry available in the market rabbit competitors. She positioned modestly throughout her first 12 months, however she took dwelling the highest prize in 2021.

“With our present, you can’t get greater than two grand champions,” stated Paige Foster, Kodie’s mom. “Or you need to present one thing else.”

Kodie’s rabbits are hardly the one animals in Foster care. They share their dwelling with many nice horses, chickens, dogs, peacocks and different creatures. However final 12 months’s grand champion desires to remain within the sport—so long as that sport is rabbits.

“I like once they’re born, as a result of they’re smooth and cuddly. And it’s enjoyable to go and verify them day-after-day to see in the event that they’ve opened their eyes,” stated Kodie, 11.



Kodie Foster, market rabbit entrant

Kodie Foster, 11, poses with one in every of her market rabbits at her dwelling in Mission Valley.


However that’s simply the beginning. For Kodie, elevating rabbits means each day feeding and watering, ensuring the water traces aren’t frozen, counting toes and checking for straight enamel, issues her dad and mom encourage her to do herself. She doesn’t appear to thoughts the workload.

“She desires to play with them on a regular basis,” stated her mom, who confirmed chickens and pigs when she was youthful.

Available in the market rabbit competitors, entrants current three rabbits, with one alternate, Kodie stated, in case one has ear mites, or the unsuitable variety of toes.



Kodie Foster, market rabbit entrant

Kodie Foster poses one in every of her market rabbits for {a photograph} exterior her dwelling in Mission Valley.


Practically a 12 months later, Kodie nonetheless remembers when final 12 months’s decide made the fateful name.

“He had gone again and checked mine, as a result of it was shut between mine and the reserve champion. However he appreciated the fur on mine higher, so I gained champion,” Kodie stated. “I believe it was actually about how they’d extra meat, they usually had higher coats.”

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