Selling & Buying Hollands

by Terry Pierce

Some common misconceptions on buying Holland Lop Stock:

Everyone wants the easy way out - to buy winning stock and just start out making grand champions. If it were that easy, everyone would do it that way. So if you want to do it right, be sure to do your homework first. Look around at the Hollands entered at the shows, and familiarize yourself with those who are doing well consistently. Ask good judges, who have good Hollands. Ask other breeders who they would recommend.

Ask questions, questions, questions!

Different climates and herdsmanship techniques do make a difference. Don't expect to clone that nice bunny if you did not buy an equally nice mate for it. You should find someone whose bunnies you like and buy a cluster of animals from that person, starting with a trio perhaps, and adding to that in a few months. Just buying a bunny from here and there will give you mud. You need to have line compatibility. If you constantly buy and add, you will go 'round and 'round in circles instead of progressing with any breeding program.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

To the buyer: KNOW THE BREED AND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.

To the seller: GREED WILL GET YOU IN THE END.

HONESTY IS STILL THE BEST POLICY!


HLRSC Official Guidebook - 5th Edition 2002