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please explain show meat pens

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I am going to 2 rabbit shoiws (fairs with 4-h rabbits). What are the meat pens about?
Where do the rabbits come from? Do the 4-h's breed them or buy them to raise?
If there was a trio in the meat pen of a buck and 2 does would they be worthy of becoming a breeding trio? Are they usually pedigreed? Are they always pure bred?
Do they auction them off or can you offer to buy them?
Any thing else you can tell me would be appreciated. Is a fair even a good place to look for rabbits. Or at least make contacts to buy rabbits.

I found a web site that explained that they have to butcher the meat pen rabbits. So I guess you cannt buy them for breeding.
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every fair is probably a little different. I used to show meat pens and single fryers when I was a kid in 4-H. You want them as close to 5 pounds without going over. all 3 must be the same breed and variety. They don't have to be from the same litter but I learned they'll have better conformation in relation in each other when there littermates. I've also found the best meat pens are from does who are only milking about 3-6 kits.
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