Here Comes The Judge - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Here Comes The Judge

Updated: Nov 5, 2012 03:10 PM CST

Mike Avesing spends quality time with a few hundred of his best friends. Avesing lives in Muscatine County, and is the National President of the American Rabbit Breeders Association.

He raises several breeds of rabbits, and also is a judge at competitions. The rabbits are evaluated on what they feel and look like. That could be a round head, thick ears, or buggy eyes.

Avesing has judged competitions in the United States, Japan, Singapore, and Canada. He raises three breeds of rabbits. They get fresh water in the morning and at night. They eat rabbit pellets. He also has nesting boxes for the little ones.

The rabbits also have special names. Gin and Tonic, Bugs Bunny, and Sweet as Sugar, to name a few. Some of his rabbits have won awards for best of show at competitions.

Mike also enjoys educating children about rabbits through the county 4-H Program. He says it's a thrill to see a kid win his first ribbon. Avesing received his first rabbits in 1966 as a gift from his grandfather.

Avesing attends about 35 shows a year, and will be at a local show in Jackson County later this month.