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Fur & Feather Magazine -  May 1921


Three Years of Cavy Breeding and now Right at the Top

Messrs. Brewer Bros. have found that the Good Things of the Fancy are not for the Big Men alone but that the “Little” Man can Secure a Big Share.

  A FIRM that has been very prominent in Cavy circles during the last twelve months is Messers. Brewer Bros., Whoberley near Coventry.  At many of the best shows they have accounted for some of the highest honours and their exhibits have been the subject of much favourable comment.  Some idea of their show pen success may be gained from the following figures.  During the seasons of 1920 and 1921 they have won upwards of fifty 1sts, thirty 2nds and thirty five 3rds, whilst they also had the pleasure of winning the Agouti Cavy Club’s cup for best at its Annual show.  They have also in their “bag” the Midland Cavy Club’s cup, two Championships and forty Special Prizes truly a feat of which any fancier would be proud.

  Golden Agoutis are chief favourite with Messers. Brewer Bros. and in their stud of this variety they have no less than ten 1st prize winning pigs.  Amongst them are Ch. Midland Gold King winner of ten 1sts and six times Best in Show; also the cup winning sow Ch. Midland Gold Queen whose total of 1sts is eight with also five Specials.  They do not go in for breeding a lot of stock and their plan is certainly working out well, as up to now they have not bred one pig of this variety which has not proved its quality by winning a first prize in open.  They have some promising youngsters coming along and these should keep up the prestige of the Stud.

  Self’s are greater in point of number with Whites, Blacks and Creams all being kept.  These have not so good a record as the Agoutis but the stock now in the hutches gives evidence that it will not be long before they can fight hard for premier position. Quality is their sheet anchor and no moderate pig finds its way into the breeding pen.  Down that road progress lies.

  Tortoise and Whites perhaps the most fascinating variety makes up the Stud and of these a grand little lot is to be seen.  They do not however appeal to Messers. Brewer Bros. as do the other varieties and it is probably not that long before the “patchies” are cleared to give more room for the other breeds.  This would be a wise move, no doubt, as it would be a pity to spoil the results through attempting too much.  Far better have fewer pigs than have the accommodation crowded to its utmost capacity.

  There is also a good breeding stud of Dutch, and already the fruits of victory have been tasted with this variety.

  Messers. Brewer Bros. have not been long in the Fancy.  They are comparatively newcomers, it being but three years since they took up the hobby.  They at once saw the wisdom of having a quality stud in preference to a big stud of moderate quality and they laid their plans accordingly.  Both are working men toiling hard for their daily bread and they find their cavies a real source of rest and change after the days work is over.  Living out in the country with green food all around them in plenty, the feeding question presents no difficulties to them and it is little wonder that their stock is always in the pink of condition.  They appreciate the great help they have received in the advice given them by other fanciers and they in turn are only too pleased to be able to help any struggling novice in the same way.

  As a hobby they think there is nothing to compare with the breeding of cavies and carried out on the lines under which their stud is worked one can quite understand their enthusiasm.  With such a grand quality stud there is no limit to the heights they may attain to in the Cavy World.  The chief thing is that they will have to be careful of overcrowding especially as they have such a grand lot of young stock now running about the hutches.  I think however they see the wisdom of keeping within reasonable limits and it is quite probable that many of the likely winners not to mention a lot of good breeding material will find its way to other studs there to earn fame for its new owners.

Allan Watson

The Brewer Brothers with their winning Golden Agouti's "Midland Golden King" & "Golden Queen" and also a winning Red Dutch.