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April 27, 2009

The Latest Mule & Donkey News

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April 06, 2009

About the Breed: Maltese Donkey

The Maltese donkey, known as Hmar Malti in its native land, is a unique breed of donkeys developed on the island of Malta, located off the coast of Sicily. This breed most likely traces back to Arabian origins.

The Maltese donkey has a short, glossy coat, brown, black, or dark bay in color with a white muzzle. The jacks are typically around 150cm (14.2hh), and jennets around 143cm (14hh) tall.

This breed tends to have a very fiery disposition, thus they can sometimes be hard to handle. They are an agile donkey, and are also noted for their well shaped head and ears.

Historically the Maltese donkeys were used for transport, draft work, meat, and producing mules in their native land.

Maltese donkey jacks were some of the earliest donkeys imported to the United States, and were used early on in the development of the American Mammoth Jackstock breed. They are credited with contributing vigor to this new breed.

In November of 1786, the Marquis de Lafayette of France sent General George Washington (not yet president) a shipment including three Maltese donkeys, at least one of which was a jack. It is said that this jack became an excellent sire of mules.

Maltese donkeys were also imported to Australia in the mid 1800s.

Today this breed has all but vanished. In the 2007/2008 report from the Monitoring Institute for Rare Breeds and Seeds in Europe, it was documented that there are only about 50 Maltese donkeys left today. It was also noted that there is a conservation program in progress to preserve this breed.


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April 02, 2009

Highlights for April

I think spring is almost here at last! It's hard to believe it, but soon it will be summer. I was just looking through the event calendar for April. Here are a couple highlights you might enjoy attending.

Youth Show Mule

Columbia Mule Day - April 1-5
This show is being held this week and weekend in Columbia, TN. Their website describes this show as follows - "Begun in 1840 as "Breeder's Day", a meeting for mule breeders, it now attracts over 200,000 people and takes place over four days. In addition to mules, traditional Appalachian food, music, dancing, and crafts are featured." More information about this fun event can be found on their website at http://www.muleday.com

Oklahoma Draft Horse & Mule Sale - April 10 & 11
This sale is run by the Kelsos. For more information, contact Johnny Kelso at 270-293-0538 or visit their website at http://www.kelsomules.com

Mule Team Driving

Castle Rock Mule & Donkey Show - April 24-26
For those of you in the Mountain West, this show will be held in Castle Rock, Colorado. For more information, call 303-688-6185.

All American Mule & Donkey Congress - April 25 & 26
This show has a full two days of mule and donkey events, with over 112 classes. You can find a wide variety of events including Draft, Gaited, Youth, Gymkhana, Driving, and more! Sounds like a fun show you won't want to miss. It will be held in the Henderson Arena in Jackson, Ohio. For more information, visit http://www.nasma.us


Do you know of another exciting mule or donkey event that we don't have listed on the calendar yet? Please send us an email with the info so that we can add it!


Kristie Jorgensen
LongearsMall.com


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