Even rabbits can play hard to get.

"People who refer to something as 'breeding like rabbits' have never bred rabbits," said Brenda Godfrey, a rabbit breeder from Felton.

It's not always easy to breed rabbits because does aren't always ready to breed, she said.

"You might have to take them to a buck a few times before they're ready to mate," Godfrey said.

Her little ladies like to get to know a guy first. But when they breed, they often produce award-winning rabbits.

Rabbits raised by Godfrey and her husband have won best in show twice and best in class at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

This week the Godfreys will take 10 of their rabbits to the annual show in Harrisburg, hoping to again earn high marks.

The farm show starts at 8 a.m. Saturday and runs through 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center at 2300 N. Cameron St. in Harrisburg.

"We just enjoy it -- meeting other people and winning," she said.

Though many breeders take their animals to the farm show in hopes of selling them, the Godfreys typically show their animals and take them home.

"I get attached (to the rabbits). They each have their own personality and tug at your heart a little," Godfrey said.

The Felton couple starting breeding rabbits when their now-grown children were in the 4-H club.

"We started in 1980. The kids are long out of it, but mom and dad are still in it," Godfrey said.

Her husband, Richard, built a barn for the rabbits and filled it with 50 cages.

"He retired. He used to work for Pepsi, and now he works for the rabbits," Brenda Godfrey said.

Dairy cows: It was their children's membership in a 4-H club that also inspired Darla and Dale Doll to show their dairy cows for the first time.

The Dolls, of Dar-Dale Farm in Glen Rock, will take their award-winning Holsteins to the Pennsylvania Farm Show this week.

It's something they've done for about 50 years and helps promote their business, Darla Doll said.

"If people see you have good cattle, maybe they will want to buy from you," she said.

The Farm Show is also a form of recreation for the Dolls.

"Because we run a farm, we were never really able to go on vacation. Some people go to the shore. This is what we like to do," Darla Doll said.

Pigs: Local pig breeders are eager to show their sows.

"The spotlight will be on the Berkshires this year," said James Parlett, a breeder from Airville.

Berkshires are an up-and-coming breed and offer the highest-quality meat, Parlett said.

"They call it 'Berkshire Gold' because it's the kind of meat the white-tablecloth chefs want. Berkshires are worth a little more than a regular-market hog -- kind of like Angus beef compared to regular beef," he said.

Last year, a Berkshire sold at the farm show for $3,200, Parlett said.

James T. Parlett & Son also won the supreme champion category during the last three years -- last year with a Berkshire and the previous two years with a Yorkshire.

What makes a winner?

"Genetics, feed and care," Parlett said.

He said he's hoping the father-son team will have again raised the pig that reigns supreme.

"You never know. We'll be competitive. Let's put it that way," Parlett said.

--Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.