4-H Rabbit Project & Club

ALL projects:  There will be additional online entry that you will need to do by June 15.  Please note that the rules (that were written last fall) may state that a paper form will be due June 15.  That was written before we knew that the state was switching to all online ID and entry and what all that would change.

We are making every effort to update the web pages to go along with the new requirements from that state as the information is being provided to us.

Be aware that ALL 4-H members will have to sign up what projects/classes they are going to exhibit at the Blackford County fair.  This will NOT be done by a paper form.  It will be done online.  Instructions will be emailed when they are finalized with the state.  Because each county is different - these web sites will be county specific.  Again - more information will follow on this.

Rabbits that are considered pets should be entered in the Pets project.

Superintendent:  Rose Cook  
Assistant Superintendent: Melvin Parker

4-H Club Leader:  Jennifer Heine
Assistant Leaders:  John Kellogg, Karla Kellogg, and Amy Lathem

Rabbit Resource Handbook, Ohio State University Extension  These are provided one copy per FAMILY.  If you do not have a copy, there are also copies available at the Hartford City and Montpelier libraries.

Completion Requirements  
Complete the record sheet(different sheet for each grade)and turn it in to your 4-H Club Leader or the Extension Office by the required date.  

Exhibit Options: (May choose one or more)

Þ  Show your animal(s) at the Blackford County 4-H Fair.

Þ  Exhibit a notebook about your animal.

Þ  Exhibit a poster on a topic from your manual.

Þ  Action Display/Demonstration.

There can be one champion and one reserve champion rabbit poster for each level.  Level 1 is grades 3-5, Level 2 is grades 6-8,and Level 3 is grades 9-12.The overall grand champion will be selected from all of the livestock/animal posters.

4-H Rabbit Show Rules

1.  Each member shall keep a complete, accurate, and up-to-date record.  Records shall be checked at least once during the year prior to fair time.

2.  All 4-H rabbits must be pedigreed or purebred.

3.  All animals must be in possession by May 15.

4.   4-H’er must own the mother of the meat pen.  The mea pen class is a breeding class.  You cannot purchase your meat pen rabbits.  

5.  All breeding stock must be tattooed by the date designated by 4-H rabbit committee.  This includes senior and 6-8 stock and junior stock.  Juniors born after last tattoo date will be tattooed with meat pens. Pens of 3 will be tattooed at a later date. 

6.  A maximum of 16 entries per each exhibitor with a maximum of two entries in each class.

  • 12 Breed Classes – 4 Meat– 1 Entry Per Class
  • Single fryer rabbits maybe taken and shown from the 4-H’ers rabbit meat pen.
  • Single fryers– 1 entry – all breeds iv.             
  • Roaster– 1 entry – all breeds. 
  • Baker– 1 entry – all breeds

          Animals shown in the fryer, roaster and baker classes cannot be shown as Breed animals.

7.  Pens of 3 (Meat Classes) 

Pens of 3 will be one cage. 
May show two pens of 3 but can sell only 1 pen.  
Pens of 3 cannot show as individuals in other breed classes.            
Only meat pens will be eligible for auction.  
Weights and ages of pens of 3.  Any Breed:Must weigh between 3-5 pounds (rabbits CANNOT weigh less than 3 pounds and CANNOT weigh more than 5 pounds) and not more than 69 days of age on show date at County Fair. Any 4-H member exhibiting a Meat Pen must own the Mother doe and have raised them on site.  
All Meat Pen swill be weighed on the day of entry.  
The judge will also weigh the rabbits the day of the rabbit show.    
If a Meat Pen is under weight or over weight the day of entry the child may choose to enter the rabbits into individual classes.

 8.  If an animal is disqualified by the health check, the superintendent or a judge for health or any other reasons, that animal CANNOT be sold in the 4-H Livestock Auction.

6 Class (According to Breed)

Sr. Bucks           Sr. Does

Jr. Bucks            Jr. Does

6-8 Bucks           6-8 Does

 4 Class (According to Breed)  
(in each color)

Sr. Bucks           Sr. Does

Jr. Bucks            Jr. Does


 9.   All classes and breeds will be judged by A.R.B.A. standard and rules.  A, B, and C group ribbons will be awarded.

10.  All members will be required to show one exhibit besides a pen of 3.  

11.  As there is not showmanship classes in rabbits, Display Awards will be given.  Display points as follows:

1st–5 points times number in class

2nd–4 points times number in class

3rd– 3 points times number in class

4th–2 points times number in class

5th–1 point times number in class

AWARD:Best Display  Res. Display



N.Z. White Doe 1st–5X10=50

Display points.  Pen of 3 and single fryer are not included in Display Points


12.  Special Awards

  1. Best of Breeds in Each Breed– Champion
  2. Best of Opposite in Each Breed– Reserve Champion
  3. Best 6 Class
  4. Best 4 Class
  5. Best of Show– Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion
  6. Pen of 3 – All Breeds– Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion
  7. Single Fryer– All Breeds– Grand champion, Reserve Grand Champion
  8. Roaster– All Breeds– Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion
  9. Baker– All Breeds– Grand Champion,Reserve Grand Champion
  10. Best Display – Grand Champion Display,Reserve Grand Champion Display


13.  Premiums– Group placing ribbons will be awarded.

14.  Each exhibitor will be required to furnish his own PROPER feed and water containers and care for his/her own rabbits.  Pens shall be cleaned out daily. Pens will be checked daily.  If rabbits are not cared for properly the superintendent has the authority to not allow the 4-H’er to show or sell their rabbits at the 4-H Auction.

15.  Each exhibitor will be responsible the day of the show to be present to carry his or her exhibits to Judging Table and return exhibits to pens.

16.  Members wishing to sell Pen of 3 in auction must report to Superintendent of Show within 30 minutes after judging is completed. Rabbits will be weighed at that time.

17.  There will be no change in 4-H rabbit ear tattoo numbers, class entries, or class changes following closing time on entry day.

18.  The Rabbit Committee (Rabbit Superintendent and 4-H Rabbit club leaders) has the right to inspect any rabbit on site as needed and has the authority to disqualify a rabbit or send it home for health reasons.


Rabbit Ambassador Contest  
4-H’ers interested in participating in this contest should contact the4‐H Rabbit Club Leader.

See State Fair Book or contact the Extension Office for information on exhibiting rabbits at the Indiana State Fair

State Fair Rabbit Poster  
The champion from level 1, 2 and 3 are eligible for the State Fair.

Rabbit Breeder Directory
For assistance in finding rabbits a link to the current Rabbit Breeders Directory for Indiana can be found below. 

Livestock Enrollment 
Animal Identification Rabbits must have a tattoo.

Premise ID
This is a federal law requested for rabbits. If you do not have a Premise ID, you can apply online with the Indiana State Board of Animal Health at www.in.gov/boah/2328.htm

Completing the Project
You must complete the project to be able to exhibit at the Blackford County 4-H Fair. To complete the project you must complete your record sheet and turn it into the Extension Office by June 15. Record Sheets are for the grade you are in for the current school year.  

County Fair
We are in the process of transitioning to online entry for the 4-H fair.  Additional information will follow.  Rabbits will be weighed at county check in.

Poster Exhibit
There is also the option of exhibiting a poster about your rabbits or the rabbit project for the 4-H Fair.This can be done along with exhibiting at the 4-H Rabbit show or in addition to showing your animal.You must complete your record sheet and turn it into the Extension Office by June 1 to exhibit a poster.


By Rae Ann O'Neill, County Extension Director
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