Rabbit


A 4-H Rabbit record sheet, and Question & Answer sheet,  completely filled out, and with 4-H member, parents and 4-H Leader signatures, MUST BE TURNED INTO THE EXTENSION OFFICE ON OR BEFORE JULY 1, 4:00 PM.    No records, or late/incomplete record sheets/Q & A sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING/NO AUCTION.  

RULES:
1. See "4-H Rules and Polices" in the front of your book.
2. All rabbits will be judged by the American Rabbit Breeders Association Book of Standards. Each breed will be judged separate except for meat pens, four class pen of three, roaster meat pen, single roasters and single fryers. The book of Standards may be obtained from the American Rabbit Breeders Assn. (ARBA), Inc., 8 Westport Court, Bloomington, IL 60712 or contact the Extension office or a committee member.   To qualify to exhibit in the below named (3,4) classes, 4-H members must exhibit a Senior Buck and/or Senior Doe (rabbits over 9 months old within a certain weight which varies by breed) of the same breed in the regular show. Please see page 89 of the OSU Rabbit Resource Handbook for the definitions of Junior, Intermediate and Senior class rabbits. 
3. In addition to six class meat pen class, members may bring four class pen of three that must weigh less than five pounds each and must be no older in age than seventy (70) days and will most closely represent the characteristics of their breed standard.  Members may bring a Roaster Meat Pen class, pen of three rabbits of the same breed and variety weighing 5-8 pounds and not over 8 months of age, judged for commercial qualities.
4.  In addition to six class single fryers, members may bring single roasters (single rabbit weighing 5-8 pounds and not over 8 months of age, judged for its commercial qualities).  

GENERAL:
1.  All rabbits must stay the entire fair week. All members MUST feed, water and care for their own stock. This includes maintaining clean pens and an attractive exhibit. Members are also totally responsible for their rabbits while on exhibit at the fair. Animal(s) must be fed and watered in provided equipment before 9:00 p.m. Barn will be locked promptly at 10:00 p.m. 
2. If your animals are not fed and watered properly when checked daily by the Superintendent, the 4-H'er will RECEIVE A WARNING. If a second offense occurs, the $5.00 deposit will be forfeited. NO EXCEPTIONS.
3. Rabbits will be checked for signs of sickness or disease by members of the Rabbit Committee before being cooped. Any rabbit showing visible signs of poor health will be removed from the fairgrounds and will not be shown.
4. A 4-H'er may use NO MORE THAN TWELVE (12) CAGES at the fair (one (1) animal per cage except meat pens) and may exhibit NO MORE THAN FOUR (4) BREEDS. A Meat Pen, Roaster Meat Pen, Single Fryer or Single Roaster will each be considered as one (1) entry. Members must exhibit a Senior doe or a Senior buck (rabbits over 9 months old within a certain weight which varies by breed) of the same breed in order to exhibit a 6 Class Meat Pen, 6 Class Single Fryer, 4 Class Pen of Three, Roaster Meat Pen or a Single Roaster of the same breed. Does and nursing litters cannot be shown.
5. All rabbits NOT going through the auction MUST BE REMOVED from the Fairgrounds on Thursday between 4 PM and 8 PM, unless otherwise posted in the barn by the Rabbit Committee. RABBITS/CLEANED CAGES MUST BE CHECKED OUT BY THE 4-H RABBIT COMMITTEE.

FEES: $5 deposit per family plus $1.00 per pen rental fee is due when rabbits enter. Fees are used for building watch and cleanup.  The $5 fee may be refundable when cages and barn are cleaned, and at least one barn watch session completed, on designated barn clean up day.  

Animal ID: Rabbit must be permanently tattooed with a legible tattoo in the rabbit’s left ear. If you need your rabbit tattooed, please contact a committee member. ALL RABBITS MUST BE TATTOOED PRIOR TO CHECK IN DAY. NO PERMANENT MARKER WILL BE ALLOWED.

OWNERSHIP/SHOW ENTRY: 
1. A list of all rabbits to be shown at the Fair must be submitted to the Extension Office by the posted date, on a 4-H RABBIT SHOW ENTRY/PEN RESERVATION FORM, which must be completely filled out, indicating Breed-Variety-Sex-Ear Tattoo Number-whether Jr./Inter./Sr., of each rabbit you intend to show at the Fair (limit 12 pens per member as previously indicated).  Please review the rules above indicating requirements to show certain animals.  Failure to complete and turn in the Pen Reservation Form will result in animals not being eligible to show nor auction (if applicable). 

2.  4-H Rabbit check in will be 8:00 AM till 12 Noon on the first Saturday of the Fair  The 4-H Rabbit Show will be on the following Sunday, starting with Showmanship at 2:00 PM, and the Breed Show beginning immediately afterward, approximately 3:30 PM.  The 4-H Rabbit Show will be held in the Goat/Sheep/Swine Show Arena.   

SHOWMANSHIP: Classes are divided as follows:
Junior-grades 3 to 5;
Intermediate-grades 6 to 8;
Senior-grades 9 to 12

2 PM to 2:30 PM:  Rabbit ID – identify ten preselected senior rabbits with breed-variety /group-class 2:30 PM will begin showmanship judging: bring your rabbit to the judging area to critique for a judge.  

JUDGING REQUIREMENTS:
1. A CLASS WILL BE CALLED THREE TIMES. IF A RABBIT IS NOT ON THE JUDGING TABLE AFTER THE THIRD CALL THE PRESIDING JUDGE HAS THE DISCRETION TO INCLUDE RABBITS IN THE BREED IF THE JUDGING IN THAT BREED HAS NOT COMPLETED. Attention:  To qualify to exhibit any six class meat pen, four class meat pen of three, roaster meat pen, six class single fryer or single roaster, the 4-H member MUST exhibit a Senior Buck and/or Senior Doe (rabbit over 9 months old within a certain weight which varies by breed) of the same breed in the regular show.
2. SIX CLASS MEAT PEN: Three (3) rabbits of the same breed and variety weighing 3 to 5 pounds each and not over 10 (10) weeks of age on the day of show.
3. SIX CLASS FRYER RABBIT: One (1) rabbit weighing between 3 to 5 pounds and not over ten (10) weeks of age on the day of the show. Single Fryer Rabbits may be taken and shown from the 4-H'ers Rabbit Meat Pen.
4.  FOUR CLASS PEN OF THREE:  Three (3) rabbits of the same breed and variety that must not exceed minimum weight of the four class breed and not over 10 weeks of age on the day of the show and most closely represent the characteristics of that breed standard.
5.  ROASTER CLASS:  Roaster Meat Pen:  Three (3) rabbits weighing be-tween  5-8 pounds each and not over 8 months of age, judged for their commercial qualities.  
6.  ROASTER CLASS:  Single Roaster:  One (1) rabbit weighing between 5-8 pounds and not over 8 months of age, judged for its commercial qualities.
7. A Best 4 Class (Fancy breeds with Senior/Junior classes) and a Best 6 Class  (Commercial breeds with Senior/lntermediate (6-8)/Junior Classes) will be selected. A Best in Show will then be selected from these two.  

4-H AUCTION:
1.  ONLY six class meat pens, four class pen of three, six class single fryers, roaster meat pens and single roasters are eligible to be sold through auction. No other individual animals will be allowed through auction.
2. Notification to sell rabbits in the auction must be given to the Weigh Master within one (1) hour of the completion of the rabbit show. NO SUBSTITUTIONS OF ANY KIND WILL BE ALLOWED. IF YOU NEED HELP IN PREPARING ANY REQUIRED INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE A COMMITTEE MEMBER. Committee decisions are final.  

By Julie A Leighty, Secretary
The Educational Store