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March 24, 2021

RABBIT A 4-H Rabbit record sheet and Question & Answer sheet, completely filled out, including all required signatures, MUST BE TURNED INTO THE EXTENSION OFFICE ON OR BEFORE JUNE 28, 2021, 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. GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS: 1. By submitting your online entries, 4-H Exhibitors agree to all Terms & Conditions of the Rabbit Project and Noble County General Rules. SHOWING: See page 21, under Livestock and Showmanship, Rule #4.4-H Exhibitors and any person affiliated with them shall treat officials and judges with respect. 3. All Classes will be judged according to The Standard of Perfection, published by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc. A copy of The Standard of Perfection may be obtained from the ARBA at PO Box 400, Knox, PA 16232-0400, or www.arba.net , contact the Extension office, or a committee member, for assistance. Page 89 of the OSU Rabbit Resource Handbook explains the definitions of Junior, Intermediate and Senior class rabbits. 4. All rabbits must stay the entire week of fair. 5. 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 must be removed from the fairgrounds and will not be shown. 6. A 4-H Exhibitor may use NO MORE THAN TEN (10) coops at the fair. 7. Only 1 Animal per coop, except meat pens. Meat Pen entries are to be cooped, 1 entry per coop (3 rabbits). 8. No more than four (4) breeds, may be shown per 4-H Exhibitor. 9. Does and nursing litters cannot be shown. 10. Carrying cages cannot remain in or be stored in the building. 11. Rabbits must be cooped in permanent coops in the building during Fair week. 12. Extra food, water, or other equipment may be stored in the designated exhibitor storage area of the Rabbit Barn, only. 13. Advertising will not be permitted on the 4-H rabbit exhibits, exhibitors, attire, or coops, including exhibitor names, rabbitry names, or breeds; other than tags provided by the Committee. 14. PRIVATE SALE OF RABBITS – an Exhibitor may sell 4-H rabbits privately AFTER the conclusion of the 4-H Rabbit Show that are not designated for the 4-H auction. Offering an animal for sale prior to this time (including posting a for sale tag on the cage) violates the 4-H animal ownership statement and will result in the rabbit(s) being ineligible for 4-H competition. Regardless of sale, rabbits are to remain in the barn and cared for by the 4-H Exhibitor until the stated rabbit release time. 15. All Breed Show Rabbits and any Commercial Show Rabbits NOT being sold in auction must be removed from the Fairgrounds on Thursday between 4 PM and 8 PM. The complete Check-Out Process will be posted on the information board. 16. All written rules apply unless otherwise posted in the barn by the Rabbit Committee. 17. All decisions made by the Rabbit Committee are final. All decisions will be expressed in the presents of at least 2 Committee members. FEES: 1. All fees MUST be paid by or on designated date. Failure to comply will result in ineligibility to show animals at the fair. 2. Required: $10 Project Fee per exhibitor must be paid prior to June 1st to the Rabbit Committee Treasurer. 3. Optional: $8.00 for t-shirt per exhibitor to be paid prior to June 1st to the Rabbit Committee Treasurer. 4. Required: Additional $1.00 per coop rental fee is due when rabbits enter. 5. $5.00 may be refundable per exhibitor if: a. Coops, pans (even the bottom area), and barn area are cleaned, b. Must request refund upon being checked out by rabbit committee member on designated clean-up date. OWNERSHIP / SHOW ENTRY: 1. Exhibitors must have ownership and possession of rabbits possible to be shown at fair on or before May 15th. 2. All possible rabbits that may be shown at the Fair must be identified in the Indiana 4-H Online Animal ID system by May 15th. The online animal ID website is located at: https://v2.4honline.com. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE 4-H Exhibitor TO IDENTIFY THEIR ANIMALS AT 4-H ONLINE. THE EXTENSION OFFICE WILL NOT ID ANY ANIMALS ONLINE. 3. On or before July 5, 2021, exhibitors must choose from their May 15th identified Rabbit(s) which they will show at the fair, and list them using www.fairentry.com. 4. NO tattoo, breed, or variety changes will be accepted. 5. Only change of sex (buck/doe) and age up changes will be accepted, in compliance with the ARBA Standard of Perfection. 6. All rabbits must have a legible tattoo in the rabbit’s left ear prior to July 1st. Permanent marker is NOT permitted. If you need your rabbit tattooed, please contact a committee member. CHECK-IN / SHOW DATE / CHECK-OUT TIMES: 4-H Rabbit check in 8:00 to 10 AM on Saturday, July 10, 2021 in the Rabbit barn. Rabbit Showmanship begins at 12 Noon on Sunday, July 11, 2021 in the Sheep/Goat/Swine arena. Rabbit Commercial and Breed Show begins at 2:00 PM, on July 11, 2021 in the Sheep/Goat/Swine arena. Non-Auction Rabbit Release will be on Thursday, July 15, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. CARE OF ANIMALS: 1. 4-H Exhibitors are completely responsible for the care and custody of their Rabbit Exhibits while at the fairgrounds. 2. 4-H Exhibitors MUST feed, water, and care for their own stock using the provided equipment (feeder and waterer) by or before 9:00 PM each night that rabbits are at the fairgrounds. If an exhibitor chooses to use their own water bottle, it must be hung INSIDE the cage. 3. 4-H Exhibitors are responsible for maintaining a clean and attractive exhibit for the public which includes maintaining clean pens. Pans can be cleaned by placing contents in the manure pit area behind the Rabbit barn and putting in new shavings regularly. 4. Barn will be locked by or before 10 PM. 5. If your animals are not fed and watered properly when checked daily by the Superintendent, the 4-H Exhibitor will RECEIVE A WARNING. If a second offense occurs, the $5.00 deposit will be forfeited. NO EXCEPTIONS. SHOWMANSHIP: Showmanship Classes are divided as follows: Rookie--------------grade 3 Junior--------------grades 4-5 Intermediate -----grades 6-8 Senior -------------grades 8-12 Rabbit ID: identify ten (10) pre-selected senior rabbits with breed-variety/group-class Showmanship Judging: bring your rabbit to the judging area to critique for a judge. COMMERCIAL RABBIT SHOW: 1. Any animal shown in the Commercial show can not be entered in the All-Breed Show 2. SIX CLASS MEAT PEN: Three (3) rabbits of the same breed weighing 3.5 to 5.5 pounds each and not over 10 weeks (70 days) of age on the day of show. 3. SIX CLASS SINGLE FRYER: One (1) rabbit weighing between 3.5 to 5.5 pounds and not over ten 10 weeks (70 days) of age on the day of the show. Single Fryer Rabbits may be taken and shown from the 4-H Exhibitor’s Rabbit Meat Pen. 4. FOUR CLASS PEN OF THREE: Three (3) rabbits of the same breed that must not exceed minimum weight of the four class breed and not over 10 weeks (70 days) of age on the day of the show and most closely represent the characteristics of that breed standard. 5. SIX CLASS SINGLE STEWER: One (1) rabbit at least six months of age or more with a minimum weight of 8 pounds, judged for its commercial qualities. 6. SIX CLASS SINGLE ROASTER: One (1) rabbit weighing between 5.5-8 pounds and not over 8 months of age, judged for its commercial qualities. Single Roaster Rabbits may be taken and shown from the 4-H Exhibitor’s Roaster Meat Pen. 7. All 4-H Exhibitors are responsible for bringing their 4-H Rabbits to and from the judging table themselves. Only 4-H Exhibitors may show rabbits at the judging table. 8. Classes 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 yet completed. NOBLE COUNTY BRED, BORN, & RAISED 1. Any animal shown in the Noble Co Bred, Born, & Raised show can not be entered in the All-Breed Show; however, can be shown in the Commercial show. 2. 6 CLASS SINGLE FRYER is defined as: One (1) rabbit weighing between 3.5 to 5.5 lbs, and not over ten (10) weeks (70 days) of age on the day of show. 3. 6 CLASS SINGLE ROASTER is defined as: One (1) rabbit weighing 5.5 to 8 lbs, and not over 8 months of age on the day of show. 3. To qualify to exhibit in any bred, born, & raised classes, the 4-H Exhibitor MUST provide the pedigree of the Dame and Bred, Born & Raised Entry to the Rabbit Committee as proof of ownership by the May meeting. 4. By signing the Noble County 4-H Member Bred, Born and Raised Doe/Dam ownership form, you certify under penalty of disqualification that the information on that form is accurate and that you are breeding and raising these rabbits on your property, in Noble County. Disqualification for this reason will eliminate the member from auctioning his/her rabbits. 5. Champions and Reserve Champions will be selected in each Commercial category. 6. All 4-H Exhibitors are responsible for bringing their 4-H Rabbits to and from the judging table themselves. Only 4-H Exhibitors may show rabbits at the judging table. 7. Classes 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 yet completed. ALL BREED SHOW: 1. All Classes will be judged according to ages and weights as established by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc. (ARBA). Details can be found for each breed in The Standard of Perfection. Ask a Committee Member if you have questions regarding the Breed, Age, Color, Variety, Showroom Classification of your rabbit(s). 2. Each breed will be judged separately. 3. A Best 4 Class (Senior/Junior classes) and a Best 6 Class (Senior/intermediate (6-8)/Junior Classes) will be selected from the Best of Breed animals in each breed. 4. A Best in Show will then be selected from these two. 5. All 4-H Exhibitors are responsible for bringing their 4-H Rabbits to and from the judging table themselves. Only 4-H Exhibitors may show rabbits at the judging table. 6. Classes 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 yet completed. 4-H AUCTION: ONLY Entries from the Commercial Show are eligible to be sold in the Auction. No All-Breed entries will be accepted. Any Exhibit that was Disqualified during the show is ineligible to be sold in the Auction. Auction Entry Forms must be submitted to the Auction Chair, no later than 1 hour after the conclusion of the show. Weights will be entered by the Auction Chair. Weigh-ins will be completed at the time of Check-in. No substitutions of any kind will be permitted through the Auction. RABBIT AMBASSADOR CONTEST OVERVIEW OF CONTEST The Rabbit Ambassador Contest is a comprehensive evaluation of a 4-H member’s knowledge and skills in the area of rabbits. The evaluation has three components: written test, breed identification and showmanship. In this contest boys and girls compete in the same category according to the grade in which they were enrolled on January 1 of the current year. The grades are divided into the following five categories. Novice -Grades 3 and 4 Junior - Grades 5 and 6 Intermediate -Grades 7 and 8 Senior -Grades 9 and 10 Master -Grades 11 and 12 Supreme-4-H members who have won “Master” but are still 4-H eligible. Once a contestant has won a category at the state fair, s/he would move up to the next category if competing the following year. It is recommended that at county level the category winner not advance to the next level unless the 4-H member has won that category at state fair. The exception would be for contestants who are advancing with their age group. The contestant has responsibilities to be prepared for the competition. The contestant should supply number 2 pencils for the written and breed id portions of the competition. The contestant will need to bring a rabbit in a closed bottom carrier for the showmanship portion of the contest. It is the contestant’s responsibility to be familiar with the rules and procedures. WRITTEN TEST The resources for the written test for all categories: 1) Standard of Perfection 2016-2020 Standard bred Rabbits and Cavies published by the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA). Available from www.arba.net and/or rabbit equipment vendors. One resource copy has been placed in each county Extension Office. In the event of a conflict of information, the Standard of Perfection is considered the authority. 2) Rabbit Resource Handbook for Breeding, Market and Pet Rabbit Projects (4-H 228R) The Ohio State University Extension. Questions may be true/false, multiple choice, matching, or a combination. The questions, particularly at the younger levels (novice, junior), are intended to be general knowledge. Upper level (intermediate, senior, master, supreme) contestants are more knowledgeable and will find more specific questions on the test. A total of 100 points is awarded to this portion of the contest. BREED IDENTIFICATION The breed identification portion of the contest allows the contestant to demonstrate his/her knowledge of breeds of rabbits and the format in which rabbits are entered in a show. The contestant identifies each of ten (10) animals according to the breed, showroom classification, and class. This portion of the contest is worth sixty (60) points. All of the animals in the breed identification portion are senior animals of breeds recognized by the ARBA. The name needs to be written completely with no abbreviations. Correct spelling is not required although the word must be recognizable. SHOWMANSHIP In the showmanship portion of the Rabbit Ambassador Contest, the contestant demonstrates ability to evaluate a rabbit according to the standard for type and disqualifications. This life skill allows the contestant, as a rabbit breeder, to select animals for the purpose of breeding, showing, or culling. It is the contestant’s responsibility to bring a rabbit in a closed bottom carrier for this portion of the competition. Contact the Noble County Extension Office for a copy of the Indiana 4-H Rabbit Ambassador Handbook. RABBIT POSTER State Fair Exhibit - 1 educational poster exhibit per division LEVELS: (As of January 1 current year) LEVEL 1 -Grades 3, 4, and 5 LEVEL 2 -Grades 6, 7, and 8 LEVEL 3 -Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 Completed record sheets are due into the Extension Office on or before June 28, 2021, 4:00 PM. No records, or late/incomplete record sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING. GENERAL: 1. The Rabbit Poster Project is intended to be a regular project that 4-H'ers sign up for at the time of initial enrollment. This project is not intended to be an alternative completion or substitute exhibit for the 4-H Rabbit Project. 2. The Rabbit Poster Exhibit is open to any 4-H member and is not limited to exhibitors of rabbits. 4-H'ers may use their 4-H Rabbit Poster as part of a 4-H Illustrated Rabbit Talk. 3. The purpose shall be to visually demonstrate 4-H Rabbit project knowledge and to demonstrate to others, 4-H Rabbit project possibilities. 4. Each poster must have been made by the 4-H member enrolled in the current year's 4-H program. 5. Proper footnoting should be used with any reference material. Attach a 3" x 5" card to the back of the poster listing the references. 6. See Poster Construction Rules on page 24 of this Handbook. Check-in will be at the designated time

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