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Animal and Livestock: Rabbit

June 27, 2019

Rabbits

The 4-H Rabbit Project provides youth a fun and hands-on learning experience that develops life skills, as well as teaches valuable information about properly caring for their animal. Subjects such as general care, nutrition housing, and health care are presented in the curricular materials, through workshops and activities such as Rabbit Ambassadors and in preparation of an exhibit. Youth also have the opportunity to develop responsibility, decision-making, nurturing, and communication skills through active participation in the 4-H Rabbit Project.

For Judging and Check-in information, consult the current 4-H Catalog.

Rabbit Project Activity Sheets are available at the Extension Office.

General Rules:
1. All 4-H General Rules, Livestock Rules and Health Regulations apply.
2. Rabbits must be in possession and under the care of the 4-H member by May 15th.
3. All rabbits must be enrolled on the Official 4-H Rabbit Enrollment form and turned into the Extension
Office by 4:30 PM on May 15th.
4. All 4-H rabbits must be permanently marked and have a legible ear tattoo in the rabbit’s left ear at time of
enrollment. This procedure helps the exhibitor to keep record of the rabbit breeding and helps straighten out
mix-ups which might occur at the show.
5. All rabbits must be accompanied with pedigree papers proving that parents are a specific breed; no
crossbred rabbits are eligible to exhibit in the 4-H Rabbit Show due to following American Rabbit Breeder
Association (ARBA) standards.
a. All non pedigree rabbits can be shown in the Small Animals show.
6. Each member may only enter a maximum of 2 Meat Pens, 2 Single Fryers and 1 Rabbit per class per variety.
7. Workshop Verification OR turn in Activity Sheets and Record Sheets into the Extension Office by July 1st
at 4:30 PM. 4-H’ers not turning in the required paperwork will not be eligible to show or sale at the
Adams County 4-H Fair.
8. Any change or interpretation of the rules will be up to the determination of the committee.


Entry Procedures and Fair Exhibition Specific Rules:
1. A 4x6 (landscape) picture of yourself and the animal you plan to sell in the auction must be turned in during
Saturday check-in at fair. 4-H’ers Name and Animal ID must be on the back of the picture.
2. All rabbits will be inspected by the rabbit committee upon arrival at the fairgrounds. Rabbits will be sent
home if in bad health.
3. Pens will be assigned by the Rabbit Committee. Shavings will be provided.
4. All rabbits must be taken care of during the fair by the 4-H member and be fed, watered, and cared for daily.
5. Only 4-H members must be responsible for removing rabbits from pens, bringing their rabbits to the show
table and returning them to pens on the day of judging. Members must also handle his/her rabbit in show.

Classes
Meat Pens:
1. A meat pen is constituted of three rabbits of the same breed (no crossbred rabbits eligible in the 4-H Rabbit
Show), between the ages of 8 to 12 weeks and weigh between 3 ½ to 5 ½ pounds each, or a total of 10 ½ to
16 ½ pounds for the pen.
2. The meat pen and fryers will be tattooed at an Adams County 4-H Rabbit Identification Meeting. Each
rabbit must have a different tattoo. No Exceptions.
3. Both the buck and the doe must be on the identification form completed and into the Extension Office by
May 15th.
4. One Doe must accompany each litter. The buck may represent several litter if sired by that buck. The buck
must belong to the family showing the litter. The buck and doe are required to show at the fair.
5. Any exception to the weight must be approved by the committee.

Single Fryer:
1. Class will consist of one rabbit that weighs between 3 ½ and 5 ½ pounds.
2. This individual rabbit can be a part of the fryer pen, but will not be sold at the auction.

Breeding Classes:
1. Must be tattooed, in the left ear.
2. Must be in good physical condition, no sickness.
a. Senior Buck (8 months and over)
b. Senior Doe (8 months and over)
c. Intermediate Buck (6 and 7 months)
d. Intermediate Doe (6 and 7 months)
e. Junior Buck (4 and 5 months)
f. Junior Doe (4 and 5 months)
g. Meat Pen (3 rabbits)
h. Single Fryer (1 rabbit)
i. Doe & Litter (4 to 6 weeks old)

Auction:
1. Exhibitors may sell only once through the 4-H auction. Members must inform the committee of their intent
to sell or take the animal home within 30 minutes of the completion of the Rabbit Show.
2. 4-H’er may sell a meat pen in auction; which consists of 3 rabbits.
3. All non-auction animals will be released after auction set-up on Thursday.
4. Auction Sale order will be Grand Champion followed in line by show placing order.

Mini 4-H:
Exhibit Rules and Requirements:
1. Complete and turn in your record sheet at Mini 4-H Project Check in on Thursday of Pre-Fair from 6-8 PM.
2. Show a rabbit (can be any age and either a buck or a doe).
3. Pedigreed rabbits are required for exhibition.
4. All rabbit must not exhibit symptoms of disease that may be infectious or contagious. Rabbits will be
inspected by the 4-H Rabbit Committee upon arrival at the fairgrounds. Rabbits will be sent home if in bad
health.
5. Mini 4-H rabbits will stay at the fair. Pens will be provided, but you must feed and water your rabbit.
Bring your feed pans and water pans.
6. The 4-H Rabbit Show is Sunday of the 4-H Fair. All Mini 4-H members will show together. Mini 4-H
members must be present to show their own rabbit. Rabbits will be judged on care, cleanliness, and general
fitness, with each member receiving a ribbon.
7. Mini 4-H rabbits will NOT sell in the 4-H auction.
8. Mini 4-H members may independently show, work with, or care for animals that weigh 300 pounds or less.

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