Jasper County

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Purdue Extension: Expert Resources for COVID-19


February 9, 2021


Revised Online 2.9.2021

Project leader: Jim Meeks 219-204-1864

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 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


  1. ALL completed record sheets must be turned in to the 4H Club leader by July 8, and must be securely attached in the green “Indiana 4H Club Member's Record Book.”
  2. All animal class entries must be entered into fairentry.com by July 8.
  3. Members may show no more than 12 rabbits total. (Meat pen is not considered a breed class.) The number of classes in which a 4H member can enter should be based on age, experience in raising rabbits and the number of years in the rabbit project. 
  4. If any part of your exhibit is a poster it must follow general poster guidelines. It is REQUIRED that all posters, notebooks, and display boards include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include website links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as a part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.
  5. 4H members may exhibit any standard recognized Breed in the Rabbit Project.
  6. All rabbits must be permanently marked for identification in the left ear with a letter, a number, or a letter and a number by date designated by Superintendent. Those missing the tattooing, without making prior arrangements with the superintendent, will have their exhibit dropped one ribbon grade.
  7. In all levels, you may choose to exhibit a live animal, Rabbit Royalty, and/or a poster on a topic from the grade appropriate     manual.

Reference Manual: Rabbits Resource Handbook Ohio State University  (4-H 228R) Each grade will have its own record sheet. Each family will have a shared Reference Manual to keep throughout their 4-H Rabbit competition years.

***NOTE: Only the 4-H member is allowed to set rabbits on table for judging.


Classes 3 - 6 are for rabbits with ideal senior weight (9 pounds and over) 

Classes 9 - 12 are for breeds weighing under 9 pounds


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