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
Project leader: Jim Meeks 219-204-1864
- All Check-in and Judging times & dates may be found on the charts on Page 3 of this Insight Book.
- 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.”
- All animal class entries must be entered into fairentry.com by July 8.
- 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.
- 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.
- 4H members may exhibit any standard recognized Breed in the Rabbit Project.
- 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.
- 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.
- Class 1- Single Fryer– 1 rabbit, 3.5 - 5.5 pounds, less than 70 days old. This rabbit may be a single rabbit from the Meat Pen.
- Class 2- Meat pen- Three market rabbits of same breed and variety weighing between 3.5 and 5.5 pounds and not over 70 days of age on show day. The meat pen will be judged on meat quality, not show quality. All rabbits will be weighed at a designated time before judging.
Classes 3 - 6 are for rabbits with ideal senior weight (9 pounds and over)
- Class 3 - Senior Buck(8 months or older)
- Class 4 - Senior Doe(8 months or older)
- Class 5 - 6/8 Buck(over 6 months but less than 8 months of age)
- Class 6 - 6/8 Doe (over 6 months but less than 8 months of age)
- Class 7 - Junior Buck(up to 6 months of age)
- Class 8 - Junior Doe(open and up to 6 months of age)
Classes 9 - 12 are for breeds weighing under 9 pounds
- Class 9 - Senior Buck(6 months of age and older)
- Class 10 - Senior Doe(6 months of age and older
- Class 11 - Junior Buck(under 6 months of age)
- Class 12- Junior Doe(under 6 months of age)