Rabbit

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Superintendent: Cynthia Gill
Assistant Superintendent: Melissa Mracek


RABBIT GENERAL RULES

  1. General Rules - Nebraska State Fair Livestock General Rules and Regulations apply to this department. It is strongly encouraged that all exhibitors read and understand the Nebraska State Fair Livestock General Rules and Regulations and Livestock Health Requirements. These documents can be found at the Nebraska State Fair website.
  2. Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) - All animals must be accompanied by appropriate health papers with the exception of rabbits and poultry originating from Nebraska.The CVI must be present and all livestock will be inspected by a veterinarian off site prior to entering the grounds. See Health Requirements for Animals Exhibited at the Nebraska State Fair for additional information.
  3. Check-In and Show Schedule - See Nebraska State Fair Livestock Schedule for arrival, check-in and show times and dates. All rabbits must be checked in during the assigned check in time in order to exhibit at the State Fair.
  4. Release of Exhibits - All animals will be released according to the Nebraska State Fair release schedule. All rabbits must be housed at the State Fair from check in to the release time. Rabbits removed early will forfeit awards.
  5. Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) - Nebraska 4-H requires all youth enrolled in livestock projects to complete annual quality assurance training through Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). Refer to the Nebraska State Fair General Rules and Regulations for additional information.
  6. Number of Entries per Exhibitor and Substitution - A 4-H member is allowed to exhibit up to 5 rabbits at the State Fair. Rabbit exhibitors have the option to pre-enter up to 10 rabbits in ShoWorks for potential substitutions. The family will incur a $3 fee per rabbit and there will be no refunds for rabbit entries. Families are not required to pre-enter more than five rabbits but will not be able to make substitutions at check-in.
  7. Dress Code - When showing animals, exhibitors must wear the official State Fair 4-H shirt. No exhibitor number harnesses may be worn. Blue jeans are appropriate. Hats shall not be worn in the show ring.
  8. Showmanship - All 4-H exhibitors are automatically registered but not required to show in Showmanship. See additional guidelines and information in the Showmanship section below. Review the Nebraska State Fair Schedule for times and dates.
  9. Awards - Appropriate ribbons will be awarded to exhibitors of the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Rabbits in Commercial, Fancy, Best of Show, and Market Classes.
  10. Judging Schedule - Critique judging of rabbit exhibits will be at the same time as showmanship judging with two judges. Each 4-H'er should be present at the exhibit area at that time. If the participant or a substitute showman approved by superintendent is not present, animals will not be judged. Showmanship judging and critique judging will begin as per the Nebraska State Fair Livestock schedule.
  11. Selling of Animals - No rabbits or animals of any kind can be sold or advertised for sale at the State Fair.
  12. Care and Handling Practices - Rabbits must be cared for by the 4-H member. The Superintendents are not responsible for daily care (feed is provided). Cardboard or other barrier may be used to help separate fighting rabbits between cages. Barriers will not be supplied by the Nebraska State Fair and must be provided by the 4-H member. Each exhibitor is to bring their own bowls for water and feed. A limited number of bowls are available for use on a first come, first serve basis.

IDENTIFICATION

  1. All rabbits except fryers must have permanent ID numbers or names tattooed in their ear with a pin tattoo pliers and tattoo ink.Permanent marker numbers written in the ears of the rabbits are NOT permanent ID numbers. ID numbers or names along with class information must be supplied to superintendent at time of entry. All animals will be physically checked for tattoos during entry. Tattoos and class information must match the information found on the August 10 State Fair Pre-Entry registration list. Rabbits whose tattoos are not readable or do not match the registration information will not be allowed to show at the State Fair. Tattoos that have faded or are no longer readable should be re-done prior to State Fair.

RABBIT SHOWMANSHIP

Rabbit Showmanship Rules

Information on rabbit showmanship is found in 4-H 339, Rabbits, Rabbits, Rabbits, NATL4H 08080 Rabbit 1: What's Hoppening?, NATL4H 08081 Rabbit 2: Making Tracks, NATL4H Rabbit 3: All Ears, and other resources may be available at the county extension office. Refer to the Livestock Showmanship rules.

  1. Basis for Judging - showmanship is based on grooming and training of the rabbit and the appearance and behavior of the exhibitor. The exhibitor must vocally explain the steps in their routine and the merit of the rabbit. Primarily showmanship is the skill of the exhibitor in presenting and explaining the rabbit before the judge. The excellence of the rabbit is not considered in scoring.
  2. Maximum length of showmanship presentations is four minutes. Exhibitors will be timed.
  3. Showmanship exhibitors are asked to bring their own carpet square or mat for showmanship.
  4. Rabbit Showmanship Scoresheet: SF291

Showmanship Classes

  • G080071 - Intermediate Showmanship (10-13 years old by January 1 of the current year) 
  • G080072 - Senior Showmanship (14 – 18 years old by January 1 of the current year)

MARKET RABBIT

Market Rabbit Classes

  • G080002 - Single Fryer - Not over 10 weeks of age. Minimum weight of 3 pounds. Maximum weight of 5 pounds.
  • G080003 - Meat Pen - Age limit 10 weeks. Minimum weight 3 pounds each. Maximum weight 5 pounds each. 
  • G080004 - Roaster - Must be under 6 months of age. Minimum weight over 8 pounds.

BREEDING - FANCY BREED RABBIT

Breeding - Fancy Breed Rabbit Rules

  1. Fancy breed rabbits will be divided into the following age divisions:
    1. Junior – Six months old and younger.
    2. Senior – Over six months old.
  2. Note: A Fancy Breed Rabbit that is exactly six months old on show day will be shown as a Junior Division rabbit. A Fancy Breed rabbit that is six months plus one day old on show day will be shown as a Senior Division Rabbit.
  3. Age will be the age of the rabbit on show date. 
  4. Division breakdown will be by the age of the rabbit and not by the weight of the rabbit.

Breeding - Fancy Breed Rabbit Classes

  • G080005 - American Fuzzy Lop
  • G080006 - American Sable
  • G080007 - Belgian Hare
  • G080008 - Britannia Petite
  • G080009 - Dutch
  • G080010 - Dwarf Hotot
  • G080011 - English Angora
  • G080012 - English Spot
  • G080013 - Florida White
  • G080014 - French Angora
  • G080015 - Harlequin
  • G080016 - Havana
  • G080017 - Himalayan
  • G080018 - Jersey Woolie
  • G080019 - Lilac
  • G080020 - Holland Lop
  • G080021 - Mini Lop
  • G080022 - Mini Rex
  • G080023 - Mini Satin
  • G080024 - Netherland Dwarf
  • G080025 - Polish
  • G080026 - Rex
  • G080027 - Rhinelander
  • G080028 - Satin Angora
  • G080029 - Silver
  • G080030 - Silver Marten
  • G080031 - Standard Chinchilla
  • G080032 - Tan
  • G080033 - Thrianta
  • G080034 - Lionhead

BREEDING - COMMERCIAL BREED RABBIT

Breeding - Commercial Breed Rabbit Rules

  1. Commercial breed rabbits will be divided into the following three age divisions:
    1. Junior – Six months old and younger.
    2. Intermediate – Six months old to eight months old.
    3. Senior – Over eight months old.
  2. Note: A Commercial Breed Rabbit that is exactly six months old on show day will be shown as a Junior Division rabbit. A Commercial Breed Rabbit that is six months plus one day old on show day to eight months old will be shown as an Intermediate Division Rabbit. A Commercial Breed Rabbit that is exactly eight months old on show day will be shown as an Intermediate Division Rabbit. A Commercial Breed Rabbit that is eight months plus one day old on show day will be shown as a Senior Division Rabbit.
  3. Rabbit age will be the age of the rabbit on show date. 
  4. Division breakdown will be by the age of the rabbit and not by the weight of the rabbit.

Breeding - Commercial Breed Rabbit Classes

  • G080050 - American 
  • G080051 - American Chinchilla 
  • G080052 - Beveren 
  • G080053 - Blanc d Hotot 
  • G080054 - Californian 
  • G080055 - Champagne D’Argent
  • G080056 - Checkered Giant 
  • G080057 - Cinnamon 
  • G080058 - Creme D’Argent
  • G080059 - English Lop 
  • G080060 - Flemish Giant 
  • G080061 - French Lop 
  • G080062 - Giant Angora 
  • G080063 - Giant Chinchilla 
  • G080064 - New Zealand 
  • G080065 - Palomino 
  • G080066 - Satin 
  • G080067 - Silver Fox

RABBIT SCORESHEETS & FORMS