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Youth Rabbit Program

The South Carolina 4-H/FFA Rabbit Project is an advancement program that consists of a series of Levels which provide a framework for learning about rabbits. There are three Books: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each Book has three Levels numbered sequentially 1-9. After deciding to participate in the Rabbit Project you should begin with the Beginner Book, Level 1 to ensure a progressive learning experience.

It is possible to begin with a higher Book or at a higher Level, but keep in mind each Level was intended to build on previous completed Levels and be completed in one project year. The project year begins September 1st and ends May 31st. Anything completed between June 1st and August 31st can be included in the upcoming year’s Notebook. For example, an activity done in July 2016 would be entered into the Notebook for the project year 2016-2017. 

Please read all the instructions provided on the first few pages of each book. If you have any questions feel free to contact us

Rabbit Project Curriculum
Cloverbud Rabbit Project Book
Rabbit Annual Report
Rabbit Beginner Level Book
Rabbit Intermediate Level Book
Rabbit Advanced Level Book

South Carolina 4-H/FFA Cavy Project

The South Carolina 4-H/FFA Cavy Project is structured just like the rabbit project. It is an advancement program that consists of a series of Levels which provide a framework for learning about cavies. There are three Books: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each Book has three Levels numbered sequentially 1-9. After deciding to participate in the Cavy Project you should begin with the Beginner Book, Level 1 to ensure a progressive learning experience.

It is possible to begin with a higher Book or at a higher Level, but keep in mind each Level was intended to build on previous completed Levels and be completed in one project year. The project year begins September 1st and ends May 31st. Anything completed between June 1st and August 31st can be included in the upcoming year’s Notebook. For example, an activity done in July 2014 would be entered into the Notebook for the project year 2014-2015. 

Please read all the instructions provided on the first few pages of each book. If you have any questions feel free to contact us

Cavy Project Curriculum
Cloverbud Cavy Project Book
Cavy Annual Report
Cavy Beginner Level Book
Cavy Intermediate Level Book
Cavy Advanced Level Book

County Rabbit/Cavy Clubs  

Laurens County 4-H Rabbit Project
Registration is closed for 2015 but check back for updates!

Rompin' Rabbits and Cuddly Cavy 4-H Club
Very active rabbit and cavy club in Lexington and Richland Counties. Lots of great information and events listed on their website!

Kershaw County 4-H Rabbit Club
This club is open to youth, ages 5-18.  Parents are encouraged to assist and register as volunteers with the club.  There is a $10 annual club membership fee.  The club normally meets from September through May on the fourth Friday of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Kershaw County FCL Building, 634 West DeKalb Street, Camden.  If you are interested in joining the club, please e-mail Jerry Ellig bonkers4rabbits@yahoo.com or call Sandy Ellig at 703-375-9410 (cell) or Janice Birket at 803-629-2666 (cell) or jbirket@hotmail.com.

If your county has a rabbit club or rabbit project and you would like to list that information here please contact me.

Rabbit/Cavy Related Events

Georgia State Rabbit and Cavy Association show on Saturday, February 21, 2015 in Perry, GA. Open and youth divisions. Entries must be received by Wednesday, February 18, 2015. For more information visit their website.


On December 6, at the Southern Pride Rabbit and Cavy Club show in Columbia, SC, Rompin' Rabbits and Cuddly Cavy Club hosted a Youth Rabbit and Cavy Showmanship Contest as well as a Youth Rabbit and Cavy Judging Contest. Over twenty youth from SC, NC, and GA participated in the contests. 

Rabbit Showmanship Winners

Showmanship Contest 
Nineteen youth participated in the Rabbit and Cavy Showmanship Contest.  

Winners:
Champion Overall Showmanship - Hannah Pocock (Lexington County 4-H)

5-8 year olds
Allen Butler (Colleton County 4-H)
9-11 year olds
1st - Ishiyo Dorrill
2nd - Rebekah Hanna (Colleton County 4-H)
3rd - Jacob Hinds (Lexington County 4-H)
12-14 year olds
1st - Charlotte Drafts (Lexington County 4-H)
2nd - Morgan Fry (Columbia County [GA] 4-H)
3rd - Maddie Hinds (Lexington County 4-H)
15-18 year olds
1st - Hannah Pocock (Lexington County 4-H)


Rabbit Judging Winners

Judging Contest
Fifteen youth participated in the [Rabbit and Cavy] Judging Contest.  There were 4 different classes of animals for them to judge: 
Rabbit - Mini Lop Broken Seniors, 
Rabbit - Florida White Senior Bucks, 
Rabbit - Blanc de Hotot Junior Does, and 
Cavy - American Juniors.  



Winners:
Champion Overall Judging - Jordan Sutter (Pickens County 4-H)

9-11 year olds
1st - Kaitlyn Maddox (Columbia County [GA] 4-H)
2nd - Will Campbell (Columbia County [GA] 4-H)
3rd - Rose Murray (Columbia County [GA] 4-H)
12-14 year olds
1st - Maddie Hinds (Lexington County 4-H)
2nd - Charlotte Drafts (Lexington County 4-H)
3rd - Heaven Lafontain (Columbia County [GA] 4-H)
15-18 year olds
1st - Jordan Sutter (Pickens County 4-H)
2nd - Hannah Pocock (Lexington County 4-H) 

Curriculum Resources

National 4-H Rabbit Curriculum Materials
National 4-H Pet Pals Curriculum Materials
Ohio State University Extension: 4-H Rabbit Curriculum Materials
Ohio State University Extension: 4-H Cavy Curriculum Materials

Rabbit/Cavy Related Scholarships

Links

American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc.