Youth Rabbit Program

The South Carolina 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, and in preparation for 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.

2022 Rabbit Shows

There are a number of rabbit shows around South Carolina.  if you are interested in participating or just want to check them out, please check out the following information.

Governor’s School for Agriculture at John de la Howe Rabbit Show

March 5, 2022

Cherokee County 4-H Livestock Show

March 12, 2022

2022 SC 4-H Rabbit Project

Upcoming 4-H Rabbit Opportunities

This calendar will be updated throughout the year as events are added.

  • Project Registration Opens: Monday, April 4th
  • Project Registration Closes: Friday, April 29th
  • Rabbit Project Kickoff (virtual): Thursday, May 19th
  • Individuals must have their rabbit: Tuesday, May 31st
  • Showmanship Clinic (Sandhills REC Columbia): Saturday, July 23rd
  • August through November:  Showmanship Show season (Show dates and locations will begin to be announced by the end of July)
  • Rabbit Quiz Bowl (virtual): Thursday, November 3rd
  • Rabbit Knowledge Exam: November 28th – December 9th (see more information below
  • Project Ends: Saturday, December 31st

2023

  • Record Books Due: Friday, January 6, 2023
  • January 2023: The top Junior and Senior winners in each region will have their books submitted for state level judging for additional awards/recognition

Do you know your rabbits? Test your gained knowledge in the Rabbit Knowledge Test. This is a formal opportunity for you to showcase your expertise in all areas rabbit! 4-H'ers will make an appointment to visit their county 4-H Youth Development Agent in the Clemson Extension office facilities. Each participant will be given a written test to complete onsite. Prizes/awards will be presented for high scores!

Schedule your appointment between November 28, 2022 - December 9, 2022.  

The 2022 SC 4-H Rabbit Project is an independent project open to 4-H members ages 5-18. It is the responsibility of the youth and his/her family to secure a rabbit for the project. It does not matter what breed of rabbit you select. You must be registered by April 29, 2022,to be eligible for project awards,and your rabbit must be secured by May 31, 2022.

The registration fee of $15 to participate in the project includes:

  • Free participation in a statewide virtual rabbit clinic on June 17 and possible in-person regional clinics depending upon COVID19 regulations
  • Access to Rabbit Record Book on caring for and raising rabbits into healthy adult rabbits
  • Opportunity to participate in a regional rabbit show
  • Educational opportunities including access to the Youth Academy of Livestock Learning Rabbit Modules
  • Project Newsletter

Expectations and Requirements of Participants:

  • Provide quality care of your rabbit 
  • All participants are encouraged to participate in a minimum of two shows
  • All participants must complete a record book
  • Additional opportunities include but are not limited to: Presentations Contest, Rabbit Quiz Bowl, and Rabbit Knowledge Test

Record Books

Record keeping is an essential skill that you will learn as part of the 4-H Rabbit project.  You will complete a Record Book throughout the course of this project and submit it to your local 4-H Agent by Friday, January 6, 2023. 

Digital copies of the Rabbit Project Record Books are available in the monthly Rabbit Project Newsletters sent to all project members, or project members may request a hard copy from their county 4-H agent. 

Work on your Record Book weekly, so you won't have to complete the whole book at the very end of the project.  Be sure to take photos throughout the project too! You may include any activities or events during the 2022 calendar year in your record book.

At the end of the project, your Record Book will be judged and recognized with a 4-H prize and/or award.

Contacts:

If you have additional questions or need assistance locating a rabbit, contact your local 4-H agent or your regional rabbit project coordinator at:

 Pee Dee Region: Freddricka Pressley, fpressl@clemson.edu

 Midlands Region: Julia Cox, julia7@clemson.edu 

 Savannah Valley Region: Molly Jones, mjone35@clemson.edu 

 Upstate Region: Laura Haddon, lhaddon@clemson.edu

Note: A one-time $15 4-H membership fee is required per year per participant. With the membership, youth will receive a t-shirt as well as access to everything else 4-H has to offer. If you are not already a member, contact your local 4-H Extension Agent. You must remain an active 4-H member throughout the entirety of the project. The 4-H year begins on September 1 and ends on August 31 annually. Membership may be renewed by visiting https://v2.4honline.com 

 

  • What is the sibling rule for the Rabbit Project?
    A rabbit can only be registered to be shown by two 4-Hers if the family only owns one rabbit. The 4-Hers MUST be in separate age groups. A “sibling rule” rabbit can be shown in up to two showmanship classes and one breed class per show.
  • If I miss the project deadline can I still participate in the project events?
    If you miss the April 30, 2021 deadline you are still eligible to participate in shows and clinics (possibly at an additional cost) if you are a current 4-H member. You can still complete a record book and receive feedback but you will not be eligible for year-end awards.
  • What is a 4-H Sanctioned Show?
    A 4-H sanctioned show is a show that is hosted by a 4-H county program, club, or volunteers that meets all the following guidelines:
    • Uses the 4-H age groups (Cloverbuds ages 5 – 8, Juniors ages 9 – 13, and Seniors ages 14 – 18)
    • Classes may be combined if a show deems that registration numbers are too low for separate classes
    • Cloverbud classes are considered a non-competitive division, but participants will still receive feedback.
    • It requires youth to show only the rabbits they have declared as their project animals on the project’s animal identification form. Project animals must be declared to the project no less than 10 days before being exhibited in their first show.
    • Will use the SC 4-H Rabbit Project Showmanship Score sheet or the ARBA Showmanship Score sheet
  • What are the reporting dates for the record book?
    You may include any activities or events during the 2021 calendar year in your record book.

Knowledge Resources

National 4-H Curriculum

American Rabbit Breeders Association