4-H Rabbit Project

Crystal Ahrens, Braud, Tyler

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What is the Rabbit Project?

The rabbit project teaches proper methods to care for rabbits as well as raising, breeding and marketing rabbits effectively. Rabbit projects include meat pens (terminal market production), breeding rabbits (breeding and raising rabbits desired for specific characteristics), and hobby or pet rabbits (used for companionship). The 4-H rabbit project is a livestock format that is accessible to both urban and rural 4-H’ers.

Objectives

  • Develop life skills essential for becoming a skilled, productive and responsible citizen.
  • Cultivate skills and interests that can assist in future career preparation.
  • Develop quality leadership skills that promote positive youth development.
  • Learn to value and apply ethical, industry-accepted practices and research findings in specific project areas.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • 4-H rabbit club leader
  • Hosting and assisting with clinics
  • Hosting and assisting with shows

Resources

  • National 4-H Curricula:
  • Rabbit – Group Activity Helper’s Guide
  • Rabbit 1 – What’s Hoppening?
  • Rabbit 2 – Making Tracks
  • Rabbit 3 – All Ears www.n4hccs.org
  • American Rabbit Breeders Association www.arba.net

Project Opportunities

  • Rabbit exhibition
  • Rabbit premier exhibitor
  • Agricultural demonstration speeches

Career Opportunities

  • Rabbit breeder
  • Show judge
  • Veterinarian
  • Feed and nutrition sales
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Research scientist
  • Animal welfare specialist


Life Skills Developed through 4-H Rabbit Project

Head

Managing

  • Goal setting
  • Keeping records
  • Wise use of resources

Head

Thinking

  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving
  • Learning to learn
  • Service learning

Heart

Caring

  • Empathy
  • Nurturing
  • Relationship building

Heart

Relating

  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Social skills

Hands

Giving

  • Community service
  • Volunteering
  • Leadership
  • Responsibility

Hands

Working

  • Marketable skills
  • Self-motivation

Health

Living

  • Healthy lifestyle choices
  • Stress management
  • Disease prevention
  • Personal safety

Health

Being

  • Self esteem
  • Self-responsibility
  • Character
  • Managing feelings
  • Self-discipline
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