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Rabbit Resources

Rabbit Health and Biosecurity

More Fact Sheets and Other Resources

Project and Record Keeping

The Rabbit Project and Record Book (228) supports 4-H members who are taking breeding, market, and pet rabbit projects. The Rabbit Resource Handbook (228R) is a required supplement for all rabbit projects. Both books are available through local OSU Extension offices and online at Ohio residents get the best price when they order and pick up their purchases through local Extension offices.

These online resources support your project experience this year:


Rabbit Quiz Bowl 


The 2019 Ohio State Fair 4-H Rabbit Bowl Contest will be held Saturday, July 13, at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, OSU Columbus campus. The deadline for teams to enter is June 13 (postmark). Entry fees are $15.00 per team. Participants must be 4-H members but do not need to be enrolled in a 4-H rabbit project. Counties may enter two junior and two senior teams. Cross county teams are permitted. Each team must submit 30 questions which must come from sections of the selected resources as outlined in the rules. Click here for the rules and entry form. Placings will be announced at the end of the contest on July 13. Awards will be presented on Friday, August 2 during the Rabbit Skillathon awards. 4-H members not already exhibiting during the OSF Rabbit Show will receive OSF admission tickets for the award presentation.


Ohio State Fair Rabbit Information

Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Important Information

On January 1, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new regulations addressing on-farm antibiotic use in food-animal production must be implemented. The agency’s effort is aimed at eliminating the use of medically important (to human illness) antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in food-animal production and bringing therapeutic use in feed and water – to treat, control or prevent spe­cific disease – under additional veterinary oversight. Producers, veterinarians, feed mills and suppliers will all face new requirements. This affects everyone (including 4-H members as youth producers) keeping, owning, and/or raising food-producing animals. 

Please be aware that anything you may hear about the possibility of 4-H advisors being able to get a VFD for all of their club members is not accurate. Ohio 4-H members (parents/guardians) are the owners/caretakers of their livestock projects and will need to obtain any VFD they might need to properly care for their food-producing animals. To write a VFD, veterinarians must personally see the 4-H members’ animals, become acquainted with their care, and have done so recently enough (within the last six months) that they can make medical judgements. Veterinarians should not write a VFD for an entire club.

It is very important that 4-H members and their families establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) prior to January 1, 2017. Click on the link below to download the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Fact Sheet for 4-H Youth Livestock Producers and Families, important to read and understand when taking Ohio 4-H food-producing animal projects, even if they are not intended for food production.