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4-H Rabbit Club - News and Notes

4-H Rabbit Club and Christmas Parade Day

Last Saturday, we had fun serving up coffee, hot cocoa and a variety of snacks at the Festival of Trees.  It was beautiful at Cousin Don’s.
Our Rabbit Tree was decorated with stuffed rabbits and handmade ornaments  fashioned by the 4H Rabbit Club members.  Did anyone read the newspaper?  It cleverly read, “Twas the night before Christmas and all through the lair, not a creature was stirring not even a hare…”
After the Christmas parade we joined in the fray at the 4-H Extension Office during the Santa photo shoot.  That was a hoot!  Thanks to all who bought our handmade Christmas ornaments and made donations for drinks, brownies and homemade pecan pies.  Yum!
Fundraisers enable us to do such things as attending competitive show events, building cages and equipment, purchase t-shirts and aprons.  Thank you so much for supporting us!

The Rabbit Tree
4-H Rabbit Club Name Contest
Help us name the 4-H Rabbit Club!  Call the Extension Office at 526-3767 to cast your vote.  Vote for one:
4H Rabbit Club of Butler County
4H Let’s Get Hoppin’ Club of Butler County
4H Rabbiteers of Butler County
4H Cottontail Club of Butler County
4H Hare Club of Butler County
4H Snuggle Bunnies of Butler County
Fill in the blank – Got a better idea…submit it!

Homemade Ornaments
Butler County 4-H Rabbit Club - Joining
There are lots of great reasons to join Butler County’s newest 4H Club – we’re all about rabbits!

What is the 4-H Rabbit Club…A place to connect, show, learn, enjoy and make the most of your rabbit husbandry.
If you have a rabbit, why don’t you join the club?  Anyone from 7 – 18 years old can join.  All you need is a rabbit to get started.  Call the Extension Office at 526-3767 for more information.

The rabbit project teaches members to select, produce and care for rabbits used for show or meat production. At the same time members learn the responsibility of caring for a living thing.

Selection, production, management and health of rabbits
Financing and purchasing rabbits and marketing breeding animals and fryers
Live animal evaluation
Establishing a breeding herd and maintaining production records

What the member can do: (Beginner level)
Identify breeds of rabbits
Identify parts of the rabbit
Care for and exhibit rabbits
Present illustrated talks and demonstrations on rabbit topics

What the member can do: (Intermediate & Advanced levels)
Select and develop does for the breeding herd
Breed does and raise young
Maintain financial records and evaluate profit or loss
Develop disease/parasite control and prevention programs
Keep hutch records and financial records and use them in management decisions
Establish a market for breeding animals and fryers
Serve as a teen leader and teach younger members

For more information contact the Butler County Extension Office at 112 E GL Smith Street, Morgantown or call 526-3767.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, disability, or national origin. 

By:  Lloyd G. Saylor, County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development
Source:  Karen McFadyen


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