As all 4H families know, we all plan to be prepared well ahead of time and not have the last minute rush, but we all know this continues to happen. With livestock entries however, there was some forethought back in May for the Animal ID deadline. Any animals not documented and sent in by this deadline are not eligible for the MN State Fair or for the Blue Ribbon Auction held during the county fair. This means that back in May we went through all the possibilities of who might be in good shape to show at the fair and then with the closer deadline narrow that list down to the max number of rabbits a 4Her can bring. For our county, this is 6 rabbits total.
Now, as the fair approaches we are making sure the 6 entered rabbits are in good shape. This includes:
- Checking and trimming nails
- Working with the rabbit for posing and handling
- Checking teeth
- General cleaning of the coat (matte free, no urine stains, no poo)
- Checking ears
- Checking overall health of the rabbit
- Increase feed if needed or add a top dressing to the daily feed
This time period also includes a review and study of rabbit care and showmanship information. One of the best sites we have found for some independent study - http://quizlet.com/6080372/4-h-rabbit-showmanship-flash-cards/
Then there is the gathering of grooming supplies, food and water crocks and bottles and the ever important first aid kit. Load everything up, along with some chairs and we're ready for the fair!