By Laura Allen
NC Cooperative Extension
This year, the Rowan County Cooperative Extension, along with the Cabarrus and Iredell Cooperative Extensions, hosted the 4-H Piedmont Rabbit Project. This project was led by 4-H Animal Husbandry and Extension Officers in the three counties and involved a total of 19 youth. Rowan County was well represented in this project, with 11 youth participants.
Local youngsters signed up for this project in March, where they could sign up to show off their own bunny or borrow a bunny provided to them. As part of this project, the young people attended two learning sessions where they learned about the proper nutrition and care of their rabbits as well as the correct exposure techniques.
On May 21, all 4-H’s gathered in Rowan County for the 4-H Piedmont Rabbit Project Show. Two judges were present to judge each of the rabbits on their physical traits (known as a type show). The judges also judged the showmanship, where they critiqued each youngster in their bunny showing abilities.
Rabbit show results for Rowan County 4-H exhibitors included:
Ages 5-7: Noah Ashby, Cora Holshouser, Gracy Mowery, Lainey Plott, Lynlee Propst
8-10 years old: Kierra Collins, Josiah Mowery, Brooklyn Parker, John Tucker
11-12 years old: Ayden Flaherty, first place
16-18 years old: Charlene Holt, first place
Type (indicated by breed):
Dutch Cross: Brooklynn Parker, first place
French Lop X English Spot Cross: Charlene Holt, first place
Rhineland: Kierra Collins, first place
Dutch dwarf: Ayden Flaherty, first place
New Zealand: Cora Holshouser, first place
Mixed Race Class 1: John Tucker, first place; Lynlee Propst
Mixed Race Class 2: Noah Ashby, first place; Josiah Mowery
Mixed Breed Class 3: Grace Mowery, Lainey Plott
Best of Show (Mixed Breed):
Dutch Cross shown by Brooklynn Parker
Congratulations to all these 4-Hers for a job well done!
If you would like to learn more about this project or other 4-H opportunities (for youth ages 5-18 starting January 1), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-216-8970. Rowan County 4-H is the youth development component of Rowan County Cooperative Extension.
Laura Allen is a 4-H agent with the Rowan County Extension.