The Grant County 4-H program, along with the South Dakota Rabbit Breeders Association, hosted a fun rabbit show and poultry clinic for youth to expand their knowledge within the specific species. The event took place at the Grant County 4-H grounds exhibit building.
Jim Effling served as the show judge for the fun rabbit show in which 26 youth with 50 rabbits participated. The best in show was a Mini Lop owned by Carrie Wilts of Herman, MN. Reserve in best in show was a Mini Rex owned by Hailey Heinje of Wilmot. Her parents are Sally and Chuck Heinje.
“Throughout the day, youth could participate in other activities, such as rabbit judging classes and showmanship practice,” explained Grant County 4-H Youth Educator Sara Koepke. “Educational displays were also available for youth to continue to learn more about the rabbit species.”
A poultry clinic was also held at the conclusion of the rabbit show. Approximately 20 people attended the clinic put on by Grant County 4-H member Katie Mogen of the Shooting Stars 4-H Club. She identified nine steps of how to show a chicken, and also explained the different types of feathers and how to evaluate your animal if they are producing eggs.
For more information about the 4-H poultry and rabbit project, please contact Sara at the 4-H office at 605-432-9221.
Pictured in header: Jim Effling evaluates exhibitor’s rabbits at the Grant County 4-H Fun Rabbit Show.
Pictured in story left to right, reserve in best of show winner Hailey Heinje, Judge Jim Effling and best in show winner Carrie Wilts with her Mini Lop.