the British Rabbit Council
The Canberra Rabbit
Club Inc. (CRCI) was
incorporated in July 1996. The idea behind the club was
to create a friendly informal avenue for people with an
interest in rabbits, both breeders and pet owners alike,
to further their knowledge of rabbits and to provide
them with the opportunity to show their rabbits on a
Currently, the CRCI
has four rabbit shows a year with categories to cover
all breeds of pedigree rabbits which are judged
according to the British Rabbit Council Standards. The
shows are held in Goulburn (as there seems to be more
interest there) and Canberra.
is also usually a special pet rabbit section included with each
show with such categories as Best Pet Rabbit, Most
Talented Rabbit, Rabbit Most Like Owner, Best Fancy
Dress and more!
issues of the club newsletter, Rabbit Droppings,
a year via email, usually published two weeks before each show.
2016 the club is
resting because of lack of support by local breeders
whose numbers have dwindled anyway. So there will be no
shows or newsletter this year. However, it will relaunch
in 2017 with two big shows.
COMING TO CANBERRA IN APRIL 2017
CRCI will be hosting the Australian
National Rabbit Council (ANRCI)National Rabbit Show next
year. The following classes will be Judged so start
planning your litters. Also to be included Fibre & Wool.
Further details will be posted here as they come to hand
or you can keep up to date through the Club's and ANRCI
National Rabbit Extravaganza Facebook pages.
The new strain of Rabbit
Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD or Calici virus) is in south
Canberra. Two pet rabbits were confirmed as dying of it
in Calwell in August 2015. They are believed to be the
first pets to die of it in Canberra. There is no vaccine
against the new strain. Best
protection is to make sure no wild rabbits can come
where your bunnies are and avoid walking in places where
they may be as the virus can be brought in on clothes,
shoes, coats of dogs and so on. The virus can be
destroyed with a 10% bleach solution but it is otherwise
hardy, surviving up to 4 months at mild temperatures,
even longer at low temperatures.
RHDV2 is almost like a new
disease. The current vaccine does not protect against it
(despite what some vets say) and there isn't a new one
here that will. Even in Britain they are looking to
import one from Europe as they don't have one, either.
This looks as if it may have to be given every 4 months
to be most effect as the BRC press release says that
European meat breeders are vaccinating every 4 months.
There is a very good Facebook
group where data and research papers as well as reports
of outbreaks have been collated. It's called Against The
Approval of the K5 Calici Virus Made in Korea (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1486751604975052)
Despite the name, it covers all the variants of calici.
TWO HAND-OUTS FOR YOU TO GIVE TO INTERESTED PEOPLE
Rabbit Club (printable version)
HOTLINE where myxo
outbreaks are listed and where you can sign up to try to
get the vaccine allowed in this country
Last updated May 2016