the British Rabbit Council
and the Australian
National 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.
is here. New members and those proposing to join, please
read our rules regarding the purchase of rabbit rings
2016 the club was
a bit quiet in the first part of the year because of
dwindling numbers of local breeders and lack of support
in 2015. But then some active members rejoined the club
and things moved ahead. Only one show was held, this was
in Goulburn on 18th September and was the Nola Faulkner
Memorial Show in honour of our long-serving Treasurer
and foundation member who passed away in July last year after a brief illness. It
was also our AGM show. There was a special award for Best Netherland
Dwarf, her chosen breed.
Two shows have been scheduled for 2017
so far, the Goulburn Show on 5 March and the National Rabbit Show
in Canberra. See Show Dates page
There is a new strain of Rabbit
Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD or Calici virus)
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 have had 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.
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.
Outtbreaks in the region have
occurred this spring. Lake Bathurst, Googong, Burra,
east of Queanbeyan, Belconnen & Tuggeranong have had
deaths reported either from RHDV2 or RHDV1 (the original
A third calici virus, K5 was released in March 2017. Gunning and Towrang as
well as places in Namadgi were listed as release spots.
The original vaccine, Cylap, *may* provide protection
but this is based on a very limited pilot study.
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.
HERE IS A
CLUB INFO SHEET ON THE VIRUSES, SYMPTOMS AND VACCINES
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 July 2017