the British Rabbit Council
and the Australian
National Rabbit Council
The Club was
incorporated in July 1996 as the Canberra Rabbit Club. 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
At a Special
General Meeting in October 2017, the proposal to change
the name to the Canberra and South Coast Rabbit Club
Inc. was passed. This came about because of the rapid
decline in the numbers of exhibitors and breeders in the
Canberra region over the past few years and the increase
in interest in the rabbit fancy on the South Coast.
The Club is holding 4 shows in 2018: one in
Goulburn at the Goulburn Show and three at the Henson
Park Scout Hall, Robson Road, Corrimal.
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
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.
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.
Outbreaks in the region have
occurred sporadically since spring 2016. Lake Bathurst, Googong, Burra,
east of Queanbeyan, Belconnen,Tuggeranong and Michelago
(wild rabbits in this last) had
deaths reported either from RHDV2 or RHDV1 (the original calici).
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
HOTLINE where myxo
outbreaks are listed and where you can sign up to try to
get the vaccine allowed in this country
Last updated April 2018