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Affiliated with 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 regular basis.

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.

There 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!

Members receive several issues of the club newsletter, Rabbit Droppings, a year via email, usually published two weeks before each show.

The membership form is here. New members and those proposing to join, please read our rules regarding the purchase of rabbit rings here.

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 29/30 April  in Canberra. See Show Dates page for details.

 

WARNING

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.

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.

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 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 (IF ANY)

  BELOW ARE TWO HAND-OUTS FOR YOU TO GIVE TO INTERESTED PEOPLE

          Canberra Rabbit Club (printable version)

 

           Rabbits as Pets

 

MYXOMATOSIS 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