Attention Rabbit Owners:
As you may be aware, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first case of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus 2 (RHD2) in the U.S. in Medina County, Ohio on September 19, 2018. Authorities are investigating domestic and wild populations in the area.
Whether or not your area is impacted, rabbit owners can benefit from implementing bio-security measures on farm and at home to prevent inadvertent transmission of any illness that could impact the well-being of pets and livestock.
4-H and FFA youth can show what they know about 9 different animal species through 10 skillathon events during the Ohio State Fair (see the schedule below). Skillathons are free, registration is the day of the event (an adult must accompany the youth), youth can come anytime between the hours listed, and youth do not have to be a state fair exhibitor or be enrolled in an animal project in order to complete. Youth vying for the Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) award for goat, sheep, poultry, swine, and beef must participate in the Skillathon, showmanship, and live animal show in order to qualify. Rules, study resources (including the station topics for each species), and other information are available at: go.osu.edu/osfskillathons
Facilitators Needed for Ohio State Fair Skillathons: More than 1,300 FFA and 4-H youth participated in nine animal species skillathons last year. We need your help to facilitate the Ohio State Fair skillathons, which include: beef, sheep, swine, dairy, horse, goat, poultry, dog, and rabbit. Please click on the following link and complete the survey to indicate your availability and interest: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eDq6ouGJTxT4qQR
Volunteers (18 years old and not in 4-H or FFA) for the skillathons are responsible for facilitating a station. A station requires youth to perform a series of tasks to test their knowledge about a subject related to the species. Facilitators are not required to have broad experience or knowledge about the species. If you agree to volunteer, we will send a follow-up letter in July with parking and admission passes, as well as additional facilitator information.
Check out the Licking County Rabbit and Poultry Committee Newsletter! The newsletter contains upcoming events, information you will need to know, and tips for members taking rabbit and/or poultry projects.
April Newsletter: https://licking.osu.edu/sites/licking/files/imce/Program_Pages/4H/LivestockResources/April2018Rabbit%26PoultryNewsletter.pdf