Western Cape’s biggest rabbit show at Agri-Expo Livestock

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More than 15 different rabbit breeds will be on show at this year’s Cape Rabbit Club Championship Spring Show. The Spring Show is the biggest rabbit show in the Western Cape and will be a national show this year. The show is held for the second consecutive year at Agri-Expo Livestock, from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 October 2018, at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch.

Entries are rolling in for the championships, which is to be judged by well-known South African all breeds rabbit judge Karoline Steenekamp assisted by judge Judy Stuart from the Natal Rabbit Club. Breeds already entered include SA Angora, Netherland Dwarf, Jersey Wooly, Dutch, Belgian Hare, Hotot, English, Flemish Giant, Frosted Pearl, Cinnamon, Beige, New Zealand, Silver Fox, Chinchilla Giganta, Rex, Californian and Satin. Entries close on 19 September 2018.

Platform to promote pure-bred rabbits

The Cape Rabbit club promotes the breeding of pure-bred rabbits. According to Simone van Zyl, the club is open to all interest groups, commercial farmers, breeders, fanciers and pet owners.

“Last year’s show exceeded all our expectations, with 142 rabbits entered,” Van Zyl says. “The Rabbit Hub at Agri-Expo Livestock creates an ideal platform to educate the public on the proper care and handling of rabbits, and to assist young as well as commercial breeders.

Enter your pet rabbit

Pet rabbits can be entered into a pet bunny class at 10:30 on Saturday 13 October, for which an entry form can be downloaded on www.livestock.org.za. The categories “Best Pet Bunny” and “Best Bunny Owned by Child” are judged on personality, health and grooming, as well as how the owners handle the rabbits. The entry fee is R25 and entries close on 1 October 2018. For more information, contact Simone van Zyl at caperabbitclub@gmail.com or 083 231 0399 or Karoline Steenekamp at 082 867 9139.

The public can view the rabbits daily from 10:00 to 18:00 in the Rabbit Hub at Livestock, a showcase of the livestock and dairy industries. The programme also includes the Western Cape Boerboel Show, sheepdog and horse auctions, Groot Plaasproe stalls with farm food, wine and beer, and, on Saturday 13 October, live music with the Broers and other artists. Visit www.livestock.org.za for the full programme. Tickets are available from Computicket and the gate at R100 for adults, R30 for scholars (free on Thursday and Friday), and free for children under six years. Pensioners pay only R50 on Thursday and Friday. For more information, contact Agri-Expo on 021-975 4440 or admin@agriexpo.co.za.