PROCEDURE FOR THE ADMITTANCE OF NEWLY CREATED BREEDS (BID) AND COLOURS(CID)
This is the procedure in developing a new breed here in Australia , or a new colour or pattern of an existing breed .
To save confusion if doing a new colour just replace the word breed with colour where applicable.
We would ask anyone undertaking this work to read carefully the implications of taking this step.
1. That any new breed/colour or pattern is given a full scrutiny before it takes its place in the Breed Standards Book.
2. They are distinctly different from any other breed already standardised.
3. They breed "true"
4. That there is enough widespread interest.
5. They will satisfy Health & Welfare Regulations.
ADMITTING NEWLY CREATED BREEDS/COLOUR OF RABBIT TO THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL COUNCIL INC
The Australian National Rabbit Council Inc. believes in the development of new breeds of rabbits and providing them with a standard. However, it is imperative that the Breeder provides documentation and proof to the Breed Standards Committee that the new breed is capable of reproducing its unique characteristics from generation to generation and that the new breed is worthy of admission to the Australian National Rabbit Council Inc.
The proposed new breed must possess qualities of individual merit, peculiar to itself, identifying it as a separate and distinct breed.
When a breeder has developed a new and distinct breed, which is worthy of recognition the breeder shall follow the procedure set forth below to have the breed recognised by the Australian National Rabbit Council
ACQUIRING A DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE
You need to apply to the Australian National Rabbit Council Inc. for an Application Form. You should include a draft standard for the breed which should be set out as the existing standards . The request together with the standard will be passed on to the Breed Standards Committee for their perusal.
The Breed Standards Committee will work with the breeder to develop an acceptable approved Standard for the proposed new breed.
Upon approval by the Breed Standards Committee a Development Certificate will be dated and issued.
Other breeders developing the same breed should also forward an application for a Development Certificate. The individual with the earliest dated Certificate will be designated as the official breeder. If the original Breeder fails in the presentation or chooses not to continue, the individual next in line will have the opportunity to re-instate the exhibition requirements of the proposed breed.
The Breeder must have been a Member of a recognised Australian Rabbit Club for a continuous period of at least three years and must actively develop the proposed breed and posses a valid Development Certificate for a minimum of one year prior to making the initial exhibition. The Breeders holding the Development Certificate must regularly show their working stock in the unstandardised classes at their Local Show. This educates the judges and other exhibitors on the progress of the breed and will promote the Breed to other potential Breeders.
One Breeder will be the Primary holder of the Development Certificate. Up to three other Breeders can hold Secondary Certificates. They can also work on the Breed and can replace the Primary Development Certificate holder if necessary. Initially when the Breed in Development Policy is launched, all interested parties will be invited to apply for the Primary Development Certificates. The Breed Standards Committee will decide on the Primary Certificate holder based on the progress of the development of the breed, supporting paperwork standard of the application. The Breed Standard Committee can refuse to give a Development Certificate in some circumstances. This is to prevent people ‘collecting’ Development Certificates for reason of profit or when no real progress or effort has been made in developing a viable breeding program. If a holder of a Primary Development Certificate does not continue with the Breed, or does not show or display them at their local Shows the Certificate can be awarded to the Secondary Holder.
The working standard of a proposed breed will remain the property of the Breeder until such time as it is accepted by the ANRCI when it officially becomes the property of the ANRCI.
The Breeder, Breed Standards Committee and ANRCI Management Committee must approve it before the final acceptance is agreed. The "working standard" may be clarified, or changed, at any time upon agreement between the Breeder and the Breed Standards Committee. Any changes in the working standard will become official upon publication in the Newsletter and on website.
PROOF OF PROPOSED BREED INTEREST
At least 90 days prior to the opening date of the National Show (or major State Show), where the proposed breed is to be first exhibited, the Breeder must provide the ANRCI Standards Committee confirmation from 5 or more other Members that are Members of recognised Rabbit Clubs indicating that they are actively breeding this new breed to the working standard submitted by the Breeder.
They could also get endorsements from judges who have judged it in the unstandardised classes about the standard of the rabbits and whether they think the breed is improving.
To enable the Breeder to present the breed for examination at the next National Show (or major State Show), they must notify the Breed Standards Committee of their intent by mail postmarked no later than 60 days prior to the opening date of that show
To standardise a newly created breed it is required that the Breeder make 3 successful presentations at the National Show (or major State Show), within a 5 year period with a minimum of one year between presentations. These presentations must be approved by a majority of the Breed Standards
Committee. Should the proposed breed fail to receive acceptance by the Breed Standards
Committee in any 2 consecutive presentations the Breeder with the next dated Development Certificate will be permitted to become the new Breeder of the proposed breed and the exhibition requirement re-instated to the first showing.
FIRST SHOWING OF A NEWLY CREATED BREED:
The showing to be at National Show (or major State Show). This showing will consist of an adult buck, an adult doe and two u/5. The u/5's are to be the offspring of the adult pair. All animals in the presentation must be owned and bred by the Breeder.
Upon approval of the first presentation by a majority of the Breed Standards Committee members, there will be a meeting of the Committee and the Breeder. At this time the proposed working standard will be reviewed, updated and agreed upon by both parties. If the breeder is not in attendance a designated representative of the Breeder will be acceptable.
This agreed working standard should be published in the next issue of the newsletter and online, confirming the working standard for the proposed new breed. The working standard would become effective from the first day of the month following the publication. This will be the only working standard by which a judge may judge this proposed new breed.
SECOND AND THIRD SHOWING OF A NEWLY CREATED BREED:
The second and third presentations must consist of 2 adult bucks, 2 adult does and two u/5's. All animals utilised in the presentation must be owned and bred by the owner/sponsor. Included in the second presentation must be at least one pair (breeder's choice) from the first presentation. The third presentation must include one pair (breeder's choice) from a previous presentation. If the above requirements are not met the Breed Standards Committee will not consider either of the showings.
After the above presentation requirements have been met and the proposed breed deemed worthy of recognition by the Breed Standards Committee the working standard will be forwarded to the ANRCI Secretary who will present it to the ANRCI Committee. With a majority approval the breed will be recognised and included in the ANRCI Breed Standards Book. The new breed will have all the privileges of breeds already recognised in the Standards Book and may compete for awards from the first day of the month following publication in the newsletter and online.
APPLICATION FOR A BID OF A BREED THAT HAS ALREADY GOT A STANDARD APPROVED.
With a Breed that already has an accepted Standard but has been revived or rescued, the process for acceptance will be similar to the above procedure, but the approval time will be shorter. The Breed should be shown in normal classes regularly. These are eligible for cc’s at the judge’s discretion .
They will need to be presented at a National Show (or major State Show) twice in three years. The rabbits required for each presentation are as follows: At least two adult bucks, two adult does, two under 5 bucks and two under 5 does. All animals utilised in the presentation must be owned and bred by the breeder. Included in the second presentation must be at least one pair (breeder's choice) from the first presentation
To encourage people to go thru the correct process for these Breeds, they will receive a Certificate and acknowledgement both in the ANRCI Newsletter and online that they have gone thru the correct process and that their rabbits are a true representation of the breed and that they are breeding true.
OTHER NON BRC BREEDS:
If the breed is NON BRC then the recognised standard needs to be followed except where the colour is accepted in ANRCI, otherwise it has to be referred to the new breed criteria.
It is recommended that all ANRCI affiliated clubs accommodate a breed in development class (Fancy, Lop, Fur and Rex) to be judged at the end of each group. No CC’s are to be awarded for these classes, however they will compete for Best Breed In Development In Show if applicable.
Note: If you believe you have a rabbit that matches a standard from outside of Australia other than those already accepted here. Before it can be shown at ANRCI supported shows and can be issued with a cc or unsure please contact the Breeds Committee via the ANRCI secretary.