The 2023-2024 4-H Year Theme is… "THIS is 4-H Country"
We take pride in our 4-H program, its history in this county, and its strong presence as we continue to grow. No matter what, 4-H is here to stay in Gallatin County. 
  • This theme and graphic will be used as the 2024 4-H Fair logo, club display contest theme in the Indoor Building during fair week, annual Awards Night and more!
  • **We are in the process of designing Gallatin 4-H swag (t-shirts, sweatshirts, stickers, etc) with this logo that will be available for purchase soon!
  • Leaders, we encourage you to use this theme/logo for anything that you design for your clubs/projects or for any activities throughout the year. *As a reminder: be sure to use the official 4-H clover, unaltered, for any designs, publications, advertisements, flyers, etc. that you create. We can send you the .png file of this logo upon request!
**Starting December 1st, another per month late fee ($5) will be added to ALL enrollments. 
Enrollment for the 2023-2024 4-H Year opened back on October 1st. Re-enrolling members and volunteers SHOULD have been enrolled by Oct. 31st and starting November 1st, a per month late fee will be added to the enrollment fee.
NEW members technically have until March 1st to enroll in Gallatin 4-H, however many clubs and projects began meeting in late/October and early November, and some have enrollment caps so get enrolled ASAP!
ALL members and volunteers need to be enrolled and paid to be considered 
"Active" and be allowed to participate in 4-H youth meetings/events/activities and covered under our 4-H liability insurance.
Kick off the New Year at our Winter Workshop!
Each year ULC likes to provide workshops to both youth and volunteers. These workshops are open to all youth members, volunteers and adults who would like to attend and learn! 
  • New 4-H Families would benefit from attending our first county-wide Record Book training of the year (Record Book 101) to learn how to navigate record keeping. 
  • We encourage any and all Club members to attend the Parliamentary Procedure training to learn more about how to conduct and participate in meetings!
  • Club Officers, new or returning, should attend the Club Officer workshop. 
Stay tuned for an email with official agenda coming soon!
Earn Money for your 4-H Project or Club

We have the AMAZING opportunity to continue to work MSU Concessions and this has become a GREAT way to fundraise money for 4-H club/project activities! Please see the link below for the Fundraising concessions events at MSU! We frequently commit to events throughout the year as they arise and update the SignUp Genius accordingly.


Fundraising Events: 



During the 2022-2023 4-H Year, 4-H Clubs/Projects earned over $23,000 total working at MSU Concession events!! If club/project members sign up for an event as a group, your club/project will get ALL the tips and profits from that event. If multiple projects/clubs sign up for the same event, then the tips and profits will be split between the groups. So, we highly encourage you to gather up your members, pick a game/event that your club/project will work as one group to maximize the amount of money you will earn!


Depending on the event, the day/time/hours will vary and depending on our concessions stand location, the number of people we will need per game will vary. We will need a combination of youths (minimum age of 11 with parent accompaniment) and adults.


**There will be a new SignUp coming out soon with Winter/Spring fundraising opportunities (basketball games, concerts, MSU Spring Rodeo, etc)

Gallatin 4-H is moving their County Contest season to February!
Please plan accordingly!
We have THREE upcoming County Events. ALL 4-H members are highly encouraged to participate, but not required. See the flyers below for 2024 contest details! More information, contest scoring rubrics and registration links will be emailed out later in December & January. 
Registration for 2024 County Contests will open January 1st on ZSuite!
Please note: contest timeslots are subject to change based on number of registrations received.
Better Batter Baking Contest
When: Saturday, February 10th, 2024 (morning)
Register via ZSuite by January 25th by 5pm
Where: Herrick Hall, Room #120, MSU Campus 
What: The Baking Contest is an opportunity for 4-H youth members to prepare an appealing, scrumptious baked good using food safe techniques and present their dish to a panel of judges for tasting.
Why participate? Members become more confident, practice food preparation skills, and discover where they can improve their baking. Contest winners that are 8-13 can earn money towards a trip to our 4-H Summer Camp and those 14+ can earn money towards a trip to Montana State 4-H Congress. 
Participants compete by age division: Ages 8-10 (Junior Division), Ages 11-13 (Intermediate Division), and Ages 14+ (Senior Division). Cloverbuds (ages 5-7) are not permitted to participate in this contest due to safety concerns.   
Stir-Ups Cooking Contest
When: Saturday, February 10th, 2024 (afternoon/evening)
Register via ZSuite by January 25th by 5pm
Where: Herrick Hall, Room #120, MSU Campus 
What: Stir Ups is an opportunity for 4-H youth members to prepare an appealing, nutritious meal using food safe techniques and present their dish to a panel of judges for tasting.
Why participate? Members become more confident, practice food preparation skills, and discover where they can improve. Contest winners that are 8-13 can earn money towards a trip to our 4-H Summer Camp and those 14+ can earn money towards a trip to Montana State 4-H Congress. 
Participants compete by age division: Ages 8-10 (Junior Division), Ages 11-13 (Intermediate Division), and Ages 14+ (Senior Division). Cloverbuds (ages 5-7) are not permitted to participate in this contest due to safety concerns.  
Communications Day Contests
When: Saturday, February 24th, 2024 (timeslots all day)
Register via ZSuite by February 1st by 5pm
Where: Animal Bioscience Building, MSU Campus
What: Communication Day is an opportunity for 4-H youth members (ages 5-18) to present a topic of their choice to a panel of adult judges. Contest winners that are 8-13 can earn money towards a trip to our 4-H Summer Camp and those 14+ can earn money towards a trip to Montana State 4-H Congress. 
Why participate? The experience 4-H youth members receive from this event is tremendous. They become more confident, learn communication skills, and discover where they can improve.


Participants compete by age division and within categories. Ages 5-7 (Cloverbud Division), Ages 8-10 (Junior Division), Ages 11-13 (Intermediate Division), and Ages 14+ (Senior Division).


Communication Day Contest Categories:

- Demonstration or Illustrated Talk (Individual or Team)

- Speech (Prepared or Impromptu)

- Career Communication (Mock Job Interview)

- Video (Individual or Team)

- Promotional Package (Ind. or Team)

- Commercial (Ind. or Team)

CALENDAR                                                             back to top 
The 4-H Year at a Glance - 2023-2024 4-H Annual Calendar HERE



DECEMBER 2  MSU Concessions Football Game Fundraiser (see post above)


DECEMBER 5   ULC Meeting


DECEMBER 9  * Tentative MSU Concessions Football Game Fundraiser (see post above)


DECEMBER 16 *Tentative MSU Concessions Football Game Fundraiser (see post above)


DECEMBER 23  Newsletter Blurbs DUE






JANUARY 1   County Contest Registration OPENS

JANUARY 2   ULC Meeting

JANUARY 6  " Winter Workshop" Youth and Volunteer Training (see post above)

JANUARY 25  Better Batter Baking & Stir-Ups Cooking Contests Registration Deadline



See December Committee, Club and Project updates in sections below.


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ULC meets the first Tuesday of every month, with our next meeting on 

December 5th at 6pm at the Extension Office.


ULC met back on November 7th and had a jampacked meeting. Current committee members voted in FOUR new volunteer members - Laura Fisher (Sewing Leader), Joey Knappenberger (Robotics Leader), Tiffany Togstad (Camp Co-Director) and Randy Radke (Archery Leader). Additionally, three youth members applied and interviewed to serve as youth representatives on ULC for the 2023-2024 4-H year. Members Bonnie Radke and Erica Hastings were voted on and Nicole Reeves will be voted on at a later meeting date. The 2023-2024 4-H theme was selected: "This is 4-H Country." This theme will be used at the 2024 Fair, club booth displays and for swag - stay tuned! 


ULC also set the date for the next county-wide volunteer/youth workshop - the Winter Workshop (January 6th - see post above). Topics are still being determined but ULC encourages any youth or volunteer/adult to attend! The committee also received our payout from Bozeman Stampede from the hours our members worked at the rodeo back in August. ULC will be discussing how to pay out those funds at our December meeting. ULC will have their holiday meeting on December 5th complete with a holiday treat potluck and ugly holiday sweaters!



Current Committee: Aaron Pruitt, Kelly Pavlik, Toni Berger, Tamara Knappenberger, Monika Johnson, Laura Fisher, Joey Knappenberger, Tiffany Togstad, Randy Radke, Laura Andren, Erica Hastings (Youth), Bonnie Radke (Youth) & Nicole Reeves (Youth). 

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 16th at 6pm at the Extension Office.
In November, MLC formed a temporary subcommittee to review and clarify our current champion/animal unit rules for our market animals. In addition to the rule revision, 2024 fair planning is in full swing. The committee is working on adjustments to the fair schedule, market sale buyers BBQ, concessions stand and barn layouts. Our next meeting will be fully focused on setting our fair schedule. Stay tuned!
The subcommittee presented their draft revisions to the entire MLC committee on November 20th and the revised approved rule is below:
"Exhibitors must register for and participate in a Showmanship Class and Educational Poster or Knowledge Test (depends on the species) at the Fair.
For Market Animal Projects:
Animals must be exhibited in a Market Class to be eligible to sell.
Exhibitors are limited to selling 2-animal units. *Please refer to species specific project rules as some projects restrict animal units for first year members.
  • 1 beef = 2 animal units
  • 1 sheep = 1 animal unit
  • 1 swine = 1 animal unit
  • 1 goat = 1 animal unit
  • 1 pen of rabbits = 3 rabbits = 1 animal unit
  • 1 pen of poultry = 3 poultry = 1 animal unit
Champions and Reserve Champions must sell unless they exceed the 2-animal unit limit for exhibitors in the Market Sale. The Market Sale is intended to be a terminal sale. Animals selling through the Market Sale must be declared by 6PM on Wednesday of fair week."
The next Gallatin 4-H Foundation meeting will be held December 7th at 6pm at the Extension Office. We plan to develop of 2023-2024 committee budget, discuss future events, and finalize our 2024 scholarship application for graduating seniors.
This committee fundraises for higher education scholarships and new clubs and projects. 
CLUBS                                                            back to top
Bozeman Area Clubs

Dag Nabids Club


Meetings take place the second to last Tuesday of each month (due to room availability). 

Our next meeting will be in the MSU Animal Bioscience Building Room 145 Tuesday, December 19 @ 6pm-7:15pm. We will have our meeting and white elephant gift exchange (<$10 or something from home wrapped). 

Saturday, December 9th - Christmas Carols at Brookdale Spring Meadows 12:45pm-1:45pm

January 21st - Tubing at Yellowstone Adventure Alliance 2-4pm


Questions, please call or text:

Belinda Nash 406-570-5585 or

Monika Johnson 406-579-3211

Hyalite Hawks Club


Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations.


Our next meeting will be on Sunday December 3rd at 4:30 at Anderson School


For any questions, please contact

Jen Wold: jenmariewold@hotmail.com



Four Corners/Gallatin Gateway Area Clubs
Gateway Challengers Club


Meetings take place the second Monday of each month at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center (145 Mill St., Gateway) from 6:30- 8:00 p.m.


The Gateway Challengers met for their regular club meeting on Monday, November 13, at the Gateway Community Center. We had an excellent turnout of both old and new members! First we ate an awesome meal provided by the Heidi Maus and family, thank you! Then we had our business meeting and discussed club expectations and the Christmas party coming up in December. Our educational time was spent getting familiar with our record book forms, especially for new members, focusing on “My 4-H Year.” After we adjourned, the kids played games together.


Our next meeting will be Monday, December 11, 2023, at the Gateway Community Center, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Here’s what you need to bring:

  1. Gift for our white elephant gift exchange—Please bring and wrap a simple gift ($5-$15ish) for each member who is coming to the party from your family. If we have enough people there, we might separate the kids into two age groups, so just bring something you might like to receive or think is a funny joke!
  2. Gift from your family for needy kids in foster care—Last month we agreed to help out kids in the foster system by providing them with board games (One of our leaders, Morgan Stuart, is an advocate for foster kids here in Gallatin County and set this up). If you’re able, please purchase a game or two and bring it to our party! Please put your name in a blank on the signup spreadsheet (follow the link below) so we get the right amount for the kids who need them.
  3. Food for our meal—If you’re able, please bring a potluck dish for your family for our meal this month! Please signup on the spreadsheet (follow the link below) for this as well.

    Link to Google Spreadsheet 

For any questions, please contact

Jessica Black



Belgrade Area Clubs
Belgrade Pioneers Club
Meetings take place on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00pm at WB Ranch in Belgrade.


Our next meeting will be on Thursday, December 7th, at 6 pm, at the WB Ranch Arena. 


At our last meeting on November 2nd we elected our new officers, President (Hayes Holland) and Vice President (Zoey Chaffins) will be very good leaders of the group! Secretary will be (Kylee Stern) and the Recreational Officer (Jayden Stern) will bring lots of fun. Next the Parliamentarian (Madi Ashburn) will be very helpful keeping the meeting in order, and Historian (Kaydince Knapp) will have fun scrapbooking so we can remember the good times. Treasurer (Matt Sorensen) will be managing the money and budgeting for the group, and lastly I, Jake Oostema, will be the Reporter for all the club's news.  We will also have Junior Leaders assisting with club activities this year. The Junior Leaders will be Layton, Lynn, Erica, Matt, Hayes, Madi, and Madison. That is all of the new club officers, and we will see you on December 7th at 6:00pm for our next meeting at the WB Ranch Arena. Be ready for the Christmas party and remember to bring your white elephant gifts! The theme for the December dinner will be Sweet and Salty!

Submitted by Jake Oostema


Do you want more information? Please contact Shelly McPhee at ksmcphee0315@gmail.com or 406-595-4774.

Pass Creek Club


Meetings take place on the first Sunday of each month at 4:00pm at Springhill Church.


Pass Creek will not have a regular meeting in December, instead we will shop for our adopted family and deliver butter braids.


For any questions, please contact Cassie Smieja: smiejahay@latmt.com


Saddle Stars Club


Club meetings take place the second Monday of each month, at 6:00 pm at the Bridge Church in Belgrade. 


Congratulations to our newly elected officers! 

President – Nicole Berger

Vice President – Lane Smart

Secretary – Erica Knappenberger

Treasurer – Aspen Smart

Parliamentarian – Elsa Austin

Historian – Josie Casto

Reporter – Morgan Andren

Club Ride Coordinator –Hailey Reed


Our next club meeting will be Monday, December 11 at 6pm at the Bridge Church. This will be our holiday taco potluck and family celebration! Please bring a gift to exchange.


Contact our club leader, Tamara Knappenberger for more information.

Email: Saddlestars4h@gmail.com 

Facebook: @SaddleStars4H

Website: https://saddlestars4hclub.webs.com

Tamara: tkknappenberger@yahoo.com   (307) 214-8336 

Shining Mountaineers Club


Meetings take place on the first Monday of each month from 6:00-8:00pm at the River Rock Nazarene Church. 


Next Meeting: Dec. 4th at 6 pm

River Rock Church of the Nazerene. (Normally our meeting are the 1st Monday of the month. Same time and location)


The Shining Mountaineers met on Nov. 13th. We had a pizza party to welcome the new and returning members into the new 4-H year. There was a bingo ice breaker at the beginning of the meeting and everyone went around and introduced themselves. Committees met and discussed several things including: the Christmas party was set for Dec 4th during our normal meeting. We will be making Christmas cards for Nursing homes, MSU concessions as a fundraiser and possibly making blankets.


The following individuals were elected and installed into their new offices:

President-Cora Pruitt

Vice President-Bonnie Radke

Secretary-Morgan Andren

Treasurer-Maggie Radke

Historian-Roslyn Knapp

Parliamentarian-Micah Heilig

Reporter-Nicole Reeves


For any questions, please contact leader Laura Andren: laura.andren81@gmail.com 

Manhattan Area Clubs

Dry Creek Teens Club


Meetings take place on the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the Bridge Church in Manhattan.


November's Club Meeting brought us new Club Officers for 2024: 

👨‍⚖️ President = Clayton Kruse

👩‍⚖️ Vice President = Tyson Pavlik

📝 Secretary = Grace Simser

💰 Treasurer =Aleana Sendra


We discussed our successful Haunted House we had in Manhattan on 10/27. It was awesome! We had a couple of group Leadership Activities around the topic of Motivation. We are making plans for a Winter Ice Skating Party and helping the local church with their Christmas Giving Program of shopping and wrapping gifts for some local families in need. 


Join us at the Dry Creek 4-H Club’s monthly meeting on Monday, December 4th at 6:30pm! 


If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016 or via email kelly.pavlik@barnard-inc.com

Gallatin Valley Livestock Club


We are excited to announce this Club will have a new leader! As Jen Scott's children have graduated our program,

4-H parent Jeff Sposito will take over as Club Leader! Stay tuned for more information. 


Manhattan Clever Clovers Club


Meetings take place on the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the Bridge Church in Manhattan.


November's Club Meeting brought us new Club Officer for 2024: 

👨‍⚖️ President: Griffin Jensen

👩‍⚖️ Vice-President: Brailey Brownell

📝 Secretary: Daniel Sendra

💰 Treasurer: Ryland Aune


We discussed our Halloween Party from 10/29. It was a lot of fun. We handed out folders for this year with calendars and record book materials. We did a Goal-Related Teamwork Activity and taught the importance of having a plan. Lastly we discussed our upcoming Food Box Project with a local church as well as helping with Meals on Wheels through the local Senior Center. 


Join us at the Manhattan Clever Clovers monthly meeting on Monday, December 11th at 6:00pm!


We do accept CloverBuds (5-7 year old) but our programming it tailored to the “older” club members. In addition to monthly meetings, we plan to do several Community Service Projects, a couple Fundraisers, a Field Trip and plan a Fun Event or two. 


If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016 or via email kelly.pavlik@barnard-inc.com

Manhattan Livestock Club


Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations.


This Club is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


For any questions, please contact Melanie Duffin: rmduffin3@gmail.com


Three Forks Area Clubs
Clarkston Mustangs Club


Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 


For any questions, please contact Cassandra Mitchell:




Willow Creek Wranglers Club


Meetings take place on the second Monday or Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm at Three Forks School.


For any questions, please contact Sam Cavin at 599-8288 sjcavin@msn.com

Member At Large

New to 4-H? Not sure what club fits your style? Register for your projects under

“Member at Large” when completing your 4-H Enrollment Clubs page on ZSuite.


Participating in a specific 4-H club is not a requirement to participate in 4-H projects, but clubs provide members a great opportunity to get more involved with their communities, leaders, and group activities.


We encourage members to join one of our clubs listed above!

PROJECTS                                                    back to top
2023-2024 4-H Projects
(listed alphabetically)
AMBASSADORS / TEEN LEADERSHIP **new leader this year!


Recap of the November Meeting:

  • We got to know each other through some icebreakers and tuned into the first Montana 4-H Leadership Academy workshop put on by the new State 4-H Officer Team. Through their “Being a Leader Means Being a Mentor” workshop we explored different learning styles, ages and conflicts that come with working with youth. We then learned about our “colors” and leadership styles through a group team-building activity with Brett Schomer (4-H Center Leadership Specialist). **If you were not able to make it, I encourage you to still complete the Colors Quiz (in your email) so you know and understand your “color” moving forward! 


Leadership Academy Workshops:

  • Those that attended our first meeting provided feedback that they would like to continue to tune into the monthly Montana 4-H Leadership Academy workshops as a group & in-person rather than tune in to the Zoom workshop individually at home. I know not all of you can make Sunday afternoon meetings, so the once-a-month Leadership Academy workshop meetings will be supplemental to our regular monthly Teen Leadership project meetings. I encourage you all to come - the more members in attendance the merrier - these workshops will build our skills as a team!


MARK YOUR CALENDARS - Looking ahead to December:

  • Leadership Academy Workshops (2nd Sunday of each month from 2:30pm-4pm). These will be held either at the Extension Office or at my house (in Belgrade). Each month I will send out a reminder and location update – light snacks will be provided at these workshops.
    • December 10, 2023: Effective Brainstorming @ the 4-H Extension Office (Bozeman)
    • January 14, 2024: Fake It Till You Make It!
    • February 11, 2024: Tools for Facilitation
    • March 10, 2024: Authenticity & Self Awareness


  • Next regular Teen Leadership Project Meeting will be Monday, December 18th from 6pm-8pm at our 4-H Extension Office
    • Holiday party, goal setting, team building games and more!!
    • Food for thought for this meeting: What makes a good leader?
    • Holiday treats will be provided. Wear your best HOLIDAY SWEATER!


Teens & Parents – Subscribe to our Teen Leadership (DLE – Developing Leadership Excellence) BAND Group: https://band.us/n/a7af96P2bcUb7


I hope to see you on December 10th and December 18th! Please let me know if you will not be able to attend our December Teen Leadership meetings or Leadership Academy workshop – it helps me plan for materials and food. If you have any questions, please reach out!


If you have any questions, please contact leader, 4-H Agent Molly Yurdana

molly.yurdana@montana.edu or text 530-613-9908


BAKING  **new leaders this year!


This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


We will meet at the MSU Food Lab, Herrick Hall Room #120, located on S. 7th Avenue on the 1st Monday of each month at 6 PM. Please be watching for an email and a Signup Genius via email once the project is started so that we know how many supplies to bring each month.


**Please bring a 1/2” to 1” 3 ring binder to store your baking project recipes in (that will be provided)


Put these dates on your calendar for future meetings:


1/8/24 (note the first Monday of January is 1/1 so we will meet on 1/8)






If you have any questions, please contact Erin at (ehagmeier@gmail.com email) or text 406-461-7205 


Project Leaders:

Erin Neil

Katie Taylor 

Krista Pancich




Happy December Beef kids!


If you are planning to exhibit/sell an animal at the county fair this summer, please review and sign the MANDATORY 2023-2024 Gallatin County Livestock Contract. This contract explains the workshop requirements, animal possession deadlines, expectations and other important information.This contract is due by the possession date, January 7th, for the Beef Project.


Sign Contract Here:





Monday, December 4th 7:00pm at the Gallatin County Extension office conference room! Join us for Christmas treats and hot coco and record book practice. Bring a pencil and your record and project books!


DO NOT FORGET Mandatory weigh in and tagging is January 7th.  Your steers MUST be halter broken! A schedule will be sent out with your time slot. If you have specific times you need you must contact a leader.  If you absolutely positively cannot attend you need to call a leader before December 20th. No exceptions.


We look forward to seeing you at the December workshop. If your records were returned last year this may be a good time to brush up on your skills, if you’re new we highly encourage your attendance!

  • January 7 : MANDATORY tagging and weigh-in
  • January (TBA): Health & wellness by Dr. Nick Johnson
  • February (TBA): Record books and project Q&A
  • March (TBA): Carcass workshop
  • April 14 : MANDATORY weigh-in & safe handling
  • May (TBA): Fitting & Clipping workshop
  • June (TBA): Pre-Fair workshop
  • July 16th – 21st: Big Sky Country State Fair


Beef Committee:

NEW EMAIL: gallatinbeefproject@gmail.com 

Annabel Morgan 406-580-9003

Seth Halverson 406-209-1178

Melanie Duffin 406-209-1978

Kelly Pavlik 

Craig DeBoer

CAKE DECORATING  **new leader this year!


This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


Our next meeting will be Thursday, December 7th at 4:45pm in the Gallatin 4-H office on the fairgrounds. 


Questions? Contact new leader Lacey Norstrand at laceynhans@gmail.com 




The 2023-2024 4-H Summer Camp will be August 11th - August 14th, 2024 at Yellowstone Alliance Adventures!


The Camp Counselors met back on Nov. 28th for their first meeting as a new team! We got to know each other by playing lots of icebreakers, debriefed from last year's camp to make improvements for this year, and we set the theme for the 2024 4-H Summer Camp! Stay tuned for official theme announcement, logo and details!


We will not have a meeting in December - we will see you in January to move full-speed ahead into workshop planning! We also hope to have a team building/recreation day in January as well - watch your emails and BAND!


Reminder: As we kick-off this year of camp planning, please remember that being a Camp Counselor is a privilege as you are expected to be a role model, a leader and a team player. We expect Counselors to stay motivated, focused, respectful, creative and punctual throughout the year. Moreover, Counselors will be expected to attend the majority of the meetings and contribute to camp fundraising efforts.


If you haven’t already, please join our Camp Counselor BAND group for the year: https://band.us/n/aaaf96P3A5h8o. We will post meeting reminders, polls and other information here frequently. Parents are usually the ones that receive our emails, but BAND allows the teens to subscribe to our group to stay connected and in the loop!


**If you will not be able to attend a Camp Counselor meeting, you  must let the Office or one of the Directors know ASAP. 


Your Camp Crew:

Molly Yurdana (4-H Agent)

Tiffany Togstad (Camp Co-Director)

Amy Juliano (Camp Co-Director)

CAT  **new project this year!


Hello all, and thank you to everyone who was able to attend our first Cat Project meeting of the year!  We discussed goals for the year (these can be added into your goals in the "My 4-H Year" record book), anatomy of the cat, toured the veterinary hospital and snacked on pizza and salad.  


Hoping we can determine the best meeting days for future meetings.  Mondays and Tuesdays are out for us due to so many other activities/4-H projects, but Wednesdays (probably the best for me since I'm at the office those evenings anyhow) and Thursdays may work- the first of each month.  This would mean the next meeting would likely be 5:30pm December 6th.  


Hoping this next meeting to discuss different cat colors, coat types/grooming and breeds, and I'm hoping to be able to bring in some older purebred Maine Coon kittens for everyone to meet (I need to discuss with their owners first).  


Looking forward to a great year in the 4-H cat project!



Julie Oghigian

Gallatin County 4-H Cat Project 

Cell (text is good too)- 714-206-4636




The Cloverbud program is designed for youth ages 5-7 (age as of Oct. 1) and strives to develop age-appropriate skills and abilities by giving these young members the opportunity to explore various topics and activities in 4-H before becoming a regular youth member.


**This project will be capped at 50 Cloverbuds. Enroll ASAP if you want to take advantage of this program!


Cloverbud Project meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of the month. We meet from 5:30-6:30ish once a month from November to June at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds (exhibit building TBD). You will receive an email a few days ahead of time with the exact building at the fairgrounds and a few supplies that you may need to bring. 


In November we played a game to learn about the possible projects in 4-H, learned the 4-H pledge, used a craft project to find out the meaning of the 4-Hs and made a lava lamp to take home to help us remember them. 


If you have questions please email Erin Neil at ehagmeier@gmail.com or 406-431-7205.



Meetings are held on MSU campus in the Food Lab located in Room #120, Herrick Hall (located on S 7th Ave off of W Cleveland), from 6pm - 8pm.  Always come prepared with a hair tie if needed and clothes that are ready to get a little messy.  The project meeting dates below are tentative, pending confirmation from the kitchen manager:


12/19/23, 1/16/24, 2/13/24, 3/12/24. 4/16/24, 5/21/24


You will receive a Signup Genius email each month to RSVP to the meetings.  It is important to RSVP to each meeting so that we can plan accordingly.  Make sure to sign up for the project as soon as possible to reserve your spot.  So excited for the new year and ready to get cooking!


Please text or email Stephanie Lively with any questions.





Welcome to the new 4-H year! We are planning on kicking off the dairy cow project workshops in January 2024. Until then, be working on your 4-H workbook activities and getting your goals for the project determined. We hope you have a great holiday season! 


Questions? Contact leaders Shawna Oostema (406) 580-7819 or Cassie Smieja (406) 539-3833.



This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


We are changing things up a bit this year and our first meeting will be held December 2 at 10:30 at Montana Murray Kennels, 25 Dollar Drive, Belgrade.  We will have a short orientation / introduction and then Ron Murray is going to give us a tour of the boarding and training facility. You do not need to bring anything to this meeting! I am looking forward to seeing everyone soon.


January- Our second workshop will be held at Bridger Animal Nutrition where Kris will talk to the kids about nutrition and different types of dog food, and which one is best for different dogs. The kids can also check out the facility, which I think is pretty cool!  She has requested that the class size be capped at 15 kids due to lack of space so I do need parents to please let me know if your kid can attend and which Saturday works best for you.  If we need to add another class Kris is willing to do that or if there is an overwhelming number that can make it to one of the days, we can change the location to accommodate.  The days we have scheduled right now are Saturday, January 6 and Saturday, January 20 with both classes running from 10-11 am.  Please let me know ASAP if your kid can make it and which class they would be attending.


February- I am still working with the animal shelter to set up a tour so when I have that date, I will let you know. Due to class size restrictions, we may need to do a couple different days there as well.


March- We are hoping to tour another veterinary clinic this year and I will let you know that date as soon as we have it scheduled.


Our MANDATORY orientation class (NO DOGS) will be held on Wednesday, April 3 @ 4:30 at Montana Murray Kennels (address above).  I will go over class and fair requirements, rules and expectations on this day.  


Our first class with dogs will be the following Wednesday, April 10.  Due to the high number of members and limited space we will run two classes, probably through May, with one class running from 4:00-4:45 and the second class running from 5:00-5:45.  We will combine both classes when we can go outside!  I will ask you to sign up for one class or the other at orientation and if you can do either, I will place your duo in the smaller class. I had to implement it last year and I am doing it again this year, please no parents at class unless you have extenuating circumstances.  


**You will need proof of a current Rabies vaccination before you are allowed to bring your dog to class. These will be collected at our orientation class. Although not required, it is highly recommended that they are up to date on all their vaccinations, including kennel cough. 


As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Shawnna Taylor (406) 599-0869





Hi Everyone, this is Jen your leader for the 2024 Dog Agility! I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. 


This year we are going to start things a bit sooner! We will be having monthly tours of different vet clinics and other pet businesses around town. As a reminder our first one will be Saturday, 12/2 at 10:30am at Montana Murray Kennels (25 Dollar Drive, 59714). Our next tour will be held in January at Bridger Animal Nutrition. Please let Jen know if you are wanting to attend this one and if 1/6 or 1/20 works better for you so that we can finalize this tour. We will be starting our regular meetings the beginning of April 2024 which will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30pm to accommodate all school districts release times.

I also want to make sure that everyone is completely enrolled so that you are listed as 'Active' as you cannot participate in our tours or meetings until you are.

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know! 


If you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call at 406.388.4789 or email at facility@montanamurraykennels.com.



Happy Holidays to everyone!  We are looking forward to getting started!

The Dairy Goat Orientation Meeting will be January 11th 6pm at the 4-H office.  We will be reviewing our contract, expectations for the year and workshops.  Excited to see everybody!


Thank you Park County 4-H, Vet Science leader Holley and Lorelei Halocks for inviting our 4-H Dairy Goat and Vet Science project members to a hands-on workshop to learn how to draw blood and ultrasound dairy goats! See photos below!


Questions? Contact a Dairy Goat Leader:

Cassy Mitchell 406-223-0146

Leah' Macdonald 406-220-3556 



Happy Holidays! After our November 30th meeting, our next meeting will be in January. Date and time will be in the January newsletter, but we will send out email reminders as well. Any questions, please feel free to reach out. 


If you are planning to exhibit/sell an animal at the county fair this summer, please review and sign the MANDATORY 2023-2024 Gallatin County Livestock Contract. This contract explains the workshop requirements, animal possession deadlines, expectations and other important information.This contract is due by the possession date, May 5th, for the Market Goat Project.


Sign Contract Here:



Questions? Contact a Market Goat Leader:

Gena Johnson (406) 599-5920

Aimee Henry (406) 548-1031

HORSELESS HORSE  **new leader this year!


Don't be a Neigh-sayer... join us for our next Horseless Horse meeting on Tuesday, December 12th at 6pm at the 4-H Office for treats, an activity measuring horses, and an ornament exchange. Please bring an ag-related ornament (wrapped or in a bag)! 


Our January meeting will be held on Saturday, January 20th from 10 am - noon, location TBA. This workshop will have a demonstration to help us learn more about horse behaviors and body language. Our presenter will be Corynne Furlong, owner of RCR Horsemanship.


A big shout out thank you to Katie Kraus and Epona Equestrian Center for hosting our November workshop and introducing us to all their horses (and donkeys, mules, minis, and cats). We were able to see so many colors, facial marking patterns, and personalities and learned that there are a lot of variations in the equine world!


Questions? Contact new leader Sarah Capp at (406) 539-4386 or scapp9999@hotmail.com



The Horse Project is in full swing!  If you missed the November Intro Meeting, please read this info carefully as some requirements have changed and a lot of important info was covered! 



  • New this year, you must attend 3 clinics to participate in the fair. *Remember each project also has specific requirements to participate in the fair. 
  • Please review WRH changes here:  WRH REQUIREMENTS
  • All the main horsemanship clinics will be held at the MSU Bob Miller Pavilion. To attend clinics at the pavilion, each horse will need a coggins within 1 year and flu/rhino within 6 months. If we use the arena anytime from June through September, EEE, WEE and WNV (6 way) will also be required. 
  • Please email proof of vaccines and coggins for each project horse to the committee at gc4hhorse@gmail.com. Please put member's "last name" and either "23 Fall Vaccines" or  "23 Fall Coggins" (depending on what you're sending) in the subject line. EX- Smith 23 Fall Vaccines 
  • Paperwork- Thanks to all of you that have gotten your paperwork signed and submitted. For those of you who need to finish your paperwork, please fill out these forms ASAP! Signing the Receipt of the Horse Policy Manual and the Helmet Policy are required for all members before participation. Look here! 2023/24 Important Links 


-Horsemanship Clinic 🗒

Our first horsemanship clinic will be December 9th from 12pm-5pm @ MSU Miller Pavillion. Everything starts with groundwork. This clinic will help sharpen your groundwork skills and better equip you to work with your horse from the ground. See sign-up for details on horses.


-Coggins 💉

All horse project members are encouraged to bring their project horses to the coggins clinic on December 16th from 12pm-2pm @ the fairgrounds. Remember you will need a coggins within 1 year to participate at many of the clinics. The cost will be $15 per horse


-WRH Clinic

There will be a WRH clinic on December 16th from 12:30pm-4pm @ the fairgrounds. Roping will be the focus of this clinic. All WRH members are welcome.


-4-H Winter Horse Camp 🐎

Join us for the 4-H Winter Horse Camp. It will be on 1/1 and 1/2/24 from 12-5 pm at the MSU Bob Miller Pavilion. All members welcome!


- Clinics 🗓

We are planning some great clinics this year. You can check the calendar here. Be sure to check back often for new additions and possible date changes. Sign up for each clinic at least 2 days in advance so leaders can plan and alert attendees of changes!


-Volunteer Opportunities: We need lots of parent help at clinics and for Fair. On each clinic sign-up, parents can also sign up to help! Let us know! Volunteer Opportunities


*Look for the monthly email from the horse committee. If you don't receive the email, please let us know by emailing us at gc4hhorse@gmail.com.


Call Jessie Sheperd for more information!

Jessie Sheperd- Twister Coach 352-304-1648  jlsheperd@gmail.com

This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


Hello knitters and crocheters!!


After meeting at Cafe M last month, it is evident that we need more room for our group. We were able to reserve the community room at the Belgrade Library for December, January, and February.  We can only reserve up to 90 days out, so will check on months as we meet.  The library does not open until 10:00, so we will meet on the 1st Saturday of the month from 10:00-12:00 for both knitting and crocheting moving forward.


We will all meet at The Springs in Bozeman on the 3rd Saturday of the month 9:30-11:15.  


Our group is thankful to be able to meet at The Springs in Bozeman to knit and crochet with residents once a month. We had 9 of our project kids and 8 residents at our first gathering.




    2 -   Belgrade Library Community Room  10:00-12:00

    16 - The Springs Bozeman (9:30-11:15)



    6 - Belgrade Library Community Room  10:00-12:00

    20 - The Springs Bozeman (9:30-11:15)



    3 - Belgrade Library Community Room  10:00-12:00

    17 - The Springs Bozeman (9:30-11:15)



    2 - TBD

    16 - The Springs Bozeman (9:30-11:15)



    6 - TBD

    20 - The Springs Bozeman (9:30-11:15)



     4 - TBD

    18 - The Springs Bozeman (9:30-11:15)



    1 - if needed



BELGRADE LIBRARY 106 N. Broadway Community room is upstairs in the children’s section

THE SPRINGS  2632 Catron St., Bozeman  


Jeanette Hughes  406-570-7368

Phyllis Lewis  307-4312079




*This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


There will be no meeting in December - Our next Leathercraft project meeting will be on Saturday, January 20th at 1pm-3pm at the Extension Office. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!


Questions? Contact leader Merrita Marble at marble@bresnan.net or 406-388-2055

PHOTOGRAPHY  **new leader this year!


Our next meeting will be: Wednesday, December 13 at 6pm at the Extension Office


PLEASE RSVP! (email tkknappenberger@yahoo.com, text (307)214-8336, OR go to the event in the Band app (link below)


WORKSHOPS: I have several friends and contacts who are professional photographers in the area. I have a couple of workshops planned later next spring. I'd love to pull in more, but I just need to know what you are interested in. 


LOCATION: We will also figure out a project meeting schedule. It seems most of you live in the Manhattan/Dry Creek/ Three Forks area. We'll keep that in mind.


BAND APP: In the meantime, I have created a Band in the app specifically for the photography project.  I'll post meeting dates and info there, but you can also upload your photos to albums there for group critiques at our project meetings. It's a private group. Here's the link: https://band.us/n/acac9djcT283W


Questions? Contact new leader Tamara Knappenberger at tkknappenberger@yahoo.com


Welcome to December! Our next workshop will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2023 from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Fairgrounds in Bozeman.  This is our annual Christmas party where food will be provided.  Please keep an eye out on a separate email that will indicate what to bring to the party.  Additionally, we are asking each family to help with our community service activity with bringing at least 5 items per family for our food drive/personal care drive that will benefit LOVE INC and the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. See the attached photos below for some examples of what to bring: 


If you are planning to sell a market animal at the county fair this summer, please review and sign the MANDATORY 2023-2024 Gallatin County Livestock Contract. This contract explains the workshop requirements, animal possession deadlines, expectations and other important information.This contract is due by the order deadline, March 15th, for the Poultry Project.


Sign Contract Here:



Upcoming workshop dates: January 11, 2024 / February 8, 2024 / March 14, 2024 and April 11, 2024. Also, if you are wanting to participate in the market portion of the poultry project, the deadline to register for the market part of the project is January 1, 2024. 


NEW THIS YEAR: The poultry project will also be using a different email address (poultrygallatin@gmail.com) to send out our monthly reminders and information from the project.  Please mark this email address safe in your email box to avoid information delays. 


Shawna Oostema: 406-580-7819, fcclashawna@hotmail.com       

Judy Brownell: onebar4@aol.com 

Judy Neiminen: 406-599-0639; lneiminen@gmail.com 

RABBIT  **new leader this year!


We had a fantastic, informational first meeting in November. We will not have a meeting in December, but will be selling colton candy at the Christmas Stroll

as our one and only fundraiser.  Please mark your calendars for our next in person meeting on January 18th at 6pm.


December 2nd: Cotton Candy at the Christmas Stroll

This is our one and only fundraiser for the year. It helps pay for our judges for shows, prizes, and rent for meeting spaces. Please make time in your schedule to help out for two hours during the Christmas Stroll.


If you are planning to exhibit a rabbit at the county fair this summer, please review and sign the MANDATORY 2023-2024 Gallatin County Livestock Contract. This contract explains the workshop requirements, animal possession deadlines, expectations and other important information.This contract is due by the possession date, 2 weeks before show, for the Rabbit Project.


Sign Contract Here:



Our rabbit committee is small this year. If you would like to join in keeping this program the best it can be, please let me know.



Monica Samson 406-399-1866 samsonwm98@gmail.com 

Cody Brownell 406-209-4183 

This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


For the sake of flexibility for you and to improve the instructor - member ratio, I'm adding a second section Wednesday nights. Both sections will have all the same material, so just pick whichever works best with your schedule. Both meetings are in Norm Asbjornson Hall, but the rooms are different.

Wednesdays: Norm Asbjornson Hall, Room 325, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursdays: Norm Asbjornson Hall, Room 321, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

In December we will have meetings the 13th and 14th (your choice on which session to come to). We will be canceling the meetings on the 27th and 28th due to the holiday. 

In January meetings will be the 10th/11th and the 24th/25th.



Questions? Contact new leader Joey Knappenberger

(406) 600-2542


Hi! I'm Laura Fisher, the leader of the sewing project for the second year. If you are interested in sewing, sign up for this project! We had so much fun last year creating patterns and designing bags that members entered in the fair.


This year, I'd like to support beginning  and intermediate students with their projects. In order to assist at each level, we'll start with the beginning students November-January and then bring in all members to work together on more intermediate skills from February-June. 


We'll meet the second Wednesday of each month at my sewing studio, 2015 Lea Ave in Bozeman.  You do not need your own machine, but it is helpful. The next meeting will be December 13 from 5-7pm. 


November-January - Sewing level 1 members only

February-June - all levels


Looking forward to seeing you there! If you can't make these meetings but would still like help with sewing, just reach out to me. I'd love to support your sewing skills.


Laura Fisher

RevivALL Clothing





Hello sheep members! We are excited to get this project started for the year!!

Our first meeting will be January 10th 6pm at the Extension Office and we will let you know as soon as we finalize that date. Make sure you are all enrolled and fees are paid so we can make sure all sheep members get the important emails. 


New members please reach out to one of the leaders we would like to help get you started and answer any questions 

              Ruth Carr - 406-539-4337 kennellr@gmail

              Kim Flikkema - 406-599-1486 kimflikkema@gmail

              Jodilynn Kelley - 512-663-5569 jkelley@bridgerorthopedic

              Jodi Smith - 406-580-2984 kjsmithhouse@yahoo


If you are planning to exhibit/sell an animal at the county fair this summer, please review and sign the MANDATORY 2023-2024 Gallatin County Livestock Contract. This contract explains the workshop requirements, animal possession deadlines, expectations and other important information.This contract is due by the possession date, May 5th, for the Sheep Project.


Sign Contract Here:



The shooting sports season is fast approaching for 2023 – 2024.  To be eligible to enroll in 4-H Shooting the 4-H member must be 9 by October 1st of 2023.  To enroll in 4-H, please go to this site, https://www.montana.edu/extension/gallatin/4hnew.html. There are a few items that must completed prior to the season starting.  The following items must be completed and submitted to the discipline leaders before the participant may shoot. 

  1. Shooting Sports Fee - $40/discipline
    1. Payment is due upon registering in ZSuite.
  2. The following forms must be completed and signed by the shooter and the parent or guardian of the shooter. Complete these forms via DocuSign here: DocuSign
    1. Medical Form
    2. Informed Consent Form


There will be mandatory parent meetings for each shooting sports discipline. Please see the schedule for location and time for each discipline. 


Volunteers needed:

Gallatin County 4-H Shooting Sports is in desperate need of adults to become certified leaders in the different disciplines that are offered in 4-H Shooting.  We need assistance in all shooting disciplines.  For us to provide a safe and educational experience, we need your help.  Please consider becoming a leader.  More information on leader trainings will be made available as it is received. Please plan to attend.  For more information, please contact Scott Francis – 406-581-6845.


Questions: Contact the following leaders

Archery – Randy Radke – 406-539-4903

Air Rifle/Pistol – Lee Nelson – 406-579-0612, Bill Ott – 406-209-2599

Smallbore – Tom Everett – 406-570-8878, Scott Francis – 406-581-6845

Shotgun, Hunting & Wildlife – Scott Francis – 406-581-6845

Muzzle-loading – Bill Ott – 406-209-2599, Scott Francis – 406-581-6845

Western Heritage – Todd Kesner – 406-451-1207   



The archery season will start on Sunday, December 3, 2023 for 1st year shooters and Sunday December 10, 2023 for all shooters. Location will be held at Big Sky Archery, 77 Laura Louise Lane located at the intersection of Baxter Lane and Jackrabbit Lane on Sundays from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.  (In the basement of the facility). There are not many chairs, so if you as a parent want to stick around please plan accordingly.


December 3rd: Is a mandatory safety meeting for all 1st year 4-H archery shooters.  It will be from 2:00 -3:00pm at Big Sky Archery.  (In the basement of the facility)  Please have your informed consent and medical release forms complete by this date.  


Archery Schedule:

Please sign up for a shooting time below:


Archery - Big Sky Archery - Sundays





1st year 4-H student


parent meeting (no shooting)
















1/23/2024 (Tuesday)

Record books (at 4-H office)









Fair Shoot



Fair Shoot



Fair Shoot


3/1 -3/3/2024

State Shoot



Awards and Fun Shoot


Please sign up for a shooting slot here


Please show up about 15 minutes before your selected time and then you'll be ready to take the line at the top of the hour. 


Parent Volunteers:

Currently Mike Prester and Randy Radke are you 4-H Archery leaders.

We are looking for parents to help volunteer with:

  • Shooting and running the line
  • 4-H record books and general help
  • Organizing/Planning and running the state archery shoot the first weekend of March.

See 1st year Archery Members on December 3rd

See all Archery Members on December 10th

Randy Radke and Mike Prester are the current co-archery leaders - questions contact: gv4harchery@gmail.com



Air Rifle and Air Pistol.  The venue for air rifle and air pistol is located at 123 Doe Road in Belgrade.
The season will begin on (NOTE: DATE CHANGE) Wednesday, December 6, 2023 , with a mandatory safety and organizational meeting at 6:00pm. We will start shooting practices on December 20th - more information to follow soon!


For more information contact Bill Ott – 209-2599 or Lee Nelson – 579-0612.


Smallbore Rifle will start at Greenway Range on Friday, December 8, 2023, at 5:00 – 6:30 and Monday, December 11, 2023, from 5:00 – 6:30.  The day for shooting will be selected by the shooters and parents during the county-wide parent meeting.  Greenway range is located at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, 901 North Black in Bozeman.  Shooters must be 10 years of age by October 1, 2023, to participate.  The number of smallbore shooters will be capped at 25.  The returning shooters will be given priority.  It is a pre-requisite that the shooters have 1 year of Shooting Sports Experience.  We will then establish a waiting list.  For more information contact Scott Francis – 581-6845 or Tom Everett – 570-8878.



Shotgun season will start on Sunday, January 7, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Manhattan Wildlife Association Trap Range located at 337 Logan Trident Road in Logan.  There will be a mandatory parent and safety meeting prior to shooting.  All shooters need to attend.  It is strongly recommended that the participant be 10 years of age.  For more information contact Scott Francis – 581-6845.

Muzzle-loading Project:


Start date will be determined later in the shooting season. The Hunting & Wildlife Project will be determined later in the year.  Please check the newsletter for days and times.  It is recommended but not required that the participants be 12 years of age and have been in Hunter’s Education.  Contact Scott Francis – 581-6845 for more information.



Hi Swine Families! We have started planning for another great year in the Swine Project. We recently sent an email - attached to it will be our Welcome Letter for the year. Please read through it but here are some common  FAQs & additional information to get you started : 


📃 Am I on your list? If you are receiving our emails you are on our list for the 2024 project. Thank you for registering on time, as it helps us in planning. If you have additional email addresses you want on our distribution list, please reply to our last email. 


📅 When are the Swine Project Meetings? We do not meet regularly (same-day-each-month-type schedule) We will offer many opportunities for the youth to meet the 3-workshop requirements between now and June (typically 12-15 workshops are offered). Our Committee is finalizing the workshops soon and will issue an entire list so you can better plan your project. As a preview, we're currently planning a Project Orientation Meeting on Wednesday, January 17th at 6:30pm. For this, we ask that new members (1st or 2nd year) plus one parent / helper attend if possible. It is an opportunity to learn about the project requirements, some of the lingo and meet all members of the Swine Committee. We will also invite older Senior Members to speak and introduce themselves at this meeting so SAVE THE DATE.


 What should we be doing right now to get ready? 

⬜ Go by the Extension Office and pay your invoice to become fully registered in 4-H & pickup your Project Workbooks (if you're new or moving to the next level) as well as your Record Books. 

⬜ Like Reminders via text? Register your cell phone (and any Members) for our Remind page (we recently disabled the 2023 Remind so you must re-register for 2024) https://www.remind.com/join/d2k7d7h OR Text @d2k7d7h to 81010 and reply once with your name.

⬜ EACH Member is asked to sign a Swine Project Contract. It's a good thing to review with your members to be sure they understand the commitment. We have it setup for e-sign again this year!


Sign Swine Project Contract here



⬜ EACH Member will also sign a Market Livestock Contract. It is an electronic contract that covers the Market Livestock Projects, not specific to Swine. Please return this at your earliest convenience. This will also be due April 16th, 2024. 


If you are planning to exhibit/sell an animal at the county fair this summer, please review and sign the MANDATORY 2023-2024 Gallatin County Livestock Contract. This contract explains the workshop requirements, animal possession deadlines, expectations and other important information.This contract is due by the possession date, April 16th, for the Swine Project.


Sign Market Livestock Contract Here:



⬜ Look around for a source for your pigs, discuss your budget for purchasing, and make plans for building / improving your pen and shelter for your pigs in the spring. We've also attached the COOL Source Form that will help you decipher some of the information you'll need to gather when acquiring your pigs. LOTS more info to come on getting your project kicked off if you're new...but most pigs are born late December/January 1st and ready for their new homes mid-March/early-April. They will weigh 50-100 pounds at this point and in the following 90 days+, you'll raise them to be 220-290lbs. 


💰 How can we help the Swine Project as a whole? 

Fundraising! We've identified additional repairs to the Swine Barn, needs for expanding to accommodate our growing project including acquiring a respectable project scale for use by all. For all of this, we would LOVE for you and your family to sign up for a MSU Football Playoff Game and/or Concert/Basketball Game Concessions spot (yes you've received several emails about this to-date). It's a great fundraiser and it empowers the kids to contribute/help (mom and dad aren't just cutting checks); it's indoors and warm; AND there is no prep for members, parents or us leaders: you just show up for the times listed and funds are transferred through the 4-H Office. Please sign up to help and you can meet some of your fellow Swine Families! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084da9a92aabfe3-fall1#/ There are needs as early as this Saturday 12/2 and the busier the game, the more money we have the potential to raise. The final benefit to signing up, is we will get less emails asking us to sign up 😏


🎨We also want to design and sell project T-Shirts early this year! WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR KIDDOS FUN DESIGNS! Use the attached sheet that was emailed out recently (or create your own) and submit your design ideas to the Swine Committee via this email by January 1st 2024. 


Let us know if you have any questions or need more information at this time.

We look forward to reaching out again soon!

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving 🦃🍂

The 2024 Swine Committee


Questions? Contact the Swine Committee at gallatinswineproject@gmail.com 

VET SCIENCE   **new leaders this year!

Join the Vet Science project for our NEXT project meeting on December 13 at 6pm at the Gallatin 4-H Extension Office.


Thank you Park County 4-H, Vet Science leader Holley and Lorelei Halocks for inviting our 4-H Dairy Goat and Vet Science project members to a hands-on workshop to learn how to draw blood and ultrasound dairy goats! See photos below!


About the Leaders & Project:

Gallatin County Vet Science (Monika Johnson – volunteer) will be collaborating with Park County Vet Science (Holley Woosley Vennes - volunteer) for what’s to be a fun year of classroom, workshops and hands-on activities!

Molly Yurdana, 4-H Extension Agent  molly.yurdana@montana.edu
Colyn Wiening, 4-H Assistant gallatin4h@montana.edu
Kari Ballenger, Extension Administrative Assistant gallatin@montana.edu

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cody Stone, Director of Extension, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717. 
To request disability accommodation or to inform us of special needs, please contact the Extension Office at 406-582-3280  five (5) working days before the event.


Molly Yurdana
Gallatin County MSU Extension
4-H Youth Development Agent

(406) 582-3284 | molly.yurdana@montana.edu | https://www.montana.edu/extension/gallatin/                                                                                                                  back to top

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