2023-2024 4-H Year Enrollment CLOSES March 1st 
ONE MONTH LEFT until the Gallatin County 4-H enrollment window closes. Gallatin 4-H enrollment opened back on Oct. 1, 2023 and will close on March 1st, 2024. To participate in club and project meetings members need to be enrolled and be paid/active status by this deadline.
Enroll and/or add projects on ZSuite https://4h.zsuite.org/
Gallatin County 4-H Baking Project - Valentines Fundraiser
Rose are Red, Violets are Blue,
We're making some  Double Chocolate Toffee Cookies especially for YOU!
  • Kits will come with all dry ingredients, pre-measured, a recipe to complete the cookies and a cute reusable linen bag with the 4-H logo on it.
  • Kits will be assembled by members of the 4-H Baking Project at their February meeting.
  • All proceeds will be used to continue to buy ingredients and supplies for our meetings throughout the year.
  • Kits will be delivered by the youth member shortly after February 5th - just in time for Valentine's Day!
  • Cost = $15 per kit
If interested in purchasing a Cookie Kit in support of the Baking Project Fundraiser, please either connect with a Baking Project youth member or email Baking Leader Erin Neil (ehagmeier@gmail.com)!
It's Scholarship Season Seniors! 
Scholarship applications and details can be found on our website here: 4-H Scholarships - Gallatin County Extension | Montana State University 
Upcoming Scholarship Deadline Reminders:
  • Montana 4-H Foundation State Scholarships: Due by February 14, 2024 Scholarships - MONTANA 4-H FOUNDATION (mt4hfoundation.org).Please make sure to read each individual scholarship requirements. All applicants are required to have 2 letters of recommendation and a copy of your most recent transcript (1 MUST BE FROM YOUR EXTENSION AGENT)
  • Gallatin Cattlewomen Scholarship: Due February 15, 2024
  • Gallatin County 4-H Foundation Scholarships: Due by April 1, 2024
  • Gallatin Beef Producers Scholarship: Due by April 1, 2024
  • Kay Jensen 4-H Memorial Scholarship: Due by May 1, 2024

Animal Quality Assurance Workshops (AQA)


Emails have been sent ONLY to members who need to complete AQA this year. 

Please check your inbox for the AQA email and RSVP link. Email molly.yurdana@montana.edu with any questions!


What is Animal Quality Assurance (AQA)?

  • AQA workshops aim to teach youth about proper livestock management practices that lead to the production of safe, wholesome, high quality food products for consumers and/or long-term care of breeding animals. Topics such as biosecurity, nutrition, animal health, product quality and fair etiquette will be covered in this workshop.
Who needs to attend:
  • All 4-H members enrolled in any animal project, including breeding projects, must become certified through Animal Quality Assurance training at least once as a Junior 4-H member (ages 8-13) and recertify once as a Senior 4-H member (age 14+). **All new animal project members are required to complete a county AQA training workshop in their first year.
  • *Gallatin County 4-H requires that youth members complete an AQA workshop in order to show, compete, and/or sell an animal at fair. (Note: this workshop requirement will  exclude Cloverbuds and all members in dog and cat projects).
2024 AQA Dates:
Sunday, March 24th (1pm-4pm) 
Saturday, April 27th (9am-12pm)
**NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR - Both workshop dates will be held at the
Animal Bioscience Building on MSU Campus
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!


What does this entail?

All food is made and prepped by MSU Culinary/Concessions staff, 4-H just simply sells and serves it out of one of the concessions stands. This is a super easy, fun and quick way to make money for your Clubs/Projects and gain some skills in the service industry! No experience necessary!


 Please see the UPDATED link below for upcoming Fundraising concessions events at MSU! We frequently commit to events throughout the year as they arise and update the SignUp Genius accordingly.


Winter/Spring 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 10 with parent accompaniment) and adults.

"GOING FOR GREEN" in April at Montana 4-H Rec Lab


TEENS: Mark your calendars for the 2024 Rec Lab event!

April 19-21, 2024 in Boulder, MT (Molly will be chaperoning!)


What is Rec Lab? It sounds like a funny name for a 4-H event. Rec Lab stands for Recreation Lab and means that everything is hands-on and fun!


This event is a 4-H member favorite: It provides an opportunity for youth and adults to enhance their leadership, communication, and team building skills in an action-packed and interactive setting. Rec Lab programming provides participants with tips and tricks for being a better club, camp, and community leader.


This event is ideal for younger senior members to attend as a first-time state event. It allows them to form relationships with 4-H peers from across the state, broaden their skills, and widen their network.  


Registration will be through Zsuite beginning in February. The cost will be around $100 to $125 per person. Participants will have the opportunity to pick from a list of workshops during registration. Please SAVE the DATE and GO FOR GREEN in 2024! Talk to your 4-H friends about attending this great event!

Y outh participants must be 13+ as of October 1.


More Chaperones Needed

We are looking to take a LARGE group of teens to this fun state event. With the event being so close to Gallatin, Molly is looking for more certified volunteers to help chaperone! If available to help drive, stay the weekend at the event, or a combo of the two, please email Molly. Adult chaperones must be as least 21 years of age.

SAVE THE DATES: 2024 Gallatin 4-H Summer Camp


(Drumroll please...) The 2024 4-H Summer Camp theme is:

"Legends of the Sea"


Keep an eye out for more information on our upcoming 4-H Summer Camp! We are planning to launch registration in May.


When: August 11 - August 14, 2024

Where: Yellowstone Alliance Adventures

Youth Campers: ages 8-13 (as of Oct. 1, 2023)


Camp is held during the summer and campers age 8 to 13 are encouraged to attend. Teens who apply and are selected, plan the camp program and serve the Camp as Counselors. They work under the guidance of Camp Directors and 4-H Extension Agent, and they learn valuable leadership and team building skills. 


4-H Camp is a fun, educational experience that provides:

  • Educational Opportunities
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Independence
  • Belonging
In 2024 we will again be having camp at Yellowstone Alliance Adventures. This is an amazing facility, and we are certain it will be a great week. Our counselors are busy planning educational workshops and experiences to keep your kids busy at the 4-H Summer Camp. Campers will love the zip line, themed workshops, giant slip n' slide, community service project and much more! 
Camp registration will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference will be given to active 4-H members, but our Summer Camp welcomes non-4H members as well! 
CALENDAR                                                             back to top 
The 4-H Year at a Glance - 2023-2024 4-H Annual Calendar HERE



FEBRUARY 1  Communications Day Contest Registration CLOSES


FEBRUARY 6   ULC Meeting


FEBRUARY 10  Better Batter Baking & Stir-Ups Cooking Competitions (MSU Herrick Hall)


FEBRUARY 14  Montana 4-H Foundation Scholarships DUE (current graduating seniors)


FEBRUARY 15  Fairbook Edits DUE to the Office


FEBRUARY 24  Communications Day Contest (MSU Animal Bioscience Building)


FEBRUARY 23  Newsletter Blurbs DUE


FEBRUARY 28  County Contest Awards Nights



MARCH 1-3   Montana 4-H Shooting Sports State Shoot (Bozeman)

MARCH 23    Newsletter Blurbs DUE

MARCH 24    Animal Quality Assurance Workshop #1 


See February 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 

February 6th at 6pm at the Extension Office.


The ULC met on January 2nd to start 2024 with a full agenda. This first portion of the meeting was held in conjunction with members of the 4-H Foundation for an update and review.


We want to acknowledge and show gratitude to the generous families and businesses who made an end-of-year donation to 4-H. Whether donated to specific projects or for general support, these contributions help Gallatin County 4-H continue to offer and improve great programs.


We hope those participants who attended the January Winter Workshop came away with a lot of new information and ideas to make their 4-H year a success. We have tentatively set a Spring Workshop for April 6th, with a whole new set of topics and exercises geared towards indoor projects, and the interview and display aspects of fair. The UC is currently busy preparing for the upcoming Stir Ups and Better Batter Baking contests on February 10, Communications Day on February 24, and Mandatory Animal Quality Assurance Meetings on March 24 and April 27. We are also seeking adult chaperones for Rec Lab in Boulder, MT, April 19-21.  Information on these events are in this newsletter.


We encourage clubs to take advantage of fundraising opportunities through concessions at MSU. There are a variety of dates and events this spring. Don’t forget to submit your Montana Farmer’s Union grant!


We would love for you to join us in brainstorming, planning and facilitating any of these and future activities. You do not have to be a member of ULC, just helping minds and hands! 



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

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 26th at 6pm at the Extension Office.
The Livestock Committee met on January 16th to start setting the 2024 Fair Schedule! Leaders from each species collaborated to adjust the schedule to fit the needs of our growing livestock program. The draft schedule will be sent out to families in the coming months. Leaders are working on updating their Fairbook sections with any revisions to classes and/or rules for participating in Fair. Stay tuned for more Fair emails!! 
The Market Sale Subcommittee will meet Monday, February 26th at 6pm at the Gallatin Conservation District (Manhattan) to discuss the Buyer's BBQ, ShoWorks registration platform, the sale logistics and other important details!
The Gallatin 4-H Foundation met last on January 2nd in conjunction with ULC for their Annual Business Meeting. They voted and adopted plan their 2023-2024 budget, discussed future events, and finalized the 2024 scholarship application for graduating seniors.
County 4-H Foundation Scholarships have been increased in monetary amounts this year and applications are DUE April 1st! Graduating seniors, be sure to apply!
This committee will meet next on April 25th at 6pm at the Extension Office to review scholarship submissions to determine award recipients. 
This committee fundraises for higher education scholarships and new clubs and projects. 
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Bozeman Area Clubs

Dag Nabids Club


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


This past month, Dag Nabids went snow tubing at Yellowstone Adventure Alliance. We had a lot of fun zooming down the hill!

At our January meeting, 19 members were present and we voted to volunteer at Heart of the Valley. We will vote on dates and times later. Our meeting also included some creative storytelling and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. 


Exciting upcoming events and meetings:

February 13, time tbd- Deliver Valentines to Gallatin Valley Rest Home


February 20, 6:00-7:15pm- Monthly meeting, MSU Animal Bioscience Building Room 145


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.


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 on Jan 8, 2024 for our monthly meeting. We had a delicious meal provided by one of our club leaders, Morgan Stuart, and her family at the beginning. Then we started our business meeting and did an icebreaker led by Maddie after roll call. We also discussed MSU concessions, club T-shirts, contests, and the demonstration speeches we will do in February. Mrs. Black, one of our amazing club leaders, led our educational activity about parliamentary procedure. At the very end, the more experienced kids helped the less experienced kids with their record books. Our next meeting will be Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center.


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.

For the January meeting of the Belgrade Pioneers, we had a fun time learning about parliamentary procedure by making a very tasty voted upon trail mix! We also planned future events like going to the Museum of the Rockies scheduled for February 3rd and ice skating for February 10th


Our next meeting for the club will be on February 1, 2024, at the Fairgrounds Building 3, starting at 6:00pm. The meal for February will be determined based on what is in your pantry! 


Submitted By:

Jake Oostema

Belgrade Pioneers Club Reporter


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

Divine Mercy Academy Club
*School Enrichment Program/Club
Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 

On Jan 2, 2024 several members of the Divine Mercy Academy 4-H club volunteered a small part of their holiday break singing Christmas carols for seniors at the Belgrade Senior Center. Some songs we sang were Silent Night, Go Tell It On the Mountain,and O Come All Ye Faithful. The seniors enjoyed listening to our songs while eating lunch and we enjoyed brightening their day!


The next club meeting for DMA 4-H is at the DMA campus at 6pm on Feb. 9th. **Please bring your record books. Pizza dinner will be provided.


For any questions, please contact Leaders Ashley Casto or Tia Mitchell:


Pass Creek Club


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


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.  


Our next club meeting will be Monday, February 12th at 6pm at the Bridge Church. Our next club ride will be on Sunday, February 25th from 1pm - 3pm at the indoor arena on the Fairgrounds. 


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. 


Laura Andren will be moving in March to a different county. Thank you Laura for your service to the Club this year! 


We are excited to announce that Lindsey Klebenow and Lindsey Vose have volunteered to become the new co-leaders  for the Shining Mountaineers moving forward! Stay tuned for more information.


For information about Shining Mountaineers Club please contact:


Lindsey Klebenow lindseyberlin5@hotmail.com 


Lindsey Vose lheadman@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.


February Club Meeting will be Monday, February 5th. This is our annual communications event in lieu of meeting that is mandatory with our club. If you cannot make that meeting, we'll bump you to March, etc... 

☑️ Sell It! You can work solo or with one teammate (tell me when you get to the meeting). This activity will have you pick an object from a group of items. You then must prepare an impromptu sales pitch for this item to the group. if you are in a team, you will have to split the speaking roles and do a little additional marketing. So nothing to bring...nothing to prepare...just don't forget your must-have public speaking skill of persuasion.


If you are doing a makeup communications event "Sell It", please add a comment OR send me a text (406) 600-1016.
The sheet of instructions is attached to the meeting (and here)...but I have the objects you're "selling" 😁 You'll have 15 minutes to prepare, as the other teams did and present to the group!


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. 


UPDATE: The volunteer registration process can take awhile as volunteers must complete background checks, required online training, and learn about the logistics of the club. Jeff Sposito has volunteered to start the process of becoming the new leader for the Gallatin Valley Livestock 4-H Club.  We hope to communicate to the club soon about meeting dates and plans moving forward. Thank you for your patience.


Manhattan Clever Clovers Club


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


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!

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


Recap of January Meetings:

  • We cancelled our in-person Leadership Academy gathering on January 14th due to poor road conditions – thank you to those who still tuned into the workshop via Zoom at home. The focus was “Fake It Till You Make It” which talked about building confidence as a leader and thinking on your feet.
  • At the January Teen Leadership Meeting we learned about effective communication, different types of nonverbal communication, and the Career Communications mock job interview contest. If you are interested in competing in that contest at the 2024 4-H Communications Day, please register via ZSuite by February 1st by 5pm! I encourage you to use this opportunity to practice your interview skills!!


Looking ahead to February: 

  • Leadership Academy Workshops:
    • Sunday, February 11, 2024: Tools for Facilitation (in-person gathering will be CANCELLED due to Superbowl Sunday conflict). I encourage you to tune in via Zoom from home if you’re available!
  • Next regular Teen Leadership Project Meeting will be Monday, February 12th from 6pm-8pm in the Rocky Mountain Supply Conference Room **DIFFERENT LOCATION (210 Gallatin Farmers Avenue, Belgrade)
    • Focus: Marketing Yourself + Break-out groups to plan AQA and Spring Workshop
    • Food for thought: What interests/skills do you have that would make a good workshop topic?


I hope to see you on February 12th - Please let me know if you will not be able to attend.


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



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 reminder 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:






❤️❤️ The baking project is going to do a “Valentines Day  Double Chocolate Toffee Cookie” kit fundraiser. Orders will be taken in January and delivered in February. Ask a baking project member if interested in a kit. ❤️❤️ (see more information above in County Announcement section). 


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 February! Hope your steers are all well.


Thursday, February 1st - Record Book Workshop with Kelly Pavlik @6:30pm at Bridge Church in Manhattan (1085 Yadon Rd).


Upcoming Workshops:

  • 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

Please contact any Beef Project Leader with any questions. 


Beef Committee:


ANNABEL MORGAN   406-580-9003
MELANIE DUFFIN   406-209-1978
SETH HALVERSON   406-209-1178
KELLY PAVLIK   406-600-1016
CRAIG DEBOER   406-570-3304


CAKE DECORATING  **new leader this year!


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


Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 1st at 4:45pm in the Gallatin 4-H office on the fairgrounds.


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

4-H Summer Camp will be August 11th - August 14th, 2024 at Yellowstone Alliance Adventures!
In January we had our first-ever 4-H Camp Counselor Movie Night!🍿🎥 With our 2024 Summer Camp theme as “Legends of the Sea,” our counselors decided to do some “research” by watching Pirates of the Caribbean for some inspiration. Stay tuned for all our oceanic adventures coming soon! 🌊🪸🦈
  • Next Camp Counselor Business Meeting = Tuesday, February 20th 6:30-8:30pm @ the 4-H Extension Office. 
    • Come prepared to work with your newly established workshop committees and set our Large Group Activities. 
  • The Camp Directors have been BUSY working on setting the meeting, recreation and fundraising schedule for the year so you can plan your winter/spring – see the 2023-2024 Camp Counselor Meeting Schedule below and ADD THE DATES TO YOUR CALENDARS!!
If you haven’t already, please have members and parents 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.


**If you will not be able to attend a Counselor meeting, you must let the Office or one of the Directors know. See you in February! ❤️❤️


Sincerely your Camp Directors,

Molly Yurdana (4-H Agent)

Tiffany Togstad (Camp Co-Director)

Amy Juliano (Camp Co-Director)

CAT  **new project this year!


Hello everyone!  


It seems more and more like spring out there, though I hear it is supposed to snow this weekend.  


January's meeting we joined forces in an exam room at the vet hospital and went through a physical examination on a cat, including listening to their heart beat with a stethoscope.  If anyone who hasn't been able to attend would like to go through any of this stuff, I'm happy to stay behind and chat!


Our next meetings will be Wednesday, February 7th and Wednesday, March 6th, both at 5:30pm, still at Alpenglow Animal Hospital 2401 Riata Rd.  If anyone has any good, easy but yummy dinner ideas for us when we meet, that would be great!  


Also- if anyone has extra fabric, dried catnip or stuffing, or a portable sewing machines or two, I hope to get materials ready for us to make catnip toys- we can take home some for our own kitties, but we will make enough to take some to Heart of the Valley shelter to donate for our program as well.  Hoping to do this at the February Meeting, for all who will be attending.  Bring your project books and record books and we can spend some time going through and recording things there as well!


Let me know who to expect so we have the right amount of food to offer as well!


Thank you so much, 

Dr. Julie O





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.


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 January we connected with the Gallatin Rest Home to make valentine decorations for their facility. Cute tissue paper hearts were made in a Cloverbud assembly line :) We also did some fun activities related to the cooking and baking project. We learned to measure, made hot cocoa (to taste) and made banana bread kit to make at home.


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





We had a super fun January meeting whipping up a variety of soups that can be made in an hour or less, which is what will be made in the Stir-Ups cooking competition.  I encourage all of you to sign up to compete in your age group. It's loads of fun, and you are rewarded for showing up and showing off your cheffing skills!  The recipes to the soups that were cooked at our meeting are linked below.  Each member who attended has claimed the recipe that they cooked as their recipe of choice for Stir-Ups, so everyone else will have to find some more delicious recipes to cook in the competition!


Thank you to all who attended and stayed late to help finish the kitchen clean-up.  Each member is responsible for cleaning up after themselves and helping other members cleanup when they are done with their own duties.  Please keep in mind, this is not our kitchen, MSU graciously allows us to use it for FREE.  We do not use any of their ingredients and/or supplies (except for paper towels, trash bags, and washable items), and we have to leave the kitchen as we found it.  I am just a volunteer mom who loves to cook with kids, so any help is much appreciated!  


For everyone who is not aware, the main way to raise funds for our project is by volunteering our time.  Over the past few years we have been granted the opportunity to volunteer with MSU concessions at Bobcats sports games, and these games have been a great source of fund-raising for our project.  The 4-H office sends out signup requests for concessions help to all 4-H members and volunteers, so please look for those and sign up to work at least one concessions shift throughout the year in order to contribute your part to our project.  Working concessions is lots of fun, and it earns really good money for your time!


We have quite a few new members this year that have never been in the kitchen, or who have only been there once or twice, so we need to schedule a safety & training meeting  for everyone to attend.  We need to make sure everyone is familiar with the kitchen, the kitchen rules, and proper food handling & safety rules in order to keep everyone safe & healthy.  I will send out a Doodle Poll with some dates & times for each of you to choose, and then we'll narrow it down to the most popular by availability.  I would like to make it a Saturday meeting so that it's more convenient because it's very important for everyone to attend.


Our next scheduled meeting is February 13th, 6 - 8:30 pm (depending upon how long it takes to clean up the kitchen), at the MSU food lab, room #120 in Herrick Hall, located on S. 7th Avenue off of W. Cleveland.  If you aren't familiar with the MSU campus and need details on how to get there, then call or text me and I can explain in detail.  You will receive a Signup Genius email before the meeting, so please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly.  Hope to see you all there!


Call, text, or email Stephanie Lively Grace with any questions.





The 4-H Dairy Cow project kicked off the new year learning about the calving process for our January workshop.  Our next workshop will be held on February 12, 2024 at the small conference room in the 4-H Office 6:30-8:00pm.  Please bring your record books and remember to keep track of how much your project is eating this month!  


Please also reserve the following dates for future dairy cow workshops this year: March 11, April 8 and May 13!


Looking forward to seeing everyone in February!

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 had a really informative workshop at Bridger Animal Nutrition last month.  We are rescheduled to have another workshop there on February 17 from 2:00-3:00ish. Please let me know ASAP if you are able to attend.


Be sure to check your vaccinations, you need to provide an up-to-date Rabies certificate to participate. Distemper and kennel cough are not required but highly recommended.


Our MANDATORY meeting is coming fast! Wednesday, April 3 at Montana Murray Kennels at 4:30, mark your calendars!


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. 


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

Shawnna Taylor (406) 599-0869




Hello Gang!


Do you know what you call a dog in the winter?

A Chili Dog!


On a more serious note, we do have a date finalized for the Bridger Nutrition tour that we had to reschedule due to too cold of temperatures and time constraints. This new date is Saturday, February 17th from 2-3pm at the Bridger Nutrition in Bozeman. If you can let me know if you plan on attending this newly scheduled tour so we have a head count that would be greatly appreciated. We currently are working on two other facility tours and will keep everyone posted as soon as those are scheduled.


Please remember if you have not completed your enrollment and/or have not paid to get that completed ASAP in ZSuite so that you are able to participate in the current tours we have!


Remember our official meetings will not start until the beginning of April 2024 which will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30pm to accommodate all school districts release times. 

In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please let me know. 



Thank you!




Our next Dairy Goat workshop will be on Sunday, February 18 @ 2pm at the Gallatin 4-H Office (903 N. Black Ave) with Guest Speaker Emma. She will be covering, udder care, feeding, lactation. 


Questions? Contact a Dairy Goat Leader:

Cassy Mitchell 406-223-0146

Leah' Macdonald 406-220-3556 



Our next meeting will be February 28th at 6:45pm at the Gallatin Conservation District building in Manhattan. We are planning on getting guest speakers for some new topics in the meat goat industry, so if you cannot make it to a meeting, please let us know so we can plan these guest speaker workshops accordingly! 


Please be on the lookout for a Band App invite for the market goat project as well, as I will be adding all the future workshops to the calendar there ahead of time. If you have any questions, as always please feel free to contact any of us on the goat committee.


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

Wendy (406) 600-9662

HORSELESS HORSE  **new leader this year!


With a quick change of plans, Double R Stables was gracious enough to host our Liberty demonstration in January with trainer Cory Furlong. We were able to observe their herd of outside horses to learn about body language, herd behavior, and equine sounds. We then ventured inside for a demonstration on teaching a horse to move away from us by using minimal body language. Each 4-H member had the opportunity to try their newly learned skills in using subtle cues to get "Bobby" to move his hindquarters away. Thanks to Cory, Kate, and Double R Equine for taking the time with us!


FEBRUARY - PASTA & PROJECT BOOKS - For our February meeting, we will meet to catch up on all that we have learned! Please bring your project books for dedicated time to work on them. We will meet Tuesday, February 13th  from 5:30-8:30 at the 4-H Office. We can work on lessons we have already covered, or get help with new lessons. Drop in any time that evening, or stay for the entire time. Pasta dinner will be provided. THIS EVENING IS OPEN TO ALL HORSE PROJECT MEMBERS TOO. Please RSVP to Sarah at scapp9999@gmail.com if you are attending.



MARCH - Our March meeting will be held Tuesday, March 26th from 6-8 pm in Building #4 at the Fairgrounds. Our guest presenter will be Amber LaCross, Miss Rodeo Montana 2024. Besides sharing about her new duties as Miss Rodeo MT, she will be teaching us to read a pattern (Lesson #12) and ride a pattern on our trusty stick horse mounts. 


We're "galloping" our way right through the new year, and I'm proud of all our members for "jumping" in to so much learning! (And, don't forget to thank your parents!)


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



Last month was a huge success with Winter Camp, a Colt clinic and Working Ranch Horse clinics. Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun! Check out all upcoming clinics and events and join the fun! 



- Clinics 🗓

Our next clinic is Saturday, February 3rd! Everyone is welcome and you will gets lots of individualized help with your horse! Check the calendar here for sign ups and dates for more clinics and upcoming events! 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!


📜 Your Invited: Pasta and Project Books

Horseless Horse is hosting a Project Book work night on Tuesday Feb 13th from 5:30-8:30 at the 4-H Office, they are inviting all horse members to join them. This is an opportunity for dedicated time to work on project books. You can come at any time during the listed hours. The leader has generously offered to help members work on new topics, or you can work on things you have already learned and just need to get on paper. The official title is Pasta and Project Books... pasta bar provided, so please rsvp to scapp9999@gmail.com (include any allergies and Horse Level). Leaders are welcome, too, if you want to help or eat pasta. :) 



  • New this year, you must attend 3 clinics to participate in the fair.  Projects may also have requirements!  
  • Please review WRH changes here:  WRH REQUIREMENTS
  • To participate in Fair, horses must receive a Flu/Rhino vaccine between 2/1 and 6/1/24.  To attend clinics at the MSU 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 the horse’s name, member's "last name" and either "24 Spring Vaccines" or  "24 Coggins" (depending on what you're sending) in the subject line. EX- Horsey Smith 24 Fall Vaccines. All Vaccination and coggins records will be shared with facilities if requested. 
  • 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 

-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!!



    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.


Our next meeting/workshop will be Saturday, February 17th at 1pm at the 4-H Office! Hope to see you there - be watching your email for more updates! 



I would encourage everyone to do a little research on potential leathercraft projects in the meantime. Leathercraft covers an enormous array of potential projects including tooled, carved and uncarved projects. I really want everyone to think about what they would like to learn, look through the project book and then let me know what their desires are.


First year leathercraft students and even second year students should stay with leather project kits, unless they want to go into garments. During class we will mostly be learning the basics, if you student wants to do something beyond this for fair please let me know.  With 26 registered for the project I need some guidance. We will cover stamping, some basic carving, maybe some advanced carving, lacing, stitching, finishing.  Parents of younger kiddos it would be great if you could occasionally stay to see if I will need help during the workshops/meetings since it is such a big class.  I will be also leaning on level two students to help as well.  I also have other helpers, but their availability may be sporadic.


If anyone is wanting to do some learning on their own, you can go through the project book and do some activities.  There are also tons of really good YouTube videos out there that are designed to help anyone; the ones I recommend are by Tandy Leather, Weaver Leather, or Jim Linnell specifically.  Remember, if you watch any videos on leather, take some notes on what you learned and this will count as one of your 7 activities that you have to do for fair. You need to include title, what you learned, date and then have your parent sign off on it.


If you have any questions, or concerns please reach out to Merrita via email or call at 406-579-0431 and I will help you in any way I can.

PHOTOGRAPHY  **new leader this year!


Great work this year Photography members!!!!


Please note the date changes for our February and March project meetings at Penta Machine Co.

Tuesday, February 13, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 – 7:30pm


We have a photo walk tentatively scheduled at Big Sky Skijoring on Saturday, February 3. If you have not already talked to Tamara about it, contact her immediately if you want to go.


BIG NEWS!!! Mark your calendars. We have a photo exhibition scheduled for the entire month of June at Cafe M in Belgrade. Stay tuned for more details.


Recent photos from project assignment:


River Landscape – Bridger Noonan

Sunset – Heidi Hutchison

Light – Lydia Black

Snowflake Light –Lydia Black

Horse - MacKenzie Woodring

B&W Dog – Ruby Hertel


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

Due to the cold weather, our January workshop was cancelled, and the required market project meeting will now be held in conjunction with our February workshop. Therefore, all poultry project members should plan to attend our next workshop scheduled for February 8, 2024 from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Fairgrounds. We will be going over chick care/selection, nutrition, marketing of your market poultry project and processing of the market birds.  


Remember poultry project contracts are due on March 15, 2024 so please sign and return to the email address stated on the contract. If you are in the market poultry project there is an additional market livestock contract that must be fully signed and returned directly to the 4-H office also by March 15, 2024.


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: March 14, 2024 and April 11, 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!


The Rabbit Project met January 18th at the fairgrounds where we learned about different rabbit breeds, body types, and hair types.We also discussed the proper way to carry a rabbit, remove and put a rabbit in its cage safely, and got to know our newest club members. I would like to thank all the senior members who let me put them on the spot to help run the meeting. I couldn't do it without our amazing seniors!


Our next meeting will be February 15th at 6:00 pm in Exhibit Building #1 at the fairgrounds. Dr. Arndt, DVM will be coming to present at this meeting to

help us learn about rabbit health and the most common health issues our veterinarians see in their clinics.


**Please come with your questions and bunnies as we will also be learning how to handle and flip our rabbits. Cody will be running this meeting as I will be out of town. Hope everyone can make it!



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.

Every other Wednesday: Norm Asbjornson Hall, Room 325, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Every other Thursday: Norm Asbjornson Hall, Room 321, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Questions? Contact new leader Joey Knappenberger

(406) 600-2542



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 February 14 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





Where do sheep get their overgrown wool cut?

At the Baa Baa shop


Record/project book workshop 

February 21st 6:00pm at Gallatin 4-H office (903 N. Black Ave) 

**Please bring your record book and project journal. 


Remember you need to attend 4 of the 7 workshops! 


Got questions?? Just reach out:

Ruth Carr - 406-539-4337 kennellr@gmail.com 

Kim Flikkema - 406-599-1486 kimflikkema@gmail.com 

Jodilynn Kelley - 512-663-5569 jkelley@bridgerorthopedic.com 

Jodi Smith - 406-580-2984 kjsmithhouse@yahoo.com 


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 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   



Hello 4-H Archery Families and Archers:


No Shooting Superbowl Weekend: February 11th


Fair Shoot: February 18th and 25th

This is where we’ll run our normal shooting times as a tournament and keep a record of 4-H archers scores.  You’ll get a chance to compete against other Gallatin county archers. Top places will be award ribbons


4-H Archery state shoot: March 1st -3rd.

The first weekend of March, Gallatin County will be hosting the 4-H Archery state shoot.  4-H shooters from across the state will be attending.  More info to follow.  Your club leaders need lots of help during this time, especially adult volunteers.  Please contact Randy gv4harchery@gmail.com  if you can help out.


Shooting Tournaments are in full swing:.  These are totally optional and do require travel around the state. These tournaments will be sent via email. I encourage Archers to try to attend at least one tournament prior to the State shoot, but again this is optional.  You can borrow club  bows and arrows for the tournaments if needed.


Archery Practicum and Qualifier dates:

Location: Livingston Montana

Archery Practicum – April 7, 2024

Archery Qualifier – May  5, 2024


Remaining Archery Schedule:






No Shooting

Super bowl weekend


Fair Shoot



Fair Shoot


3/1 -3/3/2024

   State Shoot 



Awards and Fun Shoot



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 your 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.

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



The venue for air rifle and air pistol is located at 123 Doe Road in Belgrade. For more information contact Bill Ott – 209-2599 or Lee Nelson – 579-0612.


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.



For more information contact Scott Francis – 581-6845.



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.

WESTERN HERITAGE **new leader this year!


Hello Western Heritage families,


I hope you are all enjoying the winter/spring weather!  Please see schedule below for meeting days and times.  There will be more dates and times added as determined.


I am Sarah Brechbuhler and I will be your project leader.  My family has been involved with 4-H for 10 years and this is our 5th year in Western Heritage.  As you know, Todd Kesner, creator and longtime leader of the Western Heritage Project, has taken a position in Arizona.  I know I have some big shoes to fill, but I am excited to be able to see this project continue.  As I am learning all the ins and outs, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. 


Indoor meetings are held at the Gallatin 4-H Extension office located on the Fairgrounds.  Outdoor meetings will begin in April and are held at the shooting range near Logan.

Upcoming Indoor meetings:

March 6th, 6:30-8:00 pm

March 27th, 6:30-8:00 pm


Feel free to contact Sarah Brechbuhler with any questions:





Upcoming February Workshops are as follows {with suggested levels indicated}:

  • Swine Quiz Bowl Workshop {all levels} Saturday, Feb 3rd at 10:00am to 11:30am. This will be at The Bridge Church in Manhattan (https://goo.gl/maps/MPaX9Zxu21FrDnTm8) Members will compete on teams to test (or learn) their basic Swine knowledge. It's an opportunity to practice good teamwork and get to know other Swine members. 
  • MSU Animal Science Workshop {level 2 & 3} Saturday, Feb 10th at 10:00am to 12:00pm. This will be at MSU Linfield Hall 123 (https://goo.gl/maps/5CtT3yXDCXo5NBZQ8) Topics are TBD as MSU is re-convening this coming week. This is a VERY good workshop, put on by a team of MSU Professors with most advanced topics; first year members are welcomed to attend, but bring your attention span 🧑‍🏫 It is a 2-hour workshop so we offer one workshop credit for attendance and credit for one workbook activity if you attend. 
  • Swine Selection Workshop {all levels} Tuesday Feb 20th at 6:30pm. This will be at Headwaters Livestock Auction (25 Wheatland Rd, Three Forks, MT) https://maps.app.goo.gl/eHAMmXpB7S479awcA. ***new this year*** There will be live pigs there to help you learn! Our guest speaker will be Hugh Braaten, a well-known and local expert on Swine. He is passionate about pigs and helping kids learn the basics of picking out a pig that will give you the results you need.

Other Future workshops/events include: 

  • March TBD Feeds & Nutrition Workshop - basic pig needs including feed and making a proper feed ration
  • March 19th @ Bridge Church (Manhattan) Meet with a Vet - Animal Health / Proper Shelters / Q&A
  • March TBD ***new*** Feeds and End-Product Comparison, Cooking Pork 
  • April TBD Carcass Workshop (Jr. Level) and understanding pork byproducts
  • April TBD Carcass Evaluation (Sr. Level)
  • April 13th PIG POOL - need a pig? still confirming this year's price but 2023 price was $160/ea - more information to come 
  • May TBD Introduction to Showmanship
  • May TBD Competitive Showmanship / Judge Terms / Mock Show
  • May TBD Records Books / Workbooks / Posters / Marketing Basics
  • June TBD Farrowing
  • June TBD Clipping & Fitting
  • June TBD Marketing your 4-H Project
  • June TBD  ***new***  Pork Industry - awareness of the Global Pork Market

Welcome Letter:   Reattached to the last Swine email but please take the time to read this. It is a project overview, expectations, committee list, and a goal setting guide. Get your kiddos started on the project now by setting goals and working on workbooks! Communication is addressed in the welcome letter but please note that as a committee, we realize that every family communicates differently and oftentimes emails get buried in email inboxes. We have set up a Parent & Member Remind group for project-related correspondence https://www.remind.com/join/d2k7d7h OR Text @d2k7d7h to 81010 and reply once with your name. You must opt-in, we will not add you automatically and can choose to opt-out at a later date if needed.
Contracts:  (yes, plural) There is the Swine Contract and the County Wide Livestock Contract.  Both MUST be returned before the tagging deadline, April 16th 2024. 


The Swine-Specific https://na3.docusign.net/Member/PowerFormSigning.aspx?PowerFormId=99db3128-d247-46b1-b716-5fbc9908650e&env=na3&acct=960f6090-f7cb-40a6-adf5-0490f456d6eb&v=2

The County-Wide Livestock Contract ~ https://na3.docusign.net/Member/PowerFormSigning.aspx?PowerFormId=2cfa1f27-55db-4559-8cda-2f8de2dc491f&env=na3&acct=960f6090-f7cb-40a6-adf5-0490f456d6eb&v=2 


COOL Source Form: Reattached to the last Swine email because it is good information to have your breeder fill out so you gain information about your animal(s) and add to your records. This is also required to participate in the Gallatin County Bred and Fed (per Swine Contract, Section 8).


We had only a few submissions for the project T-Shirt Design Contest (deadline was Jan 1st)! WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR KIDDOS FUN DESIGNS SO WE WANT TO GIVE MORE TIME! See the attached sheet on our recent email (or create your own) and submit your design ideas to the Swine Committee via this email or bring it to the next couple Workshops (1/17, 2/3)
Let us know if you have any questions or need more information at this time. We look forward to seeing you soon!
The 2024 Swine Committee

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


Watch your email and BAND for meeting updates!



Great to see everyone in attendance this month.  After a meet and greet we learned about the Importance of Animal Identification by playing a fun interactive game ‘That’s MY Apple!’  The game was designed to help members learn why it’s important to be able to tell one animal from another and to properly articulate identifiers with sufficient detail. (Reason: To make sure we have the right animals on our farms; to keep track of which animals have been bred and when, and when the females are due to deliver; to keep track of sick animals.)  Animal identification is an important management tool in raising and caring for livestock. Keeping thorough records allows producers to track their animals’ growth, veterinary treatment records and movements, as well as respond to disease outbreaks. Because some diseases can jump from animals to humans, it’s essential to properly identify animals to help prevent and stop the spread of diseases.  We learned there are two methods of animal identification – permanent and temporary: Permanent Ear notches (swine only), Tattoos (cattle, sheep and swine) and Hot iron or freeze brands (cattle only).  Temporary (for cattle, sheep and swine) Ear tags, Paint brands, Marking crayon, and paint marks, and a Back tag.


Our next meeting will cover Large Animal Skeletal Systems on Wednesday, February 21 (6-7pm) at the Gallatin County Extension office located at 903 North Black Avenue.  A field trip is tentatively scheduled for March 2 at the MSU Meat and Meat Processing Lab.  Stay Tuned in the Vet Science Band App for further details



Questions? Contact Monika Johnson (mijmontana@gmail.com) 406-579-3211

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

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