2023-2024 4-H Year Enrollment is NOW CLOSED
Gallatin 4-H enrollment is now closed. Open enrollment for the 2023-2024 4-H year opened back on Oct. 1, 2023 and will be closed as of March 1st, 2024. To participate in club and project meetings members need to be enrolled and be paid/active status by this deadline. 
If a new member is interested in joining 4-H after this deadline, they must contact the Gallatin County 4-H Office to discuss options. To take advantage of ALL the opportunities Gallatin 4-H has to offer, enrollment for the 2024-2025 4-H Year will open on Oct. 1st, 2024.
2023 Annual Report
We are excited to share our Gallatin County 4-H 2023 Annual Report. It was another incredible year made possible by many members, volunteers, supporters and donors! The report is linked to our website here: https://www.montana.edu/extension/gallatin/2023GallatinCountyAnnualReport.pdf

HUGE shoutout to our 4-H Assistant, Colyn Wiening, for her outstanding work preparing this annual document!
 "Ready...Set... SPRING" 4-H Workshop
Saturday, April 6th 8:45am-1pm @ MSU Animal Bioscience Building
Youth members of all ages are invited to participate in a wide array of workshops taught by our Gallatin 4-H Teen Ambassadors intended to SPRING members into the next season of 4-H events and activities such as Fair
Check out the workshops on the flyer above &
RECAP: 2024 Better Batter Baking Contest 
Gallatin 4-H is Baking the best better!” We had 19 Gallatin 4-H youth members (ages 8-17) participate in our annual Better Batter Baking Contest on the morning of February 10th. The 2024 county contest theme was COOKIES! Participants had one hour to prepare their dish to then present their creation to our judges. We had creative cookie recipes ranging from chocolate chip to pistachio and everything in between. Great job everyone!  
Huge thank you to our judges for sharing their time and expertise with us!
  • Kelli Randall (Gallatin College Culinary Student)
  • Ryan Bennewise (Gallatin College Culinary Student)
  • Beth Evenhuis (Bozeman High FSC instructor)
  • Stephanie Lively (4-H Cooking Project leader) 
Junior Division:
1st Place - Arizona Resel
2nd place - Cade Cook
3rd place (tie) - Isa Capp
3rd place (tie) - Kate Oghigian
4th place - Remi Neil
5th place - Hannah Chavez
6th place - Tatem Chaffins
7th place - Madison Roberts
8th place - Amelia McDonald
9th place - Rhett Jessop
Intermediate Division:
1st place - Iris Fisher
2nd place - Sarah Juliano
3rd place - Charlotte Sonnichsen
4th place - Zoey Chaffins
5th place - Miranda Reimann
Senior Division:
1st place - Hazel & Toby Nash (team)
2nd place - Cora Pruitt
3rd place - Maggie Radke
Looking for a new cookie recipe to sweeten up your life? We compiled all the participant recipes from this year's contest to share with you all!
Check them out here: 2024BBBCookieRecipes.pdf (montana.edu)  
Check out our Facebook post for more contest pictures: 


RECAP: 2024 Stir-Ups Cooking Contest 
Check out these “soup-er” 4-H members! We had an additional 9 Gallatin 4-H youth members (ages 8-18) participate in our annual Stir-Ups Cooking Contest on the afternoon of February 10th. The 2024 county contest theme was SOUPS! Participants had one hour to prepare their dish to then present their creation to our judges. We had superb spread of recipes ranging from a lasagna to a dessert strawberry soup and everything in between. Great job everyone! 
Huge thank you to our judges for sharing their time and expertise with us!
  • Ciera Booher (Gallatin College Culinary Student)
  • Ryan Bennewise (Gallatin College Culinary Student)
  • Kathy Cheney (4-H Volunteer)
  • Stephanie Lively (4-H Cooking Project leader)  
Junior Division:
1st Place - Hannah Chavez
2nd place - Arizona Resel
3rd place - Claire Juliano
Intermediate Division:
1st place - Iris Fisher
2nd place - Charlotte Sonnichsen
3rd place - Hazel & Ada Atkins (team)
Senior Division:
1st place - Erica Hastings
2nd place - Maggie Radke
Looking for a new soup recipe to add to your dinner rotation? We compiled all the participant recipes from this year's contest to share with you all!
Check out our Facebook post for more contest pictures: 
RECAP: 2024 Communications Day Contest
Back in late February, we had 15 Gallatin 4-H members compete in various public speaking categories at the 2024 Communications Day contest. We are so impressed by the talent, dedication and creativity these members possess. Those who earned 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in their contest age divisions were awarded monetary scholarships to attend either our 4-H Summer Camp or Montana 4-H Congress later this summer.
Huge thank you to our judges for sharing their time and feedback with us!
  • Tamara Knappenberger (4-H volunteer)
  • Joey Knappenberger (4-H volunteer)
  • Lila Beard (4-H volunteer)
  • Maya Verdugo (MSU AgEd student)
  • Briana Lynch (MSU AgEd student)
  • Oliver Woodford (MSU AgEd student)
Cloverbud Division:
Yana Kerr (Illustrated Talk)
Scarlett Paluck (Illustrated Talk)
Isabella Longden-Powell (Demonstration)
Junior Division:
1st Place - Thomas Longden-Powell (Illustrated Talk)
2nd place - Isa Capp & Tessa Whitson (team - Illustrated Talk)
3rd place - Remi & Roxie Neil (team - Demonstration)
Intermediate Division:
1st place - Roslyn Knapp (Illustrated Talk)
Senior Division:
1st place - Josie Casto (Career Communications)
1st place - Marlie Sampson (Impromptu Speech)
1st place - Grace Simser (Illustrated Talk)
2nd place - Bonnie Radke (Illustrated Talk)
3rd place - Madison Oostema (Illustrated Talk) 
4th place - Nicole Berger (Illustrated Talk)

Montana 4-H Rec Lab "GOING FOR GREEN" 

April 19-21, 2024 in Boulder, MT



Montana 4-H Rec Lab is only open to youth 13+ years old as of October 1, 2023.


What is Rec Lab? Rec Lab stands for Recreation Lab and means that everything is hands-on and fun! This event provides an opportunity for youth from any project area to enhance their leadership, communication and team building skills in an action packed and interactive setting. Rec Lab programming is designed to provide participants with tips and tricks for being a better club, camp and community leader.  


This event is ideal for senior-aged 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 is through ZSuite and is NOW OPEN. Registration includes lodging, snacks, meals, t-shirt, and exciting speakers. 

  • $100.00 Registration Fee (February 26 to April 3)
  • $125.00 Registration Fee (April 4 to April 10)

During registration, participants will be asked to indicate their workshop choice. Many of the workshops have a limited number of participants and will be filled on a first come, first-serve basis. Check out the workshop schedule here: 2024RecLabWorkshopDescriptionsWEB.pdf (montana.edu) 


"Lodging” is campout style in the school gyms for this event! Female participants and chaperones and male participants and chaperones will be housed in different areas of the school facilities. All participants will need to bring: Sleeping bag, Air mattress/pad, Pillow, Towel and other personal items. There are locker room bathroom facilities and public style showers. There will be an adult only private shower facility available. It’s basically an indoor camping trip!!


Financial Support

Our 4-H Council (ULC) has funding available to help offset registration costs for this event. If interested in financial support, please have the member fill out this form:  FundingRequestForm.pdf (montana.edu). Financial Requests must be received no later than March 30th to be considered by the Council. 


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.

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
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:
  • 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
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.

Wyoming 4-H Virtual Career Night
Have you ever thought about being a midwife, a wildlife refuge manager, a wildlife fire fighter, fly fishing guide, a wildlife biologist, an airplane mechanic, how about a film producer or going into sports medicine? Then this event is for YOU! Join Wyoming Extension to explore a variety of career options and get your questions answered about what degree do you need, should you do an internship, what you need to do in high school to get ready for a career and much more! We will hear from the Peterson Farm Brothers as they entertain and remind why following our dreams the best decision ever!

Join us March 19 at 6pm (MST) for a fun virtual evening of exploring careers. For more information and to register for this free event go to: https://wyoming4h.org/virtual-career-night/

Host Family Opportunities through MT 4-H Intl. Summer and Academic Year Programs!


Our state has the unique and excellent opportunity for our youth and families to grow and experience another culture by hosting an international delegate through the 2024 Summer and Academic Year International Exchange Programs with States’ 4-H!


Host an International Delegate this Summer or Academic Year! We are seeking host families with a youth within 3-4 years of age and same gender of the youth delegate.


Short-term Summer Hosting Opportunities (~4 weeks):  

Japanese Delegation in MT July 22-August 17, 2024: We have 16 female and male youth, ranging from 12-17 years of age, and 1 adult chaperone to match with host families
2024 Summer Host Family Application: https://www.states4hexchange.org/host-family/application


Academic Year Program (AYP) Hosting Opportunities (~10 months):

·~mid-August 2024 to mid-June 2025: We have 1 Korean and 1 Japanese youth to match with a host family

2024-25 AYP Host Family Application: https://smr.to/p92008 


Specific information on the ages of both the short-term and the AYP youth can be shared with families who have a strong interest in hosting!

Contact Christine at c.sommersaustin@montana.edu  or 406.994.3504 for more information.

SAVE THE DATES: 2024 Gallatin 4-H Summer Camp


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! 
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The 4-H Year at a Glance - 2023-2024 4-H Annual Calendar HERE
*Our Gallatin 4-H BAND app has ALL 4-H meetings/events listed in one place in the calendar tool



MARCH 1  Gallatin 4-H Open Enrollment CLOSES for 2023-2024 4-H Year


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


MARCH 5   ULC Meeting


MARCH 19  Wyoming 4-H Virtual Career Night


MARCH 23  Newsletter Blurbs DUE


MARCH 24   Animal Quality Assurance Workshop #1


MARCH 29-30  MSU Concessions Fundraiser (Pow Wow) - see post above


MARCH 30  Rec Lab Registration & Financial Requests DUE



APRIL 1  Gallatin 4-H Foundation Scholarships DUE (graduating seniors)

APRIL 2  ULC Meeting

APRIL 6  "Ready...Set... SPRING" 4-H Workshop - see flyer above for more info & RSVP

APRIL 11-14  MSU Concessions Fundraiser (Spring Rodeo) - see post above

APRIL 19-21  Montana 4-H Rec Lab - see post above

APRIL 27  Animal Quality Assurance Workshop #2

APRIL TBD  4-H Volunteer First Aid/CPR Training (stay tuned for more details)


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


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Never miss important updates from the Gallatin County 4-H Office! 
Download the BAND app today and either scan the QR code or search "Gallatin County 4-H" subscribe to join our group. Meetings, fundraisers and deadlines can all be found here! 
You must opt-in, we will not add you and can choose to opt-out at a later date if needed. 
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ULC meets the first Tuesday of every month, with our next meeting on 

March 5th at 6pm at the Extension Office.


Greetings from Gallatin County ULC!!  We met on February 6th and kicked off the meeting with a roll call question of ‘If you were your own Valentine what would you gift yourself?’  Great self-care answers were given by the committee members, and we hope your Valentine’s Day was filled with much love too!


It speaks volumes to the 4-H community we live in as many members and families signed the E-Thank You card for the Bozeman Stampede.  Their generous donation was much appreciated and the impact the donation will make goes beyond words.


Another round of applause goes to JC Billion who for the third year in a row, has donated $6,000 to Gallatin County 4-H.  Proceeds from this donation will go towards 4-H camp scholarships that will be awarded to the junior and intermediate level winners of the Better Batter Baking, Stir Ups, and Communications Day events.


The Fair draft schedule was reviewed with a few noted changes this year including but not limited to:

  • Closing of the livestock area to the public on the last Sunday due to livestock load outs occurring that day to ensure the safety of the public.  
  • Sunday morning there will be a new event called Pastries and Pictures.  The goal is to gather and get a huge group photo of all 4-H members that can then be used in promotional and sponsorship material.
  • Livestock barns will be closing at 9:00pm during fair.
  • Indoor project pick-up times will be Sunday evening, Monday morning.

One financial request was presented that would assist Farm Fair which is held in the beginning part of May for all fourth graders.  Donations of any size were being requested as there is a withdrawal of support from repeat businesses that typically contribute but are unable to due to current economic times.  It was decided by the committee that further economic information was needed to understand the Farm Fair’s budget deficit in order to make an educated decision, so the request was tabled until the data could be provided.


Montana Farmer’s Union grant submissions were made by Clubs and receipt of the $100 awards have been presented to respective winners.  More information to come…


Providing local 4-H Theme Swag was discussed as the committee delved into the logistics including but not limited to an ordering website setup/run by a local company, merchandise to sell, affordability of items for sale, and the ability for clubs and projects to personalize merchandise.  Stay tuned for more info…


County Events (past and upcoming):

  • Stir Ups and Better Batter Baking contests were held on February 10, and Communications Day on February 24.  What a huge success and so many talented kids competed.  Way to go!!
  • Mandatory Animal Quality Assurance (AQA) Meetings will be held on March 24 and April 27.  An email has been sent to all those members requiring completion of AQA this year.
  • Spring Workshop will be held on April 6th, with a whole new set of topics and exercises geared towards indoor projects, and the interview and display aspects of fair.  This will be an exciting workshop as it’ll be geared towards a ‘Survival’ theme with respect to April being Service month!  Stay tuned as a Service Dog workshop is tentatively being scheduled!!
  • Registration is OPEN for Rec Lab; a statewide event that is being held April 19-21 in Boulder, MT.  The theme is Go for the Green.  There will be activities and workshops throughout the weekend.  Gallatin County is hoping to send a large number of youth to this event and will therefore be in need of chaperones, especially to transport kids to and from Boulder.  Please lend a hand as this is an AMAZING opportunity for our youth!!


Note: Additional information on these events are included 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.  Look for basketball games, concerts, the Spring Pow Wow, and Spring Rodeo for sign-up opportunities.  These are fun events to work!!


Happy March!! 

Newsletter submitted by Monika Johnson


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 full committee 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 on Wednesday, March 6th at 6pm before the next full committee meeting (rescheduled due to weather) 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). 


Dag Nabids went to the Gallatin County Rest Home on February 13 and delivered Valentine’s Day bookmarks that they crafted in January.  It was wonderful to visit with residents and to share our smiles and laughs with them.  We look forward to seeing them in the Spring when we’ll bring our smaller animals (rabbits, birds, and dogs) to share with them.


The February meeting covered old and new business which included receiving a $100 grant from Montana Farmers Union that the club would like to use to buy necessities for dogs and cats at the Heart of the Valley shelter and for a team building party.  It was voted on by members to determine the when, and what ‘necessities’ to purchase, etc. for the next meeting as attendance was below normal with all the various workshops and extra-curricular activities that were being held on this particular meeting day.


The club members ended the meeting with a game called the ‘Crazy Interview’ where each member convinced the group that they were the best fit for an imaginary job.  It provided exposure to speaking in an impromptu manner in front of a group using a great mental exercise in a silly and fun way.  A little prep for those that were participating in the Communications Day event!


Upcoming Events and Meetings:

  • NO Events for March
  • NO March Meeting – Spring Break
  • Next Meeting: April 23, 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 Feb 12, 2024 for our monthly meeting. We had a delicious meal provided by the Trainor and Shockley families at the beginning. Then we started to do our demonstration speeches. This year we tried doing our speeches in 5 groups of kids, led by a teen leader, and each group demonstrated how to make things like play dough, bird feeders, puffy paint, and mini-waffles, as well as how to grow basil from seed. The activities were put together by one of our amazing leaders, Mrs. Stuart.


Our next meeting will be Monday, March 11 (the week of school spring break for most people), at 6:30 p.m., at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center. Our guest speaker will be 4-H Agent Molly Yurdana! 


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.

On February 1, 2024, the Belgrade Pioneers held their club meeting in Building 3 at the Fairgrounds. The theme for dinner was "Anything From Your Pantry". We had our monthly business meeting where we discussed postponing the Museum of the Rockies tour and our ice skating trip on February 10th. We played games like relay races and "What Time Is It Mr. Fox?"  For our activity, we worked on our communication skills and did a communicating activity where we talked about a product.


The next meeting will be held on March 7, 2024, at the Fairgrounds Building 3, starting at 6:00pm. The meal for March will be Breakfast For Dinner.

Submitted By:

Zoey Chaffins


Belgrade Pioneers Vice President

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. 


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.  



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. 


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.


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

Gallatin Valley Livestock Club


Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 


If you have questions, please contact Jeff Sposito via email jffsposito9@gmail.com 


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. 


The Clarkston Mustangs 4-H Club met on February 12th. At this meeting it was decided that the annual Easter Fundraiser would be on March 23rd. There will be fun games, raffle prizes and Easter egg hunt. It will be held at the Fairweather Fishing access starting at 2:00pm.

- Submitted by Cody Gray


For any questions, please contact Cassandra Mitchell:




Willow Creek Wranglers Club


Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 


The Willow Creek Wranglers met on February 13th for our monthly club meeting. We discussed and started planning for our upcoming community service project. We will be having an Easter Egg Hunt for the Three Forks Community on March 17th @ Bertagnolli Park @2:00pm; ages 2-5yrs are welcome. We will be stuffing eggs with candy and getting prizes ready at our next meeting on March 5th. KG Ranch also attended our meeting and gave us a donation toward our club funds as a thank you for all our help at the KG Ranch cleanup we did back in December. Our next meeting will be held on March 5th, @6:30pm at the Three Forks Stockyards.


Submitted by:

Karson Mitchell

Club Reporter


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!


Hello Teen Leadership🍀


Recap of February Meetings:

  • We cancelled our in-person Leadership Academy gathering on February 11th due to the Superbowl – thank you to those who still tuned into the workshop via Zoom at home. The focus was “Tools for Facilitation” which talked about effective ways to manage groups and facilitate conversations when teaching.
  • At the February Teen Leadership Meeting (02/12 out at Rocky Mountain Supply) we did a gratitude activity for thanking donors/sponsors and brainstormed potential workshops/activities for the upcoming Spring Workshop and Animal Quality Assurance trainings.


Looking ahead to March: 

  • Leadership Academy Workshops: (LAST ONE of the year)
    • Sunday, March 10, 2024: Authenticity & Self Awareness (in-person gathering will be CANCELLED due to Spring Break conflict). I encourage you to tune in via Zoom from home if you’re available!
  • Next regular Teen Leadership Project Meeting will be Tuesday, March 19th 6pm-8pm at the Gallatin 4-H Office.
    • Focus: “Dress to Impress” and finalize/practice AQA and Spring Workshops
    • Food for thought: Think about what items you currently have in your closet – do you have items that could qualify as casual, business casual, professional, etc?


**TENTATIVE: Mark your calendars for these upcoming meeting dates

- Tuesday, April 16th 6pm-8pm @ 4-H Office

- Monday, May 20th 6pm-8pm @ 4-H Office

- Tuesday, June 18th 6pm-8pm @ 4-H Office


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:





❤️❤️ THANK YOU to all those that supported our baking project fundraiser!! It was a fun, messy, chaotic bunch of fun. We had an amazing assembly line of measurers, bag closers, iron on peelers, ironers, recipe cutters, bow tiers ect to make 110 bags! We can now buy flour and sugar until the 🐄 come home :) 


*We have heard a few reports of the recipe being dry, it will work as directed and make lovely cookies if you roll the balls even though it seems a bit dry. You can also add a few tablespoons of butter if you wish. 


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



March Workshop - Since you’re raising food you should know your cuts of beef and all about the product you’re selling


Join us @ Daniel’s meats 520 W Griffin Drive, Bozeman @ 5:00pm on March 21st (space is limited so please park on the street and leave the lot open)


Upcoming Workshops:

  • 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, March 7th 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 February the Counselors got busy working within their Camp Committees (Budget/Fundraising, Design/Marketing, Cabin Points, Skits). Stay tuned for our camp logo (that will be voted on at our March meeting)! With our 2024 Summer Camp theme as “Legends of the Sea,” we are excited to see what workshops the counselors come up with!
Next Camp Counselor Business Meeting = Wednesday, March 20th 6:30-8:30pm @ the 4-H Extension Office.
  • Come prepared to work with your workshop committees and set our Large Group Activities. 
The next team bonding activity will be BOWLING at the MSU Rec Center on Friday, March 22nd from 5:30-8:00pm! 


    **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 March!🍀🍀🍀


    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!  


    I’ve decided with spring break coming up to change our regular cat project meeting in March to instead meet up at Heart of the Valley 10:30am Saturday March 30th to get a tour with Kristin there at HOV, and to give her our donation of cat nip toys for the cats.  


    That means- no meeting for the cat project on March 6th. Instead, we will meet at Heart of the Valley around 10:15am on Saturday March 30th for a tour.  

    Heart of the Valley’s address is 1549 E Cameron Bridge Rd, Bozeman MT 59718 


    We will resume our normal “first Wednesday evening of the month” on April 3rd back at Alpenglow Animal Hospital.  That meeting I hope to have a special guest chat with us about 4-H cat showing.  


    Please put March 30th on your calendar and RSVP to me ASAP so Kristin has a better idea of a headcount.  


    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. 


    What we have learned so far:

    November: What is 4-H and possible projects 

    December: Sport Fishing

    January: Baking/Cooking and a service project

    In February we had a visit and talk from Bonnie and Boots from the dog project, we made dog posters, and then we washed and groomed our own “dogs” before our obedience and agility dog show.


    Future Meetings:

    March: ** please note date change due to spring break…the date is now March 6th and the meeting will be in one of the barns! Watch email for a map.


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



    Our February meeting was all about pasta!  Each member hand-mixed their own traditional pasta dough and created beautiful spaghetti and fettuccine noodles.  Then they decided on their sauce of choice and made pine nut pesto, traditional marinara and a garlic-basil-butter sauce to accompany their delicious pastas.  Everyone learned just how easy and fun it is to make healthy homemade pasta!


    Thank you to all who attended and for such a great job cleaning the kitchen!  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!  


    In March, we will work on a fundraiser for our project.  I will send out an informational email to each member and a Doodle Poll to narrow down a good weekend for all of us to meet at the kitchen.  Our next scheduled Cooking meeting is March 12th, 5:30 - 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.





    Our February meeting for the dairy cow project had members participating in the 94th annual Hoard's Dairyman Cow Judging contest!  Our members did well in last year's contest and represented Gallatin County 4-H in the national judging program. Our next meeting for the project will be held on March 4, 2024 starting at 6:30pm in the 4-H Office.  We will be having a guest speaker who will be discussing genetics and herd health for our dairy animals. Hope you see everyone there!


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


    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 so close to getting our project started and I am looking forward to meeting everyone! Our first meeting will be April 3 at 4:30 at Montana Murray Kennels. This meeting is MANDATORY for all the members and a parent. I will go over the project requirements, rules and expectations. Please remember to bring a current Rabies certificate to our first class. That is all you will need, NO DOGS. Distemper and kennel cough are not required, but they are highly recommended. 


    We had two very informative workshops at Bridger Animal Nutrition. I hope everyone who participated learned something about feeding our pets. 


    A great way to earn money for our project is to sign up for concessions. There is a link in the March newsletter and there are still a few slots left. I have worked concessions several times, it is always fun and it's a good way to meet other 4-H members.


    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!


    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!




    Upcoming Workshops/Meetings:


    Sunday, March 16, 2023 @ 11am at the 4-H office

    • Record book workshop

    Sunday, March 23, 2023 @ 11am at the 4H office

    • Selection/ confirmation workshop- Guest speaker Kellie Kahtani
    Questions? Contact a Dairy Goat Leader:

    Cassy Mitchell 406-223-0146

    Leah' Macdonald 406-220-3556 


    Our next meeting will be March 28th at 6:45pm at the Gallatin Conservation District. If you cannot make it, place let me know ahead of time if possible so we can plan accordingly with guest speakers and workshops.


    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!


    Thank you to our members that came to our February Pasta and Project Book night for working diligently toward your project goals while we spent time together. Please feel free to reach out with any questions as you work through your book!


    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 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



    The horse project is in full swing so please take advantage of all the opportunities to come and learn and horse around with us! 


    We will have a Horsemanship Clinic on Saturday, March 2nd as well as a Jumping and Dressage clinic on March 10th, followed by a Colt to Maturity/Green Horse and Working Ranch Horse Clinic on March 23rd! We have some great clinicians lined up so Sign up on the Horse Event Calendar



    • Fair Horse Show Schedule changes! Due to conflicts for many members with Dog Obedience/Agility on Monday, the Horse Committee has decided to move the Big Sky Fair Horse Show to Friday, July 12-Sunday July 14. See Horse Show Schedule!  Jumping/Dressage will be on Friday, general Showmanship and western classes on Saturday, with Cowboy Church and  Working Ranch Horse on Sunday. Awards ceremony TBD.  
    • Don’t forget your sponsorship responsibilities! Volunteer at a 4H Fundraiser and designate funds to the Horse Committee or provide a buyout of  $50/member or $75/family. 
    • Remember that all members must attend at least 3 clinics to participate in the fair.  Projects also have requirements, so plan ahead to make sure you are meeting them. 
    • It's time for Spring vaccines! To participate in the 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 Spring Vaccines. All Vaccination and coggins records will be shared with facilities if requested. 
    • Paperwork- Are you looking for a form or info about the horse project? Look here! 2023/24 Important Links 


    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!!



        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)



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

        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.


    The March meeting is actually going to be two different workshops.


    For our first year students, I will be running a coaster carving workshop that is scheduled during our usual meeting time on Saturday, March 23 from 1-5 pm at the extension office. **The cost of the coaster workshop will be $5. This will cover the purchase of four leather coasters per student. 


    Advanced students, second year and up, my sister is going to be hosting a two-day class, please talk to me about the details for this class if you are one of the second year students. 


    If you have any questions, or concerns please reach out to Merrita via email or call at 406-579-0431. 

    PHOTOGRAPHY  **new leader this year!


    Great work this year Photography members!!!!


    Please note the date changes for our March project meeting at Penta Machine Co.

    Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 – 7:30pm


    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.



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

    Happy Spring to everyone in the 4-H poultry project! It is that time of year where we start getting our new project animals and it all starts out with the "egg".  What color of egg will your new chicken lay? What is the difference between a store purchased egg and a farm fresh egg? How many days does it take to hatch a new chick? 


    Join us on March 14, 2024 from 6:30 to 8:00pm in Exhibit Building #3 at the fairgrounds as we learn the answer to those questions and explore more about eggs from incubation to your dinner table!


    Please also remember that your poultry contract and market contract must be signed and turned in by March 15, 2024 to be able to show at the fair (see links below)! Also, your market animals must all be on order by March 15, 2024. If you are expecting arrivals after that date make sure you meet the minimum amount of days for ownership/possession and show proof of the order to one of the project leaders. ALL birds must be in your possession by May 1, 2024 to be able to show them at the fair.  Any questions please reach out to one of the poultry project committee members.  


    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:



    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!


    Our next meeting will be March 21st at 6:00 pm in Exhibit Building #1. 


    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.


    Hey gang!


    We're going to be finalizing the design of our robots soon. Our next meeting would have been during spring break, so it's going to be cancelled. I will printing everyone's robots though over break, so our meeting at the end of March will have the physical bodies for everyone's robots done and we'll be ready to wire everything together!

    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

    I'm also going to be sending out announcements from Band in the future - here's the invite link! https://band.us/n/aca60cSeZ6Z3C


    Joey Knappenberger




    Last month, both sewing levels came together to learn how to do zippers. One of my helpers, Maeve, made pink Valentine's cupcakes for everyone and we made fleece hats after practicing zippers from a pattern Phyllis donated. It was also exciting to find out that Jo Anne's fabric offers a 4-H discount so as kids shop for fair projects, that's something to keep in mind. Extra fleece pieces were taken home for kids to practice sewing on. Bonnie Radke has been helping out at meetings and this time she even wore a super cool pair of pants she made from old jeans! It's great to have a senior sewing member helping out since this is only my second year leading the sewing project. 


    Sewing members, look out for an email coming about fair projects and start thinking about what you might want to make to enter in the fair. We will streamline it this year and have a few different options to choose from but creativity is encouraged so let your designer brain run wild! 


    Because of Spring Break, our next meeting will be March 20th. Happy Sewing!


    Laura Fisher

    RevivALL Clothing




    Upcoming Workshops:

    Care & Feeding Workshop - Thursday, March 21st at 6pm at Mike Swan's in Manhattan

    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:





    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   



    4-H Archery Families,

    Check your emails for the results from our Archery Fair Shoot! 


    The Montana 4-H State Archery Shoot is Friday March 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd at Big Sky Archery. 


    Please sign up to volunteer:

    We need lots of help to pull this off. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0C48A4A72DABFF2-47910048-2024


    We do have a Food Tent for the event that will serve breakfast burritos; hotdogs and burgers. Rochelle Earl is organizing concessions for our event.


    March 10th 1pm -3pm - Archery fun shoot

    We’ll award ribbons from the fair shoot and have fun flinging arrows at alternative targets. **This is also the last day of 4-H Archery season for our club.


    Archery Practicum and Qualifier dates:

    Location: Livingston Montana

    Archery Practicum – April 7, 2024

    Archery Qualifier – May  5, 2024


    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. 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:

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

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


    Feel free to contact Sarah Brechbuhler with any questions:





    March Workshops:

    • 3/14 ***new***  Feeds and End-Product Comparison  {level 2 & 3} Thursday March 14th @ 6:30pm at the Animal BioScience Building on the MSU Campus. Feeding to create your ideal end product. 
    • 3/19 Meet with a Vet {level 1 & 2} - Tuesday March 19th @ 6:30pm at the Manhattan Bridge Church 1085 Yadon Rd   https://goo.gl/maps/MPaX9Zxu21FrDnTm8. We will discuss Animal Health topics, issue a Swine Health Plan, preview proper shelters and answer any Q&A about raising healthy pigs.

    Other Future workshops/events include: 

    • 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

    Do you like reminders about upcoming workshops? 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.


    And we're still missing A LOT of Contracts: please tend to these ASAP. 

    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 



    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 



    **Meetings take place the second to last Wednesday of each month.


    Get ready for an exciting Spring and mark your calendars for the upcoming workshops/field trips:

    Saturday, March 2, 2024 - MSU Meat and Meat Processing Lab (led by Dr. Jane Boles) This workshop will cover sheep and beef internal organs (w/the exception of the rumen/intestines).  We will take the pieces apart and look at the interior of the organs learning about function, purpose, etc.. This Workshop will be held at the MSU Animal Biosciences Building starting in Room 23 beginning at 9am. **Please bring colored pencils or something to write with to fill out the handouts.  I'm super excited for everyone to attend.  Dr. Boles is AWESOME!!

    Late March (date/time TBD):  Workshop discovering the in’s/outs of a farrowing operation w/live sows and piglets. Location: Manhattan.

    Late April / Early May - Workshop educating members on the lambing process w/live lambs.  Location: Red Bluff Research ranch.


    Next monthly meeting: March 20, 6:00-7:00pm at the 4-H Gallatin County Extension Office. We’ll learn about animal skeletal structures and put that knowledge to use afterwards by dissecting owl ‘puke’ pellets!!


    Questions?  Contact Monika Johnson at 406-579-3211.


    *If you are interested in attending a Park County 4-H Vet Science workshop, Holley has a Spay/Neuter day in Livingston at the Park County Fairgrounds on Sunday, March 16th and Sunday, April 14th. Email askihunny@gmail.com for more info on this opportunity!

    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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