🍀National Volunteer Appreciation Week🍀
Thank you to those that submitted nominations for National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 21-27) to recognize Gallatin 4-H Leaders/Volunteers that have made an impact on you this year! Nominations swarmed in and it was amazing to read all the nice things you had to say about your volunteers. 
The following volunteers were nominated (some more than once)! 
Lee Nuss
Randy Radke
Annabel Morgan
Belinda Nash
Shawna Oostema
Erin Neil
Cody Brownell
Joey Knappenberger
Shawnna Taylor
Jessica Black
Amy Juliano
Katie Taylor
Krista Pancich
Chad Woodring
Merrita Marble
Jess Woodring
Mike Prester
Sheila Smart
Nominees, check your mail for your special gift! 
ALL Gallatin County 4-H Volunteers will also receive a postcard in the mail during National Volunteer Appreciation Week later this month. THANK YOU for your dedication and contributions to our 4-H program! You hard work does not go unnoticed and we are grateful for each of you!
Get Your Gallatin County 4-H Merch!
We are excited to announce that we will have Gallatin 4-H merchandise available for purchase this year! Gallatin County 4-H shirts, hoodies, crewnecks, hats and MORE, all offered in a variety of sizes (youth and adult) and colors!
A huge THANK YOU to BoomTown Designs in Belgrade for working with us to set up an ONLINE store to offer Gallatin 4-H logo merch for the first time ever! At this time, all products have our "THIS is 4-H Country" logo on them, but no year or dates, so you can wear them all year long! Be sure to wear your merch at Fair!
Orders will CLOSE Friday, May 17th.
Items will be ready for pick-up at our 4-H Office in early June!
(no shipping available)

4-H Camp Fundraiser!


Interested in some ordering some tasty treats to support 4-H Summer Camp? Funds will be used to offset the cost of the 2024 Camp to keep registration fees as low as possible for youth campers! 


This year our teen 4-H Counselors elected to offer more options for their annual camp fundraiser campaign. Customers will be able to select from:

Butter Braids, Wooden Spoon Cookie Dough, Ranch House Meat Co. sticks & sausages, Rocky Mountain Roasting Coffee and Gluten-Free Prairie Bakery Mixes.


Each link below is unique to just those products, so if you want to buy products across the different stores, you will need to click on each link separately. Customers can select which 4-H Counselor they are supporting during their transaction, or support the “General Camp Fund” if they don’t prefer someone in particular.

    Butter Braids Online Store Link: https://store.myfundraisingplace.com/68b2df4a-f9e6-4259-a945-57765f9e54c5


    Wooden Spoon Cookie Dough Online Store Link: https://store.myfundraisingplace.com/63992a56-0eb9-4139-aef6-00df7617e27c


    Montana Made (Meat Sticks, Coffee, Gluten Free Products) Online Store Link: https://store.myfundraisingplace.com/b59476d4-1e1e-4400-8406-1754866a93ee


    Orders are NOW OPEN and the DEADLINE for all orders will be April 29th. Products will be hand-delivered by the Counselors, estimated to be mid-May. Perfect treats for Mother's Day, end-of-school year parties and even Father's Day!


    Thank you for your support!



    Be sure to read through the 2024 4-H/FFA Exhibitor Fairbook to help you prepare for Fair!
    The 4-H/FFA Fairbook contains ALL the exhibitor rules, divisions and classes you can enter, and schedules for the 2024 4-H/FFA Fair. This document is CRUCIAL to navigating the next few months. You must reference and utilize the Fairbook when registering your exhibits and animal projects to ensure your register correctly. 
    We publish and frequently update Fair Information on our 4-H website here: https://www.montana.edu/extension/gallatin/4hfair.html


    2024 4-H/FFA Fair Registration will OPEN May 20th and CLOSE June 17th!

    All youth planning to participate in the fair will have to register for Fair online via the ShoWorks fair platform to be able to exhibit.

    • Fair Registration link and How-To-Register guides will be sent out in mid-May.
    • **Please note: Enrolling in 4-H back in Oct. 2022 – March 2023 on ZSuite does not automatically register your child for Fair, ShoWorks is a separate website and database for fair registration specifically.


    2024 4-H/FFA Fair Schedules
    The 4-H/FFA Fair Schedules have been published to our Fair webpage here: https://www.montana.edu/extension/gallatin/4hfair.html
    Schedules subject to change
    Review the schedules carefully as there are quite a few changes to check-in, show and award timeframes.

    ANNOUNCEMENT: New Sunday Schedule

    The 4-H/FFA Livestock Areas will now be closed to the public on the last Sunday (07/21) of the 2024 Big Sky Country State Fair. Trucks, semis and trailers will be moving through the livestock areas throughout the day, so to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the general public, exhibitors, and animals, the areas will be closed off from the rest of the Fair.


    For mutual benefit of the Fairgrounds and 4-H/FFA exhibitors, Sunday will now become a processor load-out and barn clean-up day. 4-H/FFA market animals that are sold through the Market Livestock Sale are terminal projects intended for meat consumption. At the request of the meat processors, animals are to be transported to their final destinations beginning Sunday morning. All other 4-H/FFA animals will be released from Fair intermittently throughout Sunday at the discretion of each species.


    Exhibitors are still required to be at the Fairgrounds for this day, as they are expected to care for their animals until release, help clean barns and assist species committees.


    4-H/FFA families with reserved RV camping spots will be permitted to move onto the Fairgrounds beginning on Saturday, July 13th. All RVs must be in place by no later than Monday, July 15th at 6pm. RVs will be allowed to leave the grounds at any time starting Sunday, July 21st with attention to livestock transport trailers and load-out schedules. 

    RESCHEDULED - "Ready...Set... SPRING" 4-H Workshop
    now offered simultaneously on the same weeknight as the Parent Fair Info Night (below)
    Tuesday, May 14th 6:00pm-8:00pm @ Gallatin County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building #3
    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 &
    Gallatin 4-H/FFA Fair Info Night 


    For 4-H Parents/Adults: “Fair Info Night” on Tuesday, May 14th 

    at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building #4

    Indoor Project Fair Information: 5pm-6pm

    Animal Project Fair Information: 6pm-8pm


    Whether you are a 1st year 4-H family that will be new to our 4-H Fair, or a returning family that has gotten lost in the tidal wave of Fair information each year, we encourage you to attend this informational evening.

    Check out the flyer attached for details on what will be covered!
    Fair Info Night RSVP Here: https://forms.gle/YYS6UJdZx1BvpxnU7
    ON THE HORIZON: 4-H All-Species Workshops  
    Come one, come ALL! All-species workshops are not required, but we highly encourage any 4-H members in any animal project to attend to help you prepare for Fair! Especially if you are new to 4-H or if you are in need of an additional workshop to meet your species workshop requirement this year! 
    *ALL 4-H members must attend the required number of workshops for the species that you are participating in order to exhibit at the Fair. Animal projects allow you to count ONE All-Species workshop towards your species workshop requirement for the year if needed. *Please note: one all-species workshops cannot double-count for more than one species' workshop total.    








    Minimum Workshops Required








    We are offering  TWO All-Species workshops in 2024:


    May 1st (Wednesday) @ 6:30pm {Headwaters Livestock Auction, Three Forks} 

    All-Species "Carcass Evaluation: Ultrasound Technology" w/ Chuteside Vet


    June 18th (Tuesday) @ 6:30pm {Animal Bioscience Building, MSU Campus}

    All Species "Marketing Workshop" w/ special guest Mike Swan Learn how to market your animal project to prospective buyers in the community and about the Market Livestock Auction and what that entails.

    Gallatin County Fairgrounds Master Planning Survey


    Please take a few moments to provide your feedback to the Fairgrounds. Help shape the future of the Gallatin County Fairgrounds via their online survey, open until April 29. Share your thoughts about the facilities that we use for 4-H activities and other events throughout the year!


    Take the survey here: https://bit.ly/493eplv

    4-H Animal Quality Assurance 
    March Workshop Recap
    On 3/24, 70 of our animal project members attended one of our annual 4-H AQA trainings! Members rotated through stations to learn about ethics, biosecurity, animal nutrition, vet care, and carcass cuts! Thank you to our 4-H Teen Ambassadors, senior youth Livestock Committee Representatives, and our local MT Farmers Union Representative for leading our workshop stations!
    The FINAL AQA workshop of 2024 will be Saturday, April 27th from 9am-12pm at the Animal Bioscience Building on MSU's campus. Only members needing to complete AQA this year have received the SignUp link. 

    Montana 4-H Shooting Sports - State Shoot Results


    Airgun and Smallbore Results Link


    Target Results Link


    3D Results Link



    A message on behalf of Scott Francis, Outdoor Education Coordinator for the Montana 4-H Center: 

    "I would like to thank all of you for attending the 2024 Montana 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational.  It was a fantastic event.  The competition was great and the shooters performed well.  I would like the thank the State Shoot Committee for both Archery and Airgun/Smallbore.  With out their dedication to shooting sports and expertise, we would not be able to put on such a top notch event for the participants, leaders, families, and spectators.  Please see the list below.



    Big Sky Archery

    Randy and Heather Radke

    Patrick and Merrita Marble

    Matt and Nicole Fry

    Mike Prester

    Amy Juliano

    Earl Family

    Brian Marassi

    Colton Family

    Noonan Family



    Gallatin County Fairgrounds

    Greenway Range

    Lee and Lisa Nelson

    Christy Todd

    Meredith Sutherlin and Family

    Nancy Bates and Family

    Michael and Maggie Svaldi

    Smith Family

    Samson Family

    Crystal Sharp

    Talarico Family

    Sutherlin Family

    Berger Family


    Range Officers: Will Samson, Jimmy Talarico, Ben Sutherlin, Jarid Heiken, Justin Sharp, Russ Smith, Fred Nelson, Shad Powers, Bill Ott, and Tom Everett."

    Gallatin 4-H in the News!
    Thank you to Belgrade News & Bozeman Chronicle for including our youth organization in their feature for National Agriculture Appreciation Week in March! We are grateful to be a part of such a supportive and agriculturally-rich community! 
    See & share the Facebook post here: 

    2024 Montana 4-H Congress 

     Save the date and we'll see you this summer!


    Tuesday, July 9 - Friday, July 12, 2024 on the MSU Campus in Bozeman.

    Pre-Congress and Ambassador Officer Selection will be Sunday July 7-9, 2024. 


    Montana 4-H Congress provides youth from across the state with an opportunity to come together on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman for four days and participate in an event like no other. It offers both youth and adults a venue in which to learn, be challenged, and most of all, have a great time with peers. Montana 4-H'ers have been attending an event like Congress for decades. Congress has become an important tradition and is the signature event for the Montana 4-H Program.


    More information to come soon - Learn more at: 


    CALENDAR                                                             back to top 
    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


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


    APRIL 2  ULC Meeting


    APRIL 11-14  Concessions Fundraiser (MSU Spring Rodeo)


    APRIL 16  Swine Project Tagging Deadline


    APRIL 19-21  Montana 4-H Rec Lab (Boulder, MT)


    APRIL 21-27  National Volunteer Appreciation Week 


    APRIL 25  Foundation Meeting 


    APRIL 27  Animal Quality Assurance Workshop #2


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



    MAY 1  All-Species Ultrasound Workshop (Headwaters Livestock Auction @ 6:30pm)

    MAY 2-3  "Give Big" Fundraising Event for Gallatin 4-H Foundation

    MAY 5  Sheep/Goat Projects Tagging Deadline

    MAY 7-9  Gallatin Valley Farm Fair

    MAY 14  "Ready...Set... SPRING" 4-H Workshop (see flyer above for more info & RSVP)

    MAY 14  Parent Fair Info Night (see flyer above for more info & RSVP)

    MAY 20  Fair Registration OPENS (*tentative - watch your email)

    MAY 23  Newsletter Blurbs DUE

    MAY 27  Office Closed (Memorial Day)


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


    Join our BAND app group: Gallatin County 4-H
    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 

    April 2nd at 6pm at the Extension Office.



    The monthly meeting of the ULC was held March 5th at the Extension Office. After roll call, there was a presentation from 4-H member and camp counselor, Josie Castro. She spoke about this year's 4-H camp at Yellowstone Alliance and made a request for funding this year's camp craft projects. Last year, ULC funded $3000 for supplies and this year the request was for $4000. During the financial request portion of the meeting, the committee approved the request and agreed to create a separate line item for camp funding requests in the budget. Josie stated if there was extra money left over, it would get spread out to other areas of camp. Also during financial requests, the committee voted to grant financial assistance to 3 members who requested assistance with paying membership and project fees.


    The Annual Report was sent out to the listserv and Facebook as well as the last newsletter and included financial donors in the project/club donor report which was new this year. Though enrollment is now closed, we have 575 active members and 121 active volunteers! Speaking of volunteers, we are always looking for committee members on the ULC board and are specifically looking for a Vice President, as that position is currently vacant.


    Thank you to all volunteers who filled out the CPR survey. We went over the results and decided to look into offering both a certification and a CPR overview sometime in late April/early May. Molly will reach out to trainers to look for dates that might work and we'll keep you posted.


    Exciting news! We got proofs back from Boomtown designs for this year's 4-H swag gear. Molly and Kelly pitched ideas of what will be offered this year. There will be a variety of shirts and hats to choose from. We also opted to buy our own heat press for future use by projects & clubs. It will be kept at the office and available for putting logos/designs on t-shirts. ULC member, Joey Knappenberger has agreed to learn how to use it an to train others that are interested in using it.


    Dates to note-

    • Rec Lab is coming up April 19-21 and is an absolute blast! Please encourage  teens to register.
    • Volunteer appreciation week April 21-27
    • Global Youth Service Day April 26-28
    • Montana 4-H State Youth Awards due May 1
    • (There's more info about all of these in the newsletter)


    Fundraising - The MSU Pow Wow is open for concessions and also some spots for the rodeo in April. Anyone is encouraged to sign up and pick a club/project that they're volunteering for.


    Hoping you are enjoying the start of Spring and getting excited about all the 4-H opportunities coming this year!


    - Submitted by Laura Fisher


    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 Wednesday, May 22nd at 6pm at the Extension Office.
    The Livestock Committee met on March 26th to finalize the Fairbook, details on the Buyers BBQ and a new schedule for the last Sunday of Fair week.

    New Sunday Schedule

    The 4-H/FFA Livestock Areas will now be closed to the public on the last Sunday (07/21) of the 2024 Big Sky Country State Fair. Trucks, semis and trailers will be moving through the livestock areas throughout the day, so to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the general public, exhibitors, and animals, the areas will be closed off from the rest of the Fair.


    For mutual benefit of the Fairgrounds and 4-H/FFA exhibitors, Sunday will now become a processor load-out and barn clean-up day. 4-H/FFA market animals that are sold through the Market Livestock Sale are terminal projects intended for meat consumption. At the request of the meat processors, animals are to be transported to their final destinations beginning Sunday morning. All other 4-H/FFA animals will be released from Fair intermittently throughout Sunday at the discretion of each species.


    Exhibitors are still required to be at the Fairgrounds for this day, as they are expected to care for their animals until release, help clean barns and assist species committees.


    4-H/FFA families with reserved RV camping spots will be permitted to move onto the Fairgrounds beginning on Saturday, July 13th. All RVs must be in place by no later than Monday, July 15th at 6pm. RVs will be allowed to leave the grounds at any time starting Sunday, July 21st with attention to livestock transport trailers and load-out schedules.

    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 were DUE April 1st! 
    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). 


    Happy Spring! Dag Nabids did not meet for March. Some of our members have been busy helping out with MSU concessions and making money for our Club. 


    We are excited to resume our regular meetings in April. We will decide how to use our $100 grant from Montana Farmers Union for the Heart of the Valley shelter. We will choose which necessities for dogs and cats we will purchase. We will also decide on what to do for a team building party.


    Also, some of our members plan to attend the upcoming county workshops including Ready...Set...Spring and the All-Species Carcass Evaluation Ultrasound Technology. Fair is coming up soon!


    Upcoming Events and Meetings:
    Next Meeting: April 23, 6:00-7:15pm at the 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 Mar 11, 2024 for our monthly meeting. We had a delicious taco meal provided by the Ragen and Earl families at the beginning. Then, Molly Yurdana gave a speech about her job as the extension agent and other jobs in agriculture for which 4-H can help provide a foundation. After Molly’s speech, we decorated cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles. Our next meeting will be Monday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m., at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center. Club members, please be sure to bring your record and project books to our next meeting, thank you!


    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.


    The March meeting of the Belgrade Pioneers was held on March 7 at the Fairgrounds. We had fun eating Breakfast for Dinner and playing a blindfolded shoe game. We had stations for our activity with members making bird feeders, participating in an experiment with candy and water, and providing a community service by stuffing eggs for the Manhattan Easter Egg Hunt.  During our business meeting, members also voted to help with the Manhattan Easter Egg Hunt Petting Zoo to be held on March 30, 2024. The April meeting of the club has been cancelled, but members are encouraged to work on their record books this month!  Our next meeting will be on May 2, 2024, and we will be touring the MSU Plant Growth Center.  

    - Submitted by Jake Oostema

    Club Reporter


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

    Ora Et Labora 4-H Club
    *School Enrichment Program/Club
    Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 


    In March the Divine Mercy Academy 4-H club voted for our new club name “Ora Et Labora” which means pray and work and that is exactly what we do! We wanted to change our name so that others who did not attend Divine Mercy Academy would feel welcome to join our 4-H club.


    In March we also put together our fundraising and community service committees. The fundraising committee chair is Madelaine LeGore and the chair of the community service committee is Marianne MacDonald. Our next meeting is April 12 at 6 pm. on the Divine Mercy Academy campus. Please bring record books to work on. They are due June 26th! We will also be voting on our new club logo. Hope to see you there!

    - Submitted by Lucia Roman


    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.  


    Saddle Stars 4-h Club held their club meeting on March 11th. We discussed community service opportunities, and are working on bringing donations for Love Inc. for the next meeting. The end of year party has been set for Three Forks Pond on August 24th. We're currently planning on working the concession stand at the MSU rodeo on April 13th. The club was also approved for the Farmers Union Grant, and is working on a creative way to thank them. The next club meeting is April 8th, and the next club ride is April 21st.


    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


    **New Meeting Time & Location


    Meetings will now take place on the SECOND Monday of each month from 6:00-8:00pm at the 161 W. Madison Ave, Belgrade. 


    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. 


    For any questions, please contact Cassandra Mitchell:




    Willow Creek Wranglers Club


    Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 


    At our March meeting, we decided to create several small committees. There will be 3 committees; education, recreation, and community service. The committees will meet at each meeting to discuss ideas they can bring to the club. We also heard a great presentation on Type 1 Diabetes from club member Angie. Finally, our club had our annual Three Forks Community Easter Egg hunt this month. We had a lot of fun hiding the eggs for the little kids and watching them hunt.


    - 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!


    Recap of March Meeting:

    • At the March Teen Leadership Meeting (03/19) members pitched/practiced their workshops for AQA – great job to those who taught workshops this past weekend! We discussed moving the Spring Workshop to May – which we did and it will now be on Tuesday, May 14th (see updated flyer attached). We discussed what the Montana 4-H Ambassador “Leadership Plan of Action” is and started brainstorming potential projects. Teens were encouraged to register for the Montana 4-H “Rec” Lab event coming up April 19-21 in Boulder, MT (Molly will be the chaperone) – registration closes April 1st.

    TO DO:

    • Keep brainstorming your Leadership Plan of Action (Leadership Plan of Action - Montana 4H - Montana State University Extension | Montana State University) – this is the “point” or the culmination of the Montana 4-H Ambassador program and our Teen Leadership project this year. I challenge each of you to create (at the very least) a poster or tri-fold display of your Leadership Plan of Action to display at this year’s Fair. This could show what you are planning to do, have done already, or just on the topic you’re thinking of focusing on (ex. importance of community service, or on a topic we have covered in Teen Leaders this year). Think of what you want your impact as a county leader to be!


    Looking ahead to April: 

    • Leadership Academy Workshops: (BONUS SESSION – rescheduled from March)
      • Sunday, April 14 3pm-4pm: Authenticity & Self Awareness (we will not be gathering as a group for this session). I will be occupied with MSU Spring Rodeo concessions that day as the Stand Leader, but encourage you to tune in via Zoom from home if you’re available!
    • Next Teen Leadership Project Meeting Tuesday, April 16th at 6pm at the Gallatin 4-H Office.
      • Focus: Community Service


    Teens & Parents – Subscribe to our Teen Leadership/Ambassador 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:




    In March we tackled service!!  We made 2 platters for homeless teens through HRDC, their social worker said they would be so grateful for these sweet and savory baked goods. 


    We also had a lesson on food safety and where items go safely in the fridge. Fridge collages were a hit.


    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





    4/14 Sunday MANDATORY WEIGH-IN at the Fairgrounds Indoor Arena beginning at 11:00am. The schedule is attached. This weigh-in is for ALL Steers coming to the fair (including spare animals). ALL Participants must also attend and demonstrate control of your animal(s). There will be a brief Introduction to Showmanship workshop and resources to help anyone that is interested in learning more. 


    5/1 Wednesday  All Species Workshop Carcass Evaluation: Ultrasound Technology beginning at 6:30pm at Headwaters Livestock Auction 25 Wheatland Rd, Three Forks, MT https://maps.app.goo.gl/eHAMmXpB7S479awcA.


    5/20 Monday the Basics of Clipping Steers for Show at the Beef Barn beginning at 6:30pm. There will be pizza provided by the committee so please RSVP here so we get enough! You won’t bring your steers to this workshop, just observe a demonstration with a Senior Member. RSVP appreciated https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084BAFAD29AAFF2-48736667-beef

    6/8 Saturday PRACTICE FAIR WORKSHOP at the Fairgrounds beginning at 3pm with more info to come. New Families...this workshop is a MUST with lots of information relayed to help with your fair preparations. Members are allowed to bring your steer(s) to listen, learn and practice. You must RSVP https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084BAFAD29AAFF2-48736936-prefair#/


    6/18 All Species Workshop Marketing your 4-H Project more info to come


    ✅ ALL MEMBERS please UPLOAD a picture of your Brand Inspection BEFORE 4/14. Please complete one form per Brand Inspections (can cover multiple members) https://forms.gle/n71gvgie7fKYM1As9


    ✅ IF YOU HAVE A BREEDING PROJECT: please respond to Annabel's text with what you plan to bring to fair and we will get the tagging process started. Don’t forget all breeding animals must be owned and in your possession at least 90 days prior to fair check in (April 17th, 2024).

             ☑️ Once tagged: submit your photos and proof of BANGS vaccine here as-needed https://forms.gle/byv4hB3bqJTsXVxA9

             ☑️ If your breeding projects live or graze in a Designated Surveillance Area (DSA), please reach out to Annabel for additional requirements for brucellosis. 


    ✅ Lastly, we had a Record Book Workshop in December as well as February. Attached is the handout given at the February workshop. We suggest getting these in good shape ASAP, as it's too much work to cram in before June 24th AND we expect to read some GREAT Record Books this year 🤓

    Please contact any Beef Project Leader with any questions.
    We look forward to seeing you and your projects!


    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, April 4th 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 March the Counselors got busy working within their Camp Workshop committees and setting the large group activities. The 2024 camp logo will be published soon with counselor feedback and we will be screen printing our own shirts! Counselors are actively fundraising for camp, stay tuned for Butter Braid, Cookie Dough and Jerky order forms coming your way in April/May! We rounded out our month with some team bonding during BOWLING NIGHT!!
    Camp Counselor Fundraising:
    • MSU Spring Rodeo = Friday, April 12th 5:30pm-11pm (north stand)
    • Butter Braid, Wooden Spoon Cookie Dough, Montana Made (coffee, sausages/meat sticks, gluten-free bakery mixes) - order forms due at the April meeting!
    Next Camp Counselor Business Meeting = Monday, April 29th 6:30-8:30pm @ the 4-H Extension Office.
    • Come prepared to work with your workshop committees and brainstorm small group activities

      **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)

      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.

      CAT  **new project this year!


      We had a wonderful time visiting Heart of the Valley shelter this past month!  We were able to socialize with the cats and the dogs there, and gave our tour and volunteer coordinator, Kristin, the bags of the catnip cat toys we sewed for the kitties there. She let us give each shelter kitty a special toy from our stash.  


      Our April meeting will be Wednesday April 3rd, at 6pm at Alpenglow Animal Hospital to allow those involved to attend the mandatory dog obedience project initial meeting at 4:30 along Frontage Road. 4-H member Bonnie Radke will be giving a demonstration about 4-h cat showmanship! 


      Julie Oghigian

      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

      February: Dog obedience and agility

      March: woodworking bird feeders


      Thank you to all the non parent helpers who helped run power tools for our wood working meeting!! Thank you Craig Hagmeier, Wayne Neil and Jason and Ben from MGC, LLC!!


      Future Meetings:

      Our April meeting will be in one of the barns - Watch your email for a map!

      Our last meeting will be May when we do a potluck and make decorations for the fair!


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



      Spring is in the air, and we are excited!  At our March meeting, we chose to create an Irish-inspired dish...  comforting & delicious Shepherd's Pie. Each member seasoned their dish according to their liking, and all of them were absolutely scrumptious! We, unfortunately, did not take any pictures because we were too busy cooking and eating. 


      Our next scheduled meeting is April 16th, 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.  


      ***We also need to plan our fundraiser meeting, so please respond to the Doodle Poll that was emailed to each of you. Once we narrow down the best date/time, then you will receive a Signup Genius email to RSVP.  This is a great opportunity to earn money for our project and get creative in the kitchen!


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





      Our April meeting for the dairy cow project will be held on Monday, April 8 at 6:30pm at the 4-H Office.  We will be going over herd health and genetics for dairy cows.  Please remember to also bring your records and workbooks to this meeting.  


      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.


      It's time!! The time has finally come for us to start meeting again. Our first meeting is on Wed, April 3 @ 4:30 at Montana Murray Kennels and this meeting is MANDATORY for parents and members. We will go over the rules, requirements and expectations for participating in this project and fill out paperwork. Please bring a current, up to date, copy of your Rabies certificate to this meeting. We can make a copy there if needed. You cannot bring your dog to class until you turn this in. 


      Due to the size of our class we will be splitting into two separate classes, one class at 4 pm and one class at 5 pm.  These classes will run approximately 45 minutes. I understand that some of you absolutely cannot make the 4:00 class but I am really hoping that we can be about half and half. If you can make the 4:00 class, please plan on signing up for that one. There will be a sign up sheet at the Orientation Meeting (04/03).


      I have sent out a detailed email to everyone on the dog obedience roster. If you did not receive it, please get in touch with me ASAP!


      Last month we were invited to attend a K9 first aid, CPR and trap removal training. Four of our members were able to attend and we learned a lot of valuable information regarding the safety of our dogs. 


      Please let me know if you have any questions. See you soon!

      Shawnna Taylor 




      What do a dog and a cellphone have in common?

      They both have collar ID!


      I hope this finds you all well and ready to start working with your dogs! Our first meeting is going to be on Tuesday, April 9th at 4:30pm at Montana Murray Kennels. This first meeting we will fill out paperwork, do an orientation and then start the training. To this first meeting I will have you bring updated vaccine records and your dog. A schedule will be handed out at this meeting to ensure that all participants have the meeting dates.


      Overall, we will be meeting every Tuesday at 4:30pm at the kennel unless otherwise noted.


      Please also make sure that you all are working on your project books and record books! Don't leave it to the last minute! Record books are due on June 26th.


      If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out!

      facility@montanamurraykennels.com or 406.388.4789

      Thank you!


      GOAT - DAIRY
      Questions? Contact a Dairy Goat Leader:

      Cassy Mitchell 406-223-0146

      Leah' Macdonald 406-220-3556 


      Hey everyone, our next meeting will be April 24th at the Gallatin Conservation District office in Manhattan at 6:45pm.


      Looking ahead, Market Goat Tagging/Weigh-ins will be May 5th at 2pm at 604 W dry Creek Rd. This is MANDATORY for you to be able to participate at the fair.


      We will also have a mandatory showmanship workshop in June, date and time TBD. As a reminder, please make sure you are working on your record books, or if you've chosen the alternative project, make sure you're keeping track of all your progress! If anyone needs any help with anything, please reach out! 


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


      Sign Contract Here:



      Questions? Contact a Market Goat Leader:

      Gena Johnson (406) 599-5920

      Aimee Henry (406) 548-1031

      Wendy (406) 600-9662

      HORSELESS HORSE  **new leader this year!


      The Horseless Horse project will be having their April meeting on Saturday, April 27th. We will meet at H2O Equine (Manhattan, MT) from 2-2:30, then head to MT Equine (Logan, MT) around 2:45, where we will be learning about equine veterinary medicine.  


      See you then!!


      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, April 6th as well as a Jumping and Dressage clinic on April 7, followed by a Colt to Maturity/Green Horse and Working Ranch Horse Clinic later in the month.  We have some great clinicians lined up so Sign up on the Horse Event Calendar.  Also please note that some dates of clinics have changed, so please check the 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. Games and the  Awards ceremony will be on Sunday, July 14th evening with hopefully some additional horse games the following Saturday.  
      • 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.


      Phyllis and I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. This Saturday is our scheduled knit and crochet time at the Belgrade Public Library in the Community Room upstairs, 10:00-12:00.  Please let me know if you will or will not be attending.


      I will have yarn and some suggestions for mug rugs for the residents at The Springs to begin working on. This Saturday we will discuss how to measure gauge and the importance of it.


      April 20 - The Springs 9:30-11:15

      May 4 - Belgrade Library 10:00-12:00

      May 18 - The Springs 9:30-11:15

      June 6 - Belgrade Library 10:00-12:00


      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 will be Saturday, April 20th from 1-4 pm at the Extension office and is going to begin with information on record books, and fair requirements for those wanting to exhibit at fair. The balance of the meeting is going to be an open workshop time where they can work and receive help and guidance on any project they would like to do.


      The coaster they made in the March workshop can be entered as their required item if they choose or it can be entered into the other projects for Fair. Kits are available from many different locations for knife sheaths, dog collars, key tags, ear rings, belts, wallets, napkin rings etc.  Remember my sister is making napkin ring kits for anyone who would like them (A great mother’s day gift). She has priced three different options:


      1. A set of 4, 1” leather napkin rings $6.50 (Extras - $1.25 each)
      2. A set of 4, 1½” leather napkin rings $7.25 (Extras - $1.50 each)
      3. A set of 4, 2” leather napkin rings $8.00 (Extras – $1.75 each)


      Let me know if you would like these and I will have them for you at the April project meeting. 


      Additionally, there is a free leathercraft class offered by Tandy Leather and  Jim Linelle that is held in Sheridan, Wyoming as part of the Rocky Mountain Leather tradeshow.  This class is 1-4 PM at Sheridan College on Saturday, May 18th.  Kids will come out of the class with a set of the six basic tools from Tandy Leather, a completed thumb purse and lots of hands on help from professionals in the field of leathercraft.  If you are thinking about attending please register ASAP at Rocky Mountain Leather Tradeshow Adventures in LeatherMake sure you fill out the registration certificate and submit it so they can make sure they have enough supplies for everyone.  Attending this class and then walking through the world leather debut count as two of their activities for fair. 


      As you all know my family is moving to Wyoming and we have been transitioning for a while, please email me at marble@wyoming.com from now on.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions regarding anything for this project.  My cell is also available for you to use (406) 579-0431. 


      Thank you,



      PHOTOGRAPHY  **new leader this year!
      Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 16th @ 5:30pm at Penta Machine Company.

      Homework: Taking and selecting photos for consideration to our Cafe M show in June and personal project portfolios.

      Upcoming Photography Show!!!
      Cafe M in Belgrade will be displaying the photography of our 4-H project from June 1 through July 12! Details for an artist reception will be available in May.

      Photos from our most recent critique: (These are descriptions, not titles)
      Steaming horse: Dakota Woodring
      Scrub + Sunrise: Heidi Hutchison
      Archery(3): Bridger Noonan
      Ice climbing (3): Ruby Hertel
      Horses eye + National Anthem mounted: MacKenzie Woodring
      Metal shop: Dakota Woodring
      Running Buckskin + fence line: Emma Baeth

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


      Thank you to the members who came and learned about eggs at our March meeting. Thank you also to guest speaker Rob Brownell for teaching the members about incubating eggs. Our next meeting will be held on April 11, 2024 from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the 4-H Office Conference room. We will be learning about other poultry species and discussing our record books. **Please bring your record books and workbooks with you to this meeting! 


      Also MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our May meeting which will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at the Indoor Arena of the Fairgrounds. We will be having a showmanship clinic and will also be teaching what a judge looks for while cage judging your birds. Any questions please contact one of the leaders.


      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!


      In March the Rabbit project met to learn about how to groom and show a rabbit at a rabbit show. The seniors were fantastic help with sharing their showmanship routines and tips.

      They followed their presentation with a round of rabbit fact trivia and candy for members with correct answers. Thank you Keira, Bonnie, Clayton, and Hazel for all your help!


      April brings our annual Rabbit Rendezvous on Saturday, April 13th in the Indoor Arena on the Fairgrounds (where we show during fair). Check-in for the Rendezvous show will start at 8am with health checks with a $2 entry fee per rabbit. Rabbit Rendezvous will run from 9am to 2pm. Rabbit Rendezvous does count as a rabbit meeting. Remember.....you need 4 meetings to show at the fair.


      Our next regular project meeting will bThursday, April 18th at 6pm in Exhibit Building #4. Bring your record books!!


      Farm Fair volunteers needed! May 7-9 is our valley's annual Farm Fair for 4th graders. I need two rabbit members (4th grade or older) to help each day 8am-3pm. I can get a school excuse from the 4-H office for any volunteers AND it counts as a meeting. If you can spend the day helping us out, please let me know ASAP!


      ALL rabbit project members must 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:




      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.


      This project meets:

      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

      April Meeting Dates:
      April 10 & 11
      April 24 & 25

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


      Joey Knappenberger




      The Sewing Project met in March and we started working on our projects for Fair! Each member got to choose between 5 different styles to make as their big project this year. Options (in order of difficulty) were-a pillow case, pot holder, bag, pajama pants, or apron. It was exciting to see that  everyone challenged themselves with the three most difficult projects, bag, pajama pants, and aprons. Two members are choosing their own apron pattern and our newest member will be making a gathered skirt. We drafted the patterns at the March meeting and discussed how to choose fabric and thread.


      Over the next couple weeks, kids will cut out their patterns at home and bring them to the next meeting where we begin sewing everything together. It's truly special to watch someone create an item that they can wear or use on a daily basis. Can't wait to see the finished projects in July. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 10th from 5-7pm at 2105 Lea Ave. 


      Laura Fisher

      RevivALL Clothing


      Intentional, handmade clothing


      Upcoming Workshops:

      Cooking with Lamb Workshop will be Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30pm

      RSVP and location will be sent out in a email soon! 


      Red Bluff Ranch Tour will be Wednesday, May 1st at 6pm. We will hopefully see some lambs be born and see lots of new lambs running around! Watch your Emil for more information!


      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:



      Remember you need to attend 4 of the 7 workshops! If you are signed up for the sheep project and have not attended any of the workshops please reach out to one of us leaders and we can make sure you get all 4 workshops in. 


      Take the time and read through the Fairbook it has been edited for this 2024 4h year. It has lots of information and a good way to get your many questions answered! 


      Like always reach out if you have any questions or concerns


      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 



      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   



      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. Thank you for a great meeting to go over rifles and shotguns. Your paper cartridges looked perfect. Please see schedule below for meeting days and times. There will be more dates and times added as determined. Outdoor meetings will begin in April and are held at the shooting range near Logan.


      Indoor meetings:

      April 15th, 6:30-8:00 pm- this meeting has been moved to Exhibit Building #4 at the fairgrounds.

      Outdoor meetings:

      April 22th, 6:30-8:30 pm- This will be at the range in Logan and will only be for new members to the project. (weather permitting)

      April 29th, 6:30-8:30 pm- This will be at the range in Logan and is for all members to go over safety rules and get back into shooting.


      Feel free to contact Sarah Brechbuhler with any questions:





      Hi Swine Families 👋 Just a reminder...RSVPs and deposits are due ASAP for Pig Pool Pigs with instructions in the email below. We are also in need of some Senior-level helpers to vaccinate, tag and help the night before (4/12) and the day of (4/13) the pig pool. Please sign up here if you are a Senior Member and can help https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DABAB29A5F9C52-48737821-2024


      📷 Are you ready to submit Tag & Pig pictures? As a reminder, the taggers can be checked out from the 4-H Office and Merle has some out in the Manhattan area. 

      Per the Swine Contract: I will properly ear tag all of my Market Swine with a Gallatin County-issued tag on/before April 16, 2024; and the animal will be owned and cared for by me for a minimum of 90 days before the Fair. As a member, I may tag up to 5 swine each. I will submit a clear photograph of each 4-H tagged animal, identifying the animal’s coloring and Tag # via a Google Forms link issued by the Swine Committee on or before April 16, 2024. I will return all unused tags to the 4-H Office or Merle Farrier by April 16 and understand that any unused tags, not returned will result in a $25 administrative fee. If my animal receives a new Tag between the tagging deadline and Fair, it is my responsibility to resubmit a clear photo identifying my animal with its new Tag # to the Google Forms link.


      If you have your tags and pigs in-place, you can submit your information and photos here https://forms.gle/YGV3Fr8XtY1J1LCw6. We will NOT accept emailed pictures and tagging information / ONLY through this form!



      • 4/13 PIG POOL @ 10am - need a pig or two? $160/ea (with $60 deposit) - more information below
      • 4/20 Carcass Workshop {level 2 & 3} at Amsterdam Meats / Feddes Family Meats
      • April TBD Jr Meats Workshop {level 1 & 2} at Daniels Meats
      • 5/1 Carcass Evaluation: Ultrasound Technology {level 2 & 3} at Headwaters Livestock
      • 5/11 Introduction to Showmanship {level 1} @ TBD
      • May TBD  Competitive Showmanship / Judge Terms / Mock Show {level 2 & 3} at Headwaters Livestock
      • 5/20  Records Books / Workbooks / Posters / Marketing Basics {level 1} at Fairgrounds Building #TBD
      • May/June TBD (all levels} Farrowing
      • June TBD {level 1 & 2} Clipping & Fitting
      • 6/18 {all levels} Marketing your 4-H Project @ MSU Animal Bioscience at 6:30pm
      • June TBD **new topic** {level 2 & 3} Pork Industry / Awareness

      Please be reminded of our workshop basic protocol:

      • Sign in at each workshop you attend for workshop credit. 
      • The workshops start at 6:30 so out of respect for our speakers and other members, please arrive prior to this time so we can start on-time. 
      • The {levels indicated} are meant to indicate the appropriate audience, but ALL members are welcome to attend ALL workshops
      • Please reach out here if you have any questions. Committee members will also strive to be at workshops early and stay after if you have any questions. 

      📳 Prefer Reminders via Text? We have set up a Parent & Member Remind text 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 



      🐷 If you still have not found a source for your pigs, please talk to us at tonight's Workshop or reach out to us ASAP as we have been in touch with quite a few breeders in the greater area.

      The Swine Committee is providing a local affordable option to get a pig with a Pig Pool on Saturday April 13th. A “pool” of production‐grade pigs is brought in and weighed, vaccinated and ear tagged and the cost this year is $160/pig. Members must RSVP and provide a $60 down payment for your pigs by Friday March 29th. If you haven't reached out already, please RSVP to merle.farrier@gmail.com and the GallatinSwineProject@gmail.com in order to be included in this and make arrangements. 



      📢 Attention SENIOR Members would you like to have NO workbook requirements this year? AND 1st or 2nd year Swine families: would you have interest in being paired (Senior-Level Swine Member and New Member(s)) to tackle the challenges of raising pigs? Please reach out at tonight's Workshop or here via email! We are offering the Senior Swine Members an opportunity to facilitate a mentorship beginning now. Again; if interested, please reply to this email and we'll find a match for you and send you some more information on what this looks like. The main goal of this is to help our older members gain some leadership experience and have some responsibility/accountability; all the while helping the new members feel comfortable with raising their pigs and having a successful project! 



      🍀As a non-Swine side note: please join your fellow 4-Hers May 14th for the Spring Youth Workshop. There are several workshops, including a fun workshop on how to prepare for Fair. ALL 4-H youth members and parents are welcome!  See the newsletter for more details and to RSVP https://clt1241323.bmeurl.co/10BF8586.

          The 2024 Swine Committee

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

          VET SCIENCE


          Next meeting will be Wednesday, April 17th at 6pm at the 4-H Office! Also mark your calendars for our May 15th meeting at 6pm at the 4-H office. 


          We are also working to schedule some field trips:

          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.


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

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