National 4-H Week

We are always seeking new volnteers!  If you have recently signed up to be a volunteer, the next step is to attend a training with JaNaie, the 4-H Agent.   These can be 1:1 meetings or sometimes held with a group of other new volunteers.  If you have not met with or connected with the 4-H agent, please email her at to set up a meeting.  This way you can start getting involved and leading youth!


Montana State University Extension encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Extension Office 10 days in advance of your participation.

Art Contest!

Looking to get creative? Have skills in digital programs or want to draw by hand?

We are searching for artwork that encompasses Gallatin County 4-H and all the opportunities for youth. A picture with simply one project/club represented is not what we are looking for.   All submitted artwork has the potential to be on a postcard, thank you card, and displayed at fair!  Click here for all the details, rules and release form!  

We are looking for more entries!  Please submit by April 1st 2022.    

EVENTS                                                                back to top 
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February 8 ULC meeting

February 15 Fairbook edits due

February 21 Office closed

February 23 Newsletter blurbs due


March tbd Communication/Stir Ups Info Night- Tips to prepare!

March 4-6 4-H State Shooting Sports Event

March 8 ULC meeting

March 18-20 Montana Rec Lab

March 26 Stir Ups Competition


April 1 Scholarships Due for Higher Education

April 23 Communication Day Competition


July 17-24 Big Sky Country State Fair


August 1-4 4-H Summer Camp

COMMITTEES                                                      back to top


The next meeting is February 8th, 6pm at the Extension Office. 


The next Gallatin 4-H Foundation meeting will be held Thursday, March 24th at the Extension Office @ 6pm. This committee fundraises for higher education scholarships and new clus and projects.  
Market Livestock Logo

Next meeting is March 9th at 6pm at the Extension Office.



Click on the link below for the digital version of the Fair Thank You Tab.

CLUBS                                                                  back to top
Belgrade Pioneers Club

The Belgrade Pioneers’ meeting was held Thursday, January 3rd, 2022, at Home Interiors Outlet. We held our committee meetings while we ate dinner. Our theme for dinner was Coconut and Pumpkin. We had a brief business meeting, played a fun game, and had stations set up with different activities. They were straw blown paintings, games, decorating gingerbread cookies, and how to give a demonstration. Everyone did a great job and we had so much fun! Our next meeting will be held on February 3rd, 2022, at 6:00 pm atHome Interiors Outlet. If you have questions, please contact Shelly McPhee at (email) or 406.595.4774 (text).


Dab Nabids

What:   learn about parliamentary procedure (aka how to conduct a meeting) with Megan and Tyler (MSU students, 4-H alumni)

When:  Tuesday, 2/8

Where:  Animal Bioscience building room 138

Time:  6-6:45

This meeting/workshop is especially important for current 4-H club officers and those hoping to be in a leadership role in the future.  

If you have questions, 

Belinda Nash 570-5585

Monika Johnson 579-3211


We held our planning meeting on Sunday, January 23rd, 2022.  It was a very productive meeting!  We will be meeting on Sunday, February 6th, 2022, at the Extension Office at noon to make tie blankets.  The next state training will be held on Sunday, February 13th, 2022, via Zoom.  The next DLE training meeting will be held on Monday,  February 21st, 2022, from 2:00 - 4:00.   If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee at or 406.595.4774.



Dry Creek-Teens


This club meets in Manhattan monthly on the 1st Monday. The programming is tailored to 7th grade and older and we do not specializing in any projects just topics that teach advanced life skills, teen leadership and citizenship. If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016 or via email

Gallatin Gallopers


Contact for club information: Cynthia Brewer 406-539-3806,

Gateway Challengers

The Gateway Challengers met on January 10, 2022 for their regular club meeting.   Vice President Josie Stuart called the meeting to order at 6:37 (as club President Natalie Sampson was absent)  Next, club secretary Maddie Black lead role call and we played an ‘icebreaker’ game called Two Truths and a Lie. Following this game, our club leader, Jessica Black, went over information regarding club correspondence and parliamentary procedure.  The club then played a parliamentary procedure game which helped further teach club members about parliamentary procedure.   Lastly, we discussed upcoming demonstration speeches; helping members understand what is expected of them in these speeches and how to prepare for them.  The meeting ended with snacks (provided by Ms.Miller) and down time for the club members to socialize.

Submitted by Jack Stuart


If you have any questions contact Jessica Black (406) 539-0940 or

Manhattan Clever Clovers

We do not specialize in any projects but introduce the members to record keeping, demonstrations/ public speaking, parliamentary procedure and pick fun topics to learn about each month. If your member is 7th grade and older and they’ve been in 4-H previously, we encourage them to join the Dry Creek 4-H Club but please inquire if you are unsure what would be best for your member. We are also seeking an Adult Volunteer to serve as a co-leader to help organize/carry out for this upcoming 4-H year. If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016 or via email

Saddle Stars

Our upcoming club rides’ current dates are; January 18th, February 13th, March 20th, April 24th, May 15th, and June 26th. The club rides are held from 1-3pm at the Fairgrounds’ Indoor Arena. 


Club meetings take place the second Monday of each month, at 6:30pm at the Bridge Church in Belgrade. Contact our club leader, Tamara Knappenberger for more information.


Facebook: @SaddleStars4H


Tamara:   I   (307)214-8336 

Shining Mountaineers

The Shining Mountaineers 4-h club had a meeting on January 3rd. We had a sledding party at the Gallatin Regional Park on the 8th. The Shining Mountaineers did a Christmas tree pick up/disposal fundraiser the first two weeks of January. We are looking forward to our next meeting on February 7th  6:00 at the Nazarene Church in River Rock.        

 For any questions, please contact Patrick Marble at 406-570-5897 

Willow Creek Wranglers



For any questions, please contact Katy Hansen at 570-9996 or Sam Cavin at 599-8288.

PROJECTS                                                          back to top
National 4-H Week
2021-2022 Projects



Are you 13 years old or older?  Do you want to help younger members in the County?  Do you like to plan and put on events and attend retreats?   Do you want to be a Gallatin County Ambassador for the 2021 - 2022 4-H year?  If you are 13 or older and are interested in becoming a Gallatin County Ambassador, please complete the application and submit it to the Extension Office or Shelly by October 31.  If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee at or 406.595.4774.


Arts & Crafts

We have a possible new leader for this project!  We will connect with anyone signed up for this project and update with the next newsletter.  

Baking at MSU

Our February meeting is scheduled for 2/22/22. I have changed our dates to the last Tuesday of each month due to scheduling conflicts with the kitchen.  We will meet at the MSU food lab, room #120 in Herrick Hall, located on S. 7th Avenue.  You will receive a SignupGenius email before our meeting to RSVP.  It is important to sign up so that we can plan each meeting accordingly. 


Please call or email Stephanie Lively with any questions. 




Feb 12th @ 10:00am.      

 MSU- meat grading workshop- ultra-sounding live cattle. This will explain why we ultra-sound your calves at fair.  So those of you that want to better understand the process, please come.  YOU MUST WEAR WARM CLOTHING!  

2730 West Garfield, Bozeman MT. We will be in the facility JUST as you turn in the gate. This is MSU teaching farm.  Please be prompt! 


March 5th @10:00am 

Gallatin County Fairgrounds Beef Barn. This will be a BIG workshop from 10am-2pm. This will cover Feeding a show steer, fitting a steer and showmanship.  This will be hosted by our beef project,  but put on by Dan Vannek and purina animal feeds.  Lunch will be included.  You do not being your steers.   We have also invited other counties and FFA to participate.  We are trying to keep costs very low, so we are asking for donations to help pay for this event.  If everyone can bring $5 (or whatever you’re comfortable with) it would help immensely. PLEASE wear warm clothing! 


Mandatory April Weigh in- April 10th- we will send the location and your time slot closer to the time. This will be where we make sure you have complete control of your steer.  If you’re a novice you really need to make sure you can control your steer and lead it by yourself at this point.


AQA- This is your reminder that if this is your first time selling an animal at fair OR you’re a first year senior you MUST take AQA to sell your animal. We will send a list out shortly of who needs to attend. AQA DATES:

> Saturday, April 2nd 9am-12pm   > Saturday, April 30th 1pm-4pm

> Wednesday, May 18th 5pm-8pm


Seth Halverson- (406) 209-1178 

Annabel Morgan (406) 580-9003       

Melanie Duffin    (406) 209-1978  

Lee Nuss            (406) 599-0601

Cake Decorating

We plan to have a cake decorating meeting February 22nd at 6:30pm


Email Ginny Francis Or Kelley for further details and location details.

Camp Counselors

Greetings!  The planning for 4-H Summer  Camp has begun!  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022, at 6:00.  If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee at or 406.595.4774.


Happy February to all the 4-H Cat Project members!  Please come to our first workshop to learn about cat care and explore the different cat breeds on Monday February 21, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00pm small conference room at the Extension Office.  Please remember to bring your project and record books to the workshop too!  Any questions please call Shawna Oostema at 406-580-7819.

Cloverbuds (Ages 5-7)

Welcome to 4-H Cloverbuds! We have a once monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month at the fairgrounds (November-June). We dive into a different possible 4-H project/topic each month.  Watch for an email with lots more information! -Erin Neil

Cooking at MSU

Our February meeting is set for 2/15/22. We will meet at the MSU food lab, room #120 in Herrick Hall, located on S. 7th Avenue.  You will receive a SignupGenius email before our meeting to RSVP.  It is important to sign up so that we can plan each meeting accordingly. 


Please call or email Stephanie Lively with any questions. 


DLE - Ages 13 and older

We held our planning meeting on Sunday, January 23rd, 2022.  It was a very productive meeting!  We will be meeting on Sunday, February 6th, 2022, at the Extension Office at noon to make tie blankets.  The next state training will be held on Sunday, February 13th, 2022, via Zoom.  The next DLE training meeting will be held on Monday,  February 21st, 2022, from 2:00 - 4:00.   If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee at or 406.595.4774.

Dairy Cow

Welcome to the new 4-H year to all the dairy cow project members! We are excited to start our workshops.  Please reserve the following dates/times:


February 7, 2022 6:30pm to 8:00pm 4-H Extension Office

Dairy Trivia / Intro to New Year--come test your knowledge about dairy 


March 7, 2022 6:30pm to 8:00pm 4-H Extension Office

Judging day and learn about milk and milk products


April 4, 2022 6:30pm to 8:00pm 4-H Extension Office



May 2, 2022 6:30pm to 8:00pm 4-H Extension Office



Any questions please contact Shawna Oostema 580-7819 or Cassie Smieja 539-3833

Dog Projects

Dog project meetings typically take place in Feb-July each year.  

Goat- Dairy


February 22 is at 6:30, location is TBD.  This is on General care: Nutrition, vaccines, worming, and pneumonia.


March 3 we will have a kidding workshop with udder care and breed registration.


March 26 Caitlynn is holding a workshop on Showmanship. This is different than previous years.  Novice (first year) 4'Hers will be required to attend.  Senior level kids will be expected to assist.  


April we plan on having a tour of a dairy factory


In June we will have a workshop on fair prep as well as Round Robin prep.

June also offers ADGA shows to attend. June 18 is the show in Big Timber.  Kids can assist participants or compete.


Char Seger 815-980-0888                                      Caitlynn Seger 406-404-0707

Leah' Macdonald 406-220-3556                             Gena Johnson 406-599-5920

Goat- Market

Hey everyone! Our next meeting will be February 9th at the fairgrounds bldg #1 at 6:30. We will be going over various feeding topics. As a reminder, there will be a mandatory showmanship workshop June 20th. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Gena (406)599-5920, Aimee (406)548-1031, or Amy (406)209-2720

Horse Projects
  1. New Requirement for Horse Project:  The Gallatin County 4H office has decided to require all animal projects (including Horse) to attend an Animal Quality Assurance workshop, once as a Junior and once as a Senior. The office will provide workshop opportunities, so please check the newsletter for dates and plan on attending if you have not already met this requirement. This is a state 4-H requirement to show at Fair.


  1. ALL horse members, regardless of project, must be signed up for a Horsemanship Level (English and/or Western) Attached to this email you will also find a roster from the 4H office.  Please review the roster to ensure that your child is registered for a horsemanship level.  If they are in the wrong level or are not registered for a level, please go to, log into your account, click on the primary household member, and then select your child's profile.  From there you can edit the projects  in which your child is enrolled.  Please contact the 4H office if you experience difficulty or need to make a payment.   


  1. In addition to making sure you are in the correct horsemanship level, please check the columns next to your child's name to see what else they may be missing.  An X denotes the form is completed, while a !!! denotes that it is missing. Please take care of this by Thursday if at all possible.   Please follow the link to the missing form here:

Horse Policy 

Helmet Policy

Horse Project Google form 

Gallatin Twisters - Horse


Jessie Sheperd- Twister Coach 352-304-1648

Jackie Jones- Twister Leader 406-579-9373 


Greetings knitters and crocheters! Please join us at Cafe in M in Belgrade from 9:30am to 11:30am.  Please email both leaders if you are unable to attend.  Dates we will meet:  February 5, February 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, May 7, May 21, June 4, June 18.

Jeanette and Phyllis

Leadership (Teens)

We held our planning meeting on Sunday, January 23rd, 2022.  It was a very productive meeting!  We will be meeting on Sunday, February 6th, 2022, at the Extension Office at noon to make tie blankets.  The next state training will be held on Sunday, February 13th, 2022, via Zoom.  The next DLE training meeting will be held on Monday,  February 21st, 2022, from 2:00 - 4:00.   If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee at or 406.595.4774.

Call Kris with Questions: 406-539-3760.  Make sure to add to your safelist to recieve the email updates.

Hello Rabbit project. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 17th from 6 until 730. This will take place at the fairgrounds in exhibit building 2. Please bring your rabbits, if you have them, and any questions you may have. I hope to see you all on the 17th! 

Cody and Amy Brownell 406-209-4183 406-209-2720

Monica Samson 406-399-1866


Market Members ONLY, no meeting for other poultry members this month.

Thursday, February  10th at 6:30 Gallatin County Fairgrounds, Exhibit building #3

This is a mandatory meeting for market members.  We will go over market contract, talk about bird selection and proper feeding.

We will also share with you what the judges look for when selecting the best market pen.


Shawna Oostema: 406-580-7819,;   

Barbie Huber: 406-559-5950;;   

Judy Neiman: 406-599-0639;   


Carcass Workshop  TBD-February 2022 Be looking for an email!

  • Discussion of lamb carcass qualities and meat cuts
  • Linking carcass quality and your market lamb project

Care, Feeding, and Starting Your Market Lamb Project - presented  by the Sheep Committee  6:30 PM March 31, 2022 (MSU Animal Bioscience Building, Room 134)


MSU Red Bluff Research Ranch  TBD - April 2022

  • Tour sheep facilities, observe lambing operations, learn about commercial sheep production

Showmanship Workshop- Bring your lambs!!! - presented by Senior members of the Sheep Project

 6:30 PM May  26th, 2022 (Gallatin County Fairgrounds)

  • What to expect in the show ring, strategies and approaches to successfully show your lamb

Slick Shearing Demonstration - Please DO NOT bring your lambs!!! -presented  by Senior members of the Sheep Project

6:30 PM June 9, 2022 Location, TBA

  • Senior Sheep members demonstration of how to slick shear your lamb in preparation for the show ring.

Craig Carr- (406) 539-4338

Ruth Carr- (406) 539-4337

Shooting Sports


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 are desperately in need of assistance in archery and shotgun.  In order for us to provide a safe and educational experience, we need your help.  Please consider becoming a leader.  More information on leader trainings will made available as it is received. Please plan to attend.  For more information, please contact Scott Francis – 581-6845.


Questions: Contact the following leaders

Archery – David Miller – 451-9942

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

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

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

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

Western Heritage – Todd Kesner – 451-1207


Archery - Big Sky Archery - Sundays
Date Program Time
2/6/2022 Shooting 1:00-5:00
2/13/2022 Fair Shoot 1:00-5:00
2/20/2022 Fair Shoot 1:00-5:00
2/27/2022 Fair Shoot 1:00-5:00
3/4 -3/6/2022 State Shoot TDB
3/13/2022 Awards and Fun Shoot 1:00-3:00
Air Rifle/Air Pistol: 123 Doe Road, Belgrade: Wednesdays
Date Program Time
2/2/2022 Shooting 6:00 -8:00
2/9/2022 Shooting 6:00 -8:00
2/16/2022 Fair Shoot 6:00 -8:00
2/23/2022 Fair Shoot 6:00-8:00
2/2/2022 Shooting 6:00-8:00
3/4-3/6/2022 State Match TBD
Smallbore - Greenway Range - Mondays
Date Program Time
2/7/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/14/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/21/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/28/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
3/5/2022 State Match 8:00 - 4:00
Smallbore - Greenway Range - Fridays
Date Program Time
2/4/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/11/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/18/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/25/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
3/5/2022 State Match 8:00 - 4:00
Shotgun - Manhattan Wildlife Association - Logan - Sundays
Date Program Time
2/6/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
2/13/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
2/20/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
2/27/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
3/6/2022 Trap Shooting - State Shoot 1:00-3:00
3/13/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
3/20/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
3/27/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
4/3/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
4/10/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
4/17/2022 No Shooting - Easter 1:00-3:00
4/24/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
  Skeet & Sporting Clays TBD  
  Competitions TBD  

We are looking forward to having another great year in the Swine Project and are planning for some opportunities to learn through workshops. We will offer many opportunities for the youth to meet the 3-workshop requirements between now and June (typically 12 or more workshops are offered). As noted in the January Newsletter, we have one coming up as well as two dates solidified for February. We plan to offer a few more in February. We've just had challenges getting speakers to commit to dates as well as COVID restrictions re-surfacing in some of our favorite meeting spaces. Our committee is finalizing the workshops soon and we will issue an entire list in early February so you can better plan your project. These are the locked-in upcoming workshps. 
🐽 February 19 @ 10am - 12pm Saturday / MSU Linfield Hall 123 / In-Person, masks required (per MSU) / MSU Animal Science Workshop: Biosecurity, infectious diseases and you; Pork Quality and a couple of additional topics. This is a VERY good workshop, put on by a team of MSU Professors. It is a 2-hour workshop so we offer one workshop credit for attendance and credit for one workbook activity if you attend. 

🐽 February 26 @ TBD Saturday / Community Co-Op / In-person, masks TBD / Raising Organic: Impacts on the industry, GMO, trends in the market. This workshop is put on by Wyatt Nelson formerly with the Bozeman Co-op that has extensive experience working with local sustainable ranchers. 

The Swine Committee

Vet Science

January's meeting covered animal digestive systems (the basics of the ruminant digestive system versus a monogastric or simple system).  A hands-on experiment was conducted by members to teach them the process of how a stomach works by completing an activity in which they 'digest' a slice of bread the way their stomachs would.  


This month we'll be meeting Thursday, February 10 at 5:30pm at the Gallatin Extension office located at 901 N Black Avenue.  Any questions please call Monika Johnson at 406-579-3211

JaNaie' Godin, 4-H Agent
Colyn Wiening, 4-H Assistant
Kari Ballenger, Extension Administrative Assistant

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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.

JaNaie’ Godin

Gallatin County 4-H Agent

Gallatin County MSU Extension | 903 North Black Ave | Bozeman, MT 59715

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