National 4-H Week
Farewell from JaNaie'

Gallatin County 4-H Families!  It has been a huge pleasure meeting you all and working closely with volunteers and watching youth grow up and take on leadership roles!  I am transitioning to a position on MSU Campus with the Montana 4-H Foundation. 


The Extension Office/MSU Admin do not know the plan quite yet on when they will be posting the 4-H agent position to fill this vacancy, so the below information will be helpful in the meantime.  


Currently Molly Yurdana ( is the only Extension Agent in the office and will be taking the lead of 4-H in the office (and at fair) at this time.  Colyn, the 4-H program manager , is currently part time and the office is working towards presenting her position to the commissioners for full time this spring.  She is taking the lead on financial aspects of 4-H and enrollment process and providing club/project rosters to volunteers.   Kari ( will still be supporting 4-H and helping get project books to youth along with reserving the fairgrounds buildings for project/club meetings.  The newsletter will be a joint team effort, but please send your newsletter blurbs to on the 23rd of each month.

Registration Attached to March Newsletter Email
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 
Check the calendar today logo


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 16-24 Big Sky Country State Fair


August 1-4 4-H Summer Camp

COMMITTEES                                                      back to top


The next meeting is March 1st, 6pm at the Extension Office. ULC will now meet the first Tuesday of each month.  


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 4-H club had our club meeting on February 3, 2022.  The dinner theme for February was crock pot meals and other desserts.  We met with our committees while we ate dinner.  We also played games as groups.  We talked about the March meal and did our activity, which was Rober's Rule of Order Trail Mix.  Our next club meeting will be March 3, 2022,  at 6:00 at Home Interiors Outlet. If you have questions, please contact Shelly McPhee at (email) or 406.595.4774 (text).


Dab Nabids


If you have questions, 

Belinda Nash 570-5585

Monika Johnson 579-3211


The members of Teen Leadership have been busy planning different activities!  At our last meeting we made 30 tie blankets for a local cause.  Be on the lookout for future meetings and events! If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee - (email), (email), or 406-595-4774 (text).

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



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; 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

On February 7th we held our monthly meeting at the Church of Nazarene. During the meeting we went through our usual reports and at the end we had a group club communication activity. Our next meeting will be at the Church of Nazarene at 6pm on March 7. -Brynn Wiening 


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.


Baking at MSU

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. 




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


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

Camp Counselors

The camp project is rolling along.  The next meeting will be held on March 22, 2022, at 6:30.  Remember, if you are unable to attend, please let me know.  Also, if you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee - (email), (email), or 406-595-4774 (text).


 Any questions please call Shawna Oostema at 406-580-7819.

Cloverbuds (Ages 5-7)

Great turn out for cloverbuds (wood working) project this month. Thought you might want to include it in the newsletter. So far we have had a meeting on the following projects: What is 4-H, a service project, rabbits and woodworking.

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

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:


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 Agility

Our meetings will be held weekly on Thursdays at 4pm. Each session will be about 45 minutes and you will need to prepare for working inside or outside. Either way please make sure that you always wear closed toed shoes that you can easily move in. Our meetings will be held at Montana Murray Kennels, which is 25 Dollar Drive, 59714.

Our first meeting will be on Thursday, April 7th at 4pm. This will be an orientation so no dogs just humans! I will also have you bring current vaccine records in as well. Be ready to fill out paperwork, ask questions and be thinking about your goals/what you would like to accomplish this year. At the meeting we will cover safety, rules and requirements as well as the year's schedule. If you have questions please feel free to reach out to me via email at:


Dog Obedience

Our meetings are again going to be held on Wednesdays and there will be a 4pm class or a 5pm class for the first few weeks and then we will drop down to one class. Each class will be about 45 minutes in duration. Our first class will be held on Wednesday, April 6th at 4:30pm and it will be an orientation class so there will be no dogs! Please make sure to bring in current vaccine records with you to this meeting. We will be covering rules, safety and requirements as well as this year's schedule. If you have questions please feel free to reach out via email at:

Goat- Dairy


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

Hello everyone! Our next meeting will be on March 15th, bldg 1 at 6:30. We will be having a guest speaker coming to talk about feed. Just a reminder, the mandatory showmanship workshop will be June 27th at 6:30. If you have any questions, please reach out to me or the market goat committee at any time. Gena (406)599-5920, Amy (406)209-2720, Aimee (406)548-1031. 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

Hi Horse Project Members!


A Few Reminders:  

  • Sponsorships of $50/member or $75/Family are due by March 12.   You can pay via venmo @GallatinCounty-HorseCommittee or Contact Toni Berger at 406-539-3747 to drop off a check.  If your child has secured a donation or sponsorship from a business, please be sure they give the business a tax deductible donation form and write a thank you note.  
  • Please be sure and remember to pay $10/member for each clinic you attend. If you forget at the clinic, please pay via Venmo later!
  • 4H Horse Show has been officially moved to July 16-18, with a Check in and Chill out scheduled for Friday Evening, July 15th.  Mark your calendars, as we will need all parents on board volunteering in different capacities to help the show run smoothly!   


We have lots of exciting workshops planned for March so please sign up at least 2 days in advance so our clinicians can plan!  Sign up links are included below, as well as link to the year long schedule.  Please note that the WRH Clinic has been moved the the Rose Cattle Co in Toston for March.  We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

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:  March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, May 7, May 21, June 4, June 18.

Jeanette and Phyllis

Leadership (Teens)

The members of Teen Leadership have been busy planning different activities!  At our last meeting we made 30 tie blankets for a local cause.  Be on the lookout for future meetings and events! If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee - (email), (email), or 406-595-4774 (text).

Call Kris with Questions: 406-539-3760.  Make sure to add to your safelist to recieve the email updates.
March 17th 6:00pm at the Fairgrounds Building #3

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

Monica Samson 406-399-1866


Thursday, March 10th at 6:30,   Indoor Arena at the Fairgrounds.  (The sheep barn, building with concessions).  Dress warmly.

We will learn about other poultry,  chick care, coop needs and selection of birds.  Don't forget that Poultry contracts are due to 4-H office by March 15th. 


Shawna Oostema: 406-580-7819,;   

Barbie Huber: 406-559-5950;;   

Judy Neiman: 406-599-0639;   

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

Shoting 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

Shotgun - Manhattan Wildlife Association - Logan - Sundays
Date Program Time
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  

Hi Swine Families - please be reminded of our upcoming swine workshops:

  • Please remember to 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. 
  • There will be additional opportunities as we lock in some dates moving forward. We do ask that anyone who does not feel well please not attend the workshops.


🐽 March 2 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm Wednesday @ Manhattan Bridge Church {1085 Yadon Rd, Manhattan} / In-person / Animal Health, Weatherproof Shelters and Q&A with Dr. Nick Johnson. Bring a notebook, a pen and any questions you have about getting ready for your project this year!


🐽 March 3 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm Thursday @ Fairgrounds Building #3 / In-person / Swine Selection with Jason Otis. There will be handouts given but bring a pen and any questions you have about getting ready for your project this year!


🐽 March 8 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm Tuesday / Best Western GranTree - Small Ballroom {1325 N 7th Ave, Bozeman} / In-person / Feeds & Nutrition with Cash Young @ CHS/Rocky Mtn Supply. Bring a notebook, a pen and any feed or nutrition-related questions you have.


🐽 March 24 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm Thursday / Amsterdam Meats {6680 Amsterdam Rd, Churchill} / In-person / Carcass Workshop - will see the facility and will observe the processing of a portion of a hog.


As a reminder, the Swine Committee sponsors a Pig Pool in an effort to provide local affordable options for Members of the Project. A “pool” of production‐grade pigs is brought in and weighed, vaccinated and ear tagged. We're still working on the cost for this year but in 2021, they were $160/head. Members that have RSVP’d for a pig will be drawn and can choose a pig when their name is drawn. This will happen Saturday April 9 @ 9:00am @ the Fairgrounds  Members must RSVP for your pigs by Friday March 25th to or in order to be included in this. Also please remember that members are responsible for transportation of the pigs from the fairgrounds to their new homes.


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. 


We have set up a Parent & Member Remind text group for project-related correspondence They're short and sweet but you must opt-in, we will not add you and can choose to opt-out at a later date if needed. 


-The Swine Committee

Travis Collins, Lindsay Herron, Kelly Pavlik, Merle Farrier, Lee Nuss, Eric Johnson, Cory Taylor, Sarah Bailey and Libbie Oram.

Vet Science

 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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