National 4-H Week

Emails have been sent ONLY to members who need to complete AQA this year. Please check your inbox for the AQA email and Sign Up Genius link. Email with any questions!


What is Animal Quality Assurance? AQA workshops aim to teach youth about proper livestock management practices that lead to the production of safe, wholesome, high quality food products for consumers and/or long-term care of breeding animals. Topics such as proper care & handling, biosecurity, nutrition, animal health and fair etiquette will be covered in this workshop.

Montana 4-H policy states: All 4-H members enrolled in any animal project, including breeding projects, must become certified through Animal Quality Assurance training at least once as a Junior 4-H member (ages 8-13) and recertify once as a Senior 4-H member (age 14+). All new animal project members are required to complete a county AQA training workshop in their first year.” *Gallatin County 4-H will follow the State 4-H policy and requires that youth members complete an AQA workshop in order to show, compete, and/or sell an animal at fair.
AQA Dates: All workshops will be at Exhibit Building #4 at the Fairgrounds
Saturday, April 2nd (9am-12pm) 
Saturday, April 30th (1pm-4pm)
Wednesday, May 18th (5pm-8pm)

This is your chance to practice and show off your amazing public speaking skills!


The 2022 Gallatin County 4-H Communication Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd. We have emailed out a fillable Communication Day registration form, contest descriptions and scoring rubrics. Registration is due to the Extension office by April, 4th by 5pm.


We will have an in-person, combined awards night for all Communication Day and Stir Ups participants on Wednesday, April 27th at 6pm at the Extension office! Contact the Extension office with any questions!

Mark Your Calendars

The Big Sky Country State Fair will be July 16-24th, 2022


The 2022 Gallatin County 4-H Fair theme is "Mountains of Adventure." Utilize this theme when planning your educational posters, club displays for the indoor building or any of your marketing materials for your livestock animals! The 2022 Fairbook will be released soon with Fair Registration - keep an eye out for those emails coming your way!


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APRIL 1 Senior Scholarships Due

               for Higher Education

APRIL 1 County 4-H Art Contest Deadline

APRIL 2 AQA Workshop #1

APRIL 4 Communication Day Registration                DUE

APRIL 5 ULC meeting

APRIL 6 Market Livestock Committee


APRIL 23 Newsletter Blurbs Due

APRIL 23 Communication Day Competition

APRIL 27 Stir Ups & Communication Day

                 Awards Night  

APRIL 30 AQA Workshop #2


MAY 1 4-H Enrollment CLOSES


JULY 6 Record Books Due to office

JULY 14-15 Record Book Interviews

JULY 16-24 Big Sky Country State Fair


AUGUST 1-4 Gallatin County 4-H Summer Camp

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The Unlimited Leaders Council discussed a potential change of the member enrollment deadline from May 1 to February 1 starting in the 2022-2023 4-H Year. The policy and procedures committee is seeking input from project committees/4-H families before proposing a specific policy change at a future ULC meeting.


In other business, it was decided to schedule the Communications and Stir-Ups awards ceremony the week following Communication Day. Extension Agent, Molly Yurdana, attended the March ULC meeting and is already picking up many of the 4-H responsibilities during the vacancy with Colyn’s assistance. The ULC thanks JaNaie’ Godin for her many years of service to Gallatin County 4-H! We will miss her but are thankful she is not far away at the state 4-H office on the MSU campus.

- Submitted by Aaron Pruitt 


ULC now meets the first Tuesday of every month, with our next meeting on April 5th at 6pm at the Extension Office.


The March Gallatin 4-H Foundation meeting was postponed and the next meeting will be held April 28th at the Extension Office @ 6pm. This committee fundraises for higher education scholarships and new clubs and projects.  
Market Livestock Logo

Next meeting is April 6th at 6pm at the Extension Office.
Stay tuned for updates and emails regarding the 2022 Fairbook, Fair Registration, Record Book Interviews and more!
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Belgrade Pioneers Club

The Belgrade Pioneers 4-H club had our club meeting on March 3, 2022. The dinner theme for March was Italian. We met with our committees while we ate dinner. We also played a name game as groups to get to know each other better. We talked about Stir Ups, County Communication Day, and our April Month-of-Service project. Our activity for March was a communications practice making sales pitches. Our next club meeting will be April 7, 2022 at 6:00pm at Home Interiors Outlet. If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee - (email), (email), or 406-595-4774 (text).


Dab Nabids

The Dag Nabids met February 8th for a review of parliamentary procedure. The workshop was guided by 4-H alumni, current MSU bobcats, Tyler and Megan. 4-H members learned how to conduct an efficient professional meeting.  A lively debate concerning “pizza toppings” was enjoyed by all! The Dag Nabids 4-H club did not meet in March.  


The Dag Nabids plan to meet April 12, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 in Animal Bioscience Building room 138.  


Questions, please call or text:

Belinda Nash 406-570-5585 or

Monika Johnson 406-579-3211


The members of Teen Leadership have several activities that they are promoting this month! We are launching a county-wide food drive for the month of April, as well as a Show Clothes Exchange, which is set for April 30th. Our next meeting will be Monday, April 11, at 6:00pm. 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

Clarkston Mustangs

The Clarkston Mustangs talked about doing a dog food drive for Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter. Part of our donation will include making homemade denim dog toys. The Mustangs are planning on putting on a Easter Egg hunt for the community. During our March Meeting we had Cassandra Mitchell demonstrate how to perform CPR. Cassandra is part of the Clarkston Rural Fire department. 

Gallatin Gallopers


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

Gateway Challengers

Gateway Challengers 4-H club held their monthly meeting on March 21. The meeting was called to order by Vice President Josie Stuart, in the absence of club President Natalie Sampson. After this, Secretary Maddie Black did role call. Then a handful club members gave great demonstration speeches, and everyone learned something new. Nextly, we partnered up for ½ hr and talked about and actively worked on our record books. The meeting was then adjourned, and everyone enjoyed snacks generously brought by Jack Beck and his family.

Submitted by: Jack Stuart - Reporter for Gateway Challengers 4H Club


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; 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


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. 




April 10th - Mandatory weigh in! Schedules will be sent out. 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. An email reminder and text will be sent out. This will also include a showmanship workshop that will count for a workshop. 


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


Upcoming workshop: MARK YOUR CALENDARS

- Communicating Agriculture Presentation - Guest Speaker, Mayzie Cremer with Activists vs. Agriculture (May 4th @ 6pm at the Gallatin County Extension office)


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 Counselors have chosen a theme - Mystery - and are busy preparing workshops for the coming event. The April meeting dates are April 12 and April 19 at 6:30 at the WB Ranch. 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)


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. 


Dairy Cow

The April meeting for the dairy cow project will be held on April 4, 2022 at 6:30pm in the 4-H office conference room.  For this month we would like to work in your activity books and help with records so please bring both your workbook and record book to the meeting.  Please also remember to save the date of May 2, 2022 for the joint workshop with the dairy goat project members!  Any questions please call Shawna at 406-580-7819.

Dog Projects

Dog Agility

Hello dog agility participants! Our first meeting is going to be held Thursday, April 7th at 4pm. Remember this is an orientation meeting so there are no dogs! I will have you bring current vaccine records instead. Please 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 also cover safety, rules and requirements including this year's schedule. For the month of April we will be meeting at 4pm every Thursday at Montana Murray Kennels.

We look forward to seeing you all on Thursday, April 7th at 4pm!


Dog Obedience

Hello dog obedience participants! Our first meeting is going to be held on Wednesday, April 6th at 4:30pm at Montana Murray Kennels. This is an orientation meeting so there are no dogs! We will have you bring in current vaccine records instead. In the meeting we will be covering the rules, safety and requirements as well as this year's schedule. For the month of April we will be meeting every Wednesday and there will be the option of a 4pm class or a 5pm class. We look forward to seeing all on Wednesday, April 6th at 4:30pm!

Goat- Dairy


Upcoming workshops are:


- April 24th - Showmanship @ the indoor arena- sharing the arena with Market Goat

- May 2nd - Making things with Milk- @ the 4H office & the dairy cow project members will be joining us

- May 10th , 11th and 12th- Farm Fair - we will be sending out sign ups in April

- June date TBD- fitting workshop/ getting ready for fair

- June 18th- Big Timber ADGA show- participation in the show counts towards a workshop requirement


**we are still working on scheduling a dairy tour and possible record book workshop


The Dairy Goat Project requires each member to attend a minimum of 4 workshops to participate at fair.  



**May 1st is the deadline for possession of your goats

**CL/CAE test results are due by July 1st


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

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

Goat- Market

Our next workshop will be April 24th at 2:30pm in the indoor arena at the fairgrounds. We will be practicing halter breaking so please bring your goats! 


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.

Horse Projects

Spring is finally here and the Fair is quickly approaching!  Clinics are an awesome opportunity to make new friends and learn from top notch instructors at an incredible price (only $10/clinic) so if you are not participating, you are missing out!  Please take note of a few date and location changes for April and mark your calendar to take advantage of the remaining clinics!


A few reminders:

  • Sponsorship buyouts ($50/individual or $75/family) were due March 12. Please submit via Venmo or contact Toni Berger 406-539-3747 to make arrangements to submit a check if you have not already done so. If you know of a business that would be potentially willing to make a larger donation, please contact the horse committee at
  • Support the WRH project by participating in the meat raffle! Tickets are only $5, but each ticket has 5 opportunities to win! Tickets can be purchased by contacting a WRH member or Donna Baeth at 406-581-0107.
  • Please make sure you have met the clinic requirements of your project by June 1st.  Proof of Spring Flu Rhino Vaccine is also due by June 1st. 
  • Attending an AQA workshop is now a requirement for all horse project members!  Please make sure you have attended once as a junior member and once as a senior member.  

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

Jeanette and Phyllis

Leadership (Teens)

The members of Teen Leadership have several activities that they are promoting this month!  We are launching a county-wide food drive for the month of April, as well as a Show Clothes Exchange, which is set for April 30. Our next meeting will be Monday, April 11, at 6:00pm. 


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.

4-H Rabbit Families:

Hard to believe we are only 3 and a half months until fair! We have 2 rabbit events going on in April. The first is Rabbit Rendezvous taking place on Saturday, April 16th in the red sale pavilion located at the fairgrounds. The show will start at 9am and run into the early afternoon. This is a fun show that helps kids prepare for fair. The second event, is our monthly project meeting on Thursday, April 21st in Exhibit Building #3 at the fairgrounds. We hope to see you all at both happenings in April!


Please reach out to one of our committee members with any questions you may have.

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

Monica Samson 406-399-1866 


Come and learn everything you have ever wanted to know about the EGG! Our meeting will be Thursday, April 14th at 6:30pm at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, Exhibit building #3.


Shawna Oostema: 406-580-7819,;     

Barbie Huber: 406-599-5950;;     

Judy Neiman: 406-599-0639;    


- It was great to see everyone at our Carcass Workshop. A BIG Thank You to Amsterdam Meats and Bill Jones for hosting the workshop. As always, it was so informative!


- Our April meeting will be a tour of the MSU Red Bluff Research Ranch. We will meet with the ranch manager, learn about how the sheep facility is run and hopefully watch some ewes lamb. We will meet from 6-8pm on Thursday, April 21st. The ranch is located on Bradley Creek Rd, in Norris, MT. 


- 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
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.


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. 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

April's meeting will be Tuesday, April 5 at 6:15pm in the Small Conference room at the Gallatin Extension office located at 903 N Black Avenue. We'll cover planning ideas for a group and//or individual display for the fair and questions you may have come across working in your Activity Books - please bring them so we can complete an activity or two.   


 Any questions please call Monika Johnson at 406-579-3211

Molly Yurdana, Extension Agent
Colyn Wiening, 4-H Assistant
Kari Ballenger, Extension Administrative Assistant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cody Stone, Director of Extension, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717. 
To request disability accommodation or to inform us of special needs, please contact the Extension Office at 406-582-3280  five (5) working days before the event.


Molly Yurdana
Gallatin County MSU Extension Agent

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