Ravalli County 4-H
June 2022 Newsletter
June 4 2022 Non Profit Fair
June 7 - August 8 Ranch Horse Project Practice
June 11 RC Rodeo Pageant Horsemanship Clinic
June 11 Montana 4-H Outdoor Days
June 11 Dairy Goat Showmanship at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds 6PM
June 11 Carbon County 4-H Dog Show
June 14 Horse Committee Meeting at Coffee Cup Cafe 7pm
June 15 Congress Registration Deadline
June 17 4-H Junior Camp Counselor Application Deadline
June 18 Windy City Classic Jackpot
June 20-22 Montana Range Days
June 23 4-H Filed Day
June 25-26 Western Ranch Supply Spectacular
June 30 Horse Project Showmanship Clinic
July 8 Camp Registration Deadline for full reimbursement
July 9 Horse Project Showmanship Clinic
July 10-15 Natural Resources Youth Camp
July 11-16 4-H Pre-Congress and 4-HCongress
July 17 Ravalli County Pageant Horsemanship Clinic
July 19th Living Center Fair Week Dog costume parade. Starting at 3 pm. Line up starts at 2:30.
July 20th Living Center Fair Week Arts, crafts, and pictures - Starting at 10:00 am 
July 22nd Living Center Fair Week Livestock Parade. Starting at 3:00 pm. Line up starts at 2:30
July 25-29 4-H Junior Summer Camp
July 29 Beef Project Hoof Trimming Event Ravalli County Fairgrounds
Project News!
Horse
Meeting:
The Horse Committee Meeting is scheduled for June 14th at 7:00 pm at the Coffee Cup Cafe.


Showmanship Clinics: 
Fellow 4-H horse members join us at the Sunnyside-Up Arena in Stevensville on June 30th at 6:00 pm for a Showmanship Clinic with Tyrell Burkland.
Please RSVP by June 24th. Call/Text Ashley at 406-381-3541 or email at ashleymlee2019@gmail.com.


Join us on July 9th at C-Max Stables for a Horsemanship Clinic with Mackenna McCollaum. This clinic is designed to help our 4-H members achieve their horsemanship goals for the fair.
Please RSVP by July 1st, Call/Text Ashley @ 406-381-3541 or email ashleymlee2019@gmail.com

Working Ranch Horse
Ranch Horse Practice:
First Tuesday of the month in Stevensville or the second Monday of the month in Darby.
If interested, reach out to Kim Jones 530-701-9497

June 7th, 6 pm at Jones Leather and Livestock.
June 13th, 6 pm at Waddell Creek Ranch
July 5th, 6 pm at Jones Leather and Livestock
July 11th, 6 pm at Waddell Creek Ranch
August 2nd, 6 pm Jones Leather and Livestock
August 8th, 6 pm Waddell Creek Ranch

Beef
Livestock Quality Assurance
Colorado State University has once again developed and shared their online quiz for Animal Quality Assurance. Please note that there are separate links for Junior and Senior members. 
 
 
Here are the links for 2022 MT MQA

Junior


Volunteer Opportunities
Ravalli County Museum

Needing 4-H groups helping out at the Ravalli County Museum Bitter Root Day (June 11) and Apple Day (October 01).
Help is needed at Bitter Root Day to set up, clean up, to act as gofers during the event and to man the fry bread booth.
For Apple Day, help is needed for set up, clean up and to be gofers as well as to man the welcome, caramel apple and apple fritter booths, to run the cider press, make apple
butter and set up for Liquid Apple Night.
If your organization can help, please contact museum@ravallimuseum.org. We would be most appreciative of any help from the 4-H clubs or from individuals.


Living Center Fair Week

July 19th - Dog costume parade. Starting at 3 pm. Line up starts at 2:30.
July 20th - Arts, crafts, and pictures - Starting at 10:00 am 
July 22nd - Livestock Parade. Starting at 3:00 pm. Line up starts at 2:30
 
We are asking that all entries would be entered by July 15th. They can drop off their project and we will take their number and let them know how the judging went.

For the parades we are asking for people to call and sign up. So we have a number of participants and we are able to announce them. 

Due to Covid the July 20th entries will be judged inside the building. We would love to see some of the kids' projects and allow the residents to judge them. We will have prizes and ribbons for our winners. There is no entry fee, it's just to have a great time for the kids and residents.

For questions or more information call the Living Center at (406)-777-5411 ext:249 or snfactivites@livingcenter.com
Livestock Committee Meeting
TBD
Advisory Council Meeting
TBD
Club Officer Training Resources
Club youth officers play a vital role in the success of your 4-H club! Each officer has responsibilities that make meetings run smoothly.

Learn more about what each role does:


Volunteer Vacancies
Livestock Sale Buyer’s Breakfast Coordinator
Work with livestock committee and other volunteers to source, organize, and implement the Livestock Sale buyer’s breakfast.

Teen Council Advisor
Work with county ambassadors and teen leaders to plan meetings, recruit members, plan events (4-H Fun Day, Service Project, 4H Carnival, 4th Grade Farm Fair, Competition Day Help, Fair: Livestock Sale, Awards Ceremony, Battle of the Barns, Round Robin)

Dairy Cow Superintendent – A complete job description is available from the Extension Office
  • Coordinate all activities of project area during fair week
  • Coordinate volunteers to complete work needed to be completed in the barn and/or projects before during and after the fair.
  • Ensure entry of exhibitors into appropriate weight classes and showmanship classes.
  • Obtain award sponsors for project special premiums and ensure youth provide thank you notes to sponsors.
  • Serve on the appropriate 4‐H Committees.
  • Where applicable, coordinate both 4‐H and Open Shows.
  • Know and apply 4‐H and fairgrounds policies and procedures.
Ravalli County 4-H Junior Camp
Ravalli County 4-H Junior Camp will take place July 26-29, 2022 in Big Fork Montana. Registration for camp will be processed through the ZSuites platform and the Ravalli County Extension Office. Adults wishing to chaperone must be a certified volunteer prior to July 24, 2022. Please contact Julie Barcus with questions or specifications. 406.381.2890 or ravalli4hcamp22@gmail.com

Active 4-H members registration :
https://4h.zsuite.org/event-registrations/14320


External participants registration:
https://4h.zsuite.org/external-event-registration/14320


Active 4-H members Camp Counselor application:
https://4h.zsuite.org/event-registrations/14319


External participants Camp Counselor application:
https://4h.zsuite.org/external-event-registration/14319

Competition Day
The Ravalli County 4H Competition Day was held May 24th at the Corvallis Grange Hall. This annual event (yes, we do it every year, even in 2020) is a chance for 4H youth and Cloverbuds to showcase their project work mid-year, compete with others for prizes, and for Seniors age 14 and up to win $100 towards a trip to State 4H Congress held in the summer at the MSU campus. 4H volunteers coordinated this event, and they and the judges were extremely impressed with the work done and effort put in by the youth who participated. We hope that more clubs and more youth will participate next year. Look for sign-ups in the late winter/early spring of 2023.
 
The prize winners are:
 
Communications

Junior Demonstration
– Callie Andersen – Summerdale 4H Club

Junior Impromptu Speech
– Adelaide Meyer – Lucky Horseshoes 4H Club

Junior Cowboy Poetry
– Karli Jackson – Summerdale 4H Club
 
Fashion Revue
– Junior winners for garments were – Vivian Svee, Lily Gardner, and Eden Smith – Summerdale 4H Club. 
                           
The judges comments were that “the garments were all so different that they were not comparable, but everyone really challenged themselves this year with their projects”.
 
Quilting
– Sr – Katie Jackson – she wins $100 toward a trip to 4H Congress – Summerdale 4H Club
 
Stir-ups Cook-Off
– No participants this year. Next year we challenge you to try this fun competition that is like a “Chopped” cooking competition for singles or teams of two.
 
Visual Arts – Cloverbud
– Huck Bishop – Summerdale 4H Club

Jr. 2D
- Addison Bishop, Vivian Svee, Karli Jackson, 3-way tie – Summerdale 4H Club

Jr 3D
- Lily Gardner – Summerdale 4H Club

Jr Challenge “Animals”
- Vivian Svee – Summerdale 4H Club

Sr 2D 
– Katie Jackson – Summerdale 4H Club

Sr 3D
– Jayna Jackson – Summerdale 4H Club

Sr Challenge “Animals”
– Jayna Jackson Summerdale 4H Club

Dairy Goat Showmanship Clinic
June 11, 2022 - 6:00pm
Dairy Goat Showmanship Clinic at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds.

6:00pm

Contact the goat superintendents for more information.
Montana 4H Connections

Adult Volunteer Awards: 
Application Due June 1st.
Each County may nominate one individual for each category to be considered for awards. Nominees may qualify for more than one category. Questions, please contact Kelton Jensen and below you will find the link to the application. https://montana.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0etOI1iTmlbuoYu
Fair Dates:
The 4-H Center is com;iling the Fair Dates around the state. The last several years MSU has shown their support for Montana 4-H by attending, bidding, and purchasing livestock form 4-H sales around the state. Please fill out the survey so we may get the information out to the State and MSU Dining. Please coordinate with your office, so only one response is submitted per fair. https://montana.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bQJ2Ioe5uAPw0XI
 
Did you hear the buzz . . . Montana 4-H is doing a virtual bee project! 
Details and Logistics: 
Please contact Emma Tracey or Kellie Kahtani with any questions. 
 Montana 4-H Congress: Registration is OPEN!
Join us Wednesday July 13 - Saturday 16, 2022 on MSU Campus - Bozeman. Pre Congress and Ambassador Officer Selection will be Monday July 11-13, 2022. 
Montana 4-H invites all members 4-H age 13 and older, volunteers and MSU extension faculty and staff to the 2022 Montana 4-H congress event on the Bozeman campus of Montana State University.
  • Members and Volunteer Chaperones Register in Zsuite. you can share this link that takes them directly to the registration after they login in. 
  • MSU Extension agents or Interns register using this link
  • Youth must be at least 13 years old as of October 1 of the current 4-H year and chaperons must certified 4-H Volunteers or MSU Extension staff and at least 21 years of age. 
Counties need to provide a county chaperone for every 10 youth. (This is an MSU rule that applies to all camps and youth events) If you have 1-2 youth that wish to participate you can ask another county chaperone to be responsible for those youth. 
This Sharepoint site has information and links that county offices can use to promote the event, guide them through the registration process and event specifics. I will be adding more information to this site today. 
Please note you will need to login into the organization (MSU) in order to access this page. If you are not already signed into Office 365, use your montana.edu email when asked to provide email then use your netid@msu.montana.edu and netid password to login. If you are prompted to request access, Brett will get an email and approve that.
State Contest are July 14 during 4-H CongressLearn more about specific contents. 
State Horse Show: September 9-11 at Cottonwood Equine Center in Joliet, MT.
Horse Ambassador Application: Youth 14 and up and riding level 3 or above to apply.
State Horse T-Shirt Design Contest: Email Emma Tracy with entries. July 15th
State Horse Essay Contest: Registration on Zsuites. Deadline August 15th

4-H Beekeeping
2022 Non Profit Fair
Ravalli County Rodeo Pageant Horsemanship Clinics
Rockin RC rodeo pageant for Ravalli county fair grounds is hosting a free Horsemanship clinic- by Fortune Quarter Horses In Corvallis June 11 the at 9am - noon. It is free but we are asking for a $25 deposit to hold the spot. Only 15 ladies will be able to attend.
If you have any questions please let me know. My number is 4062394890 text / call
Carbon County 4H Dog Show
In 1977 Montana Range Days became the state’s premier rangelands education event. Since its inception, over 7000 participants have taken part. Every two years a new host community joins with statewide sponsors to make Montana Range Days happen by contributing time, materials, and financial support.

At Montana Range Days, youth and adults of all ages gather for three days to celebrate and learn more about our rangelands, including plant identification, soils, ecology, rangeland inventory, and management tools and techniques. Tours of local operations showcase natural resource management. Contests allow participants to test their knowledge and earn prizes and other awards including scholarships.
Natural Resources Camp
International Opportunities
County Wide Project Meetings
Outdoor Adventure 1
Meetings have concluded for the year.
Contact: Gabby, gabby.burns.coffee@gmail.com
Junk Drawer Robotics 1
-Meetings every 4th Tuesday
Date: TBD
Time: 6 PM - 7 PM
Location: Meeting Room across from Extension Office
Contact: Gabby, gabby.burns.coffee@gmail.com
Poultry Project Meeting
2nd Tuesday of the Month
Date: June 14, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Commissioners Meeting Room
Contact: Virginia Chaffin, 406-381-8458 or chaffinv17@gmail.com
Cowboy Poetry Project Meeting
2rd Thursday of the Month
Date: TBD
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: TBD
Contact: Dominic, 406-369-1588
Rabbit Project Meeting
3rd Thursday of the Month
Date: TBD
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: TBD
Contact: Katie Freeman, 406-210-0814 or junkbunny3@aol.com
Ranch Horse Project Meeting
June 7th, 6 pm at Jones Leather and Livestock.
June 13th, 6 pm at Waddell Creek Ranch
July 5th, 6 pm at Jones Leather and Livestock
July 11th, 6 pm at Waddell Creek Ranch
August 2nd, 6 pm Jones Leather and Livestock
August 8th, 6 pm Waddell Creek Ranch

Contact: Kim Jones, 530-701-9497
Dog Meeting
Date: Thursdays
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Dog Barn at the Fairgrounds
Meetings will be at 5:30 at the fairgrounds in the floral building (this building has no heat so dress warm) unless otherwise indicated. The module will conclude with a competition in March. Date TBD. If you are not receiving emails contact Nicki.
Contact: Nicki Arndt, 406-369-0707, positivechangesllc@yahoo.com
Cake Decorating Project Meeting
2nd and 4th Tuesdays
Date: June, July, and August
Location: Art Bldg. RC Fairgrounds
Time: 6pm
Contact: Crystal, 406-239-4034 or crj.mt14@yahoo.com
Future Generation Youth of the Month
Future Generation Youth May 2022
Western Ranch Supply is ecstatic to announce Cole Barre from Reed Point, MT as our Future Generation Youth this month. Cole is involved in many different agriculture aspects from starting a beef-to-table lunch program at his local high school to now being co-owner of Yellowstone Angus Ranch. Agriculture has consumed Cole’s everyday life and has been heavily involved in creating diversified agriculture opportunities in his hometown. With young men like Cole, we know that the future of agriculture is in good hands. 
Eager Beavers Jackpot Show
Windy City Classic
Spectacular
Western Ranch Spectacular will be held in Great Falls this year and registration can be found by clicking the link below or going on to www.westernranchsupply.com

Reach out to me or jenaw@westernranchsupply.com if you have any questions. 
4-H Project Animals
Great 4H starter herd! Four ADGA registered Purebred Nubians. 1 moonspotted buck, three does (two black, one brown). 2000 for all four, and fairly certain all three girls are pregnant. They are very attached, and prefer them to go together. The girls are from great milking lines. The eldest two produce about a gallon a day when in milk, and this would be the youngest's first kidding. The two black does are 5 I believe, and Brown doe was 1 in February. Moonspotted buck was 1 May 10th.

3 Registered Berkshire gilts around 1 year old.

Please contact thomasinawalter@yahoo.com if interested.
4-H Foundation Scholarship Recipients
We had 90 scholarship applicants this year and some very outstanding 4-H youth across the state! Letters are being sent via mail and email to all scholarship applicants. Scholarship recipients will receive a checklist to complete as we prepare for the Banquet in July. Scholarship winners are invited to attend the banquet on Friday, July 15, in Bozeman, as this is our opportunity for the scholarship donors and the recipients to come together and be recognized. 

The selection committee was a statewide group; made up of Extension Agents, 4-H Foundation board members, and 4-H Center staff. We would like to thank them for their time and dedication to such a task! A couple other scholarships are selected by sponsors of the scholarship.

Congratulations to the following recipients!

AMTOPP Scholarship
Lillian Wages
Ravalli County

Anton and Helga Sundsted Pioneer Scholarship
Hayley Stahl
Fergus/Petroleum

Barbara Edens Memorial Scholarship
Grace Donnelly
Gallatin

Bob & Margaret King Memorial 4-H Scholarship
Lydia Vermulm
Pondera

Bud Dawson Livestock Scholarship
Brooke Binando
Carbon

Bud Dawson Livestock Scholarship
Brighton Lane
Yellowstone

Carson Christensen Memorial 4-H Scholarship
Rory Shay
Stillwater County

Cedric and Elfriede Maurer Memorial Scholarship
Victoria Kirby
Cascade

Co Bank Farm Credit 4-H Scholarship
Marie Stott
Yellowstone

Douglas A. & Nancy W. Dear Memorial Scholarship
Asa Jassen
Cascade

First Security Bank Foundation 4-H Scholarship
Raya Carlson
Fergus/Petroleum

Hubbard Feeds 4-H Scholarship
Mackenzie Serrano
Musselshell

MABA/MGEA Agri-Business 4-H Scholarship
Taylor Noyes
Broadwater County

Montana 4-H Council Scholarship
Sage Zook
Custer

Montana 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship
Mariah McPhee
Gallatin

Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarship
Nyssa Schairer
Ravalli County

Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply Scholarship
Mariah McPhee
Gallatin

Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply Scholarship
Wyatt Berkram
Glacier

Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply Scholarship
Olivia Fletes
McCone

Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply Scholarship
Molly Eaton
Prairie

Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply Scholarship
Raegan Nansel
Yellowstone

N.A. Jacobsen Scholarship
Andee Baker
Yellowstone

Nutrien Ag Solutions 4-H Scholarship
Ryan Yeske
Lewis and Clark

Steer In Trailer Sales 4-H Scholarship
Bailey Binando
Carbon

Steer In Trailer Sales 4-H Scholarship
Maria Stringari
Carbon

Steer In Trailer Sales 4-H Scholarship
Maci Moore
Custer

Steer In Trailer Sales 4-H Scholarship
Elizabeth Hickey
Judith Basin County

Steer In Trailer Sales 4-H Scholarship
Logan Sites
Park County

Trailwest Leadership Scholarship
Katelyn Christensen
Sanders

W. Doyle Stocks Scholarship
Amara Bodkins
Teton

Wilcox Family Scholarship
Mackenzie Serrano
Musselshell

The MT 4-H Foundation staff and board are planning to move the scholarship application process earlier for the 2023 process to provide ample time to acknowledge the recipients at schools, press releases, or award banquets in your communities. 
4-H Congress 2022
Join us Wednesday July 13 - Saturday 16, 2022 on MSU Campus - Bozeman. Pre Congress and Ambassador Officer Selection will be Monday July 11-13, 2022. 
Montana 4-H invites all members 4-H age 13 and older, volunteers and MSU extension faculty and staff to the 2022 Montana 4-H congress event on the Bozeman campus of Montana State University.
  • Members and Volunteer Chaperones Register in Zsuite. you can share this link that takes them directly to the registration after they login in. 
  • MSU Extension agents or Interns register using this link
  • Youth must be at least 13 years old as of October 1 of the current 4-H year and chaperons must certified 4-H Volunteers or MSU Extension staff and at least 21 years of age. 
Counties need to provide a county chaperone for every 10 youth. (this is an MSU rule that applies to all camps and youth events) If you have 1-2 youth that wish to participate you can ask another county chaperone to be responsible for those youth. 
New Staff at the Montana State 4-H Center
Three new members to the Montana 4-H Center team. We are excited to be fully staffed after many months of vacancies and I hope you have an opportunity to welcome our new colleagues soon.

  • Jane Wolery is selected as the new Executive Director of the Montana 4-H Foundation and will begin filling this role on June 6th. Jane brings over 25 years of experience as an Extension agent to this position and understands the importance of a strong relationship with our county and reservation partners.

  • Christine Sommers-Austin accepted the position of Associate Specialist for 4-H International and Citizenship Programming and will transition from the Director of Extension’s office to the Montana 4-H Center on June 27th. Christine joins us with many years of experience in international program planning and development.

  • Christine Hodges accepted the position of Associate Specialist for 4-H Curriculum and Communications and will join the Montana 4-H Center on June 6th. Christine brings expertise in the creation and evaluation of inquiry-based curriculum in multicultural settings.

4-H Field Day
Members who are interested in agriculture or plant sciences.
 
Montana 4-H will be hosting a Field Day at the Northern Agricultural Research Center (NARC) in Havre the morning of June 23 before the MAES Field Day. The event is Free and open to all youth (they do not need to be a member of 4-H). Registration is required and can be found on ZSuites at: https://4h.zsuite.org/external-event-registration/13973
 
Participants will have the opportunity to explore many different aspects of crop production in Montana, and meet experts in small grain and pulse crop breeding, soil science, precision agriculture, chemical application, forage production, and more. 
 
If you have any questions please contact Emma at Emma.tracy1@montana.edu

Montana 4-H Outdoor Day
Avian Influenza
Bird Flu Is a Reminder For Back Yard Poultry Owners to Protect Their Birds By Practicing Good Biosecurity
Posted by Dr. Chrislyn Wood Nicholson, Poultry Health Specialist, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Animals Plants
Feb 21, 2017

Dr. Wood on set with Healthy Harry taping new biosecurity videos.
Since December 2014, there have been several highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) confirmations in migratory wild birds, back yard flocks, captive wild birds and commercial poultry in several states along the Pacific, Mississippi and Central Flyways. These HPAI virus strains can travel in wild birds without them appearing sick. In fact, if back yard poultry flocks are exposed to these particular HPAI virus strains, they are highly contagious and cause bird death. We are expecting that there will be more HPAI confirmations this spring as the bird migrations continue, so if you own or handle poultry, now is a great time to check your biosecurity practices. You should follow good biosecurity at all times to help protect the birds’ health. Your actions can make a difference! Learn more here:  http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov
As part of good biosecurity, you should prevent contact between your birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through the state veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number: 1-866-536-7593. You also should avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.  You are the best protection your birds have! Learn more here:  http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov
What is biosecurity? Biosecurity means taking some simple steps to keep your birds away from germs AND germs away from your birds.  If you follow good biosecurity, you will help ensure your birds remain healthy.
For backyard bird owners, there are 6 simple steps to biosecurity:
Commercial producers should follow biosecurity recommendations from their industry associations and the National Poultry Improvement Plan.
Want to learn more about practicing good biosecurity while being entertained? Need to share information with 4H, FFA or school groups? Here are links to a series of videos about biosecurity on YouTube:
These videos will help you see biosecurity in action so you can feel confident you are taking the right steps to protect your backyard birds.
MSU Ravalli County Extension
Office Staff
MSU Extension Agent
Agriculture, Horticulture
& Natural Resources
MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office

215 S. 4th Street, Ste G
Hamilton, MT 59840
Phone: 406.375.6611

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Summer Intern

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