Ravalli County 4-H
May 2022 Newsletter
May 1 Project add/drop deadline
May 6 4th Grade Farm Fair 
May 13 Competition Day registration deadline
May 14 Swine Weigh In at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds 8am-1pm
May 19 Stir Ups Competition
May 21 4-H Beekeeping Program Kickoff
May 23 Ravalli County 4-H Advisory Council Meeting
May 24 Fashion Revue, Art, and Communication Competition
May 26 Market Lamb and Goat Weigh In at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds 5-7:45PM
May 26 Goat Showmanship Clinic during Sheep Weigh In
June 4 2022 Non Profit Fair
June 4 Carbon County 3D Shoot
June 11 RC Rodeo Pageant Horsemanship Clinic
June 11 Dairy Goat Showmanship at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds 6PM
June 11 Carbon County 4-H Dog Show
June 20-22 Montana Range Days
July 10-15 Natural Resources Youth Camp
July 11-16 4-H Pre-Congress and 4-HCongress
July 25-29 4-H Junior Summer Camp
Project News!
Outdoor Adventure 1
Junk Drawer Robotics
Volunteer Opportunities
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.
Livestock Committee Meeting
Advisory Council Meeting
May 23, 2022
Time: TBD
Place: 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.
4th Grade Farm Fair
Thank you to BJ Banister, Taylor Weigle, Jean Roberts and the Bugli Family for volunteering to make this year's 4th Grade Farm Fair successful despite the drizzly weather conditions!
Competition Day
Event Dates - May 19, 2022 and May 24th, 2022

Registration deadline: May 13th, 2022 
Register via registration form and send completed registration form to the specific coordinator of each contest category.
May 19th Stir Ups Cook Off (4-5:30PM) and (6-7:30PM) Food Science Room, Corvallis High School 
May 24th Speech and Demo, Fashion Revue, and Art beginning at (3:45PM) Corvallis Grange Dutch Hill Road
Fashion Revue Competition
Questions? Contact and Register: Fashion Revue Coordinator - Gretchen Svee, gretchensvee@gmail.com, or call: 406-239-4686
Contest Details: Fashion Revue has several options for sewing and textile projects including garment and non-garment categories for sewing, knitting and crocheted items. Buymanship encourages all 4-H'ers to learn to plan their outfits, wardrobe, and to shop smarter. What a great opportunity to be on center stage and walk down a runway in front of adults and your peers. The quilt category includes quilts and quilted items and will be structured the same as the state competition as a textile project, but will be displayed and hung with the art projects.
Speech & Demonstration Competition
Questions? Contact and Register: Communication Coordinator - Jeanette Smith, rjhsmith1316@q.com, or call: 406-360-1184
Contest Details: Communication contests allow 4-H members to share what they have learned to teach others and to share ideas and concepts. Communication contests has been divided into these categories: Demonstration and Illustrated Talks, Prepared and Impromptu Speeches, Career Communication, Published Videos, and Promotional Presentations and Commercials. presentation to judges and audience
Visual Arts Competition
Questions? Questions? Contact and Register: Visual Arts Coordinator - Halsey Bishop, halzbishop@gmail.com
Competition is for any youth 4-H age 5-18. The 4-H Age is youth’s age on October 1, 2021. 
Stir-Ups Competition
Questions? Contact and Register: Stir-Ups Coordinator - Andrea Vai, magicgardenherbs@yahoo.com, or call: 406-961-4603
Purpose: To prepare an appealing, nutritious meal that can be prepared easily by using common ingredients available in many homes. Meal should be prepared using food safe techniques and reflect creative use of ingredients.
Participants: Individuals or teams of two. Teams must be the same age category for competition. Juniors are 4-H Age 8- 13 or Seniors are 4-H Age 14+ and older. 4-H age is age on October 1, 2021.
Swine Weigh In
May 14, 2022 - 8am to 1pm
Ravalli County 4-H/FFA Swine Project Members,

Market Hog Weigh-In will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. 

The Market Hog Weigh-In packets have been mailed out and you should be receiving them this next week. If you do not receive a packet please contact the Swine Superintendent.
Sheep and Goat Weigh In
May 26, 2022 - 5pm to 7:45pm
Ravalli County 4-H/FFA Sheep Project Members,

Market Lamb & Market Goat Weigh-In will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds.  

The Market Lamb & Market Goat Weigh-In packets have been mailed out and you should be receiving them this next week. If you do not receive a packet please contact the Sheep Superintendent or the Goat Superintendent.
Goat Showmanship Clinic
May 26, 2022
Goat Showmanship Clinic at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds.

During the Sheep Weigh In

Contact the goat superintendents for more information.
Dairy Goat Showmanship Clinic
June 11, 2022 - 6:00pm
Dairy Goat Showmanship Clinic at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds.


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

Adult Volunteer Award: 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. Attached please find the Power Point Presentation on Volunteer Recognition. Questions, please contact Kelton Jensen.
Leadership Academy Survey
If you think any of your county youth participated in the leadership academy by attending zoom meetings or watching any of the recordings, please ask them to complete the survey. I will share the data with you on your youth and it can be used in county impacts!
Apply to be a State Ambassador Officer. Applications Due June 15 and Selection is during Pre-Congress July 11-12
Beekeeping: Participants who wish to complete the Bee Keeping 4-H project can present their displays at their county fair. The project is FREE to join and the curriculum book will be available online. The event Kicks off in Butte Saturday, May 21st at the Butte Vigilante Saddle Club & Rodeo
  • 4-H'ers interested in participating can register in Z suites for the Entomology/Bee Keeping project, or register as an Independent Project 
  • We will roughly be following the beekeeping curriculum from Purdue: https://www.uidaho.edu/-/media/UIdaho-Responsive/Files/Extension/4-H/projects/beekeeping-purdue-571-level1-pdf.pdf
  • The project will kick off with an optional in person event in Butte on May 21st. 
  • Meetings will be held June 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30th at 7:00pm on WebEx. We will learn about basic bee keeping as well as hear from special guests who are experts in the industry each week 
  • Participants will be encouraged to develop a display and present their new knowledge as an Independent Project for Fair 
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
State Horse Photography Contest: Registration on Zsuites. Deadline August 15th
4-H Beekeeping
2022 Non Profit Fair
Ravalli County Rodeo Pageant Horsemanship Clinic
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
Showmanship Opportunity
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 every 2nd Saturday
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Meetings will be at a central, outdoor location with several hikes planned throughout the season. Meeting rain, snow or shine. Thinking snow shoeing outing! It's going to be fun!
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: TBD
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Meeting Room across from Extension Office
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
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
Date: TBD
Location: TBD
Contact: Crystal, 406-239-4034 or crj.mt14@yahoo.com
Science Olympiad
BOZEMAN — Hamilton High School defended its title and claimed the state champion’s team trophy in the annual Montana Science Olympiad state tournament held at Montana State University on Friday, April 15. North Middle School of Great Falls was the top middle school. In addition to the team trophies, gold, silver and bronze medals were given to students for earning first, second and third place in each of the competitions.

Science Olympiad is among the largest STEM competitions in Montana, with hundreds of students participating in events covering life sciences, chemistry, engineering and other topics. Schools register as a team, with individuals or pairs of students competing in various events. Students can earn medals in events, and the school with the highest number of event points wins the state championship trophy and is eligible to compete in the national tournament. Science Olympiad is hosted by the Science Math Resource Center in MSU’s College of Education, Health and Human Development.
The top teams in each division are invited to compete in the National Science Olympiad tournament, which will be hosted virtually by the California Institute of Technology in May.

The winners of the team trophies are listed below by division, place and school:
Division C (high school) overall winners:
1st place: Hamilton High School
2nd place: Capital High School, Helena
3rd place: Corvallis High School
Division B (middle school) overall winners
1st place: North Middle School, Great Falls
2nd place (tie): C.R. Anderson Middle School, Helena, and Corvallis Middle School
3rd place: Lewistown Junior High School
Small schools trophies
Division C: Choteau High School
Division B: Emerge School, Bozeman

In addition to the team trophies, gold, silver and bronze medals are given to students for earning first, second and third place in each of the competitions. Students from the following communities and schools received individual medals:
Division C (high school) medals:
Billings Senior; Bozeman (Gallatin High); Choteau; Chinook; Corvallis; Florence-Carlton; Hamilton; Helena Capital; Helena High; Laurel; Lewistown (Fergus High); Livingston (Park High); and Roundup.
Division B (middle school) medals:
Bozeman (Emerge School and Sacajawea Middle); Choteau; Conrad; Corvallis; Great Falls (North Middle); Hamilton; Helena Area Christian Home Educators; Helena (C.R. Anderson and Helena Middle); Lewistown; Libby; Manhattan; Missoula (Target Range); and Noxon.
To learn more about the Montana Science Olympiad, visit montana.edu/smrc/mtso/.
Leadership Academy Recordings and Survey
If you participated in the leadership academy by attending zoom meetings or watching any of the recordings please complete the survey. 
If you have friends that participated please help us out and forward them the survey. 
Are you interested in learning with other 4-H’ers from across Montana how a bill becomes a law and other citizenship topics? 
This should take about 5 minutes and will help the state officer team make the Leadership Academy even better next year. Anyone that participated in the program, by joining us live over zoom or by watching the video recordings of the workshop, should complete the evaluation. 
The video from the FOURTH Leadership Academy held in APRIL can be found on youtube. The content from the breakout rooms was not recorded.
The video from the THIRD Leadership Academy held in MARCH can be found on youtube. The content from the breakout rooms was not recorded.
The video from the SECOND Leadership Academy held in FEBRUARY can be found on youtube. The content from the breakout rooms was not recorded.
The video from the FIRST Leadership Academy held in JANUARY can be found on youtube. The content from the breakout rooms was not recorded.
Apply to be a State Ambassador Officer. Applications Due June 15 and Selection is during Pre-Congress July 11-12.
4-H Congress July 13-16. Contact your MSU County office for county registration deadline. 
State Contest are July 14 during 4-H Congress. Learn more about specific contents. 
At Montana 4-H Congress in July 2022 we will be recognizing all of the County Ambassadors and Teen leaders that develop a plan of action, implement that plan and evaluate the project. All you have to do is Do it and Share It!

Do you have 5 minutes? Wondering what is happening this spring and summer for teens in Montana 4-H? Take a few minutes and check out this video and learn about lots of statewide Montana 4-H activities.

Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development
210 Taylor Hall / Bozeman, MT / 59717
You are receiving this email because you are enrolled member of Montana 4-H for 2020-2021 4-H year.
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.
Shooting Sports
Shiloh Raffle

  1. Shiloh Raffle – Please get your tickets sold as soon as you can. When that is completed, please send the money and ticket stubs to me here at Taylor Hall. That will allow us to reconcile the sales and get ready for the Quigley Shoot held on Father’s Day Weekend. Custer County 4-H Shooting Sports will take care of sales at the Quigley Shoot as well as the drawing. PLEASE HAVE ALL TICKETS, MONEY, AND UNSOLD TICKETS RETURNED TO ME BY WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2022.

  1. Shooting Sports Leader Training – April 22, 23, 2022 – Logan, MT. Shotgun, Muzzle-loader, and Western Heritage are offered. Please see the attached materials. I am also including the instructions for the Z-Suites training Modules. The access code is as follows; NSS-MSU-FQ99W5JMD. 

  1. The Shotgun Qualifier is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Logan. The Archery Pre-Qualifier is April 2-3, 2022 at the Park County Rod and Gun Club. The Archery Qualifier is scheduled for May 1, 2022. The Muzzle-loader Qualifier is scheduled for April 30, 2022. All documents are attached.

  1. The 2022 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships are being held in Grand Island, Nebraska, June 26, 2022 – July 2022. There will be some competitors representing the State of Montana. Those teams will be selected from the various qualifiers that are taking place this spring. 

  1. The 2022 National Western Heritage Conference will be held in Great Falls, MT, July 26-28, 2022.
4-H Foundation People Partner Grant Recipients
The Montana 4-H Foundation is excited to announce the winners of the People Partner Grants in the total amount of $5,770!

Dawson County 4-H Small Animals Program
Trailer for small animal projects and community use
Rowdy Ropers 4-H Club
Blankets and items for homeless teens in the community
Longview 4-H Club
US & 4-H Flags at the Marias Fair fairgrounds.
Pondera 4-H
Sidewalks on Fairgrounds
Daniels County 4-H
Safety signs and panels for Livestock Show area
Glacier 4-H
Redesigning Marias Fair show ring
North Chinook Boosters 4-H Club
Plant grass and install shade structures at the Blaine County Fairgrounds
Northern Lights 4-H Club
Restoring Public Park
Red Rock 4-H Club
Community bench along new walking path
Tampico Boys 4-H Club
Folding chairs for 4-H and community center
Teton County Old Agency 4-H Club
Blankets and supplies to CASA, an advocate for abused and neglected children during court proceedings
BHC Cloverbuds
Big Horn
Teaching young children the importance of community and giving to others
Kremlin Hawks 4-H Club
Install electrical hookups for 4-H family campers at Great Northern Fairgrounds
We look forward to seeing the photos and hearing the stories from the projects above!

Put this opportunity out to your 4-H youth for next year! 

People Partner Grants
Available Funds: Grants up to $500.00 per application selected
Application Deadline: Postmarked by February 1st
Awarding of Funds: After March 1st
Grant Eligibility: 4-H Groups and individual members, other youth groups and youth may also apply.
Purpose of Grants: Provide incentives and financial support to groups and individuals for programs that enhance the quality of living for people in their communities.
Source of Funds: Montana 4-H Foundation & Montana State University
1. Youth should be involved in determining, planning, conducting and evaluating the project.
2. Project will make it possible for people to accomplish something educational and worthwhile that helps them reach a higher quality of life.
3. There is community support and acceptance of the project, as evidenced by “partners” listed in the grant application, additional funding sources and resource persons and agencies involved.
4. The project has lasting benefits.
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. 
Ravalli County 4-H Junior Camp-July 25-29 In Progress
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
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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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