Livestock Spring Weigh-In for Sheep, Swine, and Goats
We will be doing a self-tagging for market lambs, swine, and goats for the Spring weigh-in this year. You will be able to pick up tag(s) and a tagger at the Extension office in Hamilton May 5th – May 27th. There will be a $25.00 deposit for the ear tagger and it will be returned to you once the tagger and your paper work are returned to the Extension office. We have limited taggers available, so they will have to be returned promptly so that all members can use them if needed. You may tag in multiple market animals, just as in all other years.

An information sheet must accompany each market animal that you weigh in. Two forms / member (on same page) were included with the letter sent you to last week. If you need paperwork, please call us at the Extension Office. This information sheet must be completely filled out once your animals(s) have been tagged and it must be turned in to the Extension office by 5pm May 27th.

This paperwork can be dropped off at the Extension office during business hours, or mailed to the office at: Ravalli County 4-H, 215 S. 4th St. Suite G, Hamilton, MT 59840.
If you need help tagging an animal you can call the species Superintendents, a club project leader, or Patrick at the Extension Office, and we will come help you. 
Livestock Quality Assurance Training
If you need youth Livestock Quality Assurance training for 2020, there is an inline pathway for you to complete that this year. We do not know when we will be able to have face to face meetings this spring or summer, but we do have this option for you to complete.
1)      Go to this link on the internet.
On this website you will find four interactive modules for Quality Assurance and biosecurity in your livestock projects. Follow along with each of the four modules, and complete the activities on each one.
2)      When you are done, go to this link:
When you get done with the QA modules, this link is a registration form documenting completion. After you complete the modules, go to the website and fill this out, and have an adult also sign that they agree, you did the four modules. That will certify you for QA this year.
At this time, planning for the Ravalli County Fair is moving forward for an on-schedule Fair September 2-5 th , 2020. Many conversations and decisions about what the County Fair will look like are still happening, and many of the key parts of the fair are somewhat fluid. Our office will do our best to communicate out what we know and hear as soon as the Ravalli County Fairgrounds shares information about the situation.

As things continue to move forward, know that we won’t leave any of you with livestock market projects hanging. We will have a plan for an alternative sale and auction. We are all in this together, and we will continue to support you with a different plan of action if we need it. 
Our spring 4-H Competition Day {Stir-Ups, Demonstrations, Fashion Revue, and Visual Arts} had to be postponed in March.

We know this spring hasn't turned out the way we expected but good news - the coordinators have figured out a way to social distance AND host a competition! Please register for the event here .

Here are the details:

Event Dates  - all will take place at Corvallis Grange
  • Friday, May 15 - registration deadline
  • Monday, June 1 - Visual Arts starting at 4 PM
  • Tuesday, June 2 - Fashion Revue starting at 4 PM
  • Thursday, June 4 - Speech and Demonstration starting 4 PM
  • Friday, June 5 at 4 PM - Virtual Awards Ceremony:
  • Unfortunately, the Stir-Ups Competition is cancelled for 2020

Friday, May 15 , after the registration deadlin e you will receive detailed information about what you need to do, what the judges are looking for and more. If you have any question please call (375-6611) or email the office or the coordinator of the event.  We are very excited for this week and can’t wait to see all your hard work!  

Social Distancing:
  • We will need to keep the event at 10 or less people at all times. 
  • Participants will need to stay in their car until their appointment.
  • Six feet must be kept between non-family members at all times.
  • Judges will be staged at 6 feet social distance and each member will be judged individually and exit the building before the next person is allowed to visit the judges.

For complete contest details visit:

Register online here:
Ravalli County 4-H Camp Cancelled
The Ravalli County 4-H Camp has been cancelled for the 2020 summer due to the restrictions of social distancing. The camp counselors are committed to making 2021 the best camp possible. Youth ages 14 on October 1, 2020 are invited to apply for the 2021 4-H Camp Counselor positions, which will be available in fall 2020. We look forward to seeing you next summer!
Montana 4-H Congress is adjusting to our new world of physical distancing and is going virtual. <<  Read full announcement here  >>
Virtual events and activities will take place during the regularly scheduled congress week, July 6-10, 2020. Information about the event will be distributed in the following ways. We will be sending updates regarding officer selection, contests, workshops and other activities as plans are made. 

Please complete the short survey indicating your preferences and ideas for a virtual congress event. Survey is for both 4-H members and adult volunteers.

Did you hear about Bitterroot Gives Day - a day to donate to non-profits in the community? It's not too late to donate to Ravalli County 4-H Council as a way to recoup funds from the cancellation of the 4-H Carnival. Donate now!

Location: Esprit Ranch, Hamilton  
Leaders : Chay and Katie McWilliam

Important program dates:
  • Register by Thursday, June 4, or until full (limited to 8 youth per discipline)
  • Parent/Guardian Meeting with Members – Sunday, June 7 at 4 PM
  • Season starts Tuesday, June 9 for Rifle and Thursday, June 11 for Pistol
  • Practice will be weekly through August 18 (Start time 6:00 PM)
  • No practice July 7/9 and July 14/16
  • Registration dues include equipment, supplies, 4-H manual and record books
MSU Extension Office - Ravalli County
215 S. 4th Street, Ste G
Hamilton, MT 59840
Phone : 406.375.6611
The Montana State University Extension is an ADA/EO/AA/Veteran’s Preference Employer and Provider of Educational Outreach.
MSU Ravalli County Extension 
Administrative Center 
215 S. 4th St., Suite G 
Hamilton, MT 59840
 (406) 375-6611