Green clover with white "h"'s in each leaf, Cascade County 4-H Clover Connection and another green clover with white "h"'s in each leaf

 

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Alternatively, download a printable version of the June 2022 Cascade County 4-H Clover Connection

Newsletter Scavenger Hunt Black and white bumble bee

Everyone who emails Allyssa (allyssa.peak@montana.edu) by Monday, June 6, with a description of the page containing the bee symbol above will be entered in a drawing to win a 4-H themed prize. The winner will be able to choose from multiple awesome 4-H items. Please include a description of the page you found the symbol, something you learned
from the newsletter, and the name(s) of the 4-H’er(s) to be entered in the drawing.

Thank You!

Thank you to the following people and businesses who donated to the Cascade County 4-H Program the past month!

Cascade County Farm Bureau

Hoglunds

William Kessler

Cascade 4-H Foundation and Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Thank you to everyone who applied for this year’s Cascade 4-H Foundation Scholarships!

Cascade 4-H Foundation Scholarship - $500 Each

Benjamin Bailey
Elizabeth Juhl
Haley Tompers
Jenna Sasek
Maria Casselli
Ruby Jennings
Victoria Kirby
Emma Juhl
Jessica Banks
Ryan Banks
Molly Christians

Douglas & Nancy Dear Memorial Scholarship - $500

Asa Jassen

Fred Sanborn Memorial Scholarship - $1,000

Brady Drummond

Fashion Revue & Quilt Show

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Cascade County 4-H Fashion Revue and Quilt Show last month!

Elizabeth Doyon, Big Sky Explorers | Fashion Revue, Blue
Emilia Doyon, Big Sky Explorers | Quilt Show, Blue
Victoria Kirby, Trouble Shooters | Quilt Show, Blue
Avery Emrich, Galloping Guns | Quilt Show, Blue

4-H at the Montana State Fair black and white bumble bee

Registration for the 4-H portion of the Montana State Fair is open on FairEntry! The Montana State Fair is held in Great Falls at the Montana
ExpoPark. 4-H is fortunate to have our own building at the fair. 4-H events at the fair include static exhibit judging, rabbit show, poultry
show, cat show, dog show, pocket pet show, fashion revue, quilt show, communications contest, foods festival, and the cake decorating challenge. This is a separate event from the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale. An email with more details was sent to all Cascade County 4-H families.

2022 Montana 4-H Congress

collage of youth pictures for Montana 4-H Congress July 13-16, 2022Join Montana 4-H for Montana 4-H Congress, “Be a SuperHero” July 13-16, 2022, on the Bozeman campus of Montana State University. We are sure this will prove to be the highlight of your 4-H year. If you aren’t sure what 4-H Congress is all about, just ask one of the many Montana 4-Hers that have been coming to congress year after year. The only complaint most have is they don’t want to go home!

What do you do at 4-H Congress?

BE A SUPER FRIEND during social time like dances, teambuilding games and crowd-pleasing sessions with lots of laughs.

BE A SUPER COMPETITOR and participate in one of the 13 state level contests. If you are interested in competing make sure you are aware of your county’s dates, deadlines, and policies for participation in a state level contest. Learn More about these contests.

BE A SUPER LEARNER during the variety of hands-on workshops delivered by MSU faculty, community organizations and other top-notch presenters giving you lots of ideas for your own future and how you can have an impact on your community.

BE A SUPER GIVER and give your hands to larger service by being part of a statewide service project giving back to those that have given to us.

Follow us on Facebook for schedule updates; new details are coming every day! Register on ZSuite by June 15. Youth must be at least 13 years old as of October 1, 2021, to attend. The Cascade 4-H Foundation has funds available to help offset the cost of this event.

Record Book Office Hours & Other Resources

Every Cascade County 4-H regular member (not Cloverbuds) is required to complete Record Books to receive any county awards or take part in some teen leader events. Completing a Record Book means that youth have filled out one My 4-H year journal, one project journal per project, and completed the required number of activities in their project book(s). There are many Record Book resources online. Find county specific resources at Resources - MSU Extension Cascade County | Montana State University and state resources at Record Books & Project Completion - Montana 4H - Montana State University Extension | Montana State University.

All required journals can be printed from the county resources website. Paper copies are available at the Extension Office. Record Books can also be completed on ZSuite. A video with information on how to complete Record Books online can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR3_NhPcwlFW02HsIuWSRlWsf8wgScbCy3FmdpzTFOI6SAI-3qndwEKmBGg&v=MSfa_gPpazY&feature=youtu.be.

If you need help with your Record Book, you can visit the websites above for resources. You may also ask your club leaders or older youth in your club for help. There will be Record Book Office Hours at the Extension Office on the following dates: June 5, 1pm-3pm; July 17, 1pm-3pm; and August 14, 1pm-3pm.

Office Closure
The MSU Extension Cascade County office will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the 4th of July holiday.

Great Falls Voyagers Non-Profit of the Night

Cascade County 4-H is excited to be the Non-Profit of the night at the August 17 Great Falls Voyagers baseball game! We will have tickets  vailable at the Extension Office for $10 each. Cascade County 4-H receives $4 for each ticket sold. We will send an email out to all families when the tickets are at the office.

4-H Field Day

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 ZSuite at: https://4h.zsuite.org/externalevent-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.

Summer Out-of-School Scholarships throughFamily Connections

School is almost out, and families are looking for summer care for their school age children. Financial assistance for summer camps and  programs is now available!

The Montana Early Childhood and Family Support Division is offering scholarships of up to $2500 per child (kindergarten – 5th grade, fall 2022) to help families pay for summer care including camps, in-home care, etc.

There are no income restrictions, and families can apply online at surveymonkey.com/r/RC7FRB2. Applications will be accepted May 20th through June 3rd on a first come, first served basis.

Leaders Council Meeting Cascade County 4-H Leaders CouncilThe next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council will be on
Tuesday, July 12 at 6:00 pm at the Extension office and via WebEx.
Montana Conservation Corps. Summer Opportunity Montana  Conservation Corps. (MCC) is a developmental organization with a focus on conservation work. On expedition, teens in this program serve on a crew with 5 others on 11-day hitches. Work can include trail construction/improvement, wildlife fencing, habitat restoration, historical restoration, and invasive species management. Projects range around the state from Glacier National Park to the Pryor Mountains. Teens can also opt for back-to-back sessions for almost a month of service. These FREE opportunities are for Montana resident teens ages 14-18. Go to MCC | Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities in Montana | Environmental Education (mtcorps.org) for more information or to apply.

Shooting Sports Leaders Meeting

Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Council logoThe next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Committee will be on Thursday, June 2 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office.
This is the last meeting until Thursday, September 1, 2022.

Livestock Leaders Meeting

clipart of sheep, shicken, cow, pig, goat, and rabbit standing togetherThe next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders will be on Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00 pm at the Extension Office.

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4-H Livestock Cram Clinic

Are you nervous about showing your animal at the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show? Wondering what the judge will look at while you’re in the ring? Curious to know how to clip and prepare your animal to show? The Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders are offering a Cram Clinic on June 22 at Newman Stables (626 20th Ave. S, Great Falls, MT) from 6:00-8:00 pm. Register through ZSuite by June 22 at 3:00 pm.

4-H Livestock Show & Sale

The Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale will be July 7-9 at the Montana ExpoPark’s Livestock Pavilion in Great Falls, MT. The tentative agenda will be:

  • July 7: Check and weigh-in
  • July 8: Market animal, dairy, rabbit, poultry, and supreme breeding female classes. SALE at 6:00 pm
  • July 9: Showmanship, round robin, and award presentation

The large animal judge will be Makae Nack, former MSU livestock judging team member. The small animal judge will be Martin Townsend of Malta. Martin has judged rabbit and poultry for the Marias Fair for many years. Entry forms for the show and sale are due by June 21. A $10 late fee will be applied if submitted after June 28. No late entries or refunds accepted after June 28.

Catalog Entry Form

The 4-H Livestock Leaders will be sending past buyers and other interested parties a catalog to highlight the sale and your market project! We would like ALL 4-H members to submit their information to be featured in the catalog. Extra catalogs will be available at the Extension office. Go to https://www.cognitoforms.com/VolunteerFoundation1/SaleCatalogSubmission to submit your information and picture of you and your market animal(s) and meat pen(s) by June 3. Call Brook Gerard at 406-750-1838 for assistance with your catalog entry.

4-H Livestock Auction

The auction will be both live and video sale this year which means buyers can either purchase animals at the Livestock Pavilion at the Montana ExpoPark or purchase through a video sale online on Friday, July 8.

Record Book Interviews

4-H members who are planning on showing their 4-H livestock project (market, showmanship, dairy, rabbit, poultry, and supreme breeding females) at the county 4-H livestock show MUST attend the project book review on either Tuesday, June 21 or 28. 4-H members in Chesnut Valley, Great Divide, and Ulm Pishkun will interview on Tuesday, June 21, and 4-H members in Circle S, Eden Livestock, Galloping Guns, Giffen Coulee, Running Free, and Tiger Butte will interview on Tuesday, June 28. Interviews begin at 5:30 pm at the MSU Cascade County Extension office. Project book review is at first-come, first-served.

Each project book must contain:

  1. Project Book
  2. 4-H Record Book Activities and Learning Experiences Summary 2022
  3. 4-H Animal Project Journal
  4. My 4-H Year
  5. Livestock Independent Study (if applicable)
  6. Cascade County Breeding Project Record Book (if applicable)
  7. Absentee Interview Judging Form 2022 (if applicable)

4-H members who do not have their project books reviewed will not be allowed to show or sell. Project books must be up to date. Those showing in the supreme breeding female classes must bring in their up-to-date Cascade County Breeding Project Record Book. Contact Rose at 406-454-6980 or rose.malisani@montana.edu if you have a conflict with the date you are scheduled to interview. You will need to fill out an Absentee Interview Judging Form if you cannot make either date scheduled.

Buyer’s Thank You Cards

Thank you cards will be provided by the 4-H Livestock Leaders. They will use the picture submitted for the catalog, so please use a nice picture for the catalog representing your child and their project.

Breeding Project Books

Completed breeding project books are due to the Extension office in August. 4-H members who entered a breeding project will also interview with 3 judges in August. 4-H members entered in a supreme breeding female class must bring their up-to-date breeding project book to the record book review on either June 21 or 28.

Other Show and Sale Information:

  • Scrapie tags are required for all sheep and goal projects (breeding and market) at the County Show. Tags are available at the Extension office or through the animal breeder.
  • Health certificates are not required for the county livestock show. Livestock will be checked by a veterinarian at the weigh-in. The veterinarian inspection fee is $2 per animal and included on the livestock entry form.
  • Market Beef projects need to bring a brand inspection and a bill of sale to the weigh-in.
  • Work with your animals! Animals that are safe to handle have been worked with. This requirement is strictly enforced for the safety of the 4-H member, fellow 4-H members, and supporters watching the County Show.
  • If you are using a medication on your market animal, you must follow dosage and length of withdrawal time. Consult the Livestock Code of Ethics as defined in the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Rule Book.
  • No hog joggers are allowed at the show.
  • The livestock leaders ask each club to bring a minimum of 2 pig boards (or hurdles) to the show. Please mark your name and/or club name on each item to insure your item is returned to you.

Golden Triangle Preview Show

The Golden Triangle Preview Show will be June 4 at the Montana ExpoPark in Great Falls. Classes are for sheep, goat, swine, and beef. Contact Alena at 406-799-9955, Tod Standley at 406-868-4893, or Jodi Barger at 406-214-7253 for more information.

Western Ranch Supply Show Clinic & Jackpot

Western Ranch Supply will by hosting a show clinic and jackpot in Great Falls, MT on June 24-26. This is a great opportunity for young stockmen to advance their knowledge in fitting and showmanship by having one of our MorrMan’s Show Tech representatives demonstrate the product and answer any questions. Members can fill out their registration form by finding the link at www.westernranchsupply.com. Please contact Courtnee Clairmont or Jena Wagner by calling 406-252-6692 for more information.

Horse Leaders Meeting4-H Horser Leaders committee logo

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders will be on Tuesday, June 7 at 5:30 pm at the Extension office.

Montana State 4-H Horse Events

The Montana 4-H Working Ranch Horse Finals will be September 2-4 at the 406 Arena in Vaughn. The Montana State 4-H Horse Show will be September 9-11 at the Cottonwood Event Center in Silesia. Go to the Montana 4-H State Horse Events Facebook page for more information.

Horse Assessments

4-H members enrolled in horse projects are required to complete assessments in order to complete the project year. Projects requiring assessments are horsemanship, colt to maturity, green horse, ranch horse, and horseless horse. Assessment forms are in the project manual and are available at the MSU Cascade County Extension Office. Assessments for first -year project riders and horseless horse members must be conducted by an enrolled Cascade County 4-H Horse Leader. Assessments for riders previously enrolled in a horse project may be done by self-assessment or by an enrolled Cascade County 4-H Horse Leader. A member must compete at the same project level as enrolled in the county and for which they have been assessed. Assessments are due to the MSU Cascade County Extension office by July 1, except colt to maturity or green horse projects. Colt to maturity and green horse assessments are due by August 10. To pass assessment and before a leader signs off, the member must satisfactorily demonstrate a minimum of 80% of the items on the assessment form to show competence of skills, show knowledge and understanding of skills and safe practices, show learning progression indicating skill will be achieved in current season, and exhibit that they can safely perform requirements.

Cascade County 4-H Horse Show

The show will be on Friday, July 22 with check-in beginning at 8:00 am and the show beginning at 8:30 am at the 406 Arena (200 US Hwy 87, Vaughn.) Our judges are Matt Rains and Salina DeVos (trail). The trail course will be open from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Horse boarding and camping are available. Stalling is available. Contact the Extension office for a registration form at 406-454-6980. Return form with payment to the Extension office by 4:30 pm on July 14. 4-H members will be charged a $10 late fee if not submitted by July 14, 2021. No late entries accepted after July 19. Late fees will be charged for any incomplete or missing information.

Cascade & Teton Working Ranch Horse Competition

The competition will be on Saturday, July 23 at the 406 Arena (200 US Hwy 87, Vaughn) at 9:00 am with registration starting at 8:00 am. 4-H members will compete in 5 areas of competition (knowledge, ranch riding, sorting, heading, and heeling) based on enrolled working ranch horse level. Registration forms will be out soon. Judges are Skip Halmes and Todd Standley.

Horse Riding Lessons

Ashley Byington and Morgan Merja Lanham are offering horse riding and driving lessons. Please contact Ashley at 208-598-2040 and Morgan at 406-799-6007 for rates or more information.

 

4-H CALENDAR

June
Day
Meeting
Activity/Event
Due Date
1
 
 
LATE Meat Pen Intent to Enter Forms Due WITH LATE FEE
2
Shooting Sports Leaders
 
 
4
 
Horseless Horse and Level 1 Show Clinic
 
5
 
Record Book Office Hour
 
7

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

 
 
11
 
JD Day at 4-H Camp
 
12-15
 
4-H Camp
 
20
 
 
LQA Must be Complete
21
 

Ambassador Intervies

Livestock Breeding Project

Livestock Record Book Interviews

Livestock Show and Sale Entry Forms Due
22
Livestock Show Cram Clinic

 

 
23
4-H Field Day in Havre

 

 
24
 

 

State Fair Entries Due
28
 
Livestock Breeding and Market Project Record Book Interviews
 

 

July
Date
Meeting
Activity/Event
Due Date
1
 
 
Horsemanship, Working Ranch Horse, and Horseless Horse Assessments Due
4
 
Office Closed
 
7-9
 
Livestock Show & Sale
 
11-13
 
Pre-Congress
 
12

Leaders Council

 
 
13-16
 
Montana 4-H Congress
 
17
 
Record Book Office Hour
 
22
 
Cascade County 4-H Horse Show
 
23-24
 
Cascade County 4-H Horse Show and Ranch Horse Competition
 
25-27
 
National 4-H Western Heritage Competition and Conference in Great Falls
 
28
 
State Fair Static Exhibit Interview Judging
 
28-Aug 6
 
Montana State Fair
 

 

August
Date
Meeting
Activity/Event
Due Date
July 28-Aug 6
 
Montana State Fair
 
10
 
 
Colt to Maturity and Green Horse Assessments Due
14
 
Record Book Office Hour
 
17
 
Voyagers Game: Cascade County 4-H Non-Profit of the Night
 

 

September
Date
Meeting
Activity/Event
Due Date
1
Shooting Sports Leaders
 
 
5
 
MSU Cascade County Extension Office Closed
 
6

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

 
 
9-11
 
Montana State 4-H Horse Show
 
13
Leaders Council
 
 
27
Cascade 4-H Foundation
 
 

 

October
Date
Meeting
Activity/Event
Due Date
1
 
New 4-H Year Begins
 
2-8
 
National 4-H Week
 
22
 
Green Tie Affair
 

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