2018 Montana CattleWomen Scholarship Recipient Announced

by Nancy Heriem MCW Scholarship Committee Chair

The 2018 Montana CattleWomen’s Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Kyler Maharg of Helena, Montana.  Kyler is pursuing a Bachelor of Science at the Montana State University (MSU) College of Agriculture in Animal Science.  He has completed his first year at MSU in this program with a 4.0 grade point average.  Kyler is a former high school graduate from Helena High and grew up on his multi-generation family ranch near Helena, Montana.

Kyler was one of seven highly qualified applicants for the MCA scholarship.

In Kyler’s own words, he believes “one of the biggest issues that affects the agricultural industry today is lack of education.  Many people don’t know where their food comes from.”  He further stated that “every student in the 3rd or 4th grade should experience a day at the farm/ranch.”  As a strong advocate for educating children about agriculture, Kyler has been instrumental with his family in bringing children to their ranch to show them and let them experience first hand “where their food comes from.”  He plans to expand this program to all 3rd graders in the Helena School District and hopes to help expand this program throughout the entire state of Montana.

The Montana Cattlewomen’s Scholarship is in the amount of $1,000 and is funded through memorials.  This scholarship was established in 1963 and has been awarded to a worthy receipt every year since its inception.

With a passion for ranching and educating young people about agriculture, Kyler will continue to be a strong contributor to the agriculture and livestock industry.  Congratulations Kyler!

Montana CattleWomen host Ranch Run

CattleWomen host run to highlight the importance of agriculture and land stewardship

Join the Montana CattleWomen for their 4thannual ranch run on Saturday, August 25thin Lennep, Montana. Registration begins at 8 am and the race starts at 9 am.  This scenic  25-mile run is designed to showcase the importance of agriculture and land stewardship to the running community.  The course can be run solo or with a team of 2-5 members.  Parts of the course are challenging so have your teammates read through and choose appropriate leg assignments.  For a team of five, the cost is $35 per person or $50 to run solo. Runners will receive a t-shirt and enjoy a delicious meal, featuring beef, served the Montana CattleWomen at the end of the race. Visit www.themontanaranchrun.com to register.

The course extends through three-multi generation ranches, as well as US National Forest, and runs deep into the heart of the Castle Mountains.  The ranch run has five legs, all approximately five miles long, but the course is such that it can be run solo OR with a team of 2-5 members.  The closest lodging is in Harlowton or White Sulphur Springs or camp at the race site. Teams will need a high-clearance vehicle to drive on the course.  Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place teams.

This year’s generous sponsors include the Montana Beef Council, The Montana CattleWomen, Northwest Montana Keller Williams Realty, the Montana Stockgrowers Foundation, Montana Land Reliance, Western Ranch Supply, Rabo AgriFinance, Montana T-Bone CattleWomen, the Central Montana CattleWomen, Rangeland Resources Executive Committee, the Montana DNRC.  For more information or any questions, contact Kari Berg Marks at (406) 572-3316 or email at ckmarks@mtintouch.net.

Montana Cattlewomen Award Scholarship for 55th Year

Third generation Kirby rancher selected as recipient of $1,000 scholarship

The 2017 Montana Cattlewomen’s Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Peter Taylor, who has completed his first year at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law, University of Montana.  Peter is a third generation participant in his family’s ranching business near Kirby, MT.

Peter was one of five highly qualified applicants for the scholarship.

Peter earned his B.A. degree in Geology and Governmental Studies at Bowdoin College, graduating in 2000.  He returned to the ranch and has actively served on the Montana Farm Bureau Federation Board for several years.  It is that position which opened his eyes to the breadth of litigation facing farming and ranching in Montana and also renewed in him a desire to attend law school and take a more active role in defending our industry.

Peter is the son of Walter and Lila Taylor.  Peter and his wife Amanda have 3 young daughters.  He says that ranching is “in his blood”, and he looks forward to being a knowledgeable voice for ranching in the courtroom.

The Montana Cattlewomen’s Scholarship is in the amount of $1000 and is funded through memorials. This scholarship was established in 1963, which makes this the 55thconsecutive year it has been awarded to a worthy student.

As a voice for the producer, Peter will surely be an asset to the agriculture and livestock industry.  Congratulations, Peter.  The Montana Cattlewomen are proud to invest in you!

Montana CattleWomen Inc. offer $1000 Memorial Scholarship for the 55th Consecutive Year

For the fifty-fifth consecutive year, Montana CattleWomen, Inc. is offering a $1000.00 scholarship to a student from a Montana home that is enrolled in one of the state colleges or universities. Preference will be given to an applicant majoring in a field beneficial to the livestock industry.

To qualify for this award, a student must currently be at least a sophomore (in college) and have a grade point average of 2.7 or better. The scholarship will be given to the student who is determined to have the best balance of grades, citizenship, and financial need. The winner will be announced after May, 2017.

Application information will be available at college Financial aid Offices throughout Montana.  The application form is available on the Montana CattleWomen website: https://montanacattlewomen.org/programs/scholarships/.  The application is an online form with the references and official transcripts to be submitted in hardcopy by regular mail to: MONTANA CATTLEWOMEN INC. OFFICE, 420 N. California, Helena, MT 59601 

Interested students may go on-line to our website: montanacattlewomen.org to find all necessary information in order to complete the application. Or they may contact the Scholarship Chair Cheryl Curry by phone (406) 279-3561 or email her genec@3rivers.net. COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE AND LETTERS OF REFERENCE AND OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS SENT TO THE MONTANA CATTLEWOMEN INC. OFFICE (420 N. California, Helena, MT 59601) POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN APRIL 15, 2017.

This memorial scholarship is funded entirely by donations given in memory of friends and loved ones of Montana CattleWomen.

Montana Cattlewomen Announce Recipient of Scholarship


Allie Nelson, a Junior at Montana State University – Bozeman has been selected as the 2016 Montana Cattlewomen’s scholarship recipient. This $1000 Memorial Scholarship is made possible through donations given in memory of friends and loved ones of Montana Cattlewomen.

Allie is majoring in agriculture relations with a leadership option. Allie’s accomplishments include serving as a Montana Beef Ambassador, Montana State FFA officer, and mentoring younger 4-H members; advocating for agriculture every step along the way. Allie plans to work for a non-profit organization after graduation. Allie is from Great Falls, MT; her parents are Ron and Becky Nelson.

“We are honored to have had many applicants, and Allie’s selection was a testament to her achievements, community involvement, and future endeavors,” noted Montana Cattlewomen President Lynda Grande.

The Cattlewomen are thrilled to support an up and coming leader of Montana Agriculture and look forward to seeing what Allie accomplishes in the future. For more information on the Montana Cattlewomen please visit montanacattlewomen.org or call 406.442.3420.

GMOs, Hormones, Sustainability, Water to Highlight Educational Forum

The 2015 Montana Stockgrowers Annual Convention & Trade Show is just a few days out. This year’s meeting offers a great lineup of speakers and educational workshops for Montana ranchers. To view all the highlights from this year’s Annual Convention, click here. RSVP on the Facebook event so you do not miss a thing. If you are following along on social media, share your experience (and anticipation!) with the hashtag #MSGA15 on Twitter and Instagram. View the tags from all networks on Tagboard.

mtCattlewomenThe Montana CattleWomen will be hosting an Educational Forum with speakers on several different topics on Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m.

Jill Herold presents Mythical Creatures; We’ve all heard about it (GMO’s, Sustainability, Gluten Free, etc.), but have we really seen it or know about them? Let’s look at the definition of sustainability, how it applies to agriculture in the U.S. and globally. We’ll myth bust with GMO’s and Gluten Free, plus find out some valuable resources for answers.

How do growth promoting implants and feed additives work? And how do they impact the final product? Learn about the science behind these technologies and more with Dr. Rachel Endecott, Montana State University Extension Beef Cattle Specialist.

Nancy Labbe with World Wildlife Fund’s Sustainable Ranching Initiative is working to establish a productive dialogue with stakeholders in the beef supply chain.  By partnering with ranchers, retailers, regional and national producer groups, consumers, and other conservation organizations, WWF is working to develop a thriving global marketplace for sustainable beef that values intact grasslands, abundant natural resources, and producer livelihoods. The local to global approach is key for WWF. In the Northern Great Plains region, WWF supports the ranching community with capacity-building grants, bird surveys, and outreach support. We’re driven by the goal of maintaining intact grasslands the Northern Great Plains by supporting the ranching community and communicating with consumers about the benefits of ranching on this landscape. More broadly, WWF serves as a key representative on the Global, US, and Canadian Roundtables for Sustainable Beef, influencing the future of the sustainable beef market with a reasonable, informed approach.

Hertha Lund ranches with her husband in south central Montana. Her firm, Lund Law, focuses on water and natural resources. She will speak on the basics of property interests in water rights with and current issues related to water rights in Montana including changes in the law made during the 2015 legislature, water rights adjudication and whether your water rights might be in the Water Court’s bulls eye in the coming year. Additionally, she will touch on stock water rights and other issues important for ranchers to consider in further protecting their property rights.

CattleWomen Plan Ranch Run for September

Montana CattleWomen Ranch Run LennepMontana CattleWomen are excited to announce their newest promotional and educational program, the CattleWomen’s Ranch Run. Planned by a committee of energetic group of young ranching and running CattleWomen from across Montana, the event will be held on September 19, 2015 starting and concluding in beautiful downtown Lennep, MT.

This event is designed as a 25-mile relay run with up to five members in each team. Runners will pass through three different ranches, which have been owned by the same families for over a century as well as some public land. The goal is to display our ranching lifestyle, the sustainability of well-managed livestock operations and reminding runners that all cattle are grass fed for the majority of their existence.

We have invited Jed and Annie Evjene, this year’s winners of the Environmental Stewardship award to join us and help us in educating the runners. The Collegiate CattleWomen will join us to help with water stations and whatever else may be needed. This should be a great event that will reach out to a different and desired group of consumers.

Consider getting together a team and joining us. Registration can be found online at racemontana.com under CattleWomen’s Ranch Run.

CattleWomen are currently working on a new website. At this point, it is still a work in progress but it is being designed by millennials for millennials and should be much more engaging and informational. We will be asking for beef recipes to showcase as well as your photos and blogs. It should be a great tool with links to our programs and educational information too.

Cascade CattleWomen recently hosted our Mid-Year convention. Speakers included Representative Wendy McKamey who updated us on the recent legislative session, Jeannie Rankin spoke on bio-security with special emphasis on FMD, followed by a presentation on self-defense and concluding with a great tour of historic Great Falls. It was a very well organized and productive meeting, thanks to our hosts.

As always, our local CattleWomen are the backbone of our group. Recently they have hosted and provided meals at educational events in Baker (Temple Grandin and Curt Pate) and Absarokee (Jeannie Rankin). T-Bone CattleWomen are actively involved with Operation Second Chance and Wounded Warriors activities in their area as well. Good job CattleWomen!

Fifth Generation from Belgrade Rancher Selected as 2015 Montana Beef Ambassador

Montana Beef AmbassadorMontana CattleWomen are proud to announce that Krista L Callantine of Belgrade, Montana has been chosen as our 2015 Montana Beef Ambassador. The state competition was held on March 25 at the Billings Holiday Inn in conjunction with the State FFA convention. Judges were Wanda Pinnow – event coordinator, Sarah Roen Swenson, Suze Bohleen, Lynda Grande Myers, Lorrie Vennes and National FFA President Andy Paul.

The contestants were questioned on topics including animal welfare, beef nutrition and the proposed dietary guidelines. Participants also participated in a mock consumer response session with judges portraying a concerned health conscious mother, a vegan and Lisa Murray as a nutritionist.

Krista is the fifth generation on her family ranch, Timber Line Angus, a registered and commercial cow-calf operation nestled in the foothills of the Bridger Mountains near Flathead Pass. She attends Belgrade High School and has been involved in FFA for 3 years, as an officer for two years, and currently serving as Parliamentarian.

Last year Krista was honored for helping to organize a fundraiser for the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. Wheelbarrows were purchased and then decorated by local artists, and used to collect food items. After the food was collected and donated the “mealbarrows” were auctioned off with the total donation coming to $25,000.

For the last 10 years, Krista has been in 4-H, showing beef cattle and pigs. She has a small herd of her own, breeding both registered Angus and a few Speckle Park calves, which she first discovered at Agribition and liked for their carcass characteristics.

She has served as a Montana Angus Princess and represented Montana as our Angus Queen at state and national shows including the Junior Nationals in Harrisburg, PA. This year Krista will be showing four steers and two heifers throughout the summer and fall across the state where she will also be representing us as our Ambassador and promoting beef.

Krista has also participated in soccer, dance, singing and cheerleading and holds down a job as a “canine stride specialist” at a local kennel in her spare time.

She will be competing in the National Beef Ambassador contest in Denver the end of September. Please congratulate Krista when you see her in her travels this summer and help us to encourage and advise her on her quest to become a great representative for our beef livelihood and lifestyle. Learn more about the Beef Ambassador programs at NationalBeefAmbassador.org.

Montana CattleWomen Offer $1000 Memorial Scholarship

mtCattlewomenFor the 53rd consecutive year, the Montana CattleWomen are offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Montana resident. Applicants must be enrolled in a Montana college or university, be at least a sophomore with a 2.7 or better GPA. Preference will be given to an applicant majoring a field beneficial to the livestock industry.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student based on a balance of grades, citizenship and financial need. Last year’s recipient was Ariel Overstreet-Adkins, originally of Big Timber, who is currently a student at the University of Montana School of Law.

Application forms are available at college Financial Aid Offices throughout Montana or online at MontanaCattleWomen.org. Completed applications must be submitted to the Montana CattleWomen office (420 N. California, Helena, MT 59601) and postmarked no later than April 15, 2015. For questions or more information, contact the Scholarship Chair, Lindsey Habets at (406) 861-8655 or email lindsey@hilinewebdesign.com.

This memorial scholarship is funded entirely by donations given in memory of friends and loved ones of Montana CattleWomen.

Montana CattleWomen growing and plan Fall education events

Montana CattleWomen LogoMontana CattleWomen is excited to announce the addition of two new local groups who will be joining us for the New Year. If any CattleWomen from Cascade and Custer County are interested in joining them, contact MCW. The Montana Beef Council granted our project funding requests for 2015 and with their financial support, we will be able to continue with our educational and promotional activities.

MCW will take part in the NILE education days in Billings, October 15-18. We will have seven minutes with each group of students to present information on grazing practices, importance of minerals and vaccinations, and we go through the cheeseburger, ZIP and beef by products kits. I realize this seems like a lot of info in such a small time, but the students do learn and enjoy the sessions.

The Beef Education packets will be mailed to the Family & Consumer Science Teachers soon. Remember to ask your local teacher if they use or order the material offered to them and encourage them to utilize this year’s information. The cost of this project is covered by the $0.50 of your beef check off dollars that stay in state.

If you ever have any questions concerning MCW, just contact me, Wanda Pinnow, 406.978.3521.