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:  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: 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 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 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 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

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 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

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.

Wilsall Cattlewoman Receives National Educator Award

suze bohleen ancw educator award presentation(Listen to the podcast at the end of this post!)

Suze Bohleen of Wilsall was recently recognized for her volunteer efforts and dedication to beef education by the American National CattleWomen (ANCW) as recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Educator of the Year award at a meeting recently held in Denver, Colorado.

The Educator of the Year award recognizes a member of ANCW who has initiated and participated in innovative and high quality programs in their local units or states in beef promotion and/or beef education. CattleWomen who receive this distinguished honor demonstrate skills in reaching a variety of audiences with creative and timely messages about beef, and show evidence of having made significant impact by telling the beef story. Fellow Montana CattleWomen nominated Bohleen for the annual award.

Across the state of Montana, Suze focuses on classroom beef education for grades 7 through 12. She works with teachers to incorporate materials and demonstrations into curriculum that teaches students how to prepare beef for their family and to make wise, healthy beef choices on a budget.

Bohleen great enjoys working with junior and high school students who, as she describes, are eager for new information and become excited about learning to cook beef. “Dealing with Junior High kids, a guy gave me a new word,” recalled Suze. “We empower them because we don’t treat them like little kids. We tell them what they can do. They can cook and they can help their families.”

Montana CattleWomen President, Wanda Pinnow of Baker, is excited to recognize Suze for her hard work and efforts in beef education. Pinnow commends Suze on her efforts saying, “She has taken our beef education programs leaps and bounds above what they once were due to her teaching background, connections and her love and passion for it.”

Many of the beef education programs conducted by the Montana CattleWomen are supported through grants and funding from the Montana Beef Council and ANCW. “Many Montana ranchers may not realize that 50 cents of their Checkoff dollar stays in the state,” says Pinnow. “Portions of those funds go to educate over 8,000 kids in the state each year, including schools like Missoula, Kalispell, Great Falls and Billings. Suze has played a large role in getting materials into these schools and providing beef education opportunities in many communities.”

When asked why she is committed to CattleWomen programs and beef education, Bohleen said, “I enjoy being a part of the beef community. As a teacher and an educator, I want to make a difference and if I can do that while doing something I believe in passionately then it’s a win-win.”

To learn more about beef promotion and education programs conducted by the Montana CattleWomen, visit their website,, or contact their office in Helena at (406) 442-3420.

Calling All Montana CattleWomen to Mid-Year

Montana CattleWomen LogoWanda Pinnow, Baker, Montana CattleWomen President

I would like to take this time to invite you and your members to come to Montana CattleWomen’s Mid-Year meeting to be held in wonderful Livingston. Park County CattleWomen will be our host for this year’s event on June 20-21 at the Yellowstone Inn and Convention Center.

We have several items available for each affiliate who attends this year’s Mid-Year meetings. To guide you in presenting to local classrooms, we will have DVDs on the Cheeseburger and “Wow the Cow” programs. There will be Beef Checkoff signs available as well. With the help of Bayer and American National Cattlewomen, each Affiliate that attends Mid-Year will receive the book, “Our Star Goes West” by the Chaney Twins. This book will be provided for you to take into local classrooms and read to the class or to donate to donate to the library of your choice.

We will close out the meeting with a few speakers this year including the new Montana Beef Ambassador, Landra Lucas and Park County’s own Lois Olmstead. You might think you have heard Lois before, but she has promised something new and entertaining. Montana Stockgrowers’ Ryan Goodman will wrap up the day with a discussion on how we can be advocates for the ranching and beef communities across Montana.

We always have learning experiences at our Mid-Year and Winter conferences and we encourage more Montana CattleWomen to take advantage of these workshops. We learn by sharing ideas and discussing our dilemmas that we run into.

Registration is $60 and includes dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch and snacks on Saturday; along with speakers and materials. Rooms are available at $79.99 per night plus taxes if reserved by June 1. Contact Suze Bohleen of the Park County CattleWomen for more information and registration details. We hope to see you in Livingston!

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