Three Forks Native Recipient of CattleWomen’s Scholarship

The 2015 Montana Cattlewomen’s Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Lilly Brogger, a senior at Montana State University, Bozeman. Lilly is majoring in English Writing with a minor in Agricultural Business. She has already aligned herself on her career path by writing agriculture-related articles for the school newspaper, The MSU Exponent. Lilly’s plan is to become a Professional Agricultural Journalist.

Lilly is the daughter of Marc and Lola Brogger of Three Forks, Montana. Coming from a ranch background herself, Lilly knows she can be a bridge between the producer and consumer. “No community can function without good communication,” states Lilly, “and part of good communication is working with the opposition”.

With all of the misconceptions in today’s world of “where our food comes from” and the extremely high percentage of people who are uneducated or misinformed as to our role as farmers and ranchers, the challenge to clearly communicate is enormous. Lilly recognizes the importance and the need for writers with an ag background, who can more easily and effectively share the agricultural community’s story.

The Montana Cattlewomen’s Scholarship is in the amount of $1,000 and is funded through memorials. This scholarship was established in 1963, which makes this the 53rd consecutive year it has been awarded to a worthy student.

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

T-Bone CattleWomen Make Ad Day Beef Donation

Image via Stillwater County News
Image via Stillwater County News

Project Hope board member Sue Geraghty (left) and Sonja Windecker of the T-Bone Cattle Women. The T-Bone Montana Cattle Women are promoting March 18 Ag Day by providing beef certificates in Carbon, Sweet Grass and Stillwater Counties to promote agriculture. Project Hope will use these funds to purchase beef for the family food boxes they distribute each month. — via Stillwater County News

Montana CattleWomen Offer $1000 Memorial Scholarship

For 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.

CattleWomen offer Personalized Beef Signs

Montana CattleWomen Ranch Beef Sign
Promote the beef industry and the Montana CattleWomen with the purchase of a personalized “BEEF” sign! The 18” x 24” steel signs are designed for outdoor durability and to hang from a gate or fence. These also make great gifts for friends, family, or fellow ranchers!

Print off this order form and mail with payment to MCW.
Signs are $50 each, plus $10 shipping and handling. Allow approximately three weeks for delivery. Please send order form information with payment to Connie Ahlgren, P.O. Box 56 Grass Range, MT 59032. Make payment to Montana CattleWomen. All checks accepted. Signs may be picked up at the Lewistown Farm Bureau office without shipping cost. The Montana CattleWomen receive a portion of the proceeds from all “BEEF” sign orders.

Click image to print this order form and mail with payment to MCW.

Montana CattleWomen growing and plan Fall education events

Montana 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.

Montana Rancher Q&A Feature: Wanda Pinnow, Montana CattleWomen President

Wanda Pinnow of Baker, Montana is currently serving as the Montana CattleWomen Association’s president and has spent her life raising cattle and sheep on her family’s ranch. Like all businesses, running the ranch hasn’t always been easy, but the work created a life that Wanda and her family are passionate about and are excited to pass that joy on to the next generation. Read more about Wanda in the follow Q&A: 

How long has your family been involved in ranching?

My grandfather homesteaded the farm that I grew up on in 1913.  My parents had cattle, grain crops, forage and a garden that would feed us for the year.  I learned early that we all had a purpose on the farm.  Dad worked part time in the oilfield to help pay the bills.  Mom milked three cows to feed our 20 bum lambs, (summer project).  At an early age, I was outside helping my parents work the farm.  We all learned early how to ride the square baler so we could make sure the bales fell correctly.  My dad’s idea of Sunday family fun was hauling 600 square bales.   My husband, Craig, and I were married in 1980, after two years of living in town, his grandfather (maternal side) asked us to move onto his place.  We became cattle owners! In 1988, we moved to the farm (where we live now) that my husband grew up on.  We purchased Bracket Butte Ranch two years later.  Our greatest joy was making our last payment for the ranch.

What was your favorite part about growing up on the ranch? 

My favorite part of growing up on the farm was all ranch seasons: winter was feeding calves, cows, and of course, snowmobiling. Spring was the birth of all of the babies.  We couldn’t wait to see what the milk cows would have, for they would be our pets.  Branding was time for all of our neighbors to get together.  Horseback riding to move cattle, pulling rye out of the wheat field, and just play time on our horses.  Summer was a really busy time, fixing fence, swathing, baling then right into combining and seeding, there was never a dull time on the farm and my Parents made us a part of all of it.  They taught us well, so we would know what to do when they were not there.

Tell us about your ranch today.

Montana Charolais Cattle in BakerOn our ranch today, we have a cow-calf pairs that are Black Angus cross mommas and we use Charolais bulls.   We also run Ramboulet cross ewes with Hampshire bucks. It is just Craig and I out working on a daily basis, but our son wants to come back someday when the ranch can support two families.

What have been some of the trials you’ve had to overcome?

In 1993, we bought some replacement heifers and one of the heifers was a carrier of BVD.  We were told that they had had all of their pre-breeding shots.  We bought 50 head and 30 of the 50 lost or aborted their calves.  It also affected us the following next two years.  Our weights were down and we had a lot of sick calves.  The sheep were also affected the following year. This is a very bad disease.  Our marriage of 13 years almost did not survive this trial.

What is one thing you wish more people knew about life on the ranch?

Bracket Butte Ranch in Baker MontanaOne thing I wished people knew about ranch life is that the livestock and the care of land are very important to us. We do not take being stewards of the land very lightly.  God put us here to be care takers and to flourish and live off of the land.

What does it mean to you to be able to work with your family every day?

To be able to work with my family is an honor.  Our grandchildren come  over and I get such joy teaching them how to be caretakers of the land and animals, just as my parents taught me, and I taught my children.

How would describe “building a legacy” on the ranch? 

Baker Montana Ranching Pinnow FamilyOur son and daughters know how we do things on the ranch. They have come to understand that you do take care of the land to make it a renewable resource every year.  You need to take care of your livestock properly by feeding minerals, giving vaccinations yearly, and making sure that they have proper nutrition.

Do you have any advice for future Montana rancher generations about running a successful beef cattle business?

Ranchers can’t be big spenders. You will need to have an outside income to help support your household.  Look in to the Farm Service Agency and see what kind of loans they have for beginners.

What is your favorite part about being the Montana CattleWomen president? Why did you decide to lead this group of ladies? 

Visiting and sharing ideas with the members from around the state.  I knew that I wanted to be president after a year of being State Beef Ed Chairman.  I was impressed by how many schools and students we were able to teach using the Beef Ed curriculum!

What’s your favorite beef dish?

Montana CattleWomen President Wanda Pinnow of BakerEye of round roast slow cooked with potatoes, carrots, onions, and a gravy sauce.

Is there anything else you can share with us?

The young people  today feel that they are too busy to belong to Beef  Industry organizations.  Our industry would greatly benefit If they only realized that “to have a voice in our industry they need to be involved”.

If you’d like to see more of Wanda’s Montana ranch adventures, you can follow her on Twitter: @Wanda_Pinnow.

Calling All Montana CattleWomen to Mid-Year

By Wanda 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!