Marias River Livestock Association

Prime Rib & Rib Tickler Tickets on Sale

November 12, Civic Center, Shelby MT
5:30 pm Social Time, 6:15 Sit for Dinner
Entertainment is Kyle Shobe and the Walk 'em Boys

We're makin' room to dance in answer to one of the suggestions we heard after last year’s Prime Rib and Rib Tickler Event.

Expect the same good cooking and delicious Prime Rib meal by Dick Kinyon.

Have a good time socializing with your neighbors and friends and then bid a little for the Youth Fund Auctions. THEN either sit back and enjoy or get up and dance to Kyle Shobe and the Walk’em Boys.

To get tickets call Rick or Lana  Schock @ 937-6400

The Post Rider Volume 5 Issue 6 - MRLA's November 2016 Newsletter

2016 Marias River Livestock Association 4-H Breeding Beef Project Awards

For the 4th consecutive year, Marias River Livestock Association has sponsored breeding beef project awards at the Marias Fair. 

The purpose of these awards is to encourage knowledge and interest in a continuing breeding project, that will serve to become the foundation of a future breeding herd. It is the goal of Marias River Livestock Association to encourage our youth to become the next generation of Livestock producers.

The first year award is for a bred yearling heifer and the second year award is for a cow/calf pair that is owned by the youth and intended for the development of a future breeding herd.

Selection is based on a two part criteria. One part is based on how well the animal scores in the Marias Fair breeding classes. This helps determine the overall quality of the animal as a future herd replacement. The more important part is how well the youth does in an interview. This interview helps determine the youth's overall knowledge of their project, as well as future goals and aspirations. It also recognizes the youth's involvement in the Livestock industry.

With the increase of participation the past several years, we were excited to be able to expand the program a bit this year. Reserve Champion awards were added to both divisions: 1st Year Bred Heifer & 2nd Year Cow/Calf Pair. Grand Champions received Montana Silversmith Belt Buckles and Reserve Champions received a certificate, redeemable for a custom embroidered jacket.

Marias River Livestock Association works hard to promote a healthy competitive and positive future for our livestock industry. Our youth is a very important component of that. We thank everyone in our four county area for their support.

Presenting the awards is Lindsey Habets, a member of the MRLA Awards Committee, who conducts the interviews with the participants. Carrie Lerum, Jesse Wallewein, and Janet Hawks are also part of this committee.

MRLA Sponsors New Award at the 2016 Marias Fair: Sheep Public Presentation

Not every 4-H'er brings an animal to the Marias Fair, but that should not prevent them from being able to promote the livestock industry in other forms. Demonstrations and Illustrated Talks Allow 4-Hers to Connect with the Livestock Industry.

Marias River Livestock Association has developed a new award for the Marias Fair with these goals in mind:

  • Promotion of the lamb and wool community
  • Educating consumers about the nutritious benefits of lamb and sharing tasty recipes
  • Educating consumers on the versatility and sustainability of lamb and wool
  • Encouraging 4H'ers to improve their public speaking skills
  • Encouraging participants to increase their depth of knowledge in their 4-H projects

The Marias River Livestock Association is pleased to announce the winner of our very first Lamb Promotion Award. This award is presented to youth participating in the demonstrations at the Marias Fair.

Awards were based on a combination of the 4-H judges score and the MRLA Judges' score for depth of knowledge on the topic that the demonstration was about.

Delaney Clark presented her demonstration, "Lamb is Good for Ewe", at the Marias Fair and also gave attendees a recipe to take home. Delaney did a very good job and we are very excited to present this award to her. It was well deserved!

Presenting a plaque and a check for $50 was Carrie Lerum. Other MRLA Committee Members who worked on this project are Jesse Wallewien (chair person), Carrie Lerum, Lindsey Habets and Maggie Nutter.

If we see good participation in the program, we are hoping to expand it in the next few years.


Your 2015-2016 MRLA Officers and Board of Directors

Being Bear Aware can Help Keep your Family and Community Safe

What are we truly asking for when we demand Grizzly bears be removed from the Endangered Species List? Even if delisted grizzly bears will not just go away, so what do we want? We want safety for our family and friends. We want to know they can go to do their ranch/farm work and not get eaten by a Grizzly bear. We want our kids to walk to school or go to play at a friends' house and not have to worry about them meeting a Grizzly bear on the way to or from.

Ben Hofer, Rockport Colony, said it best, "There are programs to keep our livestock safe and build fences but how do we keep our children safe?"
Marias River Livestock Association will be organizing education on living with bears. While we support Grizzly bear delisting and strong management to prevent human/bear or livestock/ bear conflicts, we also realize bears are here now. In the last 10 years Grizzly bears have continued to increase in population and spread farther from the core recovery area. There are now more bears in areas where people have never had to be concerned about running into one. They are along the Marias, Tiber/Lake Elwell, in the Sweetgrass Hills and thick as fleas on the Rocky Mountain Front.

We do not want to read about some child being injured or killed but it is a real concern, therefore this summer as communities hold their summer celebrations MRLA hopes to have resources at as many events as possible to reach as many people as possible; to educate them on the proper actions when they come face to face with a bear.

Trina Jo Bradley and Paul Turner are working with Chuck Bartlebaugh, Be Bear Aware coordinator, and Lauri Wolf, MFWP Education coordinator, to bring education and fun to the  communitie's summer celebration events. Please watch for us this summer and participate in the bear education. Let's do our best to keep our kids and family safe.

"Be Bear Aware" will be attending:

  • July 28th – 31st Lewis  and Clark Days in Cut Bank
  • August 6th - Grizzly Days in Dupuyer
  • August 25th - Summer Fair in Chester

This photo taken April, 2016, just a few miles out of Valier MT really brings to light the risk to human safety in that area.  This bear isn’t just passing through he is comfortably resting in a family yard.

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