Montana State University

Department of Animal & Range Sciences

P.O. Box 172900
Bozeman, MT 59717-2900
Email: animalrange@montana.edu

Tel: (406) 994-3722
Fax: (406) 994-5589
Location: 103 Animal Bioscience Building

Interim Department Head:

Dr. Pat Hatfield

Clubs & Activities

MSU Colt Starting Class

Taught by Reata Brannaman, the class follows the teachings of Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt, and Tom Dorrance.  For text books we use Buck Brannaman DVD's as well as the little red groundwork book.  At Montana State University, our focus is to educate students on the importance of giving young horses and horseman a "good start."

Instructor:  Reata Brannaman
Email:  reatabrannaman@gmail.com


Collegiate Cattlewomen

The Collegiate Cattlewomen's organization is open to women enrolled at MSU who are interested in the future of beef, agriculture, and their communities. Their goals include public education and promotion of the business of agriculture. The club also assists Montana Cattlewomen and the Montana Beef Council in their efforts to promote the welfare of the beef industry.

The club has three main projects: "The Perfect Cheeseburger" where a short presentation is given to an elementary class, a campus beef promotion in which they hand out beef samples and answer questions, and an educational forum where guest speakers present current topics within the beef industry. Members also attend national and state conventions, have fundraisers, BBQ's, and much more. The club offers women an opportunity to expand their communication and leadership skills while working with their peers to educate the community.

Advisor:  Dr. Jane Ann Boles
Email:  jboles@montana.edu

Collegiate Stockgrowers

Collegiate Stockgrowers at Montana State University is a committee within the Montana Stockgrowers Association designed to develop collegiate students into tomorrow’s leaders. This is a place for young ranchers and supporters of the beef industry to get together, share ideas, promote the industry, and have fun!

Membership is open to all students if they pay dues of ten dollars per year and are a student in good-standing at Montana State. Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, while school is in session. We hope to see you at our meetings!

Advisor:  Dr. Rachel Endecott
Email:  rachel.endecott@montana.edu

Horseman's Club

The Horseman's Club is about networking horse people and non-horse people alike, while having an option to be a member of the MSU IHSA Equestrian Team. Through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team, riders of all levels compete against schools in Montana, Idaho, and Utah. The Horseman’s Club welcomes any and all students interested in horses. Ownership of a horse is not required.

Club activities include movie nights, bowling nights, fundraisers, and demonstrations by equine experts throughout the Gallatin Valley.

Advisor:  Dr. Shannon Moreaux
Email:  moreaux@montana.edu
Montana State University Horseman's Club & Equestrian Team on the Web


Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Team

The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team travels and competes throughout Montana, Idaho, and Utah in four disciplines, Hunt Seat Equitation, Equitation Over Fences, Western Horsemanship, and Reining.

Advisor:  Dr. Shannon Moreaux
Email:  moreaux@montana.edu


Livestock Judging Team

Students involved in livestock judging learn how to sharpen their decision making and communication skills, and gain knowledge about a wide variety of segments of the livestock industry in different parts of the country. Livestock Judging Team members have the opportunity to travel to different National Livestock Judging Contests, and through judging, students learn valuable skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.

Advisor:  Marc King
Email:  mking@montana.edu
Phone:  (406) 932-5146


Meat Judging Team

The MSU Meat and Meat Processing Center is a state-inspected facility with the capability for processing meat animals. It has much of the equipment necessary for sausage and ham manufacturing. In addition, there is a chemistry laboratory for analysis of a wide range of physical and chemical properties of meat. Students learn to cut carcasses and manufacture sausages and ham in this facility. The MSU Meat Lab also supports the Meats Judging Team and provides hands-on experience for students interested in meat and carcass evaluation.

Advisor:  Dr. Jane Ann Boles
Email:  jboles@montana.edu


Polo Team

Montana State University - Bozeman collegiate equine polo club was formed in 2005. As a club we compete in the Northwest region of USPA intercollegiate polo. It's a great group to join if you enjoy equine activities. All interested students are welcome regardless of riding/playing experience. Horse ownership is not necessary. Look for us at the MSU pavilion on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Advisor:  Dr. Shannon Moreaux
Email:  moreaux@montana.edu

Find Us on Facebook:  MSU Polo

Range Management Club

The Range Management Club is open to any student who is interested in range ecosystems and the principles of their management. This club has close ties to the International Society for Range Management. Functions include sponsorship of an Undergrad Range Management Exam Team (URME), and an International Range Plant Identification team; promotion of guest speakers that are controversial, entertaining, and informative; and field trips. We also support a variety of social functions.

Students interested in Range Science should try out for the competitive Range Plant Identification Team and the Undergraduate Range Management Exam Team. These teams are sent to represent MSU at the annual contests held in conjunction with the annual International Society for Range Management Convention. The club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month in Room 238 of the Animal Bioscience building.

Advisor:  Dr. Bok Sowell
Email:  bok@montana.edu


Stock Horse Team

The Stock Horse Team is dedicated to enhancing the pleasure of owning and riding horses through creating better horses and horsemen. The original organizers of the American Stock Horse Association viewed the trend of emphasizing specialized horses over versatile horses as not being good for the equine industry. Rider skills were also becoming specialized, relating only to a single discipline or event. There was not a link between a truly well-trained horse and the versatile horse that could perform many tasks. Become a member and prove the versatility of your stock horse in four categories: stock horse pleasure, reining, trail, and working cow horse.

Advisor:  Dr. Shannon Moreaux
Email:  moreaux@montana.edu


MSU Driving Club

MSU Driving Team is a group of individuals interested in learning the dying art of driving teams of draft horses. We show Draft Horses at horse shows and teamster competitions during the school year. We are located on the Campus of Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. We go for the original horse power!

Advisor:  Andi Shockley
Email:  ashockley@montana.edu

Find Us on Facebook:  MSU Driving Team


Other College of Agriculture Clubs and Organizations

For more information on any of the other College of Ag clubs and organizations, please contact the Assistant Dean's Office in 202 Linfield Hall, (406) 994-3681 or check this page.