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F&M Trust supports Franklin County 4-H

December 04, 2011
  • Renee Preso, assistant vice president and Southern Franklin County market manager for F&M Trust, poses with grand champion shower Samuel Wingert, 4-H Baby Beef Club member, and his crossbred companion steer.
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GREENCASTLE, Pa. — F&M Trust continued its long-standing tradition of supporting local 4-H projects by purchasing livestock, including a hog, a goat and a pair of steers at the Franklin County 4-H Club sales in August and September at the Greencastle Livestock Market.

Renee Preso, assistant vice president and Southern Franklin County market manager, represented the bank at the 4-H Club livestock sales. In August, the bank purchased a hog from Jesse Wade of Chambersburg, Pa., and a goat from Claudia Hissong of Greencastle.

At the 76th Annual Franklin County 4-H Baby Beef Club Sale on Sept. 24, she purchased a Charolais from Nathan Statler of Greencastle and a crossbred companion steer from the grand champion shower, Samuel Wingert of St. Thomas, Pa. Last year, the bank purchased the reserve grand champion from Wingert.

On the day of the Baby Beef Club sale, steers are judged in a roundup, and a grand champion and reserve champion are selected from the nearly two dozen animals presented. Each animal sold at the sale had a predetermined market value promised by a packer. The buyer pays the difference between the market value and final bid.

The Franklin County 4-H Baby Beef Club is a nonprofit organization funded through the proceeds from its Franklin County Fair food stand, and from contributions made by businesses and individuals. Through the Baby Beef project, youngsters spend time working with, training and caring for their animals. Many will use the money earned at the sale to pay for their steers and their feed, buy a new one and possibly add to a college fund.

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