F&M Trust and Franklin Feed purchase Grand Champion steer at Franklin County 4-H Beef Club Round-Up


F&M Trust’s Renee Preso and Franklin Feed & Supply’s Sam Miller pose with

Samuel Wingert, 4-H Beef Club Grand Champion Shower, and the 2012 Grand

Champion Crossbred steer.

F&M Trust and Franklin Feed & Supply partnered to purchase the Grand Champion at the 77th Annual Franklin County 4-H Junior Beef Club Round-Up on September 22nd.


The Grand Champion was a 1284 lb Crossbred raised by Samuel Wingert of St. Thomas, who repeated as Grand Champion shower. This is the third steer raised by Wingert that F&M Trust has purchased - - - the bank bought a Crossbred companion steer in 2011 and the Reserve Grand Champion in 2010.


In addition, the bank also purchased an Angus Cross companion steer raised by Kayla Hartung, Mercersburg. Continuing with its long-standing tradition of supporting local 4-H projects by purchasing livestock, the bank purchased a hog and a goat at the Franklin County 4-H Club sales in August 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 Austin Yeager, Greencastle and a goat from Claudia Hissong, Greencastle.


On the day of the 4-H Beef Club Round-Up, steers are judged in a roundup on confirmation where 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 Beef Club, a Cooperative Extension of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is a non-profit organization funded solely through the proceeds from their Franklin County Fair food stand and from contributions made by businesses and individuals. Through the Junior 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. The Beef Club will honor all buyers and sponsors at their annual awards banquet on November 3 at the Williamson Ruritan.