Hardware Retailing

MAY 2017

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HARDWARE RETAILING | May 2017 102 4-H Member Matthew Meyer 4-H member Sarcoxie, Missouri Growing up in a farming family, Matthew Meyer got started in 4-H at an early age. Joining as a Clover Kid, the agricultural organization's youth program, Meyer has shown multiple animals in competition. He has also competed in welding and woodworking projects. Meyer, a senior at Sarcoxie High School, is the oldest of three siblings all involved in 4-H. His father, Eugene, is an agricultural instructor, and his mother, Lori, is a volunteer in the county 4-H program. Meyer often shops at Race Brothers Farm & Home Supply in Carthage, Missouri, and here's what he says he wants from them. Products He Needs Sarcoxie is a rural area, so there's no shortage of stores that can supply locals with farm products to meet their needs. However, that doesn't always mean a store is the best for 4-H. Finding a place you know will stock the items a 4-H member needs for their animals or projects can help, according to Meyer. There are a lot of different projects to get involved with in 4-H, he says. Members can compete in a number of projects, from art to nutrition, so they don't always involve animals. The Meyer family is highly involved in showing animals for competition, and that requires specific types of feeds and products that wouldn't normally be needed by a farmer. "We use special adhesives and oil-based products to give our show animals the best sheen we can. We also need feed and additives that are designed to help an animal get to a goal weight for their appearance at competitions," Meyer says. Services He Wants Experience in 4-H goes a long way toward earning Meyer's business, and that's a big reason his family shops at Race Brothers. Sometimes it's not just the supplies he needs; it's the knowledge if he's working on a new project and not sure where to start. "I was showing a new breed of sheep and didn't know much about it. I came in to Race Brothers for answers, and the staff there was able to provide tips for that breed," Meyer says. "You can only get that kind of help when there's a base of 4-H experience in an area. We're treated like family, and they make us and our project their No. 1 priority." 4-H Club members often require specialized feed and cosmetic materials to get their show animals in perfect shape for competition. Race Brothers Farm & Home Supply in Springfield, Missouri, works closely with groups like 4-H.

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