York Middle School FFA students help dig a trench in preparation of adding an automatic waterer for Wessel’s Living History Farm’s livestock. Pictured are (l-r): Addison Cotton, Tori Stanton, Reese Hirschfeld, and Ethan Montgomery.

YORK — It was a busy day at Wessel’s Living History Farm Monday, as York Middle School FFA members completed their livestock waterer service project.

The YMS students toiled at the farm past noon digging, then filling, a trench to accommodate the automatic waterer. The students pitched in about $1500 for the new waterer for livestock at Wessel’s. “They raised their own money,” said YPS FFA advisor Jason Hirschfeld. The YMS FFA students also came up with the idea, Heirschfeld said.

Fortunately for the students, they didn’t have to do all the digging, plumbing or moving the concrete slab that weighed in at over a ton – York area businesses Gloystein Dirt Work; Cancrete Cattle Waterers/Advanced Agri-Direct, Inc.; and Ron & Jerry’s Plumbing helped with the ambitious project.

The waterer will provide Wessel’s animals a constant supply of water throughout the year – even in frigid temperatures, as the plumbing was installed far enough underground to prevent freezing.

Having a fresh, automatic supply of water isn’t just of benefit to the farm’s critters, Hirschfeld said. “This will make it easier for them [Wessel’s employees and volunteers] to take care of the animals.”

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