National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 November 2012

This weekend saw the start of the new National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs competition season, with the National Beef and Pig Live and Carcase Judging at the English Winter Fair, Staffordshire County Showground.

The competitions took place over two days, kicking off on Saturday with 80 Young Farmers from across England and Wales taking part in the Senior and Intermediate Live Beef and Live Pork competitions. The competitors had to place the animals and give reasons for their placement. On Sunday, competitors judged beef and pork carcases, giving reasons and placing the carcases and classifying the beef carcases.

Ultimately it was Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs who shone, winning the John Spear Trophy for the county with the highest overall marks in both Beef and Pork Live and Carcase judging.

EBLEX kindly donated the prize money for the national competitions, which were presented by their Livestock Scientist, Dylan Laws. This is just one of a number of NFYFC initiatives supported by EBLEX. The organisation has also supported the production of a stock judging handbook, ‘Meat for the Market Training’ days and, most recently, a stock judging DVD which was shown during the weekend.

The English Winter Fair, organised by Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, saw a host of other stock judging and handling competitions as well as a sale of Champion cattle and a Christmas Fayre. 

The society also hosted their own stock judging competition for young farmers, organised by Staffordshire YFC’s County Organiser, Julia Taylor. This saw competitors judging live beef and sheep as well as pork and lamb carcases and once again it was Herefordshire FYFC who beat 18 other counties to win the overall team trophy. This second competition meant that around 250 young farmers were on site and taking part in stock judging contests.

The Fair was integral to the running of the NFYFC competitions at the weekend, with stock coming from exhibitors at the event and the excellent facilities making the site a perfect location. The carcasses were supplied by Bradshaw Brothers of Chase Terrace.

NFYFC Beef and Pig Live and Carcase Judging Results

Senior Beef Live and Carcase

1st Richard Garlick (Herefordshire)
2nd Maria Muntz-Tores (Worcestershire)
3rd Lora Fryars (Lancashire)

Intermediate Beef Live and Carcase

1st David Long (Herefordshire)
2nd Tudor Lewis (Montgomeryshire)
Joint 3rd Harriet Wilson (Staffordshire) and Danielle McNulty (Gloucestershire)

Intermediate Pork Live and Carcase

1st Thomas Bennett (Herefordshire)
2nd Rachel Harrison (Lancashire)
3rd Lloyd Powell (Montgomeryshire)

Senior Pork Live and Carcase

1st Richard Fox (Cumbria)
2nd John Brewer (Herefordshire B)
3rd Bethany Warin (Yorkshire)

The Mark Madders Trophy (awarded to the county intermediate team with the highest score-Beef and Pork)

1st David Long and Thomas Bennett (Herefordshire A)
2nd Tudor Lewis and Lloyd Powell (Montgomeryshire)
3rd Isabella Hartley and Rachel Harrison (Lancashire A)

The Bob Williams Trophy (awarded to the county senior team with the highest combined score -Beef and Pork)

1st Fiona Chamberlayne and Victoria Hicks (Gloucestershire)
2nd Llewellyn Williams and John Brewer (Herefordshire B)
3rd Richard Garlick and John Hanson (Herefordshire A)

The Smithfield Trophy for Beef Live and Carcase

David Long and Richard Garlick from Herefordshire A

The Smithfield Trophy for Pork Live and Carcase

Fay Thomas and John Brewer from Herefordshire

The John Spear Trophy (awarded to the county with the overall highest marks)

1st Herefordshire (David Long, Richard Garlick, Thomas Bennett and John Hanson)
2nd Montgomeryshire (Tudor Lewis, Ryhdian Powell, Lloyd Powell, Tomos Harrison)
3rd Gloucestershire (Danielle McNulty, Victoria Hicks, Fiona Chamerlayne, Martia Warner King)

20 November 2012


A new Defra-funded Meat for the Market training event was hosted last week by Robert Ensor at Ensor’s of Gloucestershire to help YFC members fully-understand industry grading and market requirements.

EBLEX National Selection Specialist Steve Powdrill gave some hard-hitting advice to young farmers pointing out their responsibility as lamb producers for consumer perception as well as the necessary considerations for market requirements and profitable business decisions.

YFC members were questioned on meat quality, consumer expectation and how to use the EBLEX classification system to satisfy market requirements. With a mix of theory and practical demonstrations, those who took part left the training session pleased to have had industry graders and experts giving them hands-on advice for their business and YFC practices.

Steve Powdrill said:

“It’s encouraging to see young farmers taking the initiative to improve their skills and their understanding of industry grading and market requirements. EBLEX is pleased to be working with the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs to encourage more training and information exchange.  We look forward to future events in 2013 and encourage all young sheep and beef producers to take part.” 

This was the second successful 'Meat for the Market' training event this year, and more are planned for 2013. Until then, YFC members can check out the fantastic stock judging training DVD, produced by EBLEX, which is available to view online and will also be posted to each county.

15 November 2012

Newly elected NFYFC Chairman Milly Wastie has had something of a baptism of fire, walking across burning hot coals, all in the name of charity.

On Saturday, Milly, who was elected Chairman at the NFYFC Council meeting in October, joined members from Lincolnshire Young Farmers and representatives from Spaldings of Lincoln to take part in the ‘Fire Walk’ and raise money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute.  

Milly said;

‘It was such a unique experience and whilst I did get a few blisters (which felt like sunburn) it was really worth it to raise funds for one of my chairman’s charities the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution’

Milly is currently half way to her fundraising target of £500, if you would like to sponsor her visit

09 November 2012

A leading light in the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and a Life Vice President, Ursula Boreham, sadly passed away on November 3rd, aged 80.

Ursula, together with her husband Roy, first became involved in the Young Farmers’ movement when their son and daughter both joined Essex YFC, over 40 years ago.

Within this time Roy took on various roles including Vice President of Dunmow YFC, President of Essex YFC and Eastern Area President for four years. Roy attended every meeting and event that he could, with Ursula always by his side.

Ursula thoroughly enjoyed attending YFC events from NFYFC Council weekends, county shows and the parties where she often found herself in the most ridiculous of fancy dress outfits! Ursula even made it to this year’s Annual Convention.

Over the years Ursula and Roy have made great friends through Young Farmers and found themselves attending many members’ weddings across the country. One letter to Ursula’s family described the couple as a ‘dynamic pair’ in both the local and national Young Farmer’s movement.

Ursula loved being involved in Young Farmers and it played a huge part in her life. Ursula will be missed by Essex YFC and the counties beyond.

NFYFC would like to express their great thanks for the support and dedication that Ursula has given to Young Farmer’s for over 40 years. She will be sadly missed.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Ursula’s life will be held on Tuesday the 13th of November 2012 at  St Mary the Virgin Church, High Easter, Essex at 2.00pm.

If anyone would like to make a donation to celebrate Ursula’s life and dedication to YFC, donations can be made to ‘Evie’s Angels’, a fund set up to help support Ursula’s great grandaughter, Evie, who has a rare genetic disorder called CDKL5. The money donated will help support Evie in her development.

Please send donations to:
Evie’s Angels, Woodfield Farm, Pleshey, Chelmsford, CM3 1HU. 

Pictured: Ursula with husband Roy, and former NFYFC President Lionel Hill


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