10 September 2013
Agriculture has one of the worst safety records of any industry, employing 1.5% of the total workforce, but accounting for 20% of fatalities. This competition, which is supported by Defra, challenges YFC members to demonstrate their skills in machinery maintenance and use, whilst ensuring safety.
This year competitors were asked to carry out safety checks and complete tasks on round bale wrappers and ATVs; both highlighted by the Health and Safety Executive as being particularly dangerous pieces of farm machinery. During the competition, a mock accident was also set up and competitors were required to perform basic first aid.
The team from Pembrokeshire FYFC were the eventual winners of the competition and Kathryn Hutchinson from Wiltshire FYFC was awarded the ATV handler trophy.
John Gough, an Engineering Trainer at Wolford and North Shropshire College, was one of the competition judges:
"This competition is a very important part of the calendar of NFYFC events as it highlights to the young members who get involved and compete that safety must be an integral part of any efficient practice. All teams who took part in the competition will doubtless have come away at the end with increased knowledge and understanding of what is safe practice and will be able to take that knowledge back into their place of work to share with others."
The Efficiency with Safety competition was part of a whole weekend of national competition finals taking place at Harper Adams University. The Farm Skills weekend showcased a number of agricultural competitions synonymous with NFYFC, including Stockman of the Year, Young Stockman of the Year and Fence Erecting.
For the second year in a row Rhian Lewis from Glamorgan FYFC took the Young Stockman of the Year trophy, whilst Rhys Beynon-Thomas from Gloucestershire FYFC was crowned Senior Stockman of the Year. As well as judging beef, sheep, pigs and dairy, senior competitors were also asked to complete a project on stock management and were assessed on their animal health and husbandry skills.
In the Fence Erecting competition, Shropshire FYFC came out on top, with the team from Herefordshire FYFC in second place and Montgomery FYFC in third.
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