National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

09 September 2014

Young Farmers’ Club members put their talents to the test in an enthralling NFYFC Farm Skills Weekend across Shropshire and Staffordshire.

Dozens of competitors across England and Wales were given the opportunity to show off their skills in the field of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) manoeuvring, fence-erecting and Defra-supported stockjudging.

In an action-packed weekend, organised by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC), 24-year old Peter James from Leek YFC took home the coveted NFYFC Stockman of the Year award, beating 15 other competitors to the prize. Peter was also part of the Staffordshire YFC team that won four out of five stockjudging trophies at the English Winter Fair in 2013.

Peter (pictured right) said: “I am delighted to win the NFYFC Stockman of the Year. There was some really tough competition over the two days but it was a really enjoyable weekend and it was a great feeling to come away with first place. I am really pleased to win the trophy at my first time of competing in the national finals.”

The weekend kicked off at Harper Adams University College in Newport, Shropshire. Five counties battled it out in the Side By Side ATV competition, negotiating a tough obstacle course, hitching a trailer and demonstrating their first-aid skills in a mock farm accident.

Cornwall YFC (below right) pulled out all the stops to take first place in the competition ahead of Cumbria and Herefordshire. The winning duo of Brett Burchell and Jonathan Melhuish were also awarded an additional trophy for demonstrating the best teamwork.

Harper Adams also played host to the Betafence Fence Erecting competition on the Sunday. On a very hot day for the participants, it was Wales that came out on top, with Montgomery YFC taking first place, beating second-placed Herefordshire and third-placed Somerset.

And Wales had even more reason to celebrate at the Young Stockman of the Year competition at White Cross Farm in Stafford. In a field of 18 competitors, 17-year old Elin Havard (pictured above) from Brecknock YFC took home the top prize. Grace Whitcombe from Somerset came second and Chloe Harris from Herefordshire came third.

A full list of results from the Farm Skills Weekend can be found on the NFYFC Results page.

A wide range of photos from the weekend can be found on the NFYFC’s Facebook page.


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