28 November 2016
Counties across England and Wales welcomed back empowered County Chairs and Vice Chairs this week after an NFYFC training weekend in Derbyshire.
The Chairman's Weekend, called Kick Start your Year, was aimed at newly elected County Chairs and Vice Chairs to equip them with leadership and management skills to help them successfully and confidently tackle their year in office.
NFYFC laid on two days of interactive workshops from time management to learning more about YFC Governance. Members were made aware of all the support and resources available to them from NFYFC and also the importance of peer support and using their network of colleagues.
The weekend at Ilam Hall YHA was sponsored by Rutland Electric Fencing and received positive feedback from those who attended. As well as serious discussions about their roles, there was also a chance to socialise with other counties with an evening meal and quiz.
The two days proved to be a hit though with members returning to counties ready for action. Tom Wells, County Chair of Lincolnshire, tweeted: "Fantastic weekend with @Matthew_Denby on @NFYFC County Chairmans training weekend representing @LincolnshireYFC #feelinginspired."
While Beth Duchesne from Suffolk YFC was excited about her year ahead and tweeted: "What an amazing weekend! Thank you @NFYFC! Can't wait to get going with my year as @Suffolkyfc chair now!"
Guests speakers over the weekend included JJ Lynch from Leading Edge Leadership who helped members get to grips with effective time management and Danny Matley from Canal and River Trust who discussed the Youth Social Action and Countryside Challenge.
NFYFC’s Youthwork Officer Cath Sykes said: “It was great to get to know the new County Chairs and their Vices at the NFYFC’s Chairman’s Weekend and we are confident that those counties are in safe hands with such enthusiastic and inspirational people leading them.
“The weekend aimed to equip all of our Chairs and Vice Chairs with skills to help them through their year in office. It was also the perfect place for them to meet with other counties and get support from each other. We’re very grateful to Rutland Electric Fencing for sponsoring such an important weekend in the YFC calendar as these Chairs are the people who will be helping to shape the organisation’s future.”
There was plenty of opportunity for discussion over the two days as well with members giving feedback on all areas of the organisation. In the Agriculture and Rural Issues workshop members highlighted rural issues of importance for their members including rural broadband, affordable rural housing and rural transport.
The government will be publishing a new strategy for youth services in the coming months and NFYFC has been pushing members’ views forward.
Bringing all the county chairs together showed the benefit of working together and the far reaching effect of joined-up work on behalf of young people living and working in rural areas.
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21 November 2016
Young farmers proved the future of livestock farming is in safe hands after award-winning performances at NFYFC's Stockjudging competition finals at the English Winter Fair in Staffordshire this weekend.
Competitors as young as 13 years old were among the finalists judging pigs and beef, live and carcase in the first competition of NFYFC’s programme for 2016/17.
Around 80 members took part in the event, representing nine counties from across the Federation.
But it was Herefordshire, Yorkshire and Staffordshire that proved they knew the most about beef and pigs by winning the five team trophies between them. Yorkshire and Herefordshire also excelled in the individual categories too.
Teams in two classes (under 18s and under 26s) were asked to place and classify live beef and place live pigs as well as judge carcases for both animals – and give their reasons to judges over the two-day competition.
Steward Katie Brian, Senior Knowledge Transfer Manager at Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) who are one of the sponsors, said: “It was great to see so many members from across the country, especially all the younger members who were competing for their counties. The older members need to watch out for these talented youngsters coming through.”
NFYFC has been hosting its Stockjudging competition at The English Winter Fair since 1997 and was grateful to the exhibitors for providing the stock and to Bagshaw Brothers for the carcases to be judged.
Competitors also enjoyed a YFC supper on Saturday evening, which was kindly supported by Bagshaws Agriculture.
FULL LIST OF 2016/16 STOCKJUDGING WINNERS:
BEEF - UNDER 18
3rd Nerys Lewis Gwent
2nd James Heath Derbyshire A
1st Thomas Barley Yorkshire E
BEEF - UNDER 26
3rd Kelly Maltby Yorkshire E
2nd Peter James Staffordshire A
1st John Hanson Herefordshire A
PIGS - UNDER 18
3rd Meg Barnes Staffordshire B
2nd Jessica Odgers Lancashire A
1st Megan Watkins Herefordshire A
PIGS- UNDER 26
3rd Harriet Wilson Staffordshire A
2nd Emily Cartmail Staffordshire B
1st Thomas Stapleton Yorkshire D
3rd Yorkshire B Jacob Ryder, Ellis Snowden
2nd Herefordshire A Lee Thomas, Megan Watkins
1st Yorkshire E Thomas Barley, Eleanor Hobson
SENIOR TEAM - THE BOB WILLIAMS TROPHY
3rd Herefordshire A John Hanson, Fay Thomas
2nd Staffordshire B Sally Leese, Emily Cartmail
1st Staffordshire A Peter James, Harriet Wilson
BEEF TEAM - THE SMITHFIELD BEEF LIVE AND CARCASE TROPHY
3rd Staffordshire A Robert Mollatt, Peter James
2nd Herefordshire A Lee Thomas, John Hanson
1st Yorkshire E Thomas Barley, Kelly Maltby
PIG TEAM - THE SMITHFIELD PORK LIVE AND CARCASE TROPHY
3rd Yorkshire D Daisy Roberts, Thomas Stapleton
2nd Staffordshire A William Leese, Harriet Wilson
1st Staffordshire B Meg Barnes, Emily Cartmail
OVERALL TEAM - THE JOHN SPEAR TROPHY
3rd Yorkshire E Thomas Barley, Kelly Maltby, Eleanor Hobson, Daniel Ellis
2nd Staffordshire A Robert Mollatt, Peter James, William Leese, Harriet Wilson
1st Herefordshire A Lee Thomas, John Hanson, Megan Watkins, Fay Thomas
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