National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

10 September 2019

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is offering 39 YFC members the opportunity to attend the 2020 NFU Conference in Birmingham free of charge.

The 2020 conference will be held on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February 2020, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham.

YFC places will be allocated on a regional basis, but each county must be represented. Your chosen representatives’ details should be submitted to the appropriate regional NFU contact, as listed in this document.  (NFU branches must contact the NFU regional offices if they want to take up the places).

To obtain a place, please follow the procedure below:

  • Check the NFU regional allocation of places and decide which members you will put forward to represent the counties listed within the region.
  • Nominate a county representative who will be responsible for submitting names, addresses, contact details and YFC membership numbers to the regional NFU contact.  Representatives should liaise with the relevant YFC chairman before the regional submission is made.
  • When you have selected the appropriate regional representatives from the listed counties, find the relevant NFU regional contact (listed in this document) and submit your information.
  • Further conference details will then be sent from the NFU regional office to the successful YFC nomination.

The deadline for submission is 31 October 2019 and must be adhered to – late submissions cannot be accepted.


08 September 2019

Welsh stockjudgers supported each other to victory in the National Stockman and Young Stockman of the Year competition in Staffordshire last weekend, sponsored by Rutland Electric Fencing.

Ffion Havard from Sennybridge YFC picked up the Young Stockman of the Year title and Dyfrig Williams from Llangwyryfon YFC won the senior title – with another two competitors from Wales also offering their support.

The Wright family at Dawtry Cottage Farm generously hosted the live round on the Sunday with Senior competitors also taking part in interviews and answering veterinary questions from Shires Vets Eccleshall at Staffordshire County Showground on the Saturday.

For Ffion, it was third time lucky having represented Wales at a national competition twice before – now, in her final year, she has emulated her sister’s success, who won in 2014. It was also a hat trick of wins on the day for Ffion as she came first place in the pig, sheep and dairy rounds of the competition.

“I felt over the moon. I never expected it, but I’m really, really happy!

“With stockjudging, you have good days and bad days and a lot of it comes down to your placings and not every time do you agree with the judge. Luck was on my side to have agreed with the judge’s placings on all four rings – certainly a rare occasion for me,” said Ffion.

Senior winner Dyfrig said that people wrongly assumed he had been to agricultural college. Instead, working on his family beef and sheep farm since leaving school helped him with the practical side during the veterinary questions.

“That was a bit more specific about how you would treat an ill cow or sheep, for example. So my experience of using different medicines came in handy then,” he said.

“During Sunday, as they were judging the different classes, I thought it was going alright, but you don’t really know. Then when we got the judges’ placings and they didn’t place anything at 100% I thought I was in with a chance.

“But I was very shocked when I won.”

And the competitors had something to keep them going when ABP Food Group cooked steaks on site.

“Oh, that was very good,” said Dyfrig. “It was great bringing steaks for everyone!”

THE RESULTS:

Young Stockman of the Year Overall:

1st place: Ffion Havard, Brecknock A

2nd place: Emma Cokerill, Yorkshire A

3rd place: Tomos Griffiths, Carmarthenshire A and Grace Whitcombe, Somerset A

Young Stockman of the Year - Beef:

1st place: Daisy Haigh, Nottinghamshire A

2nd place: Emma Cockerill, Yorkshire A and Rosie Powley, Yorkshire C

Young Stockman of the Year - Sheep:

1st place: Ffion Harvard, Brecknock A

2nd place: Emma Morgan-Page, Montgomery A

3rd place: Mervyn Powell, Herefordshire B

Young Stockman of the Year – Pig:

1st place: Ffion Havard, Brecknock

2nd place: Megan Phillips, Herefordshire A

3rd place: Mervyn Powell, Herefordshire B and Emma Cockerill, Yorkshire A

Young Stockman of the Year – Dairy:

1st place: Ffion Havard, Brecknock A

2nd place: Megan Phillips, Herefordshire A

3rd place: Grace Whitcombe, Somerset A

Senior Stockman of the Year - Overall:

1st place: Dyfrig Williams, Ceredigion A

2nd place: George Lee, Devon A

3rd place: James Hodgkinson, Derbyshire A

Senior Stockman of the Year - Beef:

1st place: James Hodgkinson, Derbyshire A and Robert Mollatt, Staffordshire B

3rd place: Johnathan Wilson, Staffordshire A

Senior Stockman of the Year – Sheep:

1st place: Dyfrig Williams, Ceredigion A

2nd place: Rhys James, Pembrokeshire A

3rd place: Aeron Powell, Radnor A

Senior Stockman of the Year – Pig:

1st place: Robert Mollatt, Staffordshire B

2nd place: Johnathan Wilson, Staffordshire A

3rd place: Dyfrig Williams, Ceredigion A

Senior Stockman of the Year – Dairy:

1st place: Robert Mollatt, Staffordshire B

2nd place: George Lee, Devon A

3rd place: Claire Tythcott, Devon D and

Johnathan Wilson, Staffordshire A


06 September 2019

A 24-hour sheep ‘shearathon’ by two members of Culm Valley YFC in Devon has raised £20,150 for the MS Society.

The hard-working duo, Club Chairman Stuart Persey and former Chaiman James Westcott, sheared an impressive 1,135 sheep over their 24-hour mission.

The club hosted the event over the August bank holiday weekend on Stuart’s family farm and included a BBQ, raffle and charity auction to help them boost the fundraising total. There was even a breakfast BBQ served at 8.30am on the Sunday morning.

After totting up the donations, the club posted an update on their Facebook page saying:

“We still can’t quite believe what we have managed to achieve but we will always be so grateful for the support that everyone has shown us for the event through donating items, money, their time or simply coming to watch. Thank you, from all of us at Culm Valley!”

The club chose to donate the funds to the MS Society after members’ of the club have close family with the illness. 


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