29 July 2011
Young Farmers' Clubs in Staffordshire celebrated the opening of their new headquarters 26 years ago with a visit from the Princess Royal, and this week Princess Anne returned to the YFC office as part of a day celebrating rural activities in Staffordshire.
Some of those members involved 26 years ago were there to welcome Her Royal Highness back to the county, along with today’s YFC members, who were keen to demonstrate the skills and activities on offer through Young Farmers' Clubs and which ensure the organisation is sustainable as the rural youth organisation for the countryside.
Club members demonstrated traditional activities such as how to prepare an animal for showing, sheep stock judging, butchery and cookery skills. The highly competitive and popular competition of tug of war was played out; the craftsmanship of hedge laying was displayed, along with bricklaying, floristry, public speaking and performing arts.
Staffordshire YFC county chairman Paul Worrall said: "We had hoped the Princess Royal would visit last year to celebrate Staffordshire YFC Centre’s 25th anniversary, but that was not possible. However, 26 years on it is good to celebrate our many YFC achievements.
"What was important to young people 25 years ago is still important today and the opportunity to participate in rural activities, with like-minded people, is as valuable today as it was then.
"We have lots of fun in Young Farmers' Clubs, with an opportunity to learn and train, particularly through our competitions programme and the development activities organised throughout the year. We had two members of the Staffordshire YFA (Young Farmers Ambassadors) committee present to explain about the fantastic opportunities that YFC members have to apply for trips abroad and travel the world with the NFYFC Discovery Programme.
A past president of the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs, Princess Anne was welcomed to Staffordshire again by Staffordshire's county president, county officers and representatives from each of the 10 clubs in the Staffordshire federation.
29 July 2011
Would-be tenants and future farming entrepreneurs can hone their business skills and knowledge with two new tenancy training events this year.
The events include presentations and workshops from Savills’ land agents and business consultants and NFYFC and offer valuable information if you are thinking of entering NFYFC’s prestigious farm business development competition. There's also access to professional advice from Savills for those of you setting your sights on being successful in the fiercely competitive new tenancy market.
These additional events will take place in Exeter on 16 November and London on 25 November and booking forms will be available on the website nearer the time.
29 July 2011
Learn how to produce meat for today’s market; polish up skills for stock judging and carcase competitions and learn practical farming and business skills at this new training event which is being piloted by NFYFC in partnership with Eblex.
Join us for this new half-day of training, which covers sheep and beef, on 15 September 2011 at Bishop Burton College, in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire.
27 July 2011
It was a case of fourth time lucky for Harleston YFC’s Helen Reeve at the Royal Norfolk Show this year as Helen took first prize in the 2011 Growing Business Award with her herd of pedigree Waveney Dexter cattle.
The award is an initiative supported by LandSkills East and the Norfolk Farming and Business Forum, which offers training and business development for new entrants. The £5,000 prize money is donated by Anglia Farmers, Clan Trust, Norfolk Farmers Trust, Rackham Trust and the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and is used as matched funding to gain LandSkills funding to run the supporting training programme.
The award was presented to Helen by judges Nicola Currie (CLA), Shane Barnes (Barclays Bank) and Kit Papworth (Anglia Farmers) who were looking for the young farmer who would make the best use of the prize.
Helen said: “Agriculture is a profession that I have been interested in since a very early age and it was inevitable that I would pursue a career in farming after leaving school. My main love is livestock, in particular cattle, so you can probably imagine my delight when, at 14, my parents bought me a Dexter heifer.
“My herd of pedigree Dexter cattle has grown steadily over the past few years and now totals 34, which has helped to turn my hobby into a business. Dexter beef is becoming increasingly popular due to its carcase size, taste and texture and it was with this in mind that I decided that rather than just produce beef for my own use, others should be able to experience the delights of Dexter beef.
“I've been a member of Norfolk YFC for a number of years and with the support of the Farming and Business Forum, I entered this award again this year, and I was thrilled to be announced the winner.
“Winning will give my business a much-needed boost. The money will be put towards marketing Waveney Dexter beef in the local area, buying more stock, adding value to existing products such as beef burgers and ready meals, essential pieces of equipment and training.
“The help, guidance and support from everyone involved in the forum and from LandSkills East has been invaluable. And if I could offer any advice to anyone starting up a new business it is to never give up. There may be difficulties in the setting up of various stages of an enterprise but with a bit of determination and perseverance you will see the rewards in the end.”
15 July 2011Feast your eyes on the imagination and culinary skills of YFC members from across England and Wales in the finals of the NFYFC cookery and floral art competitions at the Malvern Autumn Show.
14 July 2011
Radio 4's Farming Today team witnessed for themselves the skills of NFYFC's young stockjudges as the show's Emma Weatherill tested her own knowledge alongside the NFYFC dairy stockjudging competition finalists at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Emma rated four Holstein and four Ayrshire cows in tandem with the junior NFYFC competitors at the show in Harrogate on 14 July, and was assessed by the same expert judges as the NFYFC finalists. Her final score was 34.
The NFYFC junior dairy stockjudging competition (Farmers Weekly Trophy) was won by Yorkshire B team's Hannah Booth, with Yorkshire C's Zoe Coates second, and Gloucestershire's David Whitting third.
In joint first place and taking home the JS Clark Perpetual Challenge Cup in the intermediate competition were Lancashire B team's Helen Eastham and Lincolnshire's Millie Shipley, with Carmarthenshire B's Bethan Phillips third.
The Harold Jackson Perpetual Challenge Trophy awarded for the senior competition was won by Carmarthenshire A team's Ffion Jones, with Cornwall A team's Jonathan Dymond second and Cumbria B's Craig Brough third.
Second was the Yorkshire B team of Hannah Booth, Frances Griffiths and Jennie Booth, and third was the Yorkshire C team of Zoe Coates, Felicity Coates and Kathryn Butterfield.
Photos will be avaialble here and in the photo gallery as soon as they arrive, with full results in the Competitions section of the website.
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