National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 September 2011

The heat was on for Young Farmers’ Clubs members as they brought this year’s hotly contested NFYFC national tug of war competitions to a sizzling conclusion at the Royal County of Berkshire Show, Newbury, at the weekend.

Both men’s and women’s teams pitted their wills and strength against clubs from across the federation in a day that saw contestants having to contend with alternating blazing sun and heavy rain in the YFC Arena.

A delighted Yorkshire federation women’s team were victorious after holding their ground despite difficult conditions underfoot, winning every pull of the contest, with Radnorshire taking second place, Staffordshire third, and Montgomeryshire FYFC in fourth position.

The men’s contest saw Derbyshire and Staffordshire go head to head in a repeat of last year’s final battle. And this time around, it was Derbyshire FYFC who returned home triumphant to celebrate first place, while Staffordshire men’s team took second place, Sussex third, and Montgomery men’s team were fourth.

NFYFC operations manager James Eckley said: “This year’s contests, which are one of YFC’s favourite challenges, were really exciting to watch and demonstrated true teamwork as well as the hours of dedication and practice required to compete. Congratulations to all the teams taking part.”

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Full list of points throughout the day

Other Young Farmers’ Clubs competitions at the show included the county YFC stock judging competitions, with Newbury YFC’s Andrew Findlay winning both the best Newbury Junior Young Farmer and the Best Berkshire Junior Young Farmer titles, whilst Ruth Woodley, Newbury YFC, also did the double, winning both the senior titles.

With more than 600 shopping stands to visit, Kate Green from Country Life Magazine , Judge of the Best Trade Stand Award, had her work cut out for her. And Berkshire YFC was thrilled to find it had won in the Best Agricultural Trade Stand category.

South-east Area chairman Gordon Fletcher said: “We were ecstatic to take home an unexpected piece of silverware! We have been placed second and third in previous years so it is fantastic to have won this year. We were particularly proud of the feedback from the judges that they were really impressed with the way our Young Farmers’ Clubs members had been willing and able to answer questions about our stand, which focuses on promoting Berkshire’s YFCs to members of the public in a host of interactive and fun ways.”

Around the showground visitors there to cheer on the YFC teams enjoyed a huge number of activities and exhibits. The Countryside Area was a very popular attraction with its running programme of pole climbing competitions, gun dog displays, fly fishing demonstrations, ferret racing, and sheepdog displays.

The Food Fare Marquee housed more than 70 exhibitors showing a wide variety of specialist food and drink products, the Cookery Theatre was packed, while the Horticultural Marquee housed a fantastic array of exhibits.

Malcolm Bull, Royal County of Berkshire Show president, said: "It has been a delight to see so many visitors come to this year's show. It is an important event as it connects the town with the countryside. The show offers the opportunity to find out about farming, countryside sports and rural crafts and produce.”


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