National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

23 November 2009

Great turn-out for County Durham YFC AGM


The year's successes were celebrated at County Durham YFC's AGM on 20 November at Mount Oswald Golf Club.

Guest speaker was Janet Hume, who gave a speech and showed a DVD of the work of the North East Air Ambulance and was presented with a cheque for £250 which was raised at a recent quiz night at Spennymoor Town Hall.

Durham City YFC gained the largest haul of trophies this year, including the coveted FC Johnson Trophy for the club competing most above county level, with Butsfield YFC in second place and Elwick third. The club also won the trophy for the biggest increase in membership.

Other trophy winners were: Katherine Berry (junior member of the year), Shelly Whitfield (YFC ambassador), Adam Steel (senior carcase judging), Shelly Whitfield (intermediate carcase judging), Thomas Watson (junior carcase judging), Robert and Stephen Crozier (dairy calf rearing and record keeping).

Christmas Ball tickets will be on sale from 27 November priced at £25 and £28. Send a cheque to the value of the tickets, plus an SAE for the return of the tickets, to: YFC Office, Stonebridge, Durham DH1 3RY, or call the county office on 0191 864388.

20 November 2009

Wigton YFC helps air ambulance

Wigton YFC threw their backs into raising money for their local air ambulance by taking part in a sponsored tractor pull earlier in the year.

The club members took turns to pull a Red Bull tractor up a track in the fastest time at the North West Tractor Pulling event, at Kirkbride Airfield in June, and raised £1,500 in sponsorship and donations from the watching crowds.

The cash was presented to the Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance and the club is planning a similar fundraising event next year for the charity, which relies on public donations.

18 November 2009

Wales YFC's globetrotters for 2010 are announced

Nineteen lucky members have been chosen to represent Wales YFC in places as far afield as Canada and as close to home as Scotland as part of the Wales YFC International travel programme for 2010.

The travellers were announced at the Wales YFC International Briefing Day and a further ten members will also go forward to the NFYFC selection day on 5 December for further travel opportunities with the national Discovery programme.

The Wales YFC International programme aims to improve young people's understanding of other cultures across the world and give them confidence to travel to different places and experience new activities. The programme also allows members from Wales to host members from similar organisations abroad during the summer.

Caroline Dawson, chairwoman of Wales YFC’s International committee, said he briefing day had been very successful, with more than 30 members applying for the opportunities on offer.

“Our members obviously feel that the opportunities for international travel offered by Wales YFC are extremely worthwhile. The programme ensures that young people in rural areas can continue to benefit from the valuable experience of travel and exchange visits with other young people from across the world. The visits on offer are totally unique.

"These are not holidays. The aim is to give our members a special insight into the lives of those who live in a different country, different culture, and in a different way of life. Having been on a Wales YFC international trip, I know full well how enlightening and rewarding these trips can be,” she said.


17 November 2009

Brecknock YFC lamb trimming competition








This year's lamb trimming competition was held at Maesgwyn Farm, Llandefalle, Brecon, and featured two categories: one for members 26 and under and one for 16 and under.

Members had 90 minutes to prepare a lamb for a fat stock show and the 27 competitors, some as young as 12, were marked on their use of shears, preparation and carding, and the finished lamb.

Senior winner, William Gittoes, of Llandefalle YFC, (pictured above left) will now represent the county at the Welsh Winter Fair on 30 November.


Senior Section (26 years or under)

  • 1st: Llandefalle YFC, William Gittoes
  • 2nd: Bwlch & Crickhowell YFC, Ceri Davies
  • 3rd: Sennybridge YFC, Ryan Harries

Junior Section (16 years or under)

  1. Joint 1st: Builth Wells YFC, Alex Hope. Llanigon YFC, Jonathan Davies (pictured above right)
  2. 3rd: Llandefalle YFC, Charlie Parry


16 November 2009

Brecknock YFC competitions day

Pictured are: overall winners Sennybridge YFC; Rebecca Davies, Pontfaen YFC, winner floral art (26 yrs); and Builth Wells YFC, winners of club display

Welcome to Wales was the theme for Brecknock YFC's competitions day, which saw more than 100 club members gather at Brecon High School to take part in eight different competitions, some of them eliminators for the 2010 Royal Welsh Show.

Overall winners were Sennybridge YFC, followed by Builth Wells YFC in second place and Llandefalle YFC third.


Club display
1st: Builth Wells YFC, 2nd: Troedrhiwdalar YFC, joint 3rd: Llandefalle YFC and Sennybridge YFC

Floral Art (26 years of age or under)
1st: Rebecca Davies, Pontfaen YFC, 2nd: Mairwen Davies, Builth Wells YFC, joint 3rd: Mary Phillips, Sennybridge YFC and Rosie Davies, Troedrhiwdalar YFC

Cookery (16 years of age or under)
1st: Heidi and Naomi Davies, Sennybridge, 2nd: Leanne Davies and Abbie Davies, Troedrhiwdalar YFC, 3rd Emma Jones and Sian Healey, Erwood YFC

Craft (21 years of age or under)
1st: Mark Powell, Llandefalle YFC, 2nd: Aled W Jones, Troedrhiwdalar YFC, 3rd: Emma Powell, Bwlch and Crickhowell YFC

Generation Game
1st: Lisa Powell and Vicky-Lynn Healey, Erwood YFC, 2nd: Mairwen Davies and Sara Thomas, Builth Wells YFC, 3rd: Gemma Davies and Rhian Price, Troedrhiwdalar YFC

Speaking (14 years or under)
1st: Isabell Thomas, Rhodri Thomas and Naomi Davies, Sennybridge YFC, 2nd: Sophie Pritchard, Emily Pritchard and Rhianne Powell, Llandefalle YFC, 3rd: Daisy Hardwick, Ffion Williams and Lucy Goodwin, Builth Wells YFC

Reading (14 years or under)
1st: Elin Havard, Kathryn Gardner and Ffion Thomas, Sennybridge YFC, 2nd: Russell Davies, Ryan Joseph and Trystan Davies, Llandefalle YFC, 3rd: Isabella Walters, Kayleigh Lawrence and Chloe Eggerton, Builth Wells YFC

10 November 2009

Packed theatre for Clwyd YFC Eisteddfod

Clwyd YFC members are buzzing after another excellent evening of competition and entertainment at the annual Eisteddfod.

The event was held in Ruthin for the first time in many years and drew a large audience to the John Ambrose Theatre.

Crowds watched as members from 11 clubs across Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire showcased their talents in 16 competitions in the music, speaking and light entertainment sections of the traditional event.

Literature and artworks from the nine homework sections were judged and the bard’s chair was awarded to Gwenno Edwards, of Pentrefoelas YFC for her short story on the theme Go For It. This year’s chair was given by MWS, of Ruthin, and made by Mal Dawson.

The audience and judges, Alwyn Sion, Ann Davies, Andrea Parry and Beryl Griffiths, were thoroughly impressed with the county’s singers, speakers, poets, writers and comedians.

Uwchaled YFC were the overall winners of the Flint FUW shield and also took silverware for the best choir, the homework shield and most points for stage competitions.

Betws yn Rhos YFC won the JE Foulkes shield for the club with fewer than 30 members accruing the most points and also won the Mai Ellis cup for the best speaking party.

Alaw Rossington, of Betws yn Rhos YFC, won the Penrhwylfa cup for the best competitor under 16, and the Iwan Bryn Goleu memorial trophy for the Eisteddfod’s best performer was awarded to Manon Celyn, of Uwchaled YFC, for her solo from a musical.

“We had a great Eisteddfod in our new venue and it was wonderful to see the place full,” said Clwyd YFC organiser Eleri Roberts.

“Congratulations to Gwenno Edwards for winning the chair and thanks to all our winners. They will now go through to the Wales YFC Eisteddfod at Venue Cymru, in Llandudno, where we hope they will win for Clwyd.”


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