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21 September 2010

A busy competitions year start

The Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs have started their busy year of competitions with a fine display in the YFC Section at Kington Show.  The overall theme this year was "Colours of the Rainbow" which was appropriate for the changeable weather conditions leading up to the Show.   A lot of work went in to making the YFC Section very attractive. There were good displays in the floral art and cookery sections, some scary scarecrows and bright sunflowers, superb workmanship making something new of out something old as well as wonderful needlework bunting and some great performances on stage.  54 competitors took part in Class 1 of the stockjudging classes.  But it was the Club from Dilwyn YFC, Herefordshire which saw off the challenge from Presteigne YFC who were one of the 10 Clubs competing from the Radnor Federation.  Trophy results were:-
 
The Major H E B Holden Perpetual Challenge Cup - overall winners
1st Dilwyn YFC                    1901 points
2nd Rhosgoch YFC            1777 points
3rd Dolau YFC                     1700 points

The Messrs J & P Turner Ltd Perpetual Challenge Cup - Class 1
1st Dilwyn YFC B team                   349 points
2nd Rhayader YFC A team            346 points
3rd Radnor Valley YFC C team     342 points

The Hector Morris Challenge Cup - Home Craft Section
1st Dilwyn YFC                    667 points
2nd Presteigne YFC           625 points
3rd Rhosgoch YFC             615 points
TheClubs then moved to the south of the county for the annual Ploughing Match this year hosted at Elvastone Farm, Harewood End courtesy of the Duchy of Cornwall and Mr John Williams and family.  It was a fine September day which saw 10 Clubs taking part, but it was the Club from Welsh Newton YFC on home turf which dominated the event although only 7 points separated them from Dilwyn YFC in 2nd place.  The event was again kindly sponsored by Four Counties Lubricants.

Results were:-


Hereford and District Chamber of Commerce - overall winners
1st Welsh Newton YFC 1676 points
2nd Dilwyn YFC 1669 points
3rd Saltmarshe YFC 1288 points
 
Major H L F BucknallFour Counties Lubricants County Ploughing Cup) - overall winners of the ploughing classes
1st Welsh Newton YFC 354 points
2nd Dilwyn YFC 263 points
3rd Saltmarshe YFC 102 points
 
Mrs H L F Bucknall - Home Section
1st Dilwyn YFC 694 points
2nd Welsh Newton YFC 652 points
3rd Saltmarshe YFC 649 points
 
Mr Geoffrey Thomas Cup - Class 2
1st Ian Bevan (Welsh Newton YFC)
2nd Sam Thornley (Welsh Newton YFC)
3rd John Brewer (Welsh Newton YFC)
 
Autobrec Challenge Cup - Classes 1 and 3
1st Welsh Newton YFC 237 points
2nd Dilwyn YFC 168 points
3rd Saltmarshe YFC 102 points
 
W E Wilde Trophy for the best work with a Lemkin plough
Alex Williams (Welsh Newton YFC)
 
Cecil and Audrey Pritchard Cup for the best overall ploughman
Jamie Bevan (Welsh Newton YFC)
 
Charles Mayson Trophy for soil assessment/crop management
1st Matt Samuel (Ledbury YFC)
2nd Richard Garlick (Saltmarshe YFC)
3rd Kevin Stokes (Golden Valley YFC)
 
FOCSA shield - Class 21
1st Dilwyn YFC
 

The next competition in the busy autumn calendar is the popular Hereford Cattle Judging competition this year being hosted by Mr Peter & Mrs Jane Symonds at New Grove Farm, Llandinabo, Harewood End on Sunday 3rd October.

18 September 2010

Wales YFC members raise more than £21,000 for Kidney Wales Foundation

Wales YFC members raised more than £21,000 for Kidney Wales Foundation which was nominated by Tim John, last year's Wales YFC chairman, as his chosen charity during his year in office.

A host of fundraising events have been held over the pasrt 12 months and Tim also asked each of the county federations in Wales to set him a challenge to complete alongside YFC members from that county.

“Challenge Tim has been an excellent way of visiting all of the Wales YFC county federations during my year as chairman of the organisation,” said Tim.

He added: “I have met a number of inspiring members along the way and I would like to thank everyone that has contributed in any way or form, the response has been exceptional. My father is on renal dialysis therefore I know firsthand the difficulties patients have, particularly in rural Wales.”

17 September 2010

FUW renews support for Wales YFC stockjudging competitions

The Farmers Union of Wales recently announced it would continue to support Wales YFC through its Winter Fair stockjudging competitions. The news is welcomed by Wales YFC as it will ensure that the organisation is able provide opportunities to further develop young YFC members.

“The FUW has supported the organisation for a number of years and we are delighted it has pledged its continued support.” said Enfys Evans, Wales YFC chairwoman.

“The butchers' lamb and butchers' beef stockjudging competitions at the Winter Fair, a premier agricultural event, are high profile competitions. They give YFC members the opportunity to develop their stockjudging skills which can then be used back on the farm, when selecting animals for slaughter or sale. The competition also aims to strengthen the communication skills of the members as they present their reasons for placing the animals in such order to the judges,” she added.

FUW director of business development Emyr James said FUW was keen to continue supporting the Wales YFC stockjudging competitions which are an important part of the training required for young people wishing to enter farming.

“We are always ready to play a part in the education and training of our future farmers and we are delighted that our sponsorship goes such a long way towards helping YFC members improve their animal husbandry skills.”

14 September 2010

Wales YFC members are USA-bound

Eirian Williams and Mererid Jones, of Felinfach YFC, in Ceredigion, will be travelling to the USA this month to represent on the Wales YFC exchange programme.

Eirian, 25 and Mererid, 22, were selected during the International Briefing and Selection Day held at the Wales YFC Centre in Builth Wells last November and will spend three weeks in Illinois.

Eirian, a democratic services officer for Ceredigion County Council has been an active member of her club for six years and is the current chairwoman.

“In April 2009 I travelled to Northern Ireland with the Wales YFC exchange programme, it was an amazing experience and I made a number of new friends. I am looking forward to broadening my horizons with a trip further afield and to learn more about the county, its culture and way of life.” says Eirian.

Mererid who works for the Welsh Books Council, has previously travelled with YFC to Finland. She is an enthusiastic member of her club and is currently club secretary.

“Having previously travelled to New York as a part of my university course I wanted to sample a more rural area of the USA such as Illinois. I hope that I will be able to learn more about the USA and the way of life as well as learning about the different organisations and how they operate,” says Mererid.

The Wales YFC international programme aims to encourage young peoples’ understanding of other cultures and give them the opportunity to travel and to discover new experiences. The programme also asks clubs and members to host exchangees from similar organisations over the summer months.


13 September 2010

 Wales YFC members celebrate the start of a new YFC year


Pictured are: Ceredigion members with the Western Mail Trophy; Carmarthenshire members with the Beynon Thomas and NFU Cymru Trophies; Hedd Pugh from NFU Cymru presenting the NFU Cymru trophy to Owen Davies, Carmarthenshire county chairman.

YFC members from across Wales travelled to Wrexham over the weekend to attend the Wales YFC freshers' event at Glyndwr University.

A Bavarian oompah band kicked off the event on the Friday night and a YFC freshers’ ball was held on the Saturday night.

The weekend also hosted the AGM where the winners of numerous awards were announced. Members from the Ceredigion Federation had reason to celebrate after winning the Western Mail Trophy by scoring the highest number of points in all Wales YFC programmes of work throughout the year.

Carmarthenshire took home the Beynon Thomas trophy for the highest points scored by the junior members in Wales YFC programmes of work. The NFU Cymru trophy for the county with the largest increase in membership went to Carmarthenshire which was the only county that saw an increase in membership this year.

Members also elected a number of officials for the forthcoming year: Nigel Owens was re-elected as Wales YFC president, Enfys Evans, of Llanddeiniol YFC, Ceredigion, was elected chairwoman and Dylan Jones, Dyffryn Tywi YFC, Carmarthenshire was elected as the vice chairman during the forthcoming year.

Said Enfys: “It’s a great honour to be elected as chairwoman of this unique and special organisation. I have gained so much by being a member and I hope to promote the excitement of YFC and the opportunities available in every part of Wales. There are a number of exciting events and developments on the horizon and I look forward to working with the staff and officers at Wales and county level throughout the busy year ahead. More importantly will be the opportunities to speak to members at YFC events and listen and respond to their comments.”

Enfys has chosen to support Mind Cymru during her year in office. “During the year I hope that we can encourage young people to speak out about their worries and highlight the services that are available to them in order to avoid the problems escalating," she said.

03 September 2010

Carmarthenshire YFC members to take part in rural youth Europe Autumn seminar!

Bethan Griffiths a member of Dyffryn Cothi YFC and Rhian Jones from Capel Iwan YFC both in Carmarthenshire will be travelling Ayr in Scotland in September to represent Wales YFC and to take part in the Rural Youth Europe Autumn Seminar under the heading “Make it Work! Improving the job skills of rural young people.”

The seminar will focus on the practical skills development of rural young people by giving guidance on topics such as writing job applications, making a good CV, managing interviews and presenting their selves in a professional way. Participants will also learn how to train others in their organisations so that they can act as multipliers in their home countries.
The opportunity to attend the Seminar is one of many travel and learning opportunities offered by Wales YFC to its members as a part of the International Programme.

Bethan, 24, who is a development officer for Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr has been a member of the YFC for 9 years. She is an active member who enjoys taking part in all activities and is currently vice-chairman of her club. Outside of the YFC she enjoys competing is Eisteddfods, reading, socialising and helping out on the family farm She also teaches Welsh to adults. This is the first time for her to travel with the organisation.

“I am looking forward to attending the seminar where representatives from a number of European countries will converge to take part in a weeklong event full of activities and socialising. I applied for a trip with the Wales YFC international programme in order to learn about other counties and their way of life.” said Bethan.

Bethan will be accompanied by Rhian to represent Wales YFC at the Autumn Seminar. Rhian, 27, works as a food technician for Food Centre Wales has previously attended the European Rally held in Latvia in 2006 and the Autumn Seminar in Denmark 2007 on behalf of the organisation.

“I have already learnt a lot from the Wales YFC international programme and I am looking forward to broadening my experiences once again at the Autumn Seminar. As a club leader, I hope that I will be able to take back what I have learnt about improving the job skills of rural young people to my club and county and encourage the members to make the most of the skills that they have to offer.” explained Rhian.

The girls will leave for Scotland on the 11th of September and will return on the 18th.
 

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