National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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21 September 2010

Kay Lewis
New rural development office for Wales YFCA new member of staff will be joining the busy team of staff at the Wales YFC office on the Royal Welsh Showground. Kay Lewis from Neath, Glamorgan is the organisations new Rural Development Officer.

Kay studied Primary Education at Swansea Metropolitain Universtiy and her main interest is the family beef and sheep farm. In her spare time she enjoys socialising with her friends and attending her local YFC club.

As the Rural Development Officer, Kay will be responsible for administrating and servicing the Wales YFC rural affairs sub-committee including managing the various competitions run by the sub-committee such as the Community and Environment Challenge supported by the Countryside Council for Wales, the NatWest Enterprise Scheme and the Welsh Livery Guild Young Farmers Award. One of her first priorities will be to administer and promote the prestigious new competition ran in conjunction with the Dulas, CCW and the RWAS. She will also be responsible for representing the YFC at rural and agricultural related meetings and for responding to consultations on rural issues in conjunction with the rural affairs sub-committee.

Kay will be working alongside the team of staff as well as Wales YFC officers to deliver the wide range of activities and projects that the YFC offers. The youth movement is one of Europe’s largest rural youth movements which represents young people from 10 to 26 years of age in 12 federations and 160 clubs across Wales.

21 September 2010

Dunbia sponsor Wales YFC best prime lamb producer competition once again!

The Wales YFC Best Prime Lamb Producer competition is once again open to entries thanks to the continued and generous support from Dunbia.
The competition is open to all Wales YFC members who were 26 years old or under on 1September 2010.
To compete members are required to select five lambs of the same breed which will then be tagged. From these five, two lambs will be selected to compete at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair. On the Sunday afternoon prior to the Fair the lambs will be weighed and inspected before they are judged on the Monday afternoon, following which there will be an opportunity to sell the lambs at the Winter Fair’s auction.
Awards will be given to the Supreme Champion and Reserve Champion as well as a prize for the highest placed new competitor. An award will also be given to the best stockman - this award is presented for the preparation of lambs for judging and the display board showing the relevant costings.
Alison Jones, Partnership and Livestock Manager for Sainsbury’s Lamb stated, “We are very excited to be supporting the Wales YFC Best Prime Lamb Producer competition again this year.  The involvement and development of the younger generation in the meat industry is incredibly important to us at Dunbia.  The standard of this competition improves significantly each year and it is very encouraging to see the amount of entries.  We wish all the entrants the best of luck.”
Caroline Dawson, Wales YFC’s Activities & International Committee Chairman said
“This is a great competition for members to earn valuable experience in producing and showing prime stock. Once again we are extremely grateful to our sponsors for their invaluable support.”
The closing date for receiving entries is the 18th of October and full rules for this competition can be obtained by contacting Lisa Jones at the Wales YFC Office, on 01982 553502 or via the webpage

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.


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