National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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27 July 2010

Local Food Campaign results in TV appearance and Conference Call for Young Farmers

Young Farmers members from the South Pennines are in high demand from the media as publicity surrounding their project titled ‘Why local food Matters’ continues to escalate. Following their recent five minute appearance on ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar News and double page spread in a local magazine, members of Worth Valley YFC have this month been key note speakers at a Climate Change and Sustainability Conference. The conference was organised by the Transition Towns which looks at how ‘food secure’ towns are going to be when world oil reserves fall and the price of transportation rises.

Hollie Ogden, Sarah Shires and Club Leader Andrew Wood made a 20 minute presentation at the conference and answered questions from the audience on the ‘Why Local Food Matters’ project they are involved with which is being supported by the South Pennines Leader Programme and the Keighley Area Committee. This has seen Young Farmers Clubs from the South Pennines area make efforts to reconnect the urban consumer with the rural producers and organisations which add manufacture, sell and serve local food.

The highlight of this project was in May where the members sent out 16,000 free tickets to young people from across the region inviting them to come to the YFC Food and Farming Exhibition where they showed the journey that food makes from field to fork. The event was a huge success and over 5,000 people young and old saw the exhibition which included livestock, a butchery demonstration, a farm shop and a cookery demonstration. In preparation for the cookery demonstration members of Worth Valley YFC visited Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food, Bradford to learn a recipe made with only locally produced ingredients. They then ‘passed it on’ to the crowds at the exhibition and encouraged them to go home and enjoy cooking and eating their own local food.

News of the Young Farmers project spread to ITV fixers, an organisation which follows groups of young people making a difference to an issue they feel passionate about. They came out to film them so that a DVD of the promotion could be made to be sent to schools and used to educate additional young people. They were so impressed that they chose the YFC project as one of a handful which were selected to go on the Calendar News programme.

At the Climate Change Conference the 100 delegates were wowed by the amount that the members aged 10 to 26 years had put into the project. Hollie Ogden said, “What we said was received very well by the audience and one delegate who manages the Airedale Shopping Centre in Keighley wants to play the DVD we are producing in the shopping centre on a large Screen TV. It is also hoped that the club’s publicity materials including Daisy Duke the Worth Valley YFC milkable cow will be placed in an empty shop window.”

Sarah Shires said, “The key messages we tried to get across to the public are to support the local produce networks that still exist such as the remaining milk producer retailers and butchers. More and more local land is being left fallow or used for keeping horses on. If people just bought a little more local produce this processed would be reversed making the area more food secure.

Andrew Wood highlighted the number of people with England Flags on their cars and houses during the World Cup and asked what proportion of these people had the same patriotism when food shopping. “We’ve got to get across that the benefits of buying local produce are not just environmental but economic and social too. People should be proud to buy British and proud to buy local and it is education such as that being done by the Young Farmers that will slowly rebuild the local food networks which were once so strong.”

The project now continues with clubs from throughout the South Pennines promoting the message at their local agricultural shows throughout the summer.

06 July 2010

hike teamBrandesburton YFC complete 50 mile walk 4 charity

The Brandesburton YFC Team consisting of Harry Foreman, Louise Collier, Angela Kirkwood, James Kennedy plus support crew Jenny Deighton & Amy Newton took part in the Mega Hike walk, a 50 mile hike in the Peninnes in 24 hours raising money for Medequip4kids on Saturday 26th June 2010. 59 team took part, leaving at sunrise on Saturday morning. The sum of £1500.00 has been raised by the team & club.

06 July 2010

Three counties show success for Staffs YFC

On Saturday 19th June 2010, a full team from Staffordshire YFC was entered in the Three Counties Show Stockjudging Competition. For the first time in many years we had a competitor in the Horse Judging Competition and Ellie Parkes from Lichfield YFC took 1st place – not bad for the first time she has ever taken part in the competition! Harriett and Sammie Wilson from Eccleshall YFC also had great success taking 1st place in the Intermediate Beef and Junior Dairy respectively. Tom Wilkes gained 2nd place in the Intermediate Pigs and Matthew Wright was 2nd in the Intermediate Sheep – again both from Eccleshall YFC. In 3rd place was Isobel Wright in the Intermediate Dairy Class and Mark Robinson in the Senior Dairy class, again from Eccleshall YFC.

Overall on the day the team came 2nd out of the counties outside of the 3 Counties Show Committee which is a great achievement.

Also over the weekend, it was the West Midlands Area Tug of War finals. Staffordshire sent four tug of war teams on Sunday 20th June to compete. Ridware YFC and Waterhouses YFC represented Staffordshire in the male section of the competition, with Waterhouses YFC again, and Eccleshall YFC representing the county in the female section. In true style all Staffordshire teams put a good show on but this seemed not to be enough with Waterhouses ladies finishing 3rd and Eccleshall ladies finishing 4th. However, the men’s competition was a different story with Ridware YFC retaining their title for a third year running, despite a really tough competition. Waterhouses YFC finished in 2nd place. Therefore Staffordshire YFC will have two teams representing the County and Area at the National finals at the Royal Berkshire Show in September this year.

06 July 2010

Wales YFC European Rally Team heading for Sweden

The five-strong Wales YFC European Rally Team is preparing to head off to Halmstad in Sweden on 31 July to represent Wales YFC at the this year’s European Rally, themed Think Globally Act Locally.
Gwennan Davies, Lowri Jones, Meinir Jones, Lucy Stonebridge and Wayne Shanklin are attending the rally as part of Wales YFC’s international programme.
The annual event, organised by Rural Youth Europe, sees teams of YFC members from access Europe gather to take part in activities designed to bridge the gap between members from different cultures and backgrounds.
This year’s rally will focus on employment and entrepreneurship as a tool in preventing unemployment and depopulation of rural areas.
Wales YFC’s rally team leader Gwennan said: “This is an unforgettable week and as ambassadors for our county we strive to portray Wales at its best through advertising Welsh products, produce, crafts and our rural businesses.”
The team members are collecting sponsorship for their trip and anyone interested supporting the team can contact Gwennan via the Wales YFC Office on 01982 553502.

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06 July 2010

8th Challenge for Chairman

Tim John, Wales YFC Chairman recently completed his 8 challenge for “Challenge Tim” which has been been set up to raise money and awareness of the charity of the year, Kidney Wales Foundation.

On Sunday, 4th of July Tim John, Wales YFC chairman along with Montgomery YFC Chairman, Gary Wright dressed up as clowns and acted as water boys during the Federations final sports day in which the rugby competition was held. Buckets were passed around the spectators and players for donations.

The next few weeks will see Tim John, complete the remaining four challenges. On the 1st of August Tim will join the officers of the Meirionnydd Federation on their journey up Cadair Idis, on the 7th he will endure a tractor pull set by the Brecknock Federation and a treasure hunt with a twist in Glamorgan where he will travel across the county and undertake a variety of challenges on the 14th. Tim’s home county, Pembrokeshire have named their challenge “14 miles of hell” and will the challenge will be completed during the course of August.

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06 July 2010

Search is on for young innovators with natural resources

Rural affairs minister launches new scheme at Royal Welsh show
Monday 19 july 4.00pm
(Countryside council for wales’ stand no. Cca 808)

Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones AM, will launch a new ‘Young Innovator with Natural Resources’ competition at the Royal welsh Show; a follow on award to the highly successful Agri Environment Award that has been a part of the Royal Welsh Monday for the last 10 years.

The competition is facilitated by Wales YFC, with support from the Countryside Council of Wales (CCW) and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, and is sponsored by the world renowned energy company, Dulas.

"Dulas is delighted to support the Young Innovator Competition, which promotes opportunities for medium and small scale renewable energy developments in farming communities. Feed-in tariffs now make hydropower, medium wind and photovoltaics all potential investments for farmers - significantly reducing carbon emissions, electricity bills and providing a healthy return on investment,” said Ian Draisey on behalf of Dulas.

Competition entrants must be 40 years old or under and the deadline for receiving applications will be early October 2010. Preliminary rounds of judging will he held in three different areas before the grand final Wales wide. The winners of the total of £3,000 prize money will be announced at the 2010 Royal Welsh Winter Fair in November this year.

Morgan Parry, CCW Chairman said: "It's becoming increasingly important for society to make the most of our natural resources as we strive to create a greener, more sustainable future. I'm delighted to support this pioneering scheme that will reward good practice and, as it develops, encourage many others to consider what natural resources their businesses could use efficiently and effectively. And the benefits will be twofold - not only does innovation with natural resources offer a more sustainable future, it can also bring economic value to businesses as well."

Elin Jones AM stated: “I am delighted to support this scheme which will encourage and promote sustainable land management and good agri-environment practice along with opportunities for efficient use of natural resources. Not only will a prize be given to the overall winner, there will be cash prizes for the entry that is doing the most to reduce their carbon use and the entry that is using innovative ways to reduce their water usage and waste produced. I look forward to hearing about the entries for 2010 and how the competition develops next year.”

The launch will take place on Monday 19th of July at 4.00pm on the CCW stand.

For an application form to apply for the competition please contact Wales YFC or visit the Wales YFC website where you can download an expression of interest form.

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