National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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25 November 2009

Llandefalle YFC 60th anniversary dinner

More than 120 guests attended Llandefalle YFC’s 60th anniversary dinner at Hafod a Hendre, the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.

Guest speaker was Malcolm Thomas, a past member of Carmarthenshire YFC and life member of the NFYFC. He is the current director of business services, membership and regions for the NFU England and Wales.

A history of the club was given by past and present members, beginning with Ieuan Jones, who gave an insight to how the club was run in the early days.

Gwyn Davies reported on club activities through the 1960s and 1970s; Sharon Pritchard reported on events from the 80s to when Llandefalle hosted the rally in 1996; Helen Evans then spoke from when she joined club up to hosting of this year’s rally and Emily Pritchard concluded with her experiences to date of YFC and her hopes for the club in the future.

An awards ceremony was also held where members were presented with certificates and shields for representing the county.

The Lyn Jones Members’ Member shield was presented to Christie Joseph; the John and Eira Evans Stockjudging shield was presented to William Gittoes; the Gwyn and Hazel Davies Junior Member shield was presented to Alex Joseph; and the David and Sue Morgan Achievement shield was presented to Aileen Powell.

24 November 2009

High standard for national Eisteddfod competition

The Wales YFC national Eisteddfod was held in Venue Cymru, Llandudno, on 21 November, and after a full day of competing, Eryri won and took home the Mansel Charles Shield. Ceredigion was second and Carmarthenshire third.

Hosted by the Eryri federation and sponsored by Wind Power Wales, the day was hailed a great success by Nia Griffith, Wales YFC Eisteddfod committee chairwoman, who said the event was rapidly gaining a fantastic reputation and benefitted from the fact that it is one of Wales YFC’s main entertainment events open to the public.

"The Eisteddfod, was once again successful this year, and we can prove our ability as an organisation to hold an event of this standard nationally. We saw more than 600 members competing on a special stage at Venue Cymru.

"The standard is raised every year, and the audience enjoyed a spectacle of traditional competitions such as the solos and recitation as well as the light entertainment section, which is always popular,” said Nia.

Winning the Eisteddfod chair with her poem Mynydd (Mountain) was Catrin Jones, of Mydroilyn YFC, Ceredigion. The chair was sponsored by the Mid Gwynedd branch of NFU Cymru and was made by Sion Wynne, from Rowen YFC.

Winning first prize in the choir competition and taking home the Vale of Towy Cup was Bro Ddyfi YFC, from Montgomery. Luke McCall, of Maesywaun YFC, Meirionnydd, won the Ardudwy Cup for being best soloist in the music section. The Menter Iaith Sir Benfro Challenge Trophy, awarded to the best two-voice party, was won by Bro Ddyfi YFC, Montgomeryshire.

Sam Jones, from Tregaron YFC, Ceredigion, was the best individual in the recitation section and he took home the Wales YFC Cup. Mydroilyn YFC, Ceredigion, won the the pop song competition and was awarded the Meinir Richards Cup.

Eryri took home the Dyffryn Nantlle Shield for coming out on top with the highest points tally in the Cerdd Dant section, and winning the Denbighshire Farmers Union of Wales trophy for the homework section was Ceredigion. The Elonwy Phillips Trophy, awarded for the first time last year to the winning federation in the homework section, was also won by the Montgomery Federation.

24 November 2009

Stockjudging glory for Staffordshire YFC members

Staffordshire YFC members fought off stiff competition from more than 150 competitors representing 19 counties to take the individual titles in the stock judging and carcase judging classes at the recent English Winter Fair held at the County Showground, Stafford.

The YFC competitive classes were sponsored by the English Beef & Lamb Executive. YFC members were able to judge live beef and sheep classes and beef and pork carcase classes thanks to support from the show organiser, Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society along with Eblex.

The day was hailed a great success with a very high standard of scores across the classes, said Staffs YFC county organiser Julia Taylor. “It was great to have so many teams competing and demonstrating they know their stuff when it comes to livestock.”

Class 1: Live beef
IND: (Sen) Helen Blowey, Devon. (Int) Richard Priestley, Yorkshire
1st: (Sen) Helent Powell, Radnor. (Int) Edward Powell
2nd: (Sen) Hywel Evans, Glamorgan. (Int) Hywel Griffiths
3rd: (Sen) Tom Birks, Worcestershire. (Int) Dan Bradley

Class 2: Live lamb
IND: (Sen) Helen Davies, Ceredigion. (Int) Hedd Evans, Montgomery
1st: (Sen) Menna Davies, Derbyshire. (Int) Joe Birch
2nd: (Sen) Rich Gilder, Gloucestershire. (Int) Richard Carter
3rd: (Sen) James Stephens, Gwent. (Int) Aled Groucott

Class 3: Beef carcase
IND: (Sen) Charlitte Ormondroyd, Yorkshire. (Int) Rob King, Gloucestershire
1st: (Sen) Dan Weston, Staffordshire. (Int) Peter James
2nd: (Sen) Kat Hart, Gloucestershire. (Int) Rob King
3rd: (Sen) Craig Rawle, Somerset. (Int) Eve Hooper

Class 4: Pork carcase
IND: (Sen) Sarah Baker, Devon. (Int) Sarah Albutt, Gloucestershire
1st: (Sen) Tom Goodwin, Worcestershire. (Int) Victoria Howell
=2nd: (Sen) Sarah Baker, Devon. (Int) Kate Kitten
=2nd: (Sen) Matt Price, Herefordshire. (Int) Kamilla Bosley

Birmingham Agricultural Exhibition Society Silver Challenge Cup

  1. 1st: Gloucestershire
  2. 2nd: Gwent
  3. 3rd: Derbyshire

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.



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