National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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29 September 2010

So whats the beef with South America?

Siân Davies, a former member of Dyffryn Cothi YFC, and currently the NFU Dairy Advisor at their headquarters in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire has recently presented a report to the Elwyn Jones Memorial committee entitled ‘So whats the Beef with South America?’.

In 2008 Siân was awarded the Elwyn Jones Memorial Scholarship to study beef production in a country of her choice. The scholarship is awarded bi-annually and Sian travelled to Brazil and Uruguay in early 2010.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled extensively in the past, both through the YFC and independently. I applied for this scholarship as I felt it would enable me to broaden my horizons by learning about the beef industry and culture of agriculture in a different continent, where the government and the economy seem to be far more reliant on agriculture.

“I chose to travel to Brazil and Uruguay as both countries have seen a huge increase in the beef industry in last decade and have survived the threats of major diseases, specifically Foot and Mouth. The Brazilian beef industry is often cited as a major threat our domestic production base, one where both our beef and dairy herds are decreasing annually, and I wanted to learn about why this is.”

Sian travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the end of January, spending a week visiting beef farms, breed associations, veterinary surgeons and universities in the Rio Grande de Sul area, south of Sao Paulo. She then crossed the border to Uruguay, attending the annual Angus Association Auction at Punta de Este, and visiting a number of farms and processing facilities .

“We were delighted that Siân was able to use the Scholarship in order to travel to Brazil and Uruguay to learn more about beef production in South America. Her report is excellent and well worthwhile a read I The scholarship will be awarded again this year and £2000 will be available to an individual wishing to travel in order to broaden their knowledge on a particular agricultural related subject. Anyone wanting further information should contact Helen Edwards at the Wales YFC centre on 01982 553 502. ” said Mr Gethin Havard on behalf of the committee.

29 September 2010

Staffordshire YFC pull for victory at NFYFC finals

Staffordshire YFC members, who succeeded at the County Show Tug of War competition and the West Midlands Area rounds held at the Three Counties Show, which both took place in June, have now surpassed themselves at the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs Finals, held for the first time at the Royal County of Berkshire Show, on Sunday 19th September 2010.

The team, who travelled all the way from Waterhouses YFC did Staffordshire proud after winning their league outright in the heats held at midday at the Show.  After a tense wait, they entered the Main Ring for the semi-finals and pulled against Herefordshire YFC, winning again at both ends.  The final pull was against Bakewell YFC, Derbyshire where they won two of the three ends after holding their stamina and giving the crowd a thrilling finish, crowning them the overall winners for 2010, in the NFYFC Male Tug Of War Competition.

The team members, who are all active members of Waterhouses YFC, aged between 17 and 26 years were Andrew Goldstraw, Steven Harvey, Brian Stubbs, David Twemlow, Will Shaw, Richard Torr, Matt Gibson and Josh Hicks.

Club Chairman for 2009/10, Andrew Goldstraw said “We have been training towards this day from February, every Tuesday and Thursday night, and it’s been well-worth all the hours of hard work and effort.  It was an amazing feeling to lift the National Perpetual Shield and bring it home to Staffordshire YFC.”

27 September 2010

New Pembrokeshire YFC county chairman Aled Johnson
New term beginsA teacher has begun a new term for Pembrokeshire YFC by taking on the role of county chairman.
Aled Johnson, of Eglwyswrw YFC, stepped into the shoes of retiring chairman William Lawrence at the AGM of the county executive committee last week.
Ready to learn plenty of lessons about life at the head of the organisation is another teacher Ros Bushell, from Llysyfran YFC, who was elected as county vice-chairman.
Before his year as chairman came to an end, William had the honour of presenting a cheque for £5,799.54 to Pembrokeshire’s own Wales YFC chairman Tim John, which was raised for his nominated charity Kidney Wales Foundation by county members.
During his year as Wales YFC chairman, Tim, of Brawdy YFC, raised a fantastic £21,346.92 for his chosen charity through his innovative fundraising idea ‘Challenge Tim’ where each Welsh county challenged him to undertake a variety of activities such as tractor pulls, climbing Cadair Idris and even not shaving or cutting his hair for four months!

Ros Bushell is the new Pembrokeshire YFC county vice-chairman

23 September 2010

Clwyd YFC Sports Day

Clwyd Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs held their annual Sports Day at Denbigh Leisure Centre on Sunday 19th September, where Football and Netball competitions were held throughout the day.

The Llannefydd Club were the winners in the under 18 football section and the Nantglyn Club were the winners in the under 26 football section.
Llangollen Club were the winners in both under 18 and under 26 sections of the Netball competitions.

Clwyd YFC would like to thank everyone who helped during the day.


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


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