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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

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.


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