National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

31 October 2010

Carcase Judging Competition

Winners Uttoxeter JNFU from left to right back row first: Katie Wilson, Ian Sargeant, Will Gallimore, Joe Brookes, Martin Thompson Joe Trunkfield, Georgina Brookes, Mark Whitehurst, Emily Phillips
This year’s Carcase Judging competition was held on Thursday, 14th October by kind permission of T G Sargeants of Bramshall. Competitors from 6 clubs across the County were judging either Sheep, Pig and Beef Carcases with the final results being Uttoxeter JNFU 1st, Leek YFC 2nd and Eccleshall YFC 3rd. A composite team will now take part in the NFYFC Live and Carcase Competition at The English Winter Fair on Saturday, 20th/Sunday 21st November.

Social Events

Our annual Twilight Ball will be held on Saturday, 30th October at The Ballroom, Keele Hall on the Keele University Campus.  Tickets are £16 in advance and £20 on the door.  The County AGM and Disco will be held on Friday 5th November at the Ingestre Suite, Stafford Showground where the results of the members’ hard work throughout the year will be rewarded and members will then celebrate the evening with Sounds Solution Disco.

Staffordshire Young Farmers had 690 members at the end of August this year and hopes to maintain this again for the forthcoming membership year which started in 1st September.  We can now currently send two teams through to West Midlands Area and National Competitions for the forthcoming year, where eligible, and hope to have has much success in 2011 as we have in 2010.  Young people between the ages of 10 – 26, who want to enjoy fun and excitement, competitions, discos, sports, travel, meeting new friends and learning new and different skills, are invited to contact the County office for details of their nearest Club.

For information on becoming a member or details of your local Club, please contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser, on telephone: 01785 248645 or email for further information. Our website at has updated information about Staffordshire YFC and the local clubs, including recent event photos.

31 October 2010

County sports

200 Young Farmers from around the County took part in the Sports finals at Newton Rigg College.

Mixed under 16’s dodgeball proved the most popular sport with Skelton’s team of Aimee Martin, Hannah Potts, Rebecca Maughan, Eamon Monaghan, Joseph Nichol, Josh Graves, Jonny Pickup, Luke Mitchell and John Murray coming first, Eden Valley YFC 2nd; Carlisle YFC 3rd and Raughton Head YFC 4th.

Skelton had dominated the competition, winning all their games but Eden Valley put up a good fight in the final.  Umpire Rob Jones of the Dodgeball Association was extremely pleased to see so many young people thoroughly enjoying the sport.

In the ladies over 18 football, Pennine beat Grayrigg 2-0 in the final with Crook 3rd and Kent Estuary 4th.  Pennine’s winning team consisted of Chloe Chapman, Megan Robinson, Laura Smithson, Hayley Pattinson, Leanne Wilson and Helen Hayllar.  In the qualifiers Grayrigg had beaten Pennine 3-1 but Pennine managed to pull it back in the Finals.

Men’s 7 a-side hockey was won by Dennis Sharp, Nathan Dobson, Isaac Dobson, Stuart Lambert, Sam Wilkinson, Dan Rooke and Richard Barton of Kent Estuary YFC in 2nd place were Carlisle, 3rd Crook and 4th Grayrigg.

31 October 2010

Wythall Young Farmers help the heroes

Wythall Young Farmers Club has raised a fantastic £500 for the Help For Heroes charity after various fundraising events, including a Mouse Racing Night held in January 2010.  The club, which is part of the Worcestershire Federation of Young Farmers, meets in Ullenhall.

Young Farmers provides fantastic opportunities to take part in a variety of competitions, to meet new friends and expand ones personal knowledge and interests through its dynamic and exciting programmes.

The photo from left to right, shows National Federation of Young Farmers Club (NFYFC) President Lionel Hill, Club Secretary Laura Blower, Chairman Sam Warren, Vice-Chairman Erica Coton and Mr Ian Baldry who is the Help For Heroes Worcestershire county co-ordinator.

To find out more information contact our current Chairman Erica Coton on 07970 301621, or Vice-Chairman Maria Muntz Torres on 07760 145697.

31 October 2010

Fishguard YFC’s volleyball team of Charles George, Aled Harper, Ceri Jenkins, Emily Morris, Laura Mowlam and Drew Patrick with their trophy after winning the national final.
Having a ball!

A volley of congratulations headed the way of a young sports team from Fishguard after they were crowned national champions.

Fishguard YFC’s volleyball team beat teams from all over England and Wales to take the title at the NFYFC competitions weekend.

The team of Charles George, Aled Harper, Ceri Jenkins, Emily Morris, Laura Mowlam and Drew Patrick were thrilled with their win, which capped a successful day for the county federation.
Robert Davies, of Eglwyswrw YFC was placed third in the recycled metalwork sculpture competition and South Pembs YFC’s Thomas Kidney was also third in the competition to paint a picture on the theme ‘my county’.

30 October 2010

Brecknock YFC Harvest Festival

The Brecknock Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs held their annual Harvest Festival at The Plough Chapel, Brecon on Sunday 31st October 2010.

The service was conducted by Rev Michael Hodgson and included various readings completed by members of Brecknock YFC.

Members from across the County congregated for the Harvest Festival bringing Christmas Hampers to be given to the Operation Christmas Child Appeal.  The Federation support this project ever year which is run by the Samaritan’s Purse; meeting the critical need of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease and natural disaster.  

The collect of £150.00 will be donated to Plough Chapel, Brecon and The Bracken Trust.

30 October 2010

Closing date for young innovators with natural resources applications is fast approaching

The closing date for the Young Innovators with Natural Resources an award with a total prize fund of £2,600 is fast approaching. The competition is a follow on to the highly successful Agri Environment Award.

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.

Entries are welcomed from any kind of rural business from forestry contractors, farmers and fishermen to farm shops and tourist providers and entrants must be 40 years old or under on the 31st of December 2010.

Judges will be looking for evidence that the applicant has made a personal contribution to managing natural resources positively and this may include the reduction or sequestian of carbon, putting steps in place to reduce water use and wastage and increasing the water quality. Any further plans to reduce the carbon footprint of the business activity will be important. Judges will want to see evidence of an economically successful enterprise that is managed to conserve and enhance the natural resources of Wales while benefiting the local rural community and safeguarding traditional rural skills.

The overall winner of £2,000 will be announced at the 2010 Royal Welsh Winter Fair in November along with £600 to be split to entries dealing with carbon and water.  

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."

To apply for the competition please contact Kay Lewis, Wales YFC Rual Development Officer at Wales YFC on 01982 553 502 before submitting a written application form by the 15th of November.


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