National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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28 October 2010

The Cumbria federation of Young Farmers' Clubs fence erecting 2010

The County Final of Cumbria YFC Fence Erecting competition was held at Yanwath Woodhouse Farm by kind permission of Mr J. Fisher with 18 teams from around the County.

The task was to erect a 12 metre run of stockproof netting with a joint midway along, by hand.  A 10ft (width) iron gate was hung on the end post, and latched to the post with wire.

The teams had two hours to complete the task with materials kindly donated by T.W. Relph & Sons.

Lowick YFC’s team of Stuart Boyren, Michael Woodburn and Thomas Donkin came 1st completing the task in the allotted time. Sedbergh’s team of Nathan Mattinson, Craig Capstick and Graham Lambert 2nd and Carlisle’s team of Tom Graham, Chris Roe and Will Hoodless 3rd.


Judges Alex Sibbald and Ian Potts presented Lowick with the trophy and all 3 teams will now compete at the Northern Area Field Day at Houghall College, Durham on 18th June 2011.


28 October 2010

Radnor Valley YFC members put their brainpower to the test by hosting a community quiz night. The event was well supported with 25 teams from the area.

Quizmaster for the evening was Tom Lewis and the top two prizes were donated by local businesses.

After a keen contest, the winners were Preston North End team, made up of Emma Goodwin, Marion Price, Gill Hall and Chris Ireland. Second were The Flying Crickets and the It’s Curtain team came third.

Pictured receiving their prize are from left; Richard Davies (Radnor Valley YFC chairman) Emma Goodwin, Marion Price, Tom Lewis, Gill Hall, Chris Ireland and Helen Powell (secretary).

Radnor Valley YFC is holding its annual bonfire and fireworks event on Friday 5 November at 7.30pm at Pentre, Yardro.


28 October 2010

Enter the Wales YFC Natwest enterprise scheme

Wales YFC members have just over a week to enter the Wales YFC NatWest Cymru Enterprise Scheme which is certain to give their newly established business or business idea a boost.

The winner of the scheme, which is run by Wales YFC with support from NatWest and is open to any Wales YFC past or present members up to the age of 31 and helps young people in rural areas to gain confidence to try out business ideas, will be awarded at the Welsh Winter Fair held at the end of November.

Last years top prize of £800 was awarded to Elfyn Jones from Llantrisant, Ynys Môn. Elfyn entered the competition with his newly established “Trisnat show boxes and signs” where he hand makes wooden boxes for cattle, sheep and horse exhibitors to keep all the necessary equipment needed by them for exhibiting at a show.

“This competition is an excellent way to open several doors to anyone thinking of or who have recently started up a business. Completing a business plan was easy and attending the session with the panel was a great way of selling my business to others and to get their opinion on the idea. It’s almost an year since I won the Wales YFC NatWest Enterprise Scheme and during this time my business has developed a lot and my confidence as an individual has increased. The business has seen an increase in sales not only in Wales but throughout the UK. I would encourage anyone to enter, not only for the cash prizes available, but to obtain the business advice from the experts and the opportunity to promote the business idea.”

“The idea of the scheme is to offer young people the opportunity to test drive a business idea and to gain a taste of the business world,” said Rhys Evans, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee Chairman.

“All you have to do is contact Kay Lewis at Wales YFC to discuss your idea or business proposal, she will then offer you support and contacts to help create a business plan and provide other business advice. Then before the 5th of November send a copy of your business plan to Wales YFC to enter.” added Rhys.

All applicants are invited to meet with a panel of experts where they can talk through their idea with the judges who will then offer advice on how to develop their idea further. Following this the applicant receives £100 towards their business to further their ideas.


Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, Andy Woodthorpe, NatWest Director Rural Wales Banking, said:
"We're delighted to sponsor this competition again, which supports some of our budding entrepreneurs. I was really impressed by the standard of last year's entries, who all gave a very good account of themselves and their business. I'm looking forward to meeting this year's entrants early next month.?"

All those who are interested in applying should contact Kay Lewis at the Wales YFC Office on 01982 553 502.



26 October 2010

Clwyd YFC selected their team to go forward to winter fair competitions at Pandy farm, Afonwen, on 24 October.

Clwyd YFC held their County eliminator competitions to select their team to represent the County in the Winter Fair in the Royal Welsh Showground at the end of November at Pandy Farm, Afonwen, on Sunday, 24th October, by kind permission of Mr Jim Hollingsworth and family.   It was a beautiful day in lovely surroundings and over 80 members turned out to compete in Stockjudging – Beef and Lambs, Lamb Trimming, ATV handling and Christmas Tree Decorating.  Clwyd YFC wish to thank all who sponsored the day – ASDA, North Wales Potentials, Massey Feeds, Wynnstay, Huw Williams, Rhesgoed Farm Shop, Gwyn Edwards, Pen y Bryniau, W & G Jones Family Butchers – and also local friends who helped the Hollingsworth family to prepare for the day.  Many thanks also to family members who were in charge of the catering during the day.

Judges for the day were :-  Meirion Thomas, Emyr Jones (Beef)  Guto Roberts and Aled Jones (Lamb)  Martin Savill (Lamb Trimming)  Alan Shepherd, A & D Motorcycles Denbigh, (ATV Handling) and Sandra Davies (Decorate a Christmas Tree)
Results as follows:-  Butchers Beef Judging: 26 & under – Elen Pierce, Betws yn Rhos; 21 & under – Dewi Parry, Betws yn Rhos; 18 & under – Dion Edwards, Uwchaled; 16 & under – Sion Eilir Roberts, Rhuthun
Butchers’ Lamb Judging:  26 & under – Heledd Owen, Uwchaled; 21 & under – Huw Roberts, Whitford; 18 & under – Ffion Davies, Nantglyn;  16 & under – Sion Eilir Roberts, Rhuthun

ATV Handling under 26:-  Wynne Davies, Cilcain.  Lamb Trimming under 26 – Huw Owen Jones, Bro Edeyrnion.  Christmas Tree Decorating under 26 – Elin Francis and Jess Binks, Llangollen.
Pictured are some of the winners and judges.

Now, having got these competitions out of the way, Clwyd YFC members can now concentrate on practising for the Eisteddfod competitions.  The annual Eisteddfod returns to Denbigh Town Hall this year on 6th November, after an absence of many years and we look forward to many hours of entertainment from these young members.  The Eisteddfod starts at 5.00, and everyone is welcome.


22 October 2010

Search is on for young innovators with natural resources

The search is on for Young Innovators with Natural Resources an award with a total prize fund of £2,600. 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.


21 October 2010


Eleri James (left) and Tracy Evans (right)
First members to travel to Canada with Wales YFC

Tracy Evans and Eleri James both members of the Ceredigion Federation will be the first members to represent Wales YFC on an exchange programme to Canada. This new opportunity is one of the exchange programmes offered by Wales YFC to its members as a part of the International Programme.

Tracy, 27 a member of Pontsian YFC and Eleri, 27 a member in Talybont YFC were selected during the International Briefing and Selection Day held at the Wales YFC Centre in Builth Wells last November and will spend 2 weeks in the Ontario area of Canada hosted by the the Junior Farmers Association of Ontario (JAFO) before travelling independently to Québec. The will leave for their adventure on Thursday the 11th of November and will return on Monday the 6th of December.

Tracy, an Engineering Operations Controller for Protherics, has been an involved with her club for 16 years  where she is currently one of the Leaders. She has represented the club on numerous occasions at different competitions within the county and has gone on to represent her county at Wales and National level. Outside of the YFC she enjoys keeping fit and is a member of Llanybydder Hockey Club. She also enjoys swimming, reading and cooking.

“Since I joined the YFC in 1994 I have numerous opportunities to learn and develop new skills which have helped my development as an individual. Hearing about the adventures of others who have travelled with the YFC inspired me to apply in order to develop more skills and learn about other YFC organisations across the world and to teach others about Wales and what we have to offer. I am thoroughly looking forward to this unique opportunity to sample a different way of life.” said Tracy.

Eleri who works for the National Library of Wales has been an active member of her club since 2003. She is an enthusiastic member of her club and had undertaken many roles including treasurer, secretary and chairman. At county level she is the county activities sub-committee chairman. She is also a member of the Licyris Olsorts drama company and enjoys reading when she has the opportunity.

“This is the first time for me to travel with the YFC and I am really looking forward to the opportunity. The trip promises to be a trip of a lifetime with a visit to the Royal Winter Fair and the Sing Swing event as well as the possibility of seeing Niagra Falls. It will be totally different to a tourist holiday as we will be hosted by YFC members and their families, enabling us to see firsthand how they live.” explained Eleri.

The Wales YFC international programme aims to encourage young peoples’ understanding of other cultures and give them the opportunity to travel and to discover new experiences. The programme also asks clubs and the young people who are members to host exchangees from similar organisations over the summer months. Travelling with the YFC is a totally unique experience, members will get to know and share experiences with members of similar organisations across the world and make new and lasting friendships.

The closing date for receiving applications to travel with the YFC in 2011 is Friday the 29th of October and interested in sharing the same experiences as Tracy and Eleri should contact Helen Edwards at the Wales YFC office on 01982 553 502.


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