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17 November 2010

True taste of Wales award for Wales YFC, Dunbia and Sainsbury’s’ partnership!

A partnership between Wales YFC, Dunbia (Llanybydder) and Sainbury’s has been recognised for its contribution to sustainable development at this year’s prestigious True Taste of Wales Awards.

The ‘Contribution to Sustainable Development’ award is the result of a unique and forward thinking supply chain partnership between Dunbia, retailer Sainsbury’s and Wales YFC. Originally launched in July 2008 the objective of the supply chain partnership is to promote and support the Welsh farming industry, and it aims to attract new talent into the industry as well as encouraging young farmers already in the industry to remain so.

Commenting on winning the award, Paul Edwards, Managing Director Dunbia (Llanybydder) said: “we are delighted to gain this recognition for our contribution to sustainable development. Everyone knows that the sheep flock in Wales is declining and as one of the UK’s leading processors we had a responsibility to do something about it. This scheme has been ongoing for two years and I am pleased to say that it continues to go from strength to strength which is down to the commitment from Dunbia employees and our supply chain partners Sainsbury’s and the Wales YFC.”

The group who supply Welsh lamb to Dunbia for Sainsbury’s Welsh stores 52 weeks a year is made up of fifty young farmers all aged under forty. Rhys Evans (Chairman of Rural Affairs Committee, Wales YFC) said: “Thanks must be expressed to retailer Sainsbury’s and processor Dunbia for ensuring the success of the scheme. It has been a fantastic opportunity for Wales YFC, and we are delighted that the scheme is continuing to grow, not only for the members of the supply chain initiative but it shows continued commitment for the development of the Welsh lamb industry from some of its key stakeholders.”

Dunbia has invested heavily in the supply chain scheme and works closely with retail customer Sainsbury’s to ensure the young farmers get all the training and advice they need. Alice Swift, Agriculture Technologist Beef, Lamb & Dairy for Sainsbury’s explains “there is a fantastic programme of training events in place for the young farmers involved in the supply chain initiative which have all been specifically designed for them. Sainsbury’s has agricultural development and sustainability high on its agenda and this scheme is a perfect example of our commitment in this area.”

Wales YFC Welsh lamb is available in Sainsbury’s Welsh stores, subject to availability.

16 November 2010

Wales YFC’s globe-trotters announced at briefing day!

On Sunday the 14th of November the Wales YFC International Briefing Day was held at the Wales YFC centre on the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells. During the day 19 members were told that they had 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 2011.

The international programme is an important part of the organisations work and it aims to encourage members understanding of other cultures and gives them the opportunity to travel to different places and experience new activities. The programme also asks the YFC clubs in Wales and their members to host members from similar organisations over the summer months.

Kay Morgan, Chairman of Wales YFC’s activities and international committee said that yet again the briefing day had been very successful, with over 30 members hoping to be selected for the various 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 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 objective is to give our members a special insight into the lives of members who live in a different country and to experience different cultures and a different way of life,” she said.

16 November 2010

Full programme of activities at winter fair for Wales YFC!

Wales YFC will hold a full programme of activities at the Welsh Winter Fair and for many of the Wales YFC members the lure of the Winter Fair is just as strong as that of the Royal Welsh Show.

The Wales YFC activities will kick off on the Sunday with the arrival of stock for both the best prime lamb producer competition sponsored by Dunbia and the Wales YFC NatWest Calf Rearing Competition. A full programme of competitions will then follow over the two days, FUW beef and lamb stockjudging, Randal Parker Foods carcass judging, Eiddwen Garage ATV challenge, lamb trimming and a decorate a Christmas tree in conjunction with the Forestry Committee of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.

£800 will be awarded to the winner of the Wales YFC NatWest Enterprise Scheme which has seen high quality applicants with businesses entered ranging from a bed and breakfast company to an ATV business, a DJ a design company, a Welsh shop and a pig rearing business.

The follow on award to the highly successful Agri-Environment award, the Young Innovator with Natural Resources, sponsored by Dulas will be presented on the Monday of the Winter Fair. In its first year, the award has proved to be popular with 8 entries received.  

Members of the Wales YFC lamb marketing scheme will be present at the Hybu Cig Cymru stand on the Tuesday to explain more about the scheme in partnership with Dunbia and Sainburys, which gives them the opportunity to supply the Sainsburys stores in Wales with their lamb.

The Wales YFC promotional trailer will be located at the Dyfed Carmarthen Hall and members of the public are encouraged to visit the stand where the charity of the year, Mind Cymru will be present to promote the message of mental health to passers by.

There will also be a chance once again for the members over 18 who will be staying for both days of the Winter Fair to join us at our dance which will be held at the White Hart Pub in Builth Wells on the Monday night of the Fair; starting at 9pm.

For further information regarding the Winter Fair activities please contact Wales YFC on 01982 553 502.

16 November 2010

“Paul’s in the Chair”

Paul Worrall
On Thursday 11th November 2010, at the County Executive Meeting the following County Officers for Staffordshire Young Farmers were elected.

Paul Worrall was elected as the new County Chairman for the Federation. Paul is 25 years old, and lives in Seighford and works for a local contractor. Paul has been a member of Eccleshall YFC for the last 6 years and has been Competitions Chairman for the County.  

County Vice-Chairman is 25 year old, Alex Mackellar who lives in Stowe-by-Chartley. Alex works at home for the family business, and is a member of Ridware YFC and she is also currently the National Competitions Chairman.  Alex has been a Club Secretary, and leader for her Club in the past.

Alex Mackellar
County Deputy Vice-Chairman is Andrew Goldstraw, 21 years old from Waterhouses YFC. Andrew was Chairman of Waterhouses last year.  Both Andrew and Lisa Hawkins (Cheadle YFC) were elected as Joint Competitions Chairmen for 2010/2011.  Amie Brown (Leek YFC) was elected as Social and Funding Chairman.   Both Anthony Williams and Steve Hill from Eccleshall YFC  were elected as Joint Development Chairmen.
The Joint Under Eighteeens Committee Chairmen were elected as Samantha Wilson and William Northwood, both aged 16 and from Eccleshall YFC.

Angela Woodward, 32 years old, from Rudyard, Leek, was again elected as County Treasurer. Angela is a Past County Chairman and has also been County Competitions Chairman. Whilst Treasurer for her own club Leek YFC, Angela won the best Club Treasurer award for 6 years running.

16 November 2010

Cumbria county AGM 2010

Chairman Craig Brough, President, Frank Gate, Vice-President Nick Utting
Cumbria Young Farmers, friends and supporters packed the ballroom of the George Hotel, Penrith for the 36th Annual General meeting of the Cumbria Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

Mr Steven Dixon, Chairman, gave the Annual Report in which he outlined a very busy and successful year of competition for the members at County, Northern Area and National Level.  He said, “ It has been an honour to be part of Cumbria YFC for the past year when membership has increased and the standard of competition has been so high.  Clubs are strong and finances are stable.

Cumbria YFC’s membership has steadily increased every year over the last 15 years standing in September at 1348 card-carrying members with many more social and associate members.  Steven also announced that members had raised £41,000 for charity over the year.  This had been achieved by Clubs through a variety of fund-raising events and been given to many National and local charities.

The President Mr Linda Park then gave her report.  She highlighted the Field Days as her favourite time of the year, “The Field Days are a brilliant showcase for all your skills and talent.”  She also remarked, “The efficient and confident way you organise and run your meetings and competitions is a credit to you all.”

Treasurer, Mr Robert Wharton presented the accounts which showed a small loss of £1500.

The Young Farmers then proceeded with wit and flair to propose and second their officers for the ensuing year.

Mr Craig Brough from Raughton Head YFC was voted in Chairman and Mr Frank Gate, Drigg YFC President.  Vice-Chair is Jan Booth, Crook and Vice-President Nick Utting.  Mr Robert Wharton of Dodd & Co. was again voted in as Treasurer and Mr Gethyn Dyne of HSBC as Auditor.

Drigg YFC with their 2 Trophies and Amy Johnson (in green) with her YFC Member of Year Trophy.
Trophies were then presented by Mrs Linda Park.  Those announced on the night were as follows: - Mrs Dorrie Galbraith Trophy for the member making the greatest contribution: Amy Johnson, Raughton Head.  PFK Trophy for the Club making the most effort: Drigg YFC.  Top Club Award for the Club with the greatest increase in Membership: Greysouthen YFC.

The Alan Bowe Charity Award for the Club raising the most for charity in the previous membership year; Drigg who raised £15,855.95 for the West Cumberland Special Care Baby Unit and have in total in the last 18 months raised a total of £23,000 for the unit.

The meeting was closed after Tom Bland gave the vote of thanks to the retiring officers.

11 November 2010

All 12 counties to take part in Wales YFC Eisteddfod!

All 12 county Federations will take part in the Wales YFC Eisteddfod which is to be held at the Great Hall, Aberystwyth on Saturday 20th of November, hosted by the Montgomery Federation.

A four counties Eisteddfod held recently for the four Federations that do not currently compete in the Wales YFC Eisteddfod allowed members from the Brecknock, Glamorgan, Gwent and Radnor Federatations to have an experience of competing in a YFC Eisteddfod, and gave them the confidence to enter their items in the all Wales Eisteddfod.

The Eisteddfod is part of the Wales YFC social education programmes which aims to provide skills, recreational opportunities and confidence to YFC members in a wide range of areas - especially rural skills, Welsh culture, sport and traditional crafts. During the day, more than 700 members, aged between 10 and 26, will attend the event to display their varying talents by competing in all sorts of competitions - both on and off the stage. Being a bilingual event, members can compete in Welsh or English, giving everyone a chance to participate.

This year the chair, sponsored by Mr & Mrs Emyr and Maggie Jones, Melindwr and made by Carwyn Owen, Dyffryn Banw YFC and Robi Wood, Guilsfield YFC, will be awarded for the best entry from the short story and poem competitions. The winners of all competitions, both on and off stage, will win special prize sponsored by the FUW & NFU Cymru, and made from wood by Maria Wagland at Cadfan Crafts, Tywyn.

“I am looking forward to welcoming all 12 county Fderations to the Wales YFC Eisteddfod. It will be a fantastic day of competing with a wide range of competitions, ranging from the traditional competitions that we have come to expect, to more modern, light-hearted competitions, which are always guaranteed to raise a smile. Starting at 11am, the Eisteddfod will probably continue until the early hours of Sunday morning,” said Fflur Pughe, Wales YFC Eisteddfod committee chairman.

“For those who can not make the journey to Aberystwyth, don’t worry - BBC Radio Cymru will be broadcasting from the Eisteddfod, and all of the excitement can be found live on the BBC Cymru website during the day, and live on Radio Cymru from 8pm onwards. Telesgop and Rondo Media will also be broadcasting live on television on behalf of S4C from 7.15pm which will include highlights of the day up until the choir competition and results which will be broadcast live. I would like to thank both the BBC and S4C, and everyone involved in the preparations, for what promises to be a very successful Eisteddfod. I’m sure that we are, once again this year, in for a treat by the multi-talented members of the movement.”


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