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19 November 2010

New young innovators with natural resources award to be presented at Royal Welsh Winter Fair

The new Young Innovators with Natural Resources award sponsored by the world renowned energy company, Dulas, will be presented on Monday at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

The competition facilitated by Wales YFC, with support from the Countryside Council of Wales (CCW) and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society saw exceptional entries in its first year with entries from all across Wales covering a wide variety of enterprises.

"Wales is blessed in abundance with the natural resources that drive renewable energy solutions.  Dulas are today engaging more and more with the agricultural sector as the new Feed In Tariffs bring sound commercial opportunities to the farming community. I know that being involved with the Young Innovator award will not only help us to understand the priorities for these young farmers but also to help us engage with the entrepreneurs that exist in this sector. Dulas were also very pleased to be given the chance to work closely with the CCW and YFC, in looking for sensitive and appropriate developments which will help unlock the potential that our natural resources deliver on a daily basis in Wales.” said Ian Draisey on behalf of Dulas.

Dai Jones, Royal Welsh Agricultural Society president for 2010 will present the overall winner with £2,000 and £300 each will be presented to the best entries managing their carbon and water resource on Monday the 29th of November.  

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."

Wales YFC Rural Affairs Chairman, Rhys Evans stated: “This award recognises the efforts of the young farmers that are ensuring a sustainable future for farming in Wales. Welsh farmers are role models in utilising natural resources and the applicants in this competition were all excellent examples of the practises farmers are undertaking on their farms in order to improve their business”

19 November 2010

Wales YFC NatWest enterprise scheme to be presented at Royal Welsh Winter Fair

The winner of the Wales YFC NatWest Enterprise Scheme will be presented during the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

The scheme is run by Wales YFC with support from NatWest and is open to any Wales YFC past or present member up to the age of 31 and helps young people in rural areas to gain confidence to try out business ideas.

Eight members applied for the scheme with businesses varying from a bed and breakfast company to an ATV business, a DJ and a design company.

Speaking on behalf of the judges Andy Woodthorpe, NatWest Director of Business & Commercial Banking - Rural Wales, said:
"All of the competitors gave a very strong account of themselves. There was a fantastic standard of entries this year. It's very pleasing to see the enterprise and commitment displayed by some of the young people living in rural Wales."

The top three entrants will be awarded on Monday the 29th of November and these businesses include; ‘Designs 4 ewe’, which is a printing and embroidery company, ran by Kayleigh Rees from Talgarth YFC, ‘Beckbred Pigs’, which is a pigs breeding business ran by Bleddyn Beck a member of Neath YFC and ‘Siop Cwlwm’ a Welsh shop in Oswestry market owned by former Dyffryn Tanat member Lowri Roberts.

“This is a fantastic scheme for young people living in rural Wales to gain advice on their businesses from a panel of experts. Wales YFC gave those who entered the unique chance in presenting their businesses to a panel of experts who are willing to sit down with them and give them individual advice on their business and help with financial and marketing advice. We are very grateful to Julie Masters, Welsh Assembly Government, Alun Jones, Menter a Busnes and Andy Woodthorpe for the advice and support that they gave our members. All applicants also received a £100 towards their businesses thanks to the kind sponsorship from NatWest.” explained Rhys Evans, Wales YFC rural affairs committee chairman.

19 November 2010

All the fun of the fair

Hannah Bradbury, Llawhaden YFC won the lamb rearing competition. She is pictured with judge Bill John.
A brand new event has attracted a fair bit of competition among Pembrokeshire’s young farmers.
For the first time this year, Pembrokeshire YFC staged its very own Mini Winter Fair, with competitions ranging from carcass stockjudging and lamb rearing to making a scarecrow and recycling wooden pallets.

The county federation decided to hold the event at Whitland Mart to encourage members to harness the skills they use at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

County organiser Dill Williams said: “The members themselves decided they wanted an event which would help them prepare for the Royal Welsh Winter Fair and consolidate their skills. So we planned all the relevant competitions into on day – and also came up with some fun ideas of our own – and the Mini Winter Fair was born.”
Sponsored by Chevron, the inaugural Mini Winter Fair was a great success, with one club virtually dominating proceedings.

As well as being named overall winners, Eglwyswrw YFC swept the board in the stockjudging competitions, winning the overall carcass, butcher’s beef and butcher’s lamb judging. They also won the pallet recycling and scarecrow competitions.

Llawhaden YFC proved they can rear winners, as Rob Coney took the honours in the calf rearing competition and Hannah Bradbury won the lamb rearing.
Gareth Jones, of Keyston YFC was a cut above the rest in the lamb trimming competition, and Emily and Jack Griffiths, of Templeton YFC won the decorate a Christmas tree competition.
Some of the winners will now go on to represent Pembrokeshire at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

Trophies for the new event were kindly sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers, Anthony and Nick Rees, Agri Lloyd, Riverlea and Clynderwen and Cardiganshire Farmers.

Delun Evans, Marged Rees, Delor Davies and Dyfed Davies, from top club Eglwyswrw receive the overall shield from county president Geoff Harries.

The winner of the calf rearing competition was Rob Coney, of Llawhaden YFC, pictured with judge Gareth Thomas.

19 November 2010

Magnificent seven for champion of champions

Tom Bevan, of Llysyfran YFC receives the Welsh championship shield from outgoing county president Stephen James
Llysyfran YFC have proved they really are the champion of champion clubs in Pembrokeshire, after winning two top awards – one for the seventh time in succession.
Llysyfran walked away from the county AGM of Pembrokeshire YFC with the Welsh and English championship trophies for accumulating the most points throughout the year in competitions, personal achievements, travel, skills, and community and charity work.

This was the seventh time in a row that Llysyfran had won the English award, and the club also won the award for highest increase in club membership and attendance at county meetings.

County president Stephen James presents the sports shield to Llawhaden YFC’s Alice James.
Also stepping into the limelight at the AGM was Geoff Harries, a former county chairman from Tiers Cross YFC, who took over the role of county president from Stephen James.
It was certainly a good night for Tiers Cross as member Paul Canning deservedly received the Wayne Mathias Memorial Award for his outstanding contribution and ‘behind the scenes’ work for his club and the county federation.

After winning the badminton, hockey, football, rugby and indoor sports competitions, Llawhaden YFC were awarded the overall sports shield. Brawdy won the netball trophy and Fishguard YFC were joint winners of the indoor sports award with Llawhaden.

Fishguard also received the trophy for best club records, with Joy Cornock winning the best minute book award. The trophy for best accounts book went to William James, Llysyfran YFC.

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.


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