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19 November 2010

Radnor public speaking competition

Radnor Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, recently held their annual Publiuc Speaking Competitions at the Hotel Metropole, Llandrindod Wells, which was very kindly sponsored by Brecon and Radnor NFU, for which the Federation are very grateful.

Edw Valley YFC were the winners of the Senior After Dinner Speaking Competition, with the team consisting of Sara Davies, Sian Dyke and Paul Jones with 133 points.In second place were Presteigne YFC B  (129 points) and third were Dolau YFC's A team (128 points).The Judge was Mr Nick Williams of Pembrokeshire.
Judge Miss Gail Lewis of Trefeglwys YFC placed Gemma Bufton, Fran Lewis and Dan Farmer of Dolau YFC as the winners of the Intermediate Brainstrust Competition  with 171 points closely followed by Preseigne YFC with 168 points and Rhayader YFC third with 167 points.

The Junior Public Speaking was won by Llanbadarn Fynydd YFC' s B team - Gemma Price, Laura Watson and Daniel Binks with 88.5 marks, closely followed by Llanbadarn Fynydds YFC' s A team with 88 marks and Edw Valley YFC'S A team came in 3rd place with 87.5 marks. The Junior competition was this year judged by Wales YFC Chairman Enfys Evans of Ceredigion.

The Junior Reading Competition was this year judged by Mr Gwyn Evans former head of English at John Beddoes School, Presteigne. The Competition was won by Edw Valley YFC's A team- Sian Davies, Ben James and Gina Williams with 96 marks, followed by Llanbadarn Fynydd YFC with 95 marks and Dolau YFC with 94 marks.

19 November 2010

Brecknock YFC Competitions Day

Members of Brecknock Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs gathered at Brecon High School on Saturday 13th November 2010.

Members participated in nine different competitions. Some of the competitions were eliminators for the Royal Welsh Show 2011, Club Display, Floral, On The News, Creative Writing, Cookery and Craft, all were based on the theme ‘Battling the Elements; which is the theme for YFC competitions at the Royal Welsh Show 2011.  Another competition which was held as an eliminator for the Wales YFC English Competitions Finals was the Reading 14 years and under. Two competitions were run purely at a County Level they were the Generation Game and Speaking 14 years or under.

Overall Winners–Sennybridge YFC

Mark Powell & Gina Dunn, Llandefalle YFC, Cookery Winners

Troedrhiwdalar YFC – Winners 14 years or under Speaking

The overall Day was won by Sennybridge YFC with 196 points followed by Builth Wells YFC in second place with 193 points and Llandefalle YFC was in third place with 192.

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.


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