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29 November 2010

Glamorgan YFC member wins Wales YFC NatWest  Cymru enterprise scheme!

Today at the Welsh Winter Fair, the winners of the Wales YFC NatWest Cymru Enterprise Scheme were announced at an award ceremony at the NFU Building.

The scheme, run by Wales YFC is sponsored by NatWest Cymru awards Wales YFC members who have established successful business and past entrants state that the competition is an excellent way of boosting businesses, through advice received during the entry process and the publicity following the results.

The winner of this prestigious award in 2010 was Bleddyn Beck a member of Neath YFC, Glamorgan and he was awarded with £800 to further promote his business, Beckbred Pigs. The business owns the Panorama Herd of Large Whites and Welsh pigs and both herds are well known throughout the UK with the Large White herd the most premier herd in Wales. The business also sells Pedigree terminal Large White pigs and Pedigree maternal Welsh pigs into the commercial pig industry as live pigs. Beckbred Pigs fulfils the needs of its customers of wanting Pedigree pigs in the commercial sector. The demand for such pigs is high as there are little and few hers offering such products. The company strives to improve the pigs by selecting the highest and best performing genetics to create excellent stock for the commercial market. All of the pigs performances are recorded by having access to a BULB system. Earlier this year Bleddyn was picked by the BPA youth working group to travel to America to the World Pork Expo to compete at the USA stock juging competition, where in the under 21 category he was placed in the top 20 out of 125 entries from across the world. While in America, he represented the UK on the export stand where there was a great interest in the business maternal products.

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Andy Woodthorpe, NatWest Director Rural Wales Banking, said: “Judging this year was as challenging as any other year, however we came to the decision that Bleddyn Beck had shown the greatest entrepreneurial flair establishing his business and deserved the first prize.”

Lowri Roberts a past member of Dyffryn Tanat YFC in Montgomery earned the second prize of £500 with her business Siop Cwlwm. The shop trades online ( and at Oswestry indoor market  on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays which are market days in the town. The shops location just over the border in England is important as the area has succeeded to maintain it’s Welsh identity and Oswestry is also the market town for many inhabitants of mind and north east Wales.  The primary aims of the business is to promote the Welsh language and culture by providing Welsh products for the areas bilingual inhabitants and raise awareness of the language and culture amongst the non-bilingual inhabitants. The shop sells ‘traditional’ products of a Welsh shop, including books, CD’s, greetings cards and gifts. They also have the facilities to personalise many of the items which is popular. As well as selling resources for Welsh learners they also hold prospectuses for local collages which provide Welsh lessons for adults.

Third prize of £300 was awarded to Kayleigh Rees of Talgarth YFC, Brecknock. Kayleigh has recently established her Designs 4 Ewe company which provides a one stop shop for all printing and embroidery solutions for businesses, schools, clubs and individuals. The company has facilities to print or embroider on a wide range of items and also provides a bilingual service to customers in the form of the website, catalogues and other promotional material in both English and Welsh as well as offering an extensive product selection with a variety of Fair Trade products on offer.

Rhys Evans, Wales YFC Rural Affairs committee Chairman, also part of the judging panel said, “All of the applicants we interviewed were outstanding. 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. I wish all the candidates luck with their businesses and hope they go from strength to strength” explained Rhys Evans, Wales YFC rural affairs committee chairman.

29 November 2010

Clwyd YFC's singing success

In fine voice: Uwchaled members’ rousing stirring performance of Talu’r Pris yn Llawn took top spot in the mixed choir category for Clwyd YFC at the Wales YFC Eisteddfod
CLWYD Young Farmers are in fine voice as they celebrate their choir taking the top spot at the movement’s national Eisteddfod.
Members of the county’s Uwchaled club gave a rousing performance of Talu’r Pris yn Llawn to win the mixed choir category at the Wales YFC Eisteddfod at Aberystwyth’s Great Hall on Saturday night.

Another victory came in the portrait category where Eirian Williams of Uwchaled club won with an enchanting caricature of Wales YFC Eisteddfod committee vice chairman and former Clwyd YFC chairman Heledd Owen. Eirian, 26, lives in Cerrigydrudion and works at Wern Vets. She is the designer of the Clwyd YFC logo.

Back on stage Betws yn Rhos club brought Clwyd further success with Ceri Llywela Jones coming second in the under 26 recitation category and the club’s recitation party coming third.
Llansannan club came third in the vocal ensemble and Llannefydd’s club project in the homework section earned the county third place.

“I’m proud of the way all of our members have performed today and especially pleased for the choir and its well-deserved success,” said Clwyd YFC organiser Eleri Roberts.

23 November 2010

Young Farmers’ mega quiz

Back Row: Craig Galbraith, Michael Packham, Philip Packham, James Gibson.
Front Row: Jimmy Harrison, William Horsley, Harriet Holme Hannah Potts
432 Cumbrian Young Farmers entered the quiz in September, competing in 28 village halls. After 4 rounds and over 700 questions, the triumphant 4 Junior and 4 Senior teams met in the ballroom of the George Hotel, Penrith for the Final,

The Junior quiz started the proceedings with Lowick YFC leading throughout. Questions were asked on Country Knowledge, Entertainment, Sport, News and General Knowledge. Tom Jackson , Lyvennet YFC, made a spirited attempt to catch up in the buzzer round but Skelton came from behind to beat Caldbeck into 2nd place and Lowick and Lyvennet into equal 3rd place.
Skelton’s team of Harriet Holme, Hannah Potts, Jimmy Harrison and William Horsley were presented with a trophy and plaques from Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers’ Mart.

The Senior Quiz had all 4 teams battling it out until they reached the sports round where Grayrigg scored full marks. They increased their lead dramatically with some nifty work on the buzzers scoring a magnificent total of 42 points with Skelton in 2nd place on 31, Caldbeck in 3rd on 29 and Crook 4th with 19 points,
Michael Packham, James Gibson, Phillip Packham and Craig Galbraith from Grayrigg YFC were presented with engraved glass tankards by Carrs Billington.

President Mr Frank Gate commented, “We had an excellent, good-humoured evening. All the teams should be proud to reach the County Final of the quiz after such stiff competition along the way.”

23 November 2010

Excellent standard of competing at Wales YFC Eisteddfod

The Wales YFC Eisteddfod attracted competitors from all 12 YFC federations in Wales was held at the Great Hall, Eisteddfod on Saturday the 20th of November, hosted by the Montgomery Federation.

During the day members competed in a variety of competitions including singing, recitation and humorous items to the homework competitions that included literacy, prose and art. The competitions were held throughout the day and the overall winner was the Ceredigion Federation and they took home the Mansel Charles Shield with 43 points. The Pembrokeshire Federation came second and the Montgomery Federation were was third.

Fflur Pughe, Wales YFC Eisteddfod committee chairman said that the Eisteddfod had been very successful once again, gaining a fantastic reputation and benefiting from the fact that it is one of Wales YFC’s main entertainment events open to the public.

From left to right – Carwyn Owen, Emyr Jones (sponsor) & Robi Wood

Luned Mair, Chair Winner

“The Eisteddfod was once again successful this year, and we can prove our ability as an organisation to hold an event of a high standard nationally. We saw hundreds members competing on a special stage at the Great Hall in Aberystwyth. The standard of competing is raising every year, and the audience enjoyed a spectacle of traditional competitions such as the solos and recitation, as well as the light entertainment section, which is always popular. As a committee, we’d like to thank everyone who helped us during the day with the preparations and organising. We are very fortunate of the support of friends and past members of the organisation,” she said.

Winning the Eisteddfod Chair with her short story “Ar y Brig” (On top of the World) was Luned Mair of Llanwennog YFC, Ceredigion. Luned, 19 is currently in her second year at Cambridge University studying psychology at the Sidney Sussex College. The chair was sponsored by Mr Emyr and Mrs Maggie Jones of Melindwr, Llwydiarth and was made by Carwyn Owen of Dyffryn Banw YFC and Robi Wood, Guilsfied YFC.

Winning first prize in the choir competition and taking home the Vale of Towy Cup was Uwchaled YFC from Clwyd. Joy Cornock of Fishguard YFC, Pembrokeshire won the Ardudwy Cup for being best soloist in the music section. The Menter Iaith Sir Benfro Challenge Trophy, awarded to the best unison voice party was won by Eglwyswrw & Llysyfran YFCs, Pembrokeshire.

Angharad Mai Lewis from Llanfair Caereinon YFC, Montgomery was the best individual in the Recitation Section and he took home the Wales YFC Cup. Mydroilyn YFC, Ceredigion won the pop song competition and they were awarded the Meinir Richards Cup.

In the federation award section, Eryri took home the Dyffryn Nantlle Shield for coming out on top with the highest points tally in the Cerdd Dant section, and winning the Denbighshire Farmers Union of Wales trophy for winning the homework section were Ceredigion. The Elonwy Phillips Trophy which is awarded to the winning Federation in the stage section was won by the Pembrokeshire Federation.

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.


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