National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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06 December 2009

Wales YFC Winter Fair results

Members of the Montgomery Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs took home the overall honours in the Wales YFC Beef and Lamb stock judging competitions, with a grand total of 28 points. They were closely followed by the Gwent and Ceredigion Federations, who were equal second with 27 points.

The competitions, which took place throughout the two days of the 2009 Winter Fair held at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, were once again hailed highly successful for Wales YFC, by Caroline Dawson, chairwoman of the Activities and International Committee.

“All members benefited from the varied competitions held over the two days, and a high standard was achieved by all. We thank all the judges, stewards and sponsors for their continued support of Wales YFC events.”

01 December 2009

Ynys Môn member wins Wales YFC Natwest Cymru Enterprise Scheme

The winners of the Wales YFC NatWest Cymru Enterprise Scheme were announced at an award ceremony at the Welsh Winter Fair.

This year’s top prize of £800 was awarded to Elfyn Wyn Jones, Llantrisant, Ynys Môn, and a member of Bodedern YFC. Elfyn detailed his business, Trisnat Show Boxes and Signs, which makes boxes for cattle, sheep and horse exhibitors to store all the  equipment necessary for exhibiting.

The wooden boxes are handmade and customers are able to choose the wood used, the style and the size of their box. He also creates signs and plaques to be placed on the boxes or to be used near the stock in a show or sale.

Currently Elfyn advertises his product at agricultural sales and local shops but in future he hopes to be able to market his business online. He also hopes to expand by purchasing machines that will enable him to engrave the boxes in-house. Elfyn is currently studing for a degree in design and technology and his business is based in a workshop on his home farm.

Leon Morris, a member of Erwood YFC, in Brecknock, earned the second prize of £500 after describing his property maintenance business. Leon set up his own business, Leon Morris Property Maintenance, in April after his employer informed him there was not enough work to keep him on.

Third prize of £300 was awarded to Emyr Harries, of Llandeiniol YFC, Ceredigion, a carpenter and joiner working on new builds and restoration projects. The business is currently located at his home, where he has constructed a workshop and hopes to be able to build larger premises to further expand his business in the future. He also hopes to be able to employe a carpenter and a labourer to assist him.

The scheme, run by Wales YFC and sponsored by NatWest Cymru, encourages past or present members of Wales YFC up to the age of 31 to gain confidence to try out business ideas, and past entries have included farm diversification projects, beauty businesses, hamper businesses, pet-sitting services and even the setting up of very successful shops.

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 Elfyn Jones had shown the greatest entrepreneurial flair establishing his business and deserved the first prize.”

Wales YFC chairman Tim John said: “All of the applicants we interviewed were outstanding. They showed encouraging signs that, even though there are hardships being felt in rural Wales, young people are not deterred and are still working hard to set up new and exciting Welsh rural businesses. I wish all the candidates luck with their businesses and hope they go from strength to strength.”

The four other highly commended businesses were: Bedwyn Rees from Capel Iwan YFC, Carmarthenshire and his Ffin Furniture business; Deian Thomas from Llanfynydd YFC, Carmarthenshire with a business proposal to set up his own personal training business in 2010; Gwyn Johnson, a member of Llantrisant YFC, Glamorgan, who has established a new enterprise on his home farm that includes the production and sale of quality small bale hay, and Anwen Hughes, of Talybont YFC, Ceredigion, with her business proposal for Triple A – Admin, Accounts and Advice where she will provide administration, accounts and advice in human resources law to tradespeople.

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01 December 2009

Testing time for Cumbria YFC

The final eight teams in the Cumbria Young Farmers’ quiz met at the George Hotel, Penrith, for the county final.

Some 452 YFC members competed in the quiz and, after four eliminating rounds and 400 questions, the final four senior and junior teams met to battle it out.

Caldbeck junior team, Rosie Thompson, Laura Potts, Emma Armstrong and Edward Benn led from the first round and maintained their lead throughout, finishing with a magnificent 34 points, with Brampton second on 26 points, followed by Grayrigg and Pennine.

In the senior quiz, three teams were level after the country knowledge and team round. However, Carlisle’s team gradually pulled ahead and after an exciting buzzer round, won with 29 points, with Grayrigg C and Raughton Head equal second and Grayrigg A in fourth place.

Carlisle’s team of Stephanie Norman, Elizabeth Marrs, Katie Miller, and Matthew Workman were presented with Carrs Billington tankards by the judges, Linda Park and Frank Gate, who also gave the Cumberland and Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart trophies to the Caldbeck team.


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