National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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21 January 2011

Members turn out for YFC question time!

The Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee held a Regional Meeting in a form of ‘Question Time’ with representatives from key organisations within the agricultural industry on Tuesday the 18th of January at the FUW Head Office, Llys Amaeth, Aberystwyth.

The questions that were put to the panel included; Glastir— The road to redemption?; Is big beautiful? Small scale vs. Big scale farming and in a TB battle, how do win the war?

The panel was made up of Gareth Vaughan FUW President, Stephen James NFU Cymru Deputy President and Dai Davies HCC Chairman and was chaired by the Wales YFC Rural Affairs committee chairman Rhys Evans, who explains,
“Some really good points were raised and an excellent lively  discussion took place during the evening.
It was good to see members enthused about the topics and taking part in YFC discussions.”

Steven James emphasised that the fight against TB can be won through the use of a combination of screening with the skin test, cleansing with the gamma interferon and the control of the wildlife population.

Members were very keen to hear the views of the panellists on young entrants in farming. Gareth Vaughan, FUW informed the audience about the need to encourage young people into the industry by not only taking a blueprint but also the expertise from NZ shared farming systems.

During the discussion on big and small scale farming and the need for food to feed the ever increasing population, Dai Davies told members that the Chinese market is looking for a Welsh product specifically.

Enfys Evans, Wales YFC Chairman said "It was great to see the leading lights from some of Wales's leading farming bodies taking time out from their busy schedules to come and discuss their views on some of the important issues facing Welsh farmers with the YFC members."
Presentations were also received from the world renowned energy company Dulas on the work that they undertake and how they can assist those working in the agricultural industry. Fiona Abberley, the Welsh Assembly Government Young Entrants Support Scheme Business Enabler also presented information to the audience on the scheme and noted that the expression of interest form for the year 2012/2013 is now available.

Rhys Evans concluded "It was interesting to hear Ian Draisey talk about the opportunities that are to be had in renewable energy and also the similarities between the agricultural industry and the renewable energy industry, indeed as a YFC member I feel that we have found an excellent ally in Dulas, and look forward to their continued support."


20 January 2011

Wales YFC members chosen to travel with NFYFC in 2011!

Four members of Wales YFC have been chosen to travel with NFYFC to New Zealand, Kenya and France as a part of the International Discovery Programme.

These lucky members from Wales took part in a special selection process held on Saturday the 8th of January to decide who would be representing the largest youth movement in Europe across the globe.

“These four members are in addition to the 20 other members already chosen during a previous selection day held at the Wales YFC Office in Builth Wells,” said Kay Morgan, Wales YFC Activities and International Committee Chairman.

“This means that Wales YFC will be well and truly represented around the world, with a total of 24 members heading for foreign climes.

“The trips range from short one week excursions to 3 month affairs – and obviously, homesickness is not an option!” she added.

Steven Rees a member of Fishguard YFC in Pembrokeshire was selected as one of 4 members that will spend 3 months each working as part of the farm team at Limestone Downes in the North Island of New Zeland. He will depart for the 7,954 acre sheep and beef farm in April.

Catrin Jones from Mydroilyn YFC, Ceredigion earned her place on the France trip where she will be hosted by IFYE, the YFC organisation in France. This homestay trip will last around 4 weeks and Catrin will be staying with different families during her time in France.

Two members were selected to travel as part of a group to Kenya in August. Mark Powell from Llandefalle YFC in Brecknock and Arwel Evans a member of Eglwyswrw YFC, Pembrokeshire will stay with local families and sample village life of a different sort. They will also get involved in a community project.


20 January 2011

Southern District Cumbria YFC Annual Meeting

The Southern District of CumbriaYoung Farmers’ Clubs held their 29th AGM at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal to a packed audience of over 300 Young Farmers and their guests.

President, Linda Pigney, opened the proceedings with her report commenting that “ The YFC movement helps to keep the rural community together” and went on to advise the members that “you will gain knowledge and skills that will help you for the rest of your life.”

Chairman, John Tunstall, presented the Annual Report. He said “ It has been an excellent year for our members who excelled themselves at District competitions and County Finals.” He was pleased to announce yet another increase in membership in the Southern District with 567 members in 11 Clubs.

Treasurer, Stephen Rowlinson, reported on a good year of fund – raising and congratulated the Young Farmers on their efforts.

Officers for the ensuing year were then elected as follows :-  President, Mr Malcolm Robinson, Pennine. Chairman, Lauren Galbraith,  Grayrigg. Treasurer,  Mr Stephen Rowlinson, Crook. Vice President, Mr John Dickinson, Cartmel and Vice Chairman, Tom Redmayne, Crook.

The awards presented on the night were as follows:- The Craft trophy was presented  to Lowick and the Public Speaking and Winter Competitions Trophy to Kent Estuary.
Eden Valley was the Most Improved Club; Kelly Ousby of Eden Valley was the Member Contributing Most to a Club’s Development; Lucy Mason, Kent Estuary was presented with Young Farmer of the Year trophy.

The trophy for outstanding contribution to YFC by an out of age member was presented to Mrs Olive Clarke. “Aunty Olive as she is affectionately known by Young Farmers, has been a dedicated member of the movement for over 70 years and as she remarked ” Once a Young Farmer always a Young Farmer “

After the AGM closed the Young Farmers took to the dance floor to the sounds of DJ Eddie.


20 January 2011

Wales YFC 75th anniversary ball and shirt making their way across Wales

The Wales YFC 75th anniversary rugby ball and referee shirt, donated by Nigel Owens are making their way across Wales to be photographed in 75 various landmarks throughout the country and to be signed by numerous celebrities.

The items started their journey with the Gwent Federation before moving on to the Glamorgan Federation and have been signed by a range of celebrities including Joe Calzaghe, Max Boyce and Jamie Owen. They have also been photographed at the Celtic Manor, Severn Bridge and Millennium Centre amongst other places. Currently the ball and rugby shirt are making their way through the Brecknock Federation before being passed on to the Carmarthenshire Federation.

Enfys Evans, Wales YFC Chairman stated,
“We are very pleased with the progress that the ball and rugby shirt have made so far. The items will be auctioned at a special 75th anniversary dinner, hosted by our President, Nigel Owens, on Saturday the 19th of July at the Presidents Pavilion on the Royal Welsh Showground. This will be one way in which our members have chosen to celebrate this special milestone in our history.

We will also be bringing together the Welsh and English entertainment competition to the same stage for the first time at the Entertainment Feast which will be held at the Grand Theatre, Swansea on the 12th and 13th of March. During the weekend I aim to raise the profile of the organisation by undertaking a sky dive with at least 8 other members of Wales YFC, in aid of our nominated charity of the year, Mind Cymru in association with Rural Support Wales.”

If anyone has any suggestions of where these items could be taken to be photographed or if anyone would like to sign the items please contact the Wales YFC office on 01982 553 502.


19 January 2011

Join the fun at the South West area activities weekend from 11-13 March in Newquay. This year it is being hosted by Cornwall YFC.

A timetable of events and more information is available on the South West area's new website at www.freewebs.com/yfcsouthwestarea.

It has been created to help members and the public in the six counties in the area federation stay up to date on what's going on in YFCs across the region, which covers Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.


14 January 2011

YFC encourages local clubs to join a scheme that will benefit their local community

A number of YFCs across Wales, who undertake valuable work in their local environments and communities, are missing out on small grants available from Wales YFC.

The Community and Environment Challenge, supported by the Countryside Council for Wales, rewards clubs for their efforts to enhance local environments and communities.

Rhys Evans, Rural Affairs committee chairman states, “Clubs can enter their project in a choice of categories, which are linked to the amount and type of work they do. Clubs who have made a lasting impression on the local landscape can be eligible for a grant of £300, as well as the opportunity to win a further £150 as prize money. Currently only a very small number of clubs enter this scheme, and we know that many clubs are missing out.”

Speaking on behalf of the Countryside Council for Wales, Alun Davies said;
“We have been very impressed with the work that has been undertaken by YFCs across Wales through this scheme. It’s a shame that only a handful of clubs enter and I encourage many more to do so, to enjoy the  rewards of such worthwhile projects within their local communities”.

Clubs have until the 2nd of May 2011 to contact Kay Lewis, the Rural Development Officer at Wales YFC to discuss their projects and enter the scheme.


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