National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

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."


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