National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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31 January 2011

Welsh is a real winner

Well-spoken: Junior reading and intermediate debating judge Wendy Jenkins presents the overall Welsh language public speaking shield to Dylan Roberts, of Eglwyswrw YFC.
A triple whammy of wins saw Eglwyswrw YFC talk their way to the top of Pembrokeshire’s Welsh language public speaking table.
Teams from Eglwyswrw won three out of the four sections during two busy nights of competition, propelling the club into first place overall, ahead of Llysyfran and Fishguard.
Eglwyswrw won the junior speaking competition, with Emily Lloyd named best proposer of the vote of thanks and Sara and Hannah Watkins winning best chairman and speaker respectively. Llysyfran were placed second, with Fishguard in third.

The team placings were repeated in the intermediate debating competition, when Eglwyswrw’s Arwel Evans won the best speaker award, while his sister Delun was named best chairman.

Eglwyswrw also took the honours in the senior brainstrust competition, with Robert Davies named best speaker. Fishguard were placed second, with Llysyfran third.
Llysyfran prevented an Eglwyswrw clean sweep by winning the junior reading competition, with Naomi Nicholas named best chairman and Sioned Thomas winning the best reader award. Eglwyswrw’s A team was placed second, with Hermon in third.

Teams will now be chosen to go on to represent Pembrokeshire at the Wales YFC public speaking finals in March.

28 January 2011

Get your tickets for this banquet of entertainment from the Wales YFCs on 12-13 March at the Grand Theatre Swansea.

Tickets are available from 01792 475715.

28 January 2011

Join Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wlitshire YFCs at their 62nd annual Three Counties Ball in April.

Click here to download more information and a ticket application form.

25 January 2011

MP for West Cornwall Andrew George has promised to raise concerns on a host of rural issues with the Government after meeting members of Helston St Keverne Young Farmers' Club recently.

As guest speaker of the YFC's meeting at Trewennack chapel, Mr George answered questions on topics affecting the agricultural industry, including bovine TB and high fuel prices.

Club spokeswoman Rebecca Jenkin said: "A lot of members turned up to listen to our MP's points of view about the rural economy and subjects such as bovine TB and the issues surrounding the badger cull. YFC members also asked a lot of questions about the recent rise in fuel prices and fair milk prices for dairy farmers and Mr George has promised to raise some of their concerns in future meetings with members of the Government."

25 January 2011

NFU president Peter Kendall was guest speaker at the Newport Pagnell YFC annual dinner and dance, held at Harben House, in Newport Pagnell.

Around 120 guests heard Mr Kendall speak on a range of issues affecting the agricultural industry, including the need to encourage greater numbers of young people into farming, the future of farming and the change in political attitudes to agriculture and related fields.

The event raised funds for both Newport Pagnell YFC and its chosen charity, Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, which will be presented with £265.


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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