National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

17 December 2009

High standards impress judge






Twelve members of Clwyd YFC competed in the Rhesgoed Farm Shop Perpetual Cup class for the best lamb in hand, at Ruthin farmers’ 2009 Christmas prime stock show and sale.

This was the contest’s third year and judge, Brian Griffiths, said he was very impressed with the quality of the entries.

YFC members took most of the honours this year, with the first prize going to Elain Evans, of Ruthin YFC. Second prize went to Aaron Wyn Jones and third to Elena Jones – both members of Ruthin YFC.

The winner of the NWF Agriculture Trophy for best exhibit was Bro Edeyrnion YFC member Llion Roberts, and Uwchaled YFC’s Dion Edwards took the second prize.


09 December 2009

Successful end to competitions year

Brecknock YFC's senior debating and animal health and welfare competitions, held at the Castle Hotel, Brecon, finished off the competition programme for 2009.

The senior public speaking competition, won by Erwood YFC's Lisa Powell, James Healey and guest member Mairwen Davies, from Builth Wells YFC, required members to debate topics chosen by the judge, NFYFC vice chairman Mark Williams.

Second were Pontfaen YFC (Laura Price-Davies, Dana Price and Rebecca Davies) and third Llandefalle YFC (William Gittoes, Phil Parfitt and Aileen Powell).

Lisa Powell, Aileen Powell, James Healey, Phil Parfitt and Rebecca Davies were chosen to represent Brecknock at the Wales final in March 2010 in Brecon.

The evening also saw members participating in the animal health and welfare competition set by Lizzie Davies, of Honddu Veterinary Centre. The winner was Mary Phillips, of Sennybridge YFC, second was Haydn Powell, Bwlch & Crickhowell YFC, and third was Christie Joseph, of Llandefalle YFC.

09 December 2009

Wales YFC members all set to broaden horizons

Ten members of the Wales Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs have been chosen to travel to countries such as Canada, Kenya and Uganda as a part of the NFYFC International Discovery programme.

The lucky members from Wales took part in a special selection process to decide who would be representing the organisation on visits across the globe in 2010.

“These ten members are in addition to the 19 other members already chosen during a previous selection day held at the Wales YFC Office in Builth Wells,” said Caroline Dawson, Wales YFC activities and international committee chairwoman. “This means that Wales YFC will be well represented around the world, with a total of 29 members heading for foreign climes.

“The International Discovery programme is yet another way in which YFC members can benefit from a true chance of a lifetime. Members will get the chance to work abroad on homestays, use their teaching skills in developing countries, be a part of a Welsh team during the European Rally, not to mention the chance to make new friends from different cultures.”


2010 Wales YFC members selected for international exchanges with NFYFC:

Mary Phillips, Sennybridge YFC, Brecknock

Laura Andrews, Usk YFC, Gwent
Emyr Beynon, St Ishmaels YFC, Carmarthenshire
Joy Cornock, Fishguard YFC, Pembrokeshire
Carwyn Jones, Mydroilyn YFC, Ceredigion
Catherine Jones, Gower YFC, Glamorgan
Anna Mayo, Wentwood YFC, Gwent

Caroline Dawson, Cilcain YFC, Clwyd
Catrin Jones, Mydroilyn YFC, Ceredigion
Isabel Lougher, Wentwood YFC, Gwent

09 December 2009

Prime lamb win for Brecknock YFC member

Ashley Mills, of Troedrhiwdalar YFC, in Brecknock, bred the champion lambs in the Wales YFC best prime lamb producer competition sponsored by Dunbia. The reserve champion was bred by Gwen Samuel, of Aberedw YFC, Radnor.

Ashley, 14, from Llanafan Fawr, near Builth Wells, won with his pair of Suffolk lambs and, as he was competing for the first time, he also won the award for the highest new competitor.

Ashley decided to complete as he enjoys showing and has recently started his own flock of Suffolk sheep. He plans to buy a Suffolk ewe with the money from the lambs he sold.

Eifion Williams of Sennybridge YFC, Brecknock, won the award for the best stockman with his display board showing costings, pictures and information.

Judging was Sainsbury's buyer Tom Harvey. “It was refreshing to see the amount of work that the young farmers had put into the boards. This complemented the time which had clearly been spent on the livestock as well, underlining the fact that the competitors were competent on both the practical and theoretical sides of production,” he said.

08 December 2009

New development and Welsh promotion officer for Wales YFC

A new member of staff has joined the team at the Wales YFC office.

Eleri Roberts, from Dyffryn Banw, Montgomeryshire, is the organisation's new development and Welsh promotion officer.

Eleri will be promoting the Welsh language throughout Wales YFC in the counties and nationally, as well as opportunities to use, learn and receive training in Welsh.

She will also be responsible for the organisation's annual Eisteddfod and will be working closely with county organisers across Wales to share information and good practice.


08 December 2009

Wales YFC NatWest calf rearing competition winner

Edward Powell, of Radnor Valley YFC, Radnor, reared the supreme champion in the Wales YFC NatWest calf rearing competition, with Alex Hope of Builth Wells YFC, Brecknock winner of the competition last year, rearing the reserve supreme champion.

Edward, 18, who works on the family farm in New Radnor, near Presteigne, won with his heifer, which he has been rearing and preparing for the Winter Fair since earlier this year.

Edward also won the best stockman award, which takes into consideration the way in which the members take care and prepare their calves for the competition.

All competitors also had the opportunity to sell their calves at the the fair and Edward sold his for £4,700.

Caroline Dawson, Wales YFC activities and international committee chairwoman, said: "This is an excellent achievement and everyone gained valuable stockmanship skills and experience of showing cattle. All of the calves were of an excellent standard and it is extremely pleasing for our members when prices such as these are achieved.”

The highest new competitor award was awarded to Meinir Jones, of Llanfynydd YFC, Carmarthenshire, who entered the competition with her steer.

Andy Woodthorpe, NatWest director rural Wales banking, added: "This is an excellent competition giving young farmers the opportunity to raise capital to buy their own animal and to show it at a world class event. The standard again this year was very high and I would like to congratulate everyone that entered."


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