National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

17 May 2011

Saturday 12 May saw more than 250 members from the ten YFCs in Staffordshire battle it out in a host of competitions in their county rally.

Clubs worked for weeks beforehand preparing static entries on the theme of musicals in cookery and floral art, with the winning cookery entry from Stone YFC depicting an After Party Dinner.

Jungle-themed, graffiti, pineapple upsidedown cakes, hammocks and cuddly jungle toys were also created as well as the summer ball road sign, poster and ticket for this year's jungle fever-themed summer ball on 9 July at  Brookfield Farm, Uttoxeter.

The rally included a very popular ‘I’m a YFC member – get me out of here!’ competition, where members had to collect “stars” by completing tasks, such as searching through cold spaghetti, flour and scrambling under cargo netting along with various other obstacles. 

Some unfortunate members got a good soaking in the water obstacle race, which including hurdles over horse jumps into pools of water, and the day was rounded off by the ever popular mixed tug of war competition, which saw six teams taking part, and Waterhouses YFC, the NFYFC tug of war champions for 2010, taking the silverware for the day.

The trophies were presented at the rally dance, which saw more than  300 members and guests letting their hair down and celebrating a fantastic day.

Click here to download full results.

16 May 2011

Hot stuff: Jac Davies and county queen Non Thorne, Tiers Cross YFC, winners of the pre-rally cookery competition
The many different elements that go into making the Pembrokeshire YFC county rally the highlight of the year will be on show again at the end of the month.

The rally is a day packed with competitions and this year’s themes of ‘the elements’ and ‘musicals’ are sure to provide plenty of entertainment throughout the day.

As well as traditional competitions such as cookery, floral art, craft and tug of war, members will be miming a scene from a musical or opera, performing tribal dances, going under the hammer for an ‘auctioneering’ task, building instruments and performing with recycled garden bands and battling it out in the ever popular ‘YFC Factor’ competition.

County organiser Dill Williams said: “The rally is our ‘shop window’ into showing people just how much YFC has to offer its members, whether it’s competing in one of the wide variety of competitions on the day, helping out during the weeks of preparation, or turning out to support their clubs and joining in the friendly rivalry.

Fired up: Eglwyswrw YFC were the winners of the pre-rally fire safety prevention roadshow competition
Club leaders, trainers and parents also put in a huge amount of work for the rally, which helps make it the highlight of the YFC calendar.”

One of the highlights of the day is the crowning of the county queen, and this year will have a special significance, as it is believed to be the first time that a member has followed in her mother’s footsteps and been selected for the role. Non Thorne, of Tiers Cross YFC, will emulate her mother Ionwy, who was queen in 1975 for Llysyfran.

Members have spent the past few weeks gearing up for the big event with a host of pre-rally competitions, including stockjudging, cookery, which was won by Tiers Cross YFC, a fire safety prevention roadshow, in which Eglwyswrw took the honours, and on the news, where Fishguard YFC produced the best press release and news bulletin.

Everyone is welcome at the rally, which takes place throughout the day at the County Showground, Withybush, on Saturday 28 May from 10am.

11 May 2011

Cumbria YFC top county in the country

The National Federation of Young Farmers, Clubs, with 662 Clubs and 25,000 members held their Annual General Meeting at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.  Over 500 young farmers from Cumbria travelled down for the weekend and to support Cumbrian’s taking part in competitions there.

Last year’s County Chairman, Steven Dixon, was proud to receive from the new NFYFC President, Matt Baker, the NFU Trophy.  This is presented to the Champion County Federation in the country.  Cumbria’s Drigg YFC were also thrilled to receive a new trophy presented by outgoing President, Lionel Hill.  This was for the Club who had collect most money for charity – Drigg raised £23,000 for the Special Care Baby Unit, West Cumberland Hospital.  Drigg also came 7th in the National Final of the Jazz Dancing Competition.

Later in the day Craig Brough, Cumbria’s present Chairman, was place 2nd in the National Final of the YFC Ambassador of the Year Competition and Raughton Head were placed 4th in the Entertainments Final which was won by Builth Wells YFC.

County Organiser Jan Davinson said, “This has been an amazing weekend for Cumbria and I am pleased that the hard work put in by members, advisory and parents has been recognised.  It is a huge honour to win the NFU Trophy.”

09 May 2011

Welsh Livery Guild Young Farmer award closing date fast approaching!

A £1,000 prize is up for grabs through the Welsh Livery Guild Young Farmers award, which is running for the sixth year, thanks to continued support from the Welsh Livery Guild.  

Innovative and enthusiastic Wales YFC members have less than one month to apply for this excellent opportunity.

“We are keen to meet with YFC members who could really benefit from this award and who have enthusiasm for agriculture,” said Mr Bryan Marsh, Past Master of the Welsh Livery Guild.

“We hope that the individual who wins this award, will be able to develop themselves further, for example through training or investment in an agricultural project. Over past six years, we have met with a number of enthusiastic YFC members who are working hard to secure a future for themselves in agriculture, and we look forward to meet inspirational young people again this year.”

The winner of the competition in 2010 was Marc Jones a member of Berriew YFC in Montgomery. Marc  won the award to further support a new lamb production system.

Marc stated,
“The Welsh Livery Guild Young Farmer Award gives young farmers in Wales an ideal start to further their agricultural businesses. For the initial time of a morning spent on writing an application and 30 minutes spent being interviewed by a panel, the rewards certainly out way the time involved in the process. The prize money of £1,000 has allowed me to spend vital money on my sheep enterprise, which has allowed me to not only increase the genetic ability of the flock but also allow me to record this information for future records and analysis.

Rhys Evans Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee Chairman stated how pleased he was that an organisation with the stature of the Welsh Livery Guild was continuing to support young people in agriculture.
“This competition is now in its sixth year and we have received positive feedback from our members regarding the award. Once again we are very grateful to the Welsh Livery Guild for running and supporting the competition which gives Wales YFC members a unique chance to access this funding.”

Past and present members of Wales YFC between the age of 16 and 31 are invited to produce a brief of no more than 3 sides of A4 outlining how they are working towards a secure future for themselves in agriculture. The brief should include details about themselves as an individual, their ideas to improve or develop a new farming enterprise and aspirations for the future. The closing date for receiving entries is the 1st of June 2011.

Contact Kay Lewis at Wales YFC Office on 01982 553 502 for more details.

04 May 2011

Lawnmower racing, crafts, YFC competitions, fun and food all add up to a great day out for all the family at the Yorkshire County Show on Sunday 5 June.

YFC members will be battling it out in a host of compeitions including tug of war, cookery, dancing and carpentry at the event at Nidderdale Showground, Pateley Bridge and the event is open to the public from 11am onwards.

Visit or call 01423 865870 for more details.

04 May 2011

Launch of 2011 Young Innovator and Natural Resources awards

The 2011 Young Innovator and Natural Resources Awards will be launched at the home of the 2010 Young Innovator with Natural Resources Award winner – James Raw on Sunday the 15th of May 2011.

Sponsored by the world renowned renewable energy company, Dulas and run by Wales YFC with support from the Countryside Council of Wales (CCW) and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society the award has developed in its second year to recognise improved environmental practices already adopted as well as visionary projects in energy use and production.

In 2011 a prize of £1,000 will be awarded to the winner in two categories – the Natural Resources award and the Young Innovator Award with runners up in both sections receiving £200 each.

Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, Dulas, Ian Draisey explained,
“Dulas were thrilled to be involved in the Innovator Awards, so much so that we have decided to support the YFC again this year. The need for rural entrepreneurs and innovators has never been more profound. With cuts in the public sector, and inflationary pressures Wales needs to capitalise on the natural resources that we have available. Strong incentives through the Feed-in Tariffs and the Renewables Obligation provide the opportunity for the farming community to invest in hydro, wind and solar technologies. The new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) brings support for renewable heat technologies too.

Dulas are hoping to see a strong competition this year, with the new format bringing entries from all the regions of Wales. We see this award as central to the low carbon agenda in Wales, and real opportunity to engage with the farming community.”

The Natural Resource award will place emphasis on actual personal contributions to good land management and / or agri-environment practices with the Young Innovator award for those 40 years old or younger placing an emphasis on plans to make a good personal contribution to good energy management practice.

Following the launch there will be a farm walk and representatives from Dulas will be present to give advice and information on renewable energy. In addition, a representative from Bangor University will discuss the Carbon Footprint assessment that was undertaken on James’ farm and provide information on livestock production and greenhouse gasses.

For an application form to apply for the competition please contact Kay Lewis at the Wales YFC Centre on 01982 553 502.


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