National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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18 May 2011

Calves for charity

Cumbrian YFC members are known for raising lots of money for charity and are always looking for new ideas. Their latest venture was to raise calves and donate the profit to the Air Ambulance.

In October, 10 Young Farmers Clubs around the County bought calves in H and H Auction Marts. After a winter of feeding and halter training the calves were sold at auction last week.

Kirklinton members, Danny McGregor and Hannah Nicholson realised the biggest profit of £530 with their British Blue Cross calf bought at Kirkby Stephen Auction for £730. Penrith YFC  bought a Belgium Blue calf at Kirkby Stephen and reared it at Angela Chappelhow’s High Grounds Farm. They paid £625 and sold it for £1140. this was the 2nd highest profit and they were also received the “best turned out”award.

Kirklinton won the award for Champion Calf in the show with Brampton YFC Reserve Champion.

In total £3000 was made for the Air Ambulance which included a donation of £90 from Harrison and Hetherington and no sales commission.  


17 May 2011

Southern district field day 14 May 2011

Rigmaden Farm near Mansergh was the venue for the Annual YFC Southern District Field Day where 500 young people competed in 80 competitions on the day ranging from Stockjudging to fascinators to arm wrestling.

The theme of the day was “Musicals” and the large industrial and pre-field day section included ‘Beauty and the Beast’ candlestick, a programme cover for a Disney Musical and photos on the theme of “Grease”.  Pennine YFC gained most points in the Industrial and Grayrigg YFC in the pre-field day sections.  Host Club, Sedbergh gained most points in the Junior Competitions and also won the girls and boys tug-of-war competitions.

Field Day Chairman Graham Harper thanked his secretary Yvonne Capstick for all her hard work and commented, “It has been a tremendous day.  The standard of competition has been very high and everyone has enjoyed themselves.  Thanks must go to all the judges and stewards who gave up their time freely to help make the day a success and to the host family Mr & Mrs Bert Metcalfe”.

The final scores were very close considering that each competition is marked out of 100 points.  Kent Estuary 8107; Sedbergh 8052; Grayrigg 7792 and Pennine 7549.

Trophies were handed out as follows: Cock of the North (Most Field Day points) Kent Estuary, Pre-Field Day, Grayrigg; Greatest improvement, Sedbergh; Industrial Pennine; Stock & Carcase Judging, Kent Estuary; Co-operatives Kent Estuary; Girl’s Stockjudging, Pennine; Obstacle Race, Grayrigg; Cross Country, Grayrigg; Tug-of-War – Junior, Grayrigg, Girl’s & Men’s, Sedbergh; Display, Kent Estuary; Flower Arranging, Grayrigg; Cookery, Kent Estuary; Lakeland Dialect, Eden Valley; Junior Craft, Grayrigg; Club Treasurer, Crook; Machinery Handling, Sedbergh; Sheep Shearing, Broughton; Skills & Craft, Sedbergh; Stockjudging, Kent Estuary; Junior Stockjudging’ Furness; Junior Comps, Sedbergh; Dairy Stockjudging, Kent Estuary and National Cookery, Sedbergh.


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.


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