National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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28 January 2010

Hard work pays off for Herefordshire YFC

Members of the Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs have been competing successfully over the autumn months in live and carcase stockjudging events around the country.

Two members of Craswall YFC, sisters Rebecca and Charlotte Watkins, kicked off a very successful three months of stockjudging when they were placed first and second in the national final of the Young Stockjudge of the Year competition at the Dairy and Livestock Show, at Stoneleigh, in September.

Sixteen teams from 12 YFCs travelled to Ensor's Abattoir, in Cinderford, in October, to compete in the popular county autumn carcase judging competition. Richard Garlick, from Saltmarshe YFC, took first place in each of the three under-26 classes of pigs, lambs and beef.

Four Herefordshire teams went on to Countryside Live, in Harrogate, at the end of October, to compete in the national live and carcase judging finals, where teams had to judge four beef animals and four lambs, live and carcase. Laura Jones, Hereford YFC, finished second and Matt Price, Pencombe YFC, third in the senior lamb judging. Saltmarshe YFC’s Evan Hughes was placed second in the intermediate lamb judging and the Herefordshire C team was placed fifth overall.

A team of eight competitors judged live beef, live lambs, beef and pork carcases at the English Winter Fair, in Stafford, in November, with Pencombe YFC’s Matt Price third in the senior pork carcase competition, and Kamilla Bosley, Ledbury YFC, third in the intermediate pork carcase judging.

Herefordshire were represented in the NFYFC national carcase judge of the year competition by seniors Michael Hanson (Dilwyn YFC), Richard Garlick (Saltmarshe YFC) and intermediates John Hanson (Dilwyn YFC) and Marieka Bosley (Ledbury YFC). Outstanding results were:
Highest scoring competitor in pork section
Intermediate: John Hanson, Dilwyn YFC, (92 points).
Senior: Richard Garlick, Saltmarshe YFC, (93 points).

Highest scoring competitor in beef section
Senior: Richard Garlick, Saltmarshe YFC, (135 points).

Intermediate Carcase Judge of the Year
Marieka Bosley, Ledbury YFC, second overall.

Senior Carcase Judge of the Year
Richard Garlick, Saltmarshe YFC, second overall.

A team of eight also represented Herefordshire at the Welsh Winter Fair, competing against 13 teams from the Wales and Shropshire Federations. The team had to judge live butchers beef and butchers lambs. Outstanding results were:

Herefordshire team: Fourth overall.
U26 Butchers Lambs: Jonathan Rogers, Ledbury YFC, (first).
U26 Butchers Beef: Michael Hanson, Dilwyn YFC, (first).
U18 Butchers Beef: Lauren Meredith, Hereford YFC, (first).

25 January 2010

Cumbria YFC members debated such issues as the pressures of the national curriculum on primary school children and the importance of the Royal family in 21st Century Britain at the county finals of the debating competitions.

Judges David Knowles and John Garnett were impressed with the excellent standard of the debating this year, placing Raughton Head YFC first, Drigg YFC second and Crook YFC third.

Young hopefuls in the Junior Member of the Year competition were also interviewed by judges Gill Winspear and Mike Conefrey, and presented portfolios of their activities throughout the year at the George Hotel, Penrith.

Rachel Edminson of Longtown YFC was placed first, with Lauren Bowness of Grayrigg YFC second and Laura Potts of Caldbeck YFC third. The trio will join the three winning debating teams competing against the six Northern counties in the finals on 6 March at Trinity School, Carlisle.

The postponed Northern District YFC AGM is being held on Friday 29 January, at 8pm at the Greenhill Hotel, Red Dial, Wigton.

25 January 2010

More than 200 Cumbria YFC members and guests gathered at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal, for the southern district AGM.

Outgoing president Christine Booth and chairman Andrew Long reviewed the successes and highlights of the past year, including a membership increase of 100 over the past two years.

Advisory member at Eden Valley YFC Linda Pigney was elected president for the coming year and Pennine YFC’s John Tunstall is the new chairman, with Grayrigg YFC’s Lauren Galbraith the new vice chairwoman. Crook’s Stephen Rowlinson was elected district treasurer for the 22nd year.

The AGM ended with the presentation of the year’s awards. The public speaking and winter competitions trophy was presented to Kent Estuary YFC; Furness YFC received the craft trophy; Sedbergh YFC was the most improved club and Tracey Dargue, of Pennine YFC, was the member contributing the most to a club’s development. Dorrie Galbraith was presented with a trophy recognising her outstanding contribution to YFC and Lisa Mason, of Kent Estuary YFC, was announced as Young Farmer of the Year.

20 January 2010

Uttoxeter's cash boost for county air ambulance

Uttoxeter JNFU YFC celebrated a year of fundraising and achievements by presenting a cheque for £2,100 to the Staffordshire County Air Ambulance at the club's annual buffet, organised to thank everyone involved for their help and support during 2009.

20 January 2010

Top to Bottom Challenge for Worcestershire YFC

Worcestershire Young Farmers' Club members will be setting off on a 1,000-mile quad bike journey for charity.

A team of bikers will be riding from John O’Groats to Land’s End, then back to Torquay for the NFYFC annual convention, in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice in Worcester and Diabetes UK.

The YFC members, all aged 26 or under, will be leaving John O’Groats on 17 April and aim to have completed their journey by 23 April.

Two quad bikes have been donated for the marathon trip by No Mark Equipment, of Tenbury Wells, so all the money raised through sponsorship will go directly to the charities.

Worcestershire YFC county chairman Tom Goodwin said: “It will be a difficult challenge, it’s hardly travelling in style and we will be at the mercy of the elements, but it’s nothing compared to the challenges faced by the two charities we are supporting and the people who benefit from their work.

“YFC members always rise to a challenge and we’re hoping businesses and individuals in Worcestershire and beyond will support our efforts with donations.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Tom’s Top to Bottom Challenge should call 01905 621 616.

15 January 2010

Wales YFC gears up for competitions weekends

Wales YFC got the new year off to a busy start, preparing for both the English and Welsh competitions weekends being held in February and March which will host public speaking and drama competitions.

The Wales YFC Welsh drama competition is on 26 and 27 February at Neuadd Aberdyfi, Aberdyfi, with the Welsh public speaking competitions taking place at Tywyn High School, Tywyn.

The Wales YFC English drama competition is on 5 and 6 March at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, and the English public speaking competitions will be at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.

“The drama competition is one example of how the organisation encourages young people to take part in something that they would not usually do, and gives all our members an equal opportunity,” said Caroline Dawson, Wales YFC activities and international chairwoman.

“They don’t have to be on stage acting one of the main parts to play a key role in the panto. The contribution and devotion of those busy with the wardrobe and make-up, lighting, designing and creating the sets is just as important,” she said.



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