National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

23 May 2011

Winners get down to business

Winning development: Farm Business Development judge Ian Edwards, host Mark Evans and winners Peter Richards and Andrew Rees, of Tiers Cross YFC
Two young farmers have put their business brains to good use for an enterprising competition.
Andrew Rees and Peter Richards, of Tiers Cross YFC won the county Farm Business Development competition, where teams have to visit a farm and formulate a development plan for the business.

Held at Upper Harglodd, St Davids, the home of Mark and Emma Evans, the teams had to create business plans for the future development of the holding, which were judged on economic viability and growth and potential.
The teams then presented their plans to judge Ian Edwards, of Natwest Bank, where they were scored on their presentation and answers to questions about their plans.

Llysyfran YFC were placed second, with Brawdy YFC in third.

19 May 2011

Radnor Valley YFC has donated more than £500 to its three chosen charities. Wales Air Ambulance, St Michaels Hospice and Herefordshire Riding for the Disabled, each received £189.

The club raised the money during its annual carol singing expedition last December. Despite significant snowfall, members braved the conditions in order to raise money and spread some festive cheer around the communities of New Radnor and Gladestry.

Pictured are (front from left): Janet Alderson, Hereford RDA; Helen Powell, secretary of Radnor Valley YFC; Amy Whitelock, St Michaels Hospice; chairman Richard Davies; Rachel Beech of Wales Air Ambulance; and treasurer Alice Williams.

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.


Designed by Kevyn Williams