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06 June 2011

Wales YFC members to perform online video sensation at Glastonbury

Three Young Farmers’ Clubs members are set to wow the Glastonbury crowds after their hilarious parody of a Rihanna song became an online sensation.

Richard Lewis, 18, of Llanfyllin YFC, and Dyffryn Tanat YFC’s 17-year-old Llion Vaughan will take to the festival stage after winning the nationwide Tractor Factor talent competition run by Farmers Guardian newspaper in conjunction with organic dairy farm Yeo Valley.

An X Factor-style public vote saw some 14,000 people pick their favourite from a shortlist of six songs, which celebrate all that is good about modern British farming.

Performing under the name DJ Wooly and Will.I.Lamb, the boys produced a cover of Rihanna’s song S&M with the help of their friend and cameraman Gus Harris, 17, also a former member of of Dyffryn Tanat YFC.

Their video for the song ‘Plough ON!’ received more than 55,000 views on YouTube after it was picked up by BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James and played on his afternoon show sparking a rush which saw it secure a third of the total public vote.

Winning the competition means the trio gets four tickets to this year’s Glastonbury festival as well as the chance to perform on the Yeo Valley stand there.

Llion said: "The past weeks have been amazing, the response and support from people has been great. This competition was a brilliant and original idea which took a fresh twist on farming. I think this competition has hopefully brought many a smile and chuckle to people across the country, and possibly even made a few farmers hum ‘Plough ON! while out in the fields."

Richard said: "I know schools are showing the video to infant pupils to help teach young children about farming. The competition has also shown that farmers these days are not just people who work with the land but are very diverse and like to have a laugh. It has been a great experience and I have enjoyed it very much. "

The YFC members faced stiff competition from the other acts in the final six, which included a farmer from the Isle of Man, Scotland’s answer to Justin Bieber, the Dorset countryside’s finest rappers and two farming girl groups, Girls A’Cowed and Farming Babes.

The competition shortlist was picked by a panel of judges, which included Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis and Yeo Valley managing director Tim Mead.

Showcasing some of the talent within the farming industry, the competition has been an extraordinary success with more than 200,000 views on its YouTube channel since it launched earlier this year.

Some 33 entries were received from farmers all over the country ranging from parodies of chart hits to songs they had written themselves.

Farmers Guardian’s features editor Danusia Osiowy said: “We launched the competition to put the fun back into farming and promote the industry to a wider audience and that is exactly what Tractor Factor has achieved.

“Young people living and working in the countryside are crucial to agriculture’s future and what better advocates for the profession than those who love and respect it the most?”

The competition, run in conjunction with organic dairy firm Yeo Valley, was launched after the success of Yeo Valley’s TV advert featuring the Yeo Valley rappers in December last year.

Videos of all six shortlisted entries can be viewed at www.farmersguardian.com/tractorfactor.


02 June 2011

Staffordshire Young Farmers had 10 teams taking part in the women's and men’s tug of war competitions at the Staffordshire County Show.  Supporters also turned out in force filling the Grandstand to watch a hard-fought competition. Many of the teams have been training three times a week since before Christmas and their hard work and efforts paid off.  

The final results were:

Male:1st   Waterhouses YFC; 2nd Eccleshall A YFC and 3rd Eccleshall B YFC.

Female: 1st Waterhouses YFC; 2nd Stone YFC and 3rd Eccleshall YFC.

The first and second placed teams in both sections will now go forward to the West Midlands round of the competition at the Three Counties Show, Malvern, on Sunday 19 June.


02 June 2011

Northern district field day 2011

Hundreds of Cumbrian Young Farmers gathered at High Oaks Farm, Calthwaite for the Northern District Annual Field Day.

They participated in a hectic day of competitions which included Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling, aerobics, ATV, Landrover and tractor competitions and tug of war.  The theme for the day was “Musicals” and on display were a wide range of items made by the Young Farmers’ such as a milking stool from
 “Oklahoma”, “Lion King” Tshirts and “Jungle Book” flower arrangements.  A huge industrial section proved that young people can still bake ham and egg pies, ice ‘Wizard of Oz’ cakes and sew Disney themed cushion covers.  Both the boys and girls produced many professional flower arrangements and cooked a “Dinner for an After Show Party.”

Chairman Dan Bargh thanked hosts Mr & Mrs Wilson, secretary Kirsty Irving and all the judges and stewards for their help.

Trophies were presented as follows: - Stockjudging, Ladies Tug of War, Cookery, Lakeland Dialect and under 16 Stockjudging were all won by Caldbeck YFC.  Raughton Head won the Industrial Section and the Cross Country Cup with Longtown winning Karaoke and the Carrs Prize; Drigg received the farm crafts trophy for making a floating duck house, the winning Club Exhibit and under 16 Industrial Trophies.  Best Floral Art went to Kirklinton.  Egremont won the Sheep Shearing and Efficiency with Safety trophies and were the Club showing the most improvement.

Brampton received the Andrew Fisher Trophy for Men’s Tug of War, Greysouthen, Best Small Club and Aspatria had the winning Stockjudging team, reasons only.  Skelton won the Dairy Stockjuding Trophy.

Caldbeck were presented with the Field Day Cup gaining 7586 points with Raughton Head 2nd on 7454 points, Longtown 3rd on 7024 points and Drigg 4th on 6988 points.


02 June 2011

Line up announced for mid Wales music festival!

The line up for the 2011 Young Peoples Village at Builth Wells has been announced by organisers, Wales YFC.  

The festival, which celebrates its 21st year in its current location, will see once again the development of the entertainment on offer in the big top, to entertain more than 15,000 partygoers during the Royal Welsh Show week.

Enfys Evans Wales YFC Chairman notes:
“Once again as an organisation we have developed the facilities and entertainment available at the Young Peoples’ Village. New for this year is the ability to book online and plots for electric hook up. We have also a great line up to perform and have taken the decision to integrate Welsh language acts alongside English language acts to raise awareness of the Welsh language each night. We hope that members and non-members will take advantage of our early bird discounts and will book soon for an unforgettable week.”

Kicking off the event on the Sunday (17th July) will be one of the current hottest acts in the UK – Devlin - one of the main attractions at the Radio 1 Big Weekend. This will be his first appearance in Mid Wales. Also performing will be Wales very own Friends Electric who are all over the air waves this year and ones to watch for the future.

On Monday night (18th July) Beat a Maxx DJ will headline as he mashes up the biggest tunes along with clips from well known films and TV to create a mix of sound of video. 4th Street Traffic, a band from the heart of the South Wales valleys will also be performing.

Tuesday (19th July) will see another Welsh favourite BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens will hitting   the Big Top arena following Sian Miriam, this years BBC Radio Cymru Battle of the Bands winner.

The week will finish off in style (20th July) on the Wednesday night with BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James and band Fushanti hosting a foam party.  

Hosting the event throughout the week will be BBC Radio Wales presenter Bethan Elfyn, who also forms part of the all-girl DJ collective the Vinyl Vendettas and will be in attendance each night.

The Young Peoples Village, which is situated less than a mile from the Royal Welsh Showground near the picturesque town of Builth Wells, is also home to an excellent camping and caravanning site with all the facilities that you should need.

Tickets for the event along with caravan and camping plots are available on the Wales YFC website www.yfc-wales.org.uk as well as on www.ticketline.com and through the box office 02920 230 130.

Tickets will only be available to people aged 16 years and over, anyone under 16 will not be admitted to the complex. Wales YFC will be asking for photographic identification from everyone 21 and under.


01 June 2011

Staffordshire Young Farmers' Clubs members provided the entertainment for their pre-show reception with a YFC's Got Talent competition.

Leek YFC's Hannah Day won the votes of both the audience and judges with her performance of U2's With Or Without You, with Imogen Bloxham, Emily Harris and Emily Phillips and singing Candy Girls, and Josh Rowlinson from Uttoxeter JNFU playing the guitar to Falsom Prison Blues by Jonny Cash taking joint second place, and Katie Fair from Ashley YFC in third place singing Love Changes Everything from the hit musical Aspects of Love. 

The Club Display competition was also held during the evening sponsored by Knights Solicitors and Savills at the YFC Office on the County Showground.

YFC members created a display promoting their club in a space no larger than 1m2.  The winners were, Stone YFC in first place, Ridware YFC second and Leek YFC third.

Staffordshire Young Farmers Ambassadors cheques were also presented to members who had been successful in gaining a place on the NFYFC Discovery programm: Jeff Goodwin (Uttoxeter JNFU) for a trip to Germany, Will Gallimore (Uttoxeter JNFU) for a trip to Scotland, Emma Johnson (Eccleshall YFC) for a stay in Ireland and Sam Craddock (Chase YFC) for a stay in Norway.

Under-18s committee chairmen Will Northwood and Sammie Wilson presented a cheque for £1,000 to Raymond Nield, chairman of Staffordshire Rural Support Network, which was half of the money raised from the committee’s sponsored Bike Ride with a Difference on 3 April.  The remaining money raised will help toward the cost of an under-18s athletics day on 17 July at Rowley Stadium, Stafford.


01 June 2011

YFC’s awarded for contribution towards local environments

Two Wales YFC clubs have been awarded for their environmental and community projects as part of the Wales YFC Community and Environment Challenge supported by the Countryside Council of Wales.

A number of YFC clubs, taking part in the challenge, presented details of their environmental and community work to a panel of judges during the Royal Welsh Small Holders and Garden Festival held recently at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.

Rhys Evans, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee Chairman said: “The awards are a great way of getting members to work together and learn new skills. They also ultimately benefit the wider Welsh environment and rural community.”  

Entries for 2011 were once again diverse with clubs from across Wales entering a variety of different projects within the two categories - countryside and environment and community and heritage.  

The much deserving winner of the ‘Countryside and Environment’ category  was “Helping the local community in different ways”, a project undertaken by Llysyfran YFC, Pembrokeshire. During the past year the club has played an active role in enhancing the local environment within their community. Members of the club have opened up and re-stoned the historic local church path, re-decorated Clarbeston Road Memorial Hall along with maintaining and managing a traditional hedgerow which had overgrown making it difficult for residents to reach the local bus shelter. Members also organised community events, including a safe local bonfire display and a 10km run around a local reservoir to promote healthy living.

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Mr Alun Davies, Countryside Council for Wales said:
“We saw a high standard of competition once again this year, with seven clubs represented at the Smallholders and Garden Festival at the Royal Welsh Showground, to display and present their project’s. It was pleasing to see a lot of planning work followed by excellent hands on work by YFC members across Wales.”

Wales YFC Rural Affairs Chairman, Rhys Evans added:
“Llysyfran YFC were worthy winners of this category. The five projects that they have undertaken within their community will benefit the local environment and residents for a number of years to come.”

Brecknock County YFC were the winners of the ‘Community and Heritage’ Challenge with their “Keeping Memories Alive” project. The county Federation have taken an active role in preserving the heritage of the last community of the Epynt, where seventy years ago, 54 families were evicted to make way for the Sennybridge Ranges. As a part of the project, memorabilia relating to the Epynt was collected to complete a tour of the local area, educating all kinds of people about the history of this special area of upland Wales. A celebration day was also held which attracted around 350 people to be lead by tour guides to learn about the lost community along with a day for local primary schools which saw 200 pupils from four schools experiencing a taste of what life was like on the Epynt. The Federation also organised a concert with a performance of the Welsh play, Golau’r Epynt and other items.  

“This project was an excellent project completed over a period of an year. The project will conserve the history of the Epynt area for a number of years and at the same time offered entertainment and enjoyment to a large number of local residents and visitors to the area. Hearing about the clubs working with local children to enjoy and experience traditional rural crafts gave us an idea of how a close society succeeds.” stated Alun Davies.

Rhys Evans noted,
“For keeping the memories of the people of the Epynt communities alive, this project deserved their place in this category.

“Many of our clubs across Wales get involved in community and environmental projects on a regular basis - volunteering skills and labour. The Community and Environment Challenge help these clubs gain recognition for all their hard work. With the money available through Wales YFC, with grant support from the Countryside Council for Wales, we are able to offer financial assistance to make these projects happen.”


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