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14 June 2011

Waterhouses YFC take 1st place again!

On Thursday 2nd June, the Young Farmers’ Float Competition was held with the theme this year “TV Adverts”.  Prize money was sponsored and the competition was judged by BD Fuels.  The judges said “This year the standard is exceptional and that the floats are well presented and very entertaining”. The Overall Float Competition was won by Waterhouses YFC with the ‘Magners’ advert, with the slogan “There’s method in the Magners” with Waterhouses YFC”, 2nd place was awarded to Uttoxeter JNFU with take on the classic advert for ‘Coca Cola’ and 3rd place to Ashley YFC for their “Spec Savers” float.   In 4th place were Leek YFC with “Thomson Holidays”, which was complete with its own beach!

Waterhouses YFC also took 1st place for The Best Name Board and Eccleshall YFC were runners up. This competition was judged by Mr & Mrs P Sands, Vice Chairman and Mr & Mrs J Giffard Vice President of the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society. Traditionally the Float Competition is the highlight of the Show for the Clubs, who have worked for many weeks on putting their floats together.  An energetic water fight took place in the main ring after the trophies were awarded, enabling all the members involved to let off steam after all the hours of hard work, and to cool off in the warm sunshine which has been at the County Show all day.

Staffordshire YFC have had a very successful County Show, with their “Jungle” themed marquee being full with people over the two days.  County Chairman, Paul Worrall commented that “the last two days for Staffordshire YFC have been awesome, with so many potential members coming to find out more about what we get up to.  All our members are hoping that the hard work on their floats has shown the visitors to the County Show, just what can be achieved with the teamwork and dedication they give to their Clubs”.

The week will end with a final fling at The Show Dance, which is this year being held on Friday 3rd June at Bishton Lane Farm, Wolseley Bridge, Stafford ST18 0XE by kind permission of the Hooley Family with Customs Sounds Roadshow.

For information on becoming a member or details of your local Club, contact Julia Taylor, County Organiser, on 01785 248645 or email countyoffice@staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk for further information. Our website at www.staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk has updated information about Staffordshire YFC and the local clubs, including recent event photos.


14 June 2011

YFC members prepare for sports day!

YFC members across Wales are preparing for the Wales YFC Sports Day to be held at the Brecon Leisure Centre, Brecon on Sunday the 26th of June.

The day will allow YFC members from all over Wales to come together and participate in sporting activities. It is hoped that the day will improve confidence and skills of YFC members in sporting activities as well as their increasing their overall fitness.

During the day, County Federations will compete in the Wales YFC dodge ball, netball, 5 a side foot ball, mixed hockey, rounders and athletics.

The day will begin at 11am and there is a warm welcome to anyone that would like to come along and support their local Federations in the various competitions.


13 June 2011

Buckingham YFC Crowned 2011 Champions

Buckingham Young Farmers’ Club are celebrating after being crowned 2011 champions at the Buckingham Country Show last weekend.  The Show was also the annual rally/competitions day for Buckinghamshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (Bucks YFC), with members of every club in the county competing in a huge number of competitions both before and on the day.  These ranged from bale stacking, bath racing and tug of war, to livestock handling, auctioneering and countless homecraft classes and were designed to give members the chance to show off their skills and even try something new.
Buckingham YFC emerged victorious when the points were announced in the evening, with the winning margin to second placed Princes Risborough YFC standing at a very impressive 135 points, whilst Winslow Countrysiders came top out of the Junior clubs.


It's the first time in many years that Buckingham YFC has achieved the feat, with Club Chairman Ed Lovelock commenting “Winning the rally is an incredible achievement and everybody connected with the club is thrilled.  It’s been an extremely busy year, with the club also involved in organising the Show, but all of our members should be very very proud of their success and I want to say a massive ‘well done’ to all who took part – it’s very well deserved.


“Thanks must also go to everyone who worked tirelessly to put on the Show and to the Richardson Family for allowing us to host it on their land, as well as their time, effort and dedication to putting on such a fantastic event.”
Enjoying the glorious sunshine, crowds packed around the main ring were kept entertained from start to finish.  The inter-hunt relay set the tempo, with their closely fought contests setting the adrenaline racing. Amongst the other attractions across the showground, a number of rural skills were demonstrated, including sheep shearing, thatching and “From Field to Plate” showing where various cuts of meat come from.  In addition, the dog agility, classic car show and agricultural machinery displays proved real hits with visitors – many of whom travelled long distances to come along.


Alongside competitions, being a YFC member offers much much more.  Buckingham YFC meet every Wednesday evening, with activities varying hugely, from sports, visits and demonstrations, with the emphasis firmly on having fun – something underpinned by an extremely active social scene. The club caters for anyone aged between 10 and 26 years old and also gives members the opportunity to travel abroad, undertake training courses and develop their skills.  If you’re interested in joining Buckingham YFC or finding out more about Young Farmers, call Ed Lovelock on 07789 427223 or visit www.buckinghamyfc.co.uk.


08 June 2011

Wales YFC thank volunteers!

To mark national Volunteers Week Wales YFC wish to publicly thank all of the volunteers that contribute to the success of the organisation.


Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK and is held between the 1st and 7th of June.

Enfys Evans, Wales YFC Chairman states,“Without the contribution of the hundreds of volunteers involved with the YFC at all levels, be it club, county or Wales it would be difficult for the organisation to operate.

The role of the volunteers are crucial to YFC, take a county rally for example, where most federations hold eliminators for the Wales YFC Royal Welsh Show competitions. To stage the event many people give their time freely to assist prior, during and after the event to train, set up, steward, judge and clear up to name a few of the tasks.
Without a doubt the role of the volunteer is a rewarding role as they ensure many opportunities are offered to the young people who are members, and as a member who has gained so much from this unique organisation my role as Wales YFC Chairman it is great way to give something.

We must also remember that those young individuals who undertake a role within their club or county are also giving their time voluntary to help run the club as well as all the members who regularly attend meetings to shape the future of the organisation.

Wales YFC would therefore like to thank the thousands of volunteers across Wales who give their time to ensure that the organisation continues to flourish and offer members a varied programme throughout the year.”


08 June 2011

Stockman & young stockjudge of the year 2011

Over 50 Cumbrian Young Farmers competed for the Stockman and Young Stockjudge of the Year at Penrith Auction Mart.

The young farmers placed and gave reasons on 4 dairy cows, 4 butchers’ cattle and 4 butchers’ lambs and  completed an animal health questionnaire compiled by Martin Squires of the Green Vets, Skelton.

Aspatria YFC had a triumphant night winning all 3 cups.  Edwin Holliday was named Stockman of the Year with Paul Storr also of Aspatria 2nd, Paul Lowthian of Penrith 3rd and James Hayllar, Pennine YFC 4th.

James Harrington of Aspatria won the Bronwyn Chester Trophy for Young Stockjudge of the Year with Rebecca Gardner, Longtown 2nd, David Miller, Aspatria 3rd and Matthew Kidd, Penrith 4th.

The team trophy was won by Aspatria on 1057 points, 2nd Longtown 1005 points and 3rd Penrith on 979 points.


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.


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