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17 June 2011

Enter YFC calf rearing competition

Wales YFC are calling on members to enter the Wales YFC NatWest Calf Rearing competition.

The competition, not only gives the young people who are members the unique experience of showing their calves at the Welsh Winter Fair, a premier agricultural event but also increases their understanding of the processes involved in rearing and preparing stock for a show.

Members between the age of 14 and 26, throughout Wales and Herefordshire are encouraged to enter. All competitors will be eligible for an interest free loan of up to £750 for use in purchasing a calf, thanks to the continued generosity of NatWest.

To enter the competition, members may select one or two calves born between the 1st of February and the 31st of May to enter by the 1st of August, the closing date for the competition. They will then have to decide on their final entry by the end of October. Judging will take place during the Welsh Winter Fair, to be held on the 28th and 29th of November, where the Supreme Champion will be awarded with the NatWest Calf Rearing Shield, along with the usual sash and rosette. Trophies will also be awarded to the reserve supreme champion, highest placed new competitor and best stockman. Competitors will also have the opportunity of entering their calf in the sale during the Welsh Winter Fair.

Kay Morgan, Wales YFC Activities and International Committee Chairman noted that this competition gives young farmers an excellent foundation.

“It’s not merely about rearing a calf. Competitors must keep up to date records and costings which have to be submitted as part of the judging process, especially if they want to be in with a chance of securing the best stockman award. During last year’s Winter Fair, much interest was shown in these presentation boards prepared by members, both by the public as well as the judges, proving that good, clear, record keeping is an important factor in the competition and in all aspects of business”.

Andy Woodthorpe, NatWest’s Director of Rural Wales Business Banking, added: "This is an excellent competition giving young farmers the opportunity to raise capital to purchase their own animal and to show it at a world class event. We are delighted to be associated with the event and I would encourage all potential entrants to give it a go this year."

To compete and to obtain full rules please visit the Wales YFC website or emcontact Lisa Jones at the Wales YFC office on 01982 553502 or visit our website on www.yfc-wales.org.uk.

16 June 2011

Wales YFC members attend official opening of fourth assembly

Three Wales YFC members attended the official opening of the fourth assembly on Tuesday 7th of June.

Enfys Evans, Wales YFC Chairman and Sara Downes, Wales YFC Senior Member of the Year and Aled Jones, Wales YFC Youth Forum Chairman represented Wales YFC, one of three youth organisations that were invited to attend the special day at the Senedd.

The three members were also fortunate enough to meet Her Majesty the Queen at the Wales Millennium Centre following the official opening.

Speaking on behalf of the members Enfys Evans stated,
“We are extremely grateful to the National Assembly for Wales for inviting us to be part of this special day. It was a once in a life time experience, one that shows our close working relationship with the Assembly. We are looking forward to working with the Assembly during the next term to ensure that young people living in Rural Wales get their voices heard.”


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.”


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