National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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27 June 2011

Worcestershire YFC took home the overall winners title of the Young Farmers section of the Three Counties Show.

Along with Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Young Farmers Clubs, Worcs YFC battled it out to be crowned the 2011 champions last weekend.

Members from all over the county took part in the competitions which varied from the traditional sheep shearing and stock judging to the hilarious bale pushing and bath racing.

County vice chairwoman Hannah Talbot said: “I am so proud of all the hard work and effort our Worcestershire members have put in to making this a really successful year. I would just like to say a huge thank-you to all those people that have helped us regain the title as Three Counties winners. Let's hope we can retain it next year!


27 June 2011

Hundreds of Lancashire YFC members turned out for their annual county rally at the end of May, held at Home Farm in Standish, by kind permission of the Ollerton Family.

Woodwork displays with the theme Musicals included Beauty & the Beast Candlestick, Oliver’s Bowl and Oklahoma Milking Stool. The competitive cube exhibit saw 15 clubs take part, always a hard competition to judge as the clubs work extremely hard to show their skills off with the individual crafts displayed, this year to include a popcorn model, posy for a leading lady, poster and mask. First place was awarded to Samlesbury YFC, second place to SlaidburnYFC and third place to Kirkham YFC.

Lion King cupcakes, Wizard of Oz iced cake, Tickets to a musical, cheese & onion pasties, sausage rolls and ham and egg pie were displayed for the judges to give comment as the YFC members waited eagerly for the results to be announced.

Two cookery competitions were held including a takeoff of the Ready Steady Cook television programme which saw enthusiastic members making a three-course meal with ingredients given to them on the day.

Outside activities included a four-legged race, limbo dancing and an obstacle course which saw the members timed for how quickly they managed to get to the end of the course and back, inevitably there were some very wet members at the end of it! but thoroughly enjoyed by both those taking part and the spectators watching nearby!

Top club overall was Kirkham YFC, second was Slaidburn YFC and third was Clitheroe YFC. Top region overall was awarded to Bowland region, second to South West regionand third  to Fylde region.


27 June 2011

Hundreds of Lancashire YFC’s past and present members turned out for an old-style rally night on Saturday 4 June at Home Farm in Standish, by kind permission of the Ollerton Family.

There were more than 20 classes to judge including decorated gingerbread, dressed chickens, seed and plant ID, brown & white eggs, valuations and a tractor backing competition.

Former NFYFC president Lionel Hill and his wife Helen were our special guests, and as the evening drew to a close, county chairman Tom Riley presented Lionel with an engraved glass clock to thank him for his continued support for Lancashire Young Farmers' Clubs.

Top team overall was the Red & White Roses, second were the Nateby-ites and in thrid place were the Carnforth Young Guns.

Many thanks go to South West Lancashire Farmers, NFU Mutual & Oakhill Veterinary Centre for kindly sponsoring the event and to those behind the scenes who helped to make it such a successful evening.
 

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.


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