National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

27 June 2011

More than 150 Cumbrian Young Farmers' Clubs members  travelled to Houghall College, Durham, to compete in the Northern Area Field Day finals against Durham, East Riding, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire YFCs.

Carlisle YFC won the efficiency with safety competition and came second in the fence erecting competition, which was won by Lowick YFC. 

Aspatria’s David Miller won the junior beef stockjudging and Graham Denby, from Longtown, won the open beef stockjudging.  Chris Pears from Caldbeck won the over-16’s limbo dancing and Grayrigg YFC won the team cross country and the junior woodwork with a candlestick for the set of Beauty and the Beast made by Emily Knowles.

Overall scores were: First, Yorkshire B, 329 points (winning the Earl of Derby Trophy), second, Yorkshire A, 316 points, third, Cumbria A 315 points.

27 June 2011

Despite the first heavy rain this year, Wincanton YFC's charity clay shoot on 12 June raised more than £1,000 pounds for the Royal United Hospital Bath Intensive Care Unit.

With a good number of entries, generous support from our sponsors and hard work from club and advisory members the day was a great success.

A special thank you goes to Doug, Frank, and Glenn Hodges for letting us use their excellent ground at Maperton which provided challenging sporting targets in the wonderful woodland setting. Also thanks to Ray Neville, Richard Peters and Frank Hodges for their help throughout the day keeping things running smoothly.

High Gun. R King
Open. 1st P Dennett, 2nd C Hanson, 3rd R Pike
Ladies. 1st S Denning, 2nd A Watts
Novice. 1st J Norris, 2nd A Hanson, 3rd R White
Young Farmer. 1st J Hebditch, 2nd G Spiller, 3rd M Hanson

A rapid fire air rifle range, provided by Tower Guns, Park Farm, South Brewham, tested competitors at fast target shooting for the chance to win an air rifle. 10 shots at 10 targets with a 10 second penalty for every missed target. The winner of the air rifle was Henry Spiller with a time of 32 seconds. Thanks also to Tower Guns for providing the cartridges available for purchase on the day.

This year the club is raising money for the Royal United Hospital Bath Intensive Care Unit. This has special meaning to the club as the unit cared for their late President Keith Hoskins who supported the club for many years and sadly passed away last year. Other fundraising events are planned and a presentation will take place at the Harvest Supper later this year.

We would like to thank all our sponsors for their generous support: Andrew Barclay Butchers, Barbers Cheese, Butcombe Brewery, Delaware Vets, Dolphin Hotel, Wincanton, Dunford Builders, Godminster Cheese, John Samson, Keens Cheddar, Malcolm Sansam, Nash Timber, Pearce Seeds, Reads Agri Services, Redlynch Agricultural Engineering, Rooster Booster poultry lighting, Selmech Supplies silage additive applicators, Shepton Vets, Tower Guns, Three Horseshoes Inn, Batcombe,
Trevor Birchall Agricultural Ltd, Wyke Farms, Yeovil Hire Centre.

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


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