National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

08 July 2011

Searching for young innovators and effective users of natural resources

The search is on for Young Innovators and effective users of Natural Resources.  

Sponsored by the world renowned renewable energy company, Dulas and run by Wales YFC with support from the Countryside Council of Wales (CCW) and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society the award has developed in its second year to recognise improved environmental practices already adopted as well as visionary projects in energy use and production.

In 2011 a prize of £1,000 will be awarded to the winner in two categories – the Natural Resources award and the Young Innovator award with runners up in both sections receiving £200 each.

Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, Dulas, Mike Clay explained,
“Dulas were thrilled to be involved in the Innovator Awards, so much so that we have decided to support the YFC again this year. The need for rural entrepreneurs and innovators has never been more profound. With cuts in the public sector, and inflationary pressures Wales needs to capitalise on the natural resources that we have available. Strong incentives through the Feed-in Tariffs and the Renewables Obligation provide the opportunity for the farming community to invest in hydro, wind and solar technologies. The new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) brings support for renewable heat technologies too.

Dulas are hoping to see a strong competition this year, with the new format bringing entries from all the regions of Wales. We see this award as central to the low carbon agenda in Wales, and real opportunity to engage with the farming community.”

The Natural Resource award will place emphasis on actual personal contributions to good land management and / or agri-environment practices and the closing date for entries is the 30th of September.

The Young Innovator award for those 40 years old or younger places an emphasis on plans to make a good personal contribution to good energy management practice. Those entering this category will need to submit their plans by the 31st of July following which five entries will be shortlisted and given two hours of consultation with Dulas following which they will have the opportunity to develop their plans and re-submit their applications by the 30th of September.

For an application form to apply for the competition please contact Kay Lewis at the Wales YFC Centre on 01982 553 502.


05 July 2011

Derbyshire Young Farmers County Rally

This Year the Rally was held in the North West Region at Dunsa Farm, Chatsworth, by kind permission of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire on 21st May. We were lucky with the weather which meant that there were many competitors and supporters with most clubs entering every competition. There were 50 competitions in total which were all held on the day except the carcase judging and dairy pig and sheep which were held prior to the day.

Competitions on the day ranged from Men and Ladies Tractor driving to the Mens make up challenge!!
The theme this year was Musicals and the domestic classes were all based on this theme with the cookery being a dinner for an After Show Party and the flower arrangements to depict the themes of different musicals in bouquets for the leading lady in the junior class and a display on a pedestal for the seniors.

The Juniors were kept busy with classes such as First aid tasks, identification and cycling and the artistic ones among us were able to enter the designing of a Technicolour dreamcoat and making a musical cake.
There was plenty to entertain the crowds with the sheep shearing competition and each club had to act out a scene from a musical, these ranged from Mary Poppins to Grease and The Sound of Music.

In the Afternoon we were lucky to have a visit from the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire who judged the Fancy dress completion and opened the Afternoon games which involved lots of water and an assault course!

This was followed by the Tug o War completion which is always popular with Young Farmers, this year the Hope Valley Girls retained their title by winning the ladies competition again and Ashbourne Young Farmers were 2nd. The mens competition was won by Bakewell Young Farmers with Ashover Young Farmers a close 2nd.
Overall the Rally was won by Buxton Young Farmers with Hope Valley 2nd and Ashbourne 3rd. Well done to Alex Burch and Ruth Battye the Chairman and Secretary of the Rally and all their committee and helpers for making the 2011 Rally so successful.
The winners of the Tug o war went on to compete at Lincolnshire Show with Bakewell girls (who replaced Hope Valley as they were unable to attend) coming 3rd and Ashbourne 4th and Bakewell lads 1st and Ashover lads 3rd and the next rounds for the other competitions are later in the year at the Malvern Autumn show and the National Competitions weekend in October.

If anyone likes the sound of any of these competitions and would like to know more about Young Farmers please feel free to contact Dawn Wainwright the publicity officer on dfyfcpublicity@live.co.uk or call 07815 188582.


04 July 2011

On Friday 1st July, members of Launceston YFC, Cornwall, were lucky enough to perform with the singing sensations Fisherman's Friends.

The young farmers learned a medley of the Fisherman's Friends shanties to perform as part of Cornwall YFC's 'It's Not an Albatross' which came second at this years National Entertainment Final in Blackpool. It was then arranged for the group to sing their medley as well 'Under the Boardwalk' from Cornwall's 2008 winning act 'Out of the Box' with the top 10 selling band on the seafront at Port Isaac. A huge crowd coming from as far afield as Glasgow enjoyed Launceston YFC's 'Sea Shandy' before listening to a fantastic set from the main attraction- Fisherman's Friends, whose debut album went gold last year.

Launceston YFC wish to express their thanks to Fisherman's Friends for allowing them to share their home-town stage, and also to Janet Ham and Roger Williams for their musical expertise and direction.


02 July 2011

Anyone can do it: inspiring the next generation

The Wales YFC Rural Affairs committee are to host a discussion on Tuesday 19th of July during the Royal Welsh Show at the Wales YFC Centre sponsored by Clearview Farming.  

The discussion entitled ‘Anyone can do it: Inspiring the next generation’ will focus on encouraging and inspiring young people in or into agriculture.

A panel of three inspirational individuals will be chaired by the Wales YFC Rural Affairs committee Chairman, Rhys Evans.

John Yeomans, who farms Llwyn y Brain, Adfa near Newtown a 300 acre beef and sheep holding and was awarded the 2006 Nuffield Scholarship to study ‘Developments in Carcase Classification of Beef and Lamb’ will form the panel along with Brian Jones MBE Managing Director of Castell Howell Foods Ltd. The third member of the panel will be Fraser Jones who is seeking planning permission for a high input dairy system in Mid Wales which will be one of the first such parlous in Wales.

Rhys Evans, Wales YFC Rural Affairs committee chairman explains,
“During the discussion I hope that we can inspire young people to make a future for themselves in agriculture. We will also be announcing the winner of the 2011 Welsh Livery Guild Young Farmers Award which is awarded to an enthusiastic and innovative individual who is putting plans in place to secure an agriculturally related future.”

Rob Cumine, founder of Clearview Farming stated,
"There has never been a more exciting time or greater opportunities to get involved in agriculture around the world.  Over 10 years ago Llysyfran YFC, Pembrokeshire gave me many of the skills that have helped me develop a successful career in this exciting industry. I am looking forward to the seminar and to hearing about the experiences of the panellists."

Gwilym Jones from Commissioner Ciolos Cabinet will also be present on behalf of the European Commissioner and an open debate on the CAP reform will also be held during the seminar.

For further information contact Kay Lewis, Wales YFC Rural Development Officer on 01982 553 502.


01 July 2011

Clubs share the sporting spoils


Artful dodgers: The winning dodgeball team from Tiers Cross YFC.
Pembrokeshire found itself at the top of the podium at the Wales YFC Sports Day.

Llawhaden YFC’s five-a-side football team and the dodgeball team from Tiers Cross YFC both won their competitions at the sports day held at Brecon Leisure Centre on June 26th.

With Clynderwen’s rounders team placeds econd, Fishguard’s mixed hockey team coming third and the netball team from Llysyfran notching fourth place, this led to Pembrokeshire being placed joint first overall with the Montgomery federation.

The success followed a season of summer sports in which the spoils were well and truly shared between the county’s clubs, as a different club won each of the seven sporting competitions.

Hermon took the rugby sevens title away from Llawhaden, beating them comprehensively in the final at Haverfordwest RFC, although there was some consolation as Llawhaden later won the football competition.


High five: Llawhaden’s winning five-a-side football squad
The ladies’ netball crown went to Llysyfran, with Fishguard winning the mixed hockey and Tiers Cross triumphing in the dodgeball event.
Clynderwen were victorious in the rounders tournament, and In the indoor sports competitions, Hermon won the pool section, while Tiers Cross hit the bullseye in the darts tournament.
Members from Eglwyswrw, Hayscastle, Llawhaden and Llysyfran were also due  to represent Pembrokeshire in the athletics competitions at the Wales YFC sports day, but the events were cancelled.

Pembrokeshire’s dodgeball team from Tiers Cross will now be invited to represent Wales at the national finals, to be held later this year.


01 July 2011

Winner of 2011 welsh livery guild young farmers award to be announced at royal welsh show!

One lucky innovative and enthusiastic Wales YFC member will be awarded £1,000 through the Welsh Livery Guild Young Farmers Award during the Royal Welsh Show.
Four applicants were invited to attend an interview at the Wales YFC centre recently to expand on their written applications which explained how they were securing a future for themselves in agriculture.

“We were keen to meet with YFC members who could really benefit from this award and who have enthusiasm for agriculture,” said Mr Bryan Marsh, Past Master of the Welsh Livery Guild.

“We hope that the individual who wins this award, will be able to develop themselves further, for example through training or investment in an agricultural project. Over past six years, we have met with a number of enthusiastic YFC members who are working hard to secure a future for themselves in agriculture, and we enjoyed meet inspirational young people again this year.”

Rhys Evans, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee Chairman stated how pleased he was that an organisation with the stature of the Welsh Livery Guild was continuing to support young people in agriculture.
“This competition is now in its sixth year and we have received positive feedback from our members regarding the award. Once again we are very grateful to the Welsh Livery Guild for running and supporting the competition which gives Wales YFC members a unique chance to access this funding.”

The panel of judges were Mr Bryan Marsh, Past Master of the Welsh Livery Guild, Mr Andrew Richards, Welsh Livery Guild and Rhys Evans, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee Chairman. The winner will be awarded at 3pm at the Wales YFC Centre on Tuesday the 19th of July.  


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