National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

13 July 2011

There will be no sleeping on the job when Cumbria YFC members set out on Thursday 21 July to raise cash for the Great North Air Ambulance.

A year of fundraising draws to an end with a massive bed push involving all 26 Cumbria Young Farmers' Clubs. Starting at Broughton on Thursday 21 July the bed will be pushed through all the southern district clubs ending up at Eden Valley YFC whose members will push it into the main ring of the Penrith Showfield on Saturday 23 July at 3.30pm.

Meanwhile a second bed will be pushed north via all the northern clubs up to the Scottish border then down to Penrith where it will meet the southern district Young Farmers' Clubs members at Penrith Show.  In total they will have pushed the beds 200 miles.

Cumbria is hoping to top the £42,000 raised for a variety of charities last year, so if you see a bed going past you, please give generously.


11 July 2011

World record attempt at Wales YFC young peoples’ village

An attempt will be made at the Young Peoples Village this year to set a new Guinness World Record for the most people at one time doing a Hawaiian dance in grass skirts.

The attempt will take place on the last night of the Young Peoples’ Village which will see the return of Greg James, Radio 1 to the event along with Ceredigion band, Fushanti and a Foam Party and Bethan Elfyn and the Vinyl Vendettas who will be in attendance throughout the week.

Greg James states,
“I had great fun at the Young Peoples’ Village last year and I am very much looking forward to returning there this year. I hope that the world record attempt will be a success and I can’t wait to see everyone dancing away in their grass skirts.”

Organised by Charity Self Help Africa, the attempt has been sanctioned by the Guinness Book of Records and is an official attempt for a new world record. The record stands at the moment, 797 participants, in an event organized by Yokohama Hawaii Festival, at the Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Centre Rinko Park, Yokohama, Japan on 11 July 2009.  

Self Help Africa and Wales YFC are hoping to attract the support of 1000 people dancing at one time, in grass skirts. To raise money for the Charity, grass skirts will be sold of which the profits will go towards supporting farmers in Africa and there families.

Speaking on behalf of Self Help Africa, Dougie Bancroft explains,
“We are so pleased that Wales YFC this year has provided so much support and help with this project and event. If we can set a new World record and promote the Farmers of Africa and support them against Poverty And Hunger; that is wonderful and at the same time have a smile while doing the dance; that has to be fun for all.”


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.


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