National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

22 July 2011

Young Farmers in Staffordshire celebrated the opening of their new headquarters 26 years ago with a Royal visit from the Princess Royal.  Now Princess Anne is set to return to the Young Farmers’ office on Tuesday 26th July 2011 as part of a day to celebrate ‘Rural Activities in Staffordshire’.   

Young Farmers in Staffordshire celebrated the opening of their new headquarters 26 years ago with a visit from The Princess Royal.  Now Princess Anne is set to return to the Young Farmers’ office on Tuesday 26th July 2011 as part of a day to celebrate ‘Rural Activities in Staffordshire’.   

Some of those members involved 26 years ago will be there to welcome Her Royal Highness, along with today’s Young Farmers who are keen to demonstrate the skills and activities, which ensure the organisation is sustainable as the rural youth movement of the countryside.

Members from all over the county will be in the YFC marquee, which will be attached to the headquarters’ building on the Staffordshire County Showground, situated on the Weston Road, Stafford.

The activities, which the members will be demonstrating to the Princess include traditional activities such as  the members of Ridware YFC will explain a display on how to prepare an animal for showing;  Eccleshall Young Farmers will demonstrate the art of sheep stock judging; members from Leek YFC will demonstrate butchery skills and Young Farmers from Stone will show off their cookery skills.  The highly competitive and popular competition of Tug of War will be demonstrated by Chase YFC; the craftsmanship of hedge laying will be displayed by Uttoxeter JNFU and the skills involved in bricklaying will be shown by Waterhouses YFC. Members from the recently reformed Lichfield YFC will read a specially written poem to demonstrate their Public Speaking Skills and a member from Ashley YFC will sing for the Princess.  Members from Cheadle YFC will prepare the posy for the Princess and will be demonstrating the fine art of floristry.  The two youngest members in the Federation will present HRH with a posy and two Staffordshire YFC mugs.  

Paul Worrall, County Chairman of Staffordshire YFC said, ‘We had hoped the Princess Royal would come last year to celebrate Staffordshire YFC Centre’s 25th Anniversary, but that was not possible.  However, 26 years on it is good to celebrate our many achievements in the YFC movement.  What was important to young people 25 years ago is still important today and the opportunity to participate in rural activities, with like-minded people, is as valuable today as it was then.  We have lots of fun in Young Farmers, with an opportunity to learn and train, particularly through our Competitions Programme and the Federation’s Development Committee which organise a vast range of activities throughout the year.  We will also have two members of the Staffordshire YFA (Young Farmers Ambassadors) Committee present, to explain about the fantastic opportunities that Young Farmers have to apply for trips abroad and travel the world with the NFYFC Discovery Programme.  Her Royal Highness is a Past President of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs and we look forward to welcoming her to Staffordshire again.’

The County President, County Officers of the County Federation along with representatives from each of the ten clubs will be introduced to Her Royal Highness and will be joined by Vice Presidents of the Federation on the day.  The Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs was formed in 1952 and there are almost 600 members in the county in 10 clubs.

21 July 2011

Searching for young innovators and effective users of natural resources

A special event was held on opening day of the Royal Welsh Show to promote two schemes that look to reward Young Innovators and Effective Users of Natural Resources.

The Natural Resources award and the Young Innovator award are a follow on from the Young Innovators with Natural Resources award that was run last year. 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 last year, 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.

21 July 2011

Latest results from Wales YFC!

Wales YFC members took part in a variety of competitions today from flower arranging to the Tug of War Competition which attracted hundreds of spectators as did the Wales YFC Rugby Final Competition.

20 July 2011

International rugby star referees Wales YFC rugby final!

Nigel Owens, International Rugby Star and Wales YFC President refereed the Wales YFC rugby 7s competition held this afternoon at the Royal Welsh Showground sponsored by Riverlea.

As a past member of Llanarthne YFC in Carmarthenshire, Nigel Owens saw the opportunity to referee the rugby final as a way of giving something back to the organisation,

“Having been a member of the YFC movement for many years I was more than willing to help out on this occasion and referee and excellent game of rugby between the Pembrokeshire and Brecknock Federations of which Pembrokeshire were the eventual winners.” said Nigel Owens.

“The rugby competition is an important part of the organisations programme of events during the Royal Welsh Show which attracts a huge audience and shows that YFC offers such a diverse programme for its members, with a number of those on display this week at the show.”

20 July 2011

Winner of 2011 welsh livery guild young farmer award awarded at royal welsh show

The winner of the 2011 Welsh Livery Guild Young Farmer Award was awarded today (Tuesday , 19th of July) during an award ceremony at the Royal Welsh Show.

A number of Wales YFC members applied for the £1,000 award by submitting written applications and attending an interview in order to explain how they were securing a future for themselves in agriculture.

The panel of judges, 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 decided that the deserving winner of the £1,000 prize was 29 year old Edward Jones, member of Bryncrug YFC, Meirionnydd.

Edward currently works as a Valuer for a small Rural Chartered Surveying practice as well as working on the family’s beef and sheep farm, Caerberllan along with his parents and two brothers.

Alongside the commercial activity of the farm, the family breed shire horses – an interest inherited from his late Grandfather. Caerberllan Shire stud is a small enterprise focused on breeding quality shires of the traditional type and looks to retain a small number of breeding animals on the farm, whilst also ensuring that they preserve a good depth of pedigree and varied bloodlines.

There are approximately 3,000 registered English Shire Horses left in the world today, and Edward intends to develop a project that commenced last year in utilising new technologies for the breeding of Shire horses.

Last year Edward was approached by an Australian Shire breeder who had expressed an interest in purchasing, Jack Diamonds, part of the Caerberllan Shire stud. The breeder was keen to collect semen from the stallion, and export it frozen to Australia for his own use. Both came to an agreement and Edward then paid to keep Jack of Diamonds at the Centre to collect for a further period, with further health tests and quarantine for the semen to be eligible for worldwide export.

Frozen semen is a real benefit to a breeder that wants to obtain a better selection of stallions for his mares with the collection. Freezing and shipping of the semen are the first steps and the largest responsibility for its success is in the hands of the mare owner and the veterinarian.

Frozen semen is a technology that provides exciting new frontiers in obtaining a great range in the gene pool. This gene pool can remain for years into the future when the semen is frozen and people will have the option of using frozen semen in future generations, thus prolonging the impact and influence of a specific bloodline on the breed.

Edward is now receiving numerous requests from international breeders who pay a particular emphasis on pedigree breeding and intends to forge further links to collaborate and collect semen from stallions that have depth of breeding, both in the UK and overseas, to create a bank of frozen semen. He feels that this is the best way to expand the gene pool whilst also preserving bloodlines for the future, and for UK breeders to be able to utilise the genetics of some of the leading horses that have been exported to Europe and the USA in recent years.

Speaking on behalf of the Welsh Livery Guild, Mr Bryan Marsh stated;
“We were thoroughly impressed with the calibre of all of the applicants, who all showed enthusiasm and passion for the agricultural industry through their thoughtful presentations detailing how they were developing their rural businesses and working towards a more secure future in farming. Embracing these advances in breeding techniques will enable Edward to secure the future commercial viability of the stud which will in turn provide a source of livelihood from another enterprise on the family farm.”

19 July 2011

National sports finals 2011

Caldbeck YFC Swimming Team (left to right) Amy Clark, Ben Wilde, Laura Potts, Sarah Gate
Cumbria Young Farmers have been travelling around the country to represent Cumbria in the National YFC Finals in a variety of competitions.

At the National Sports finals held in Warwick, Caldbeck YFC’s swimming team, Laura Potts, Amy Clark, Ben Wilde and Sarah Gate swam a relay of breastroke, backstroke, butterfly and front crawl and came in 3rd place.

Pennine YFC’s team of Helen Hayllar, Hayley Pattinson, Aimee Wilson, Laura Smithson and Chloe Chapman came 5th in the NFYFC Ladies 5 a side football final.

Cumbria sent 3 teams to compete in the NFYFC Dairy Stockjudging Finals at The Great Yorkshire Show with the following excellent results: -
Senior Linear Assessment, Craig Brough 3rd, Dan Bargh 10th, James Pattinson, 22nd .  Intermediate; Richard Carruthers 8th, David Jarman 11th, Ethan Sawrey 23rd.  Junior; Sam Blease 12th, Jamie Lightfoot 14th, John Dent 19th.  Cumbria B’s team were 6th overall with Cumbria A, 10th and Cumbria C 18th out of 30 teams.


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