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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.

18 July 2011

First day results from YFC section at the Royal Welsh Show!

Members of Wales YFC travelled from all corners of Wales to take part in the first day of YFC competitions under the theme of ‘Brwydro’r Elfennau’ / ‘Battling the Elements’ at the 2011 Royal Welsh Show. It was an action packed day with competitions ranging from a recycled garden band to a craft competition.

“We’ve had an absolutely fantastic first day here, making all of the preparation prior to the show worthwhile,” said Wales YFC Chairman, Enfys Evans. “Members have once again shown their various talents, and I look forward to seeing more of their work over the next three days.”

18 July 2011

New Wales YFC logo to be officially unveiled

The new Wales YFC logo was officially unveiled this morning on the Wales YFC stage at the Royal Welsh Show

Approved at the Wales YFC February council meeting the new logo has already made way for a new website for the organistion and bringing with it with a fresh and professional image.

The official unveiling of the logo was the pinnacle of the process of selecting a new logo which began back in October 2010 with an evening of presentations from various design and website development companies to appoint the successful companies to undertake the work.

Following this a group of dedicated YFC members representing the 12 county Federations worked alongside the companies to come up with a shortlist of logos of which one was chosen, tweaked and approved at the Council meeting.

Joe Brown from Design Dough, the company appointed to undertake the work, about the design and what it represents,
“We worked very closely with a group of YFC members to create an identity which they felt accurately depicted their thoughts and feelings about the ogranistaion and what it meant to them as individuals and as a group.

The logo is designed around the foot print or boot print. This was chosen due to a direct draw through to the rural roots and energetic values of the organization. The logo also incorporates the fantastic opportunities that Wales YFC offers to all of its members through the use of illustrative figures.”

“Since the approval of the logo at the Wales YFC council meeting in February, it has been used as and when required so many people have already seen the logo, the official unveiling of the new logo today was an opportunity for those present to see how it will be used to brand the YFC centre and it’s surroundings and to learn about what it represents,” explains Enfys Evans, Wales YFC Chairman.

“It was also be an opportunity to thank all those involved in the process of selecting a new logo to represent young people living in rural Wales.”

18 July 2011

Wales YFC welcome exchangees

Wales YFC welcomed members from the Canada, Finland, Scotland and Ulster to the Royal Welsh Show this morning.

The 7 members are spending a period of two weeks in Wales and are being hosted by Wales YFC members and their families.

During the show, the exchangees and hosts will be encouraged to participate in YFC events during the week.

The opportunity to host a member from abroad is one of the many travel and learning opportunities offered by Wales YFC to its members as a part of the International programme.

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.


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