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22 July 2011

Anyone can do it: Inspiring the next generation

The Wales YFC Rural Affairs committee hosted their annual Royal Welsh Show discussion on Tuesday at the Wales YFC Centre.

The event was sponsored by Clearview Farming and the discussion entitled ‘Anyone can do it: Inspiring the next generation’ focused on encouraging and inspiring young people in or into agriculture.

A panel of three inspirational individuals were chaired by the Wales YFC Rural Affairs committee Chairman, Rhys Evans and each had an opportunity to give a speech before allowing those present to ask them questions.  

John Yeomans, who farms Llwyn y Brain, Adfa near Newtown a 300 acre beef and sheep holding was awarded the 2006 Nuffield Scholarship to study ‘Developments in Carcase Classification of Beef and Lamb’ and explained how he embraced farming  and highlighted how he overcame different challenges to succeed in the industry.

Farming and Diversification was the focus of the speech given by Brian Jones MBE Managing Director of Castell Howell Foods Ltd who said that young farmers should not be frightened of change or diversification and to follow their hearts and use common sense in order to succeed.

Fraser Jones, Lower Leighton Farm spoke of his plans to consolidate his current farming enterprise by building a new set up to house and milk a thousand cows to replace the current system, where he is milking three herds on three separate farms. Fraser is seeking planning permission for a high input dairy system in Mid Wales which will be one of the first such parlous in the area.

Rhys Evans, Wales YFC Rural Affairs committee chairman stated,
"It was great to see these inspirational people taking time out from their busy schedules to come and address YFC members and others. We are also very grateful to Clearview Farming for sponsoring the event which also hosted the announcement of the 2011 Welsh Livery Guild Young Farmer Award winner."
Gwilym Jones from Commissioner Ciolos Cabinet was also present on behalf of the European Commissioner who explained how talks are progressing with the tailoring the new Common Agricultural Policy which will come into affect post 2013. An open debate on the CAP reform was also had with issues raised including a provision in place for young entrants into the farming industry.

22 July 2011

Successful Wales YFC 75th anniversary dinner

A successful dinner was held on Saturday night to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Wales YFC.

Over 200 members past and present travelled from all over Wales to the event, held at Vice Presidents’ and Governors’ Pavilion on the Royal Welsh Showground the Royal Welsh Showground, for a night of reminiscence and to celebrate the special milestone in the organisations history.

The guest speaker during the evening was the Wales YFC President and International rugby referee Nigel Owens. During his speech he emphasized the influence of YFC on his life and encouraged the members to make the most of the opportunities that came their way.

During the event the Wales YFC 75th anniversary rugby ball and referee shirt, donated by Nigel Owens, which have been photographed in 75 various landmarks throughout the country and signed by numerous celebrities were auctioned in aid of Wales YFC and it’s charity of the year, Mind Cymru.

Enfys Evans Wales YFC Chairman stated,
“It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening with for members past and present to reminisce. On behalf of Wales YFC I would like to thank all those that attended to ensure that the evening was a success. Wales YFC would also like to thank the Dunbia and Wales YFC lamb initiative for supplying the lamb, the Welsh Cattle Society for providing the beef and Steadman Brothers for donating the refreshments on arrival.”

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.”


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