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28 July 2011

Five Wales YFC members receive Gareth Raw Rees award during Royal Welsh Show

Five members of Wales YFC benefited from the 2011 Gareth Raw Rees Memorial Travel Scholarship to support their travels during the year to broaden their knowledge of agriculture whilst traveling with the Wales YFC international programme, the NFYFC discovery programme and alone.

The scholarship, administered by NFU Cymru was set up in memory of the late Gareth Raw Rees, who, for many years, was a delegate on the NFU London Council and Chairman of the NFU Cymru Education Committee, he also firmly believed that travel was an important form of education for young people.

Between them, the members were presented with cheques totaling £1,750 from the Chairman of the NFU Mutual Board of Directors and Chairman of the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, Sir Don Curry.

The main winner of £800 was Dylan Bowen a member of Capel Iwan YFC, Carmarthenshire. Dylan will be travelling in November this year to the Ontario region in Canda with the Wales YFC international programme. He intends to extend his trip for a further week to visit farms in the Manitoba area. Commenting on his visit, Dylan states,
“I am really looking forward to learn first hand how farmers in Canada cope with their long and severely cold winter weather conditions and I’m interested to learn how they’ve adapted to be able to continue farming productively in the face of these difficulties.”

Arwel Jenkins, Llanwenog YFC, Ceredigion was presented with £300 towards a self organised trip to Australia where he plans to work for agricultural contractors throughout the Australian harvesting season before moving on to New Zealand to gain further agricultural experience.

£300 was also awarded to Awel Evans a member of Eglwyswrw YFC, Pembrokeshire. In a few weeks Arwel will travel with the NFYFC discovery programme to Kenya to undertake volunteering work. He is also keen to broaden his knowledge of agriculture in a developing country and so see first-hand how Kenyan farmers cope with the challenges of feeding its people.

Richard Wilding, Prestige YFC in Radnor received £250 for his trip to Canada, along with Dylan Bowen, however Richard will extend his travels to New Zealand and Australia to learn more about beef and lamb production techniques.

The final member awarded was, Mark Powell from Erwood YFC in Brecknock. He will also be travelling to Kenya in a few weeks as a part of the NFYFC discovery programme.

Kay Morgan, Wales YFC International and Activities committee chairman stated,
“I am very pleased that the members have received these awards which will go a long way in supporting their travels and to broaden their agricultural knowledge in various destinations across the world.”

27 July 2011

Game on

The great indoors: Brawdy YFC emerged as winners of the indoor sports competition.
Two clubs brought their sporting skills were brought indoors for the final of the Pembrokeshire YFC indoor sports competition.
The knockout competition has been running since the autumn and it was Brawdy YFC and Fishguard YFC, who made it through the rounds to reach the final, which was held at Agriculture House, Haverfordwest on July 11th.

Teams of three members from the two clubs were pitted against each other in rounds of dominoes, draughts and tippit, with the club winning the most sections named the winner.

After a tense evening of skill, tactics and a little bit of luck, it was Brawdy YFC who were crowned indoor sports champions.

25 July 2011

Latest results from Wales YFC!

Following the second day of competing at the Royal Welsh Show the Ceredigion Federation has taken the lead for the NFU Challenge Trophy – the overall award for the 12 Wales YFC federations competing at the show.

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.


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