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08 August 2011

Wales YFC member wins first Brynle Williams memorial award

Aled Llyr Thomas, 25 a member of Talybont YFC, Ceredigion was the first winner of the Brynle Williams memorial Award which was awarded during a special award ceremony at the Royal Welsh Show.

Set up in memory of the late Brynle Williams, to recognise his contribution to Welsh agriculture as an AM and as an active farmer the award will celebrate the achievements of young farmers who have received support as part of the Welsh Governments Young Entrant Support Scheme.

Aled was the worthy winner of the award which recognises a young farmers innovation concept, the viability of their business plan and their contribution to the industry. Aled who is already well know in the sheep breeding circles has recently constructed a new sheep building thanks to the Young Entrant Support Scheme, which will allow him to increase his ewes from 17 to 175 over the forthcoming years.

Speaking on behalf of Wales YFC, Rhys Evans, Wales YFC Rural Affairs committee chairman states,
“Since the launch of the Young Entrants Support Scheme, it has been proven beneficial for Young Farmers across Wales to develop within the industry. We hope to see the continuation of this successful scheme which has benefited many young farmers.”

02 August 2011

‘Young Farmers show Estonian visitors the delights of Devon’

Devon Young Farmers have taken part in the second leg of an exchange visit by hosting 9 Estonians. The visitors learnt about Young Farmers, British Agriculture and practised their language skills.  The Estonians are part of the 4H youth organisation which is the European equivalent of Young Farmers.  Sixteen Devon Young Farmers from all over the county visited Estonia last July and invited the group back so that they could experience Devon for themselves.

The activities for the week included a trip to Dartmoor, Castle Drogo and Exeter Underground Passages. The Estonians were also introduced to some traditional YFC activities which included a tug of war competition, a barn dance and a visit to the Mid-Devon Show.  They also experienced the latest technology at Mr Meller’s Farm in Meshaw and watched a new robotic milking system in action.

Jen Rowland (Ivybridge YFC) leader of the exchange said “This was a fantastic opportunity for the Estonians to visit England and practise speaking English which they all learn at school. The Devon members enjoyed hosting the Estonians and showing them around Devon. The Devon members learnt a lot about their own area too! This exchange was a great chance for the two organisations to be able to work together and share good ideas.”
The Estonians were surprised by our typical English breakfasts and were fascinated by our hedgerows which they don’t have in their country. They also commented on how polite we are as we always say ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘excuse me’.   

Devon Young Farmers is the only county in the country to have its own Travel Scholarship programme which offers the opportunity to visit countries in Europe and further a field for its members aged 10-26.  Devon Young Farmers would like to thank the British Council Youth in Action programme for funding this project.  

02 August 2011

YFC Stockjudging

Cumbria Young Farmers travelled to Thirsk Auction Mart to compete in the Northern Area Stockjudge and Young Stockjudge of the Year.

Edwin Holliday of Aspatria Young Farmers commented “It was a really good day.  24 Young Farmers from Cumbria competed against Young Farmers from the 6 Northern Counties.  We judged fat lambs, breeding lambs, dairy and beef”.

Edwin was placed 3rd overall in the Stockman of the Year Competition with Amanda Jackson, Skelton YFC 8th and Mark Curr, Pennine YFC 10th.  Cumbria A team of Paul Storr, Edwin Holliday, Paul Lowthian and Philip Mattinson came 3rd overall with Cumbria C 4th and Cumbria B 6th.

In the Young Stockjudge of the Year, Rachel Edminson, Longtown was placed 5th with Adam Brown, Greysouthen 8th and Rebecca Gardner, Longtown 10th.  Cumbria B’s team of Gemma Slater, Kelly Stott, Adam Brown and Rachel Edminson came 3rd overall.

Edwin Holliday will now compete in the National Final at Harper Adams College on 3rd & 4th September.


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