National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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20 February 2010

Appeal for support for Welsh European Rally team

Five members of Wales YFC will be heading off to Sweden on the 31 July to represent the organisation at the Rural Youth Europe European Rally.

The opportunity to attend the European Rally is one of the travel and learning opportunities offered by Wales YFC to its members as a part of its international programme.

Team leader Gwennan Davies, of Llanwenog YFC, in Ceredigion, said that preparations were already underway for the summer trip and that the members were looking forward to sharing ideas and promoting Wales and YFC at the rally.

“One event at the rally is the international buffet, where all of the countries represented create a stand to promote their country and attendees are able to sample a variety of local food and drink.

“Last year the Welsh team gathered valuable support from companies of all kinds across Wales, which resulted in a spectacular Wales stand. We would like to have a similar stand once again this year and that is why we are appealing for Welsh businesses to support our team.

“We are looking for any kind of support – no matter how small or how large,” added Gwennan.

The rally this year themed ‘DIY in the countryside: think global, act local, be vocal!’ will focus on employment and entrepreneurship as a tool in preventing unemployment and depopulation of rural areas.

Anyone interested in supporting the Welsh team should contact Gwennan Davies on 01982 553502.
 


18 February 2010

Action-packed spring for Gloucestershire

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18 February 2010

Training event for unique Wales YFC lamb scheme

Wales YFC lamb suppliers were invited to take part in a training event at Dunbia, Llanybydder, as a part of the Wales YFC lamb initiative in partnership with Sainsbury's and Dunbia.

The scheme gives Wales YFC members the opportunity to supply 11 Welsh Sainsbury’s stores with Welsh lamb, and receive a premium price for supplying in-specification product.

The programme also involves a range of development days throughout the year aimed at improving participating YFC members’ skills and knowledge.

Sainsbury’s customers have reacted positively to the Wales YFC-branded Welsh lamb, with a 9.6 per cent increase in customer numbers and an 18 per cent increase in sales since the scheme was launched.

During the first development day in January, YFC members received training on live-to-dead grading of lambs. Key points for selecting lambs to slaughter, depending on the market they were aiming for (in this case Sainsbury’s), were highlighted by Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC). Those present were also able to live grade the finished lambs, with instruction and guidance from HCC.

They then followed the lambs through the slaughter process, before dead grading the carcases. This was followed by a full factory tour, seeing the product at each stage as it would be prepared for Sainsbury’s.

A butchery demonstration by Dunbia enabled members to see how their product is prepared ready for packaging prior to distribution to Sainsbury’s.

The training day ended with a tour of the new Sainsbury’s store in Lampeter, where members saw their finished product on the shelf.

Wales YFC rural affairs committee chairman Dylan Jones said: “All who attended agreed that the day was thoroughly interesting and worthwhile.”

There are currently 33 members registered on the Wales YFC lamb marketing initiative. 

The scheme is open to any Wales YFC member aged between 18-40, who is a sole trader, a partner in the business or working on the home holding, and able to prove that their main source of income comes from the business.

Contact Wales YFC rural development officer Jenni Evans on 01982 553 502 for more information.


18 February 2010

Bwlch & Crickhowell YFC hedging champs

The weather was kind to the competitors and spectators who turned out for Brecknock YFC’s annual hedging match, which saw competitors demonstrating two different styles of hedging: stake and pleach, and farmers.

Judges were looking for cleanliness of pleaching, strength against stock, finish and firmness, as well as a good top line during the competition, which was sponsored by Trefor Prothero.

The champion hedge of the day went to Andrew Rees and Baden Powell, from Bwlch & Crickhowell YFC.


 


18 February 2010

Young talent showcased at Cumbria drama finals

Cumbria’s county final of the YFC drama competition was held at the Theatre-by-The-Lake, Keswick, with Carlisle, Crook, Drigg, Grayrigg and Sedbergh YFC’s taking part.

Judges Simon Breaks and Emma Smith were impressed with the high standard of entries in the competition, which resulted in only two points between first and third placed entries.

Carlisle YFC took home the trophy for Hallowe’en: A Decameronian Adventure, in which the audience were taken back to Cardurnoch Abbey in 1460 and the antics of Brothers Barnabus, Donatus and Simon.

Grayrigg YFC was second with Alan Ayckbourn’s Best of Friends, and Drigg YFC third with a play set in the Second World War, which featured a cast of 26 young members aged from 10 to 26.

The best actress award went to Lauren Galbraith for her portrayal of Marge in Absent Friends, and Graham Harper, from Sedbergh YFC, won the best actor award as the ferocious Captain Jack Sinclair in The Ghost of Marvin Grange.

Carlisle, Grayrigg and Drigg now go through to the Northern area YFC drama final in Carlisle on 6-7 March. Tickets are available from the Cumbria YFC office on 01768 866550.
 


17 February 2010

Wales YFC Eisteddfod venue and committee announced

Bro Ddyfi YFC, Montgomeryshire, member Fflur Pughe has been elected chairwoman, and Uwchaled YFC, Clwyd, member Heledd Owen as vice chair of Wales YFC’s Eisteddfod committee for this year.

The 2010 event will be hosted by Montgomery YFC, at the Great Hall, Aberystwyth, on 20 November.

Clwyd Federation will host the 2011 event, and Heledd will spend the year shadowing Fflur and preparing for next year’s Eisteddfod.


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