National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

31 March 2010

Help support Ash YFC's Spring Fling

YFC members are invited to as black tie event being hosted by Ash YFC in Dover on 10 April. Click here for more details.

30 March 2010

Awards triumphs for Brecknock YFC

The FUW Shield for the Senior YFC Member of the Year 2010 was given to Mairwen Davies, from Builth Wells YFC. Current club chairwoman Mairwen has been an active member of the club since the age of 10.

The FUW shield for the Junior YFC Member of the Year 2010 was given to Aled R Jones from Troedrhiwdalar YFC. Aled is currently studying at Builth Wells High School but also finds time to serve as Brecknock YFC’s competitions vice chairman, Wales YFC Youth Forum vice chairman and joint secretary of Troedrhiwdalar YFC.

The Vera Jones Bursary competition was won by Beulah YFC. Launched two years ago, the bursary was set up in memory of the late Vera Jones MBE, who served as Brecknock YFC county organiser for 29 years. Beulah YFC received a cheque for £100.

30 March 2010

Heated debate for Cumbria YFC

Entrants in the county final of Cumbria Young Farmers’ Clubs senior Brainstrust competition tackled such questions as raising the legal drinking age, the rights of adopted children, charity fund-raising campaigns and whether farmers should be forced to retire at 60.

Judges David Clarkson and Frank Gate praised the five teams for an excellent competition which kept the audience thoroughly entertained.

The Crook YFC team of Rebecca, Claire and Thomas Redmayne, plus Richard Carrutherswon won with 157 points. Carlisle YFC’s Andrew Dodds, Richard Miller, Mike and Craig Norman were a close second on 155 points and Caldbeck’s team of Sarah Thompson, Alison Ridley, James Brough and Laura Potts were third.

30 March 2010

Challenges from all short back and sides!

More than half of the county federations in Wales YFC have already issued challenges to Wales YFC chairman Tim John to help him raise money for Kidney Wales Foundation.

The first challenge was set by Carmarthenshire, which Tim is currently undertaking and means he can't shave or cut his hair until the Wales YFC field day at Llandovery Market on 10 April. Prior to the award ceremony Tim and all of the Carmarthenshire YFC members taking part along with him will shave off their beards and cut their hair.

The Eryri federation is intending to test Tim’s bilingual ability, and has challenged him to read a paragraph in Welsh during a forthcoming event. Other challenges include two raft races, one across the Menai Strait, set by the Ynys Môn federation and one set by the Gwent federation, where he will raft the Usk river. The Clwyd federation has asked Tim to take part in a sponsored cycle ride from club to club within the county, while the Brecknock federation has requested that he takes part in a tractor pull.

“By challenging every county to set me and others within their county a challenge to undertake, I hope to get a large number of people involved in raising money and awareness of the Kidney Wales Foundation,” said Tim.

Anyone wanting to contribute should contact the Wales YFC office or visit to chip in.

30 March 2010

Notts YFC members triumph at area competitions weekend

More than 100 members from Nottinghamshire YFC journeyed to Skegness for the area finals along with competitors from Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

Teams competed in badminton, hockey, volleyball, junior public speaking, intermediate Brainstrust, senior debating, Junior Member and Senior Ambassador of the Year, and fancy dress comtests.

Nottinghamshire won the overall sports trophy and came joint second overall, the club's best results for some years.

Chris Brown represented the county in the Senior YFC Ambassador of the Year final finishing in third place.

The winning volleyball team of Kirsten Hoggard, Tom Creed, George Bingham, Craig Voce, Matthew Rose, Louise Woolhouse and Susan Temporal will now go through to the NFYFC competition, along with the winning hockey team of Richard Baugh, Amy Baugh, Will Walker, Jem Hill, Lucy Moore, Laura Wardell, Rob Handy, Rob Chase and Liz Haigh.

30 March 2010

Ceredigion YFC member is ambassador for Northern Ireland visit

Trystan Jones, a member of Caerwedros YFC in Ceredigion, will be travelling to Northern Ireland in April to represent Wales YFC as part of its international exchange programme.

Trystan, 21, was chosen during the international briefing and selection day at the Wales YFC Centre, in Builth Wells, and will spend two weeks with families of YFC members in Northern Ireland. The trip will coincide with the Ulster YFC annual convention weekend.

Trystan, who works on the family farm, has been a YFC member 10 years and has held positions of minute secretary and chairman within his club. He is also a past chairman of the Ceredigion YFC County Youth Forum, which represents members under 18.

“I decided to apply for a trip with the Wales YFC international programme so that I could learn about YFC in different countries. As I have a keen interest in farming, I am looking forward to finding out how their way of farming differs to ours, especially within the beef sector and new farming technologies. It will also be an excellent opportunity to meet new people and make many new friends,” says Tystan.

Ruth Lewis, a member of Llangefni YFC, Ynys Mon, will also be travelling to Northern Ireland as a part of the exchange programme.

  1. Click here to read the press release in Welsh.


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