National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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19 April 2010

Staffordshire YFC puts stockjudging skills to the test

Staffordshire's Young Stockjudge and Stockman of the Year competitions were held on 18 April and hosted by CJC & JP Stone, Onecote Grange, Onecote. Competitors judged four rings of animals, dairy cows, butcher's pigs, butcher's lambs and beef, and the winners will go on to represent Staffs in the West Midlands area eleiminators which are being held in Shropshire in July.

14 April 2010

12-hour tractor-tastic tug-a-thon by Norfolk YFC

Lucie’s Lifesaving Fund, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the domestic abuse charity Leeway will benefit from a marathon 12-hour tractor pull by members of Norfolk YFC on 3 May.

The club aims to raise £6,000 for the charities by pulling a tractor around the Royal Norfolk Showground from 9am to 9pm.

Members of all 12 of the Norfolk clubs will be pulling a green and yellow vintage Model B John Deere tractor supplied by agricultural machinery dealership Ben Burgess and Co whose managing director, Ben Turner, is this year’s Norfolk YFC president.

The event has been organised by members, with the help of the club's county staff, and led by county chairwoman Helen Reeve.

The Lifesaving Fund, set up in memory of Norfolk YFC member Lucie Proctor who, died in 2008, aims to raise money for hospital equipment, and first aid kits and training for YFC members, many of whom work in the agricultural industry, which has one of the highest rates of death and injury in the UK.

The county's air ambulance, which is celebrating a decade of service, is also a crucial service to people living and working in rural areas.

Leeway is a Norfolk-based charity which supports women and children who have suffered from domestic abuse.


14 April 2010

Aled Jones wins Junior Member of the Year title

Aled Jones, of Llangollen YFC, Clwyd, was awarded the title of Wales YFC Junior Member of the Year for 2010 at the recent field day.

Candidates had to submit a portfolio, detailing their contribution to YFC over the past year as well as general information about themselves. At the field day, competitors attended an informal interview with the judges Diana Davies, Angela James and Ceri Harvard.

Aled has been an active YFC member for the past six years and is currently in the sixth form at school, studying geography, politics, product design and Welsh, along with the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Within YFC, Aled is currently Clwyd YFC’s representative on the Wales YFC Youth Forum. He has competed in a number of competitions since becoming a member including public speaking, stockjudging, sports, quiz and entertainment.

“I have been given a multitude of opportunities by this dynamic organisation already, which have improved my key skills and bolstered my confidence and self esteem. I consider YFC to be very worthwhile as it gives me opportunities to try new and exciting challenges and meet new people.

“It is an honour to be chosen as the Wales YFC Junior Member of the Year and I will do my best to be a great ambassador for the most important youth organisation in rural Wales,” said Aled.

“The standard of entries from across Wales were outstanding. These young people are dedicated members of YFC who have worked hard within their clubs and who have exceptional knowledge of the organisation at county and Wales level,” said judge Diana Davies.

“Aled wowed us with his enthusiasm and his outlook on the positive influence that YFC had on his life. His portfolio gave us an excellent insight into his busy year as an active YFC member and his credentials to be a fantastic ambassador for Wales YFC shone through in his interview,” added Diana.

13 April 2010

Ceredigion triumphs at Wales YFC field day

Carmarthenshire hosted Wales YFC’s recent field day at Llandovery Market.

The event was sponsored by Wynnstay Group and Farmers Union Wales; and many local business lent their support by providing stock and machinery for the competitions. A number of judges and stewards also gave their time.

Young people from across Wales took part in competitions which retain close links with the agricultural industry and rural skills such as the ATV challenge, fencing and stock judging. Ceredigion YFC gained the highest marks overall for the day, and was awarded the Brecon and Radnor Suckled Calf Rearing Association Shield. Brecknock YFC was second and YFC third.

Caroline Dawson, Wales YFC’s activities and international committee chairwoman said the event had been a resounding success, with YFC members from all over Wales attending as supporters and competitors. “Thanks to all our sponsors and supports, we were able to hold a full day of competitions for members. Each of the competitions requires a lot of work from members.

“Many of them require detailed knowledge of safety regulations and best practice, so there is a strong element of informal learning.

“The Efficiency with Safety competition is a prime example of this, many young people would simply not be fully aware of the importance of adequate health & safety matters if it were not for this event.

“The ATV challenge also plays a part in teaching competitors how to safely handle these powerful machines.”

04 April 2010

£1,000 prize up for grabs for Welsh entrepreneur

A £1,000 prize is up for grabs with the Welsh Livery Guild Young Farmer Award.

Now in its fifth year, the award's cash prize will be available to one lucky innovative and enthusiastic Wales YFC member.

“We are keen to meet YFC members who could really benefit from this award and who have enthusiasm for agriculture,” said Bryan Marsh, past master of the Welsh Livery Guild.

“We hope that the individual who wins this award, will be able to develop themselves further, for example, through training or investment in an agricultural project. Over past five years, we have met a number of enthusiastic YFC members who are working hard to secure a future for themselves in agriculture, and we look forward to meeting inspirational young people again this year.”

The winner of the competition in 2009 was Gwyn Johnson, a member of Llantrisant YFC in Glamorgan. Gwyn won the award to further support a new enterprise of producing and selling quality small bale hay.

“It was an honour to win the Welsh Livery Guild Young Farmer Award last year,” said Gwyn. “I was awarded the prize at the Royal Welsh Show and since then the money I received has been put towards the construction of a new hay shed, which will enable the enterprise to progress in order to meet demand. I would encourage any YFC member who has a keen interest in agriculture to enter this award for the chance to win £1,000.”

Dylan Jones, Wales YFC rural affairs committee chairman, said he was delighted the Welsh Livery Guild was continuing to support young people in agriculture.

“We are very grateful to the Welsh Livery Guild for running and supporting the competition, which gives Wales YFC members a unique chance to access this funding.”

Past and present members of Wales YFC aged 16 to 31 are invited to produce a brief outlining how they are working towards a secure future for themselves in agriculture. The brief should include details about themselves as an individual, their ideas to improve or develop a new farming enterprise and aspirations for the future. The closing date for entries is 4 June 2010.

Contact Jenni Evans at Wales YFC Office on 01982 553 502 for more details.

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

04 April 2010

Top county honours for Llysyfran YFC

Llysyfran swept the board with a host of wins at the Pembrokeshire YFC field day.

Ros Bushell was named YFC Member of the Year, with Catrin Williams taking the Junior Member of the Year title. The club was also overall field day winner after triumphing in the efficiency with safety and tractor handling competitions. Caroline Lewis was named stockman of the Year.

The junior stockjudge of the year title went to Mari Davies, of Eglwyswrw YFC, with the club also winning the junior nature trail; Keyston won the fence erecting and 4x4 and livestock box challenge; South Pembs YFC won the ATV handling; Martletwy was first in the junior safety, and Tiers Cross won the rally promotional sign.


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