National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

27 April 2010

Bob Champion starts Yorkshire YFC's fifth Mascot Gold Cup race

Lamby and Beefy celebrate their 11th-hour reprieve, and the
fifth Mascot Gold Cup in full swing

Grand National-winning jockey Bob Champion MBE was the special guest starter for this year's bizarre spectacle of Yorkshire YFC's fifth annual Mascot Gold Cup at Wetherby Races family day.

Crowd favourites Lamby and Beefy were among competitors put under starters orders by the jockey in this race for cuddly characters from sports, businesses, charities and clubs, which started with a jovial conversation between YFC members at the Great Yorkshire show in 2005 and, with support from Wetherby Races and Conference Centre, has grown to be one of the two largest such events in the world.

Lamby and Beefy had more than one reason to celebrate. As well as it being their fifth mascot race the two, who were used to promote English beef and lamb, were also celebrating a new lease on life in Yorkshire. After been axed from the English Beef and Lamb Executive marketing campaigns, the Lamby and Beefy costumes were all set for the chop themselves, until an 11th-hour request for a reprieve in light of their fundraising pedigree.

Eblex, with the permission of Alan Lamb and Sir Ian Botham, has donated the costumes to Sue Ryder Care and Yorkshire YFC to use to promote and take part in the event.

Bob, who won the world’s most famous horse race on Aldaniti in 1981, was at Wetherby as part of his 60/60 challenge to visit 60 race courses in 60 days to raise funds for the Bob Champion Cancer Trust.

22 April 2010

NatWest continues to support Wales YFC

Left to right: Wales YFC senior development officer Lisa Jones, NatWest director of rural Wales banking Andy Woodthorpe, and Wales YFC rural affairs officer Jenni Evans


Wales YFC has welcomed the news that NatWest will continue to support the organisation through sponsorship of its calf rearing and enterprise competitions.

“NatWest has supported the organisation for a number of years and we are delighted that it is able to continue supporting us,” said Wales YFC chairman Tim John.

“Both the Wales YFC NatWest calf rearing and the Wales YFC NatWest Enterprise competitions are high profile competitions which give members first-hand experience in rearing a calf or starting a business.

"Over the years both competitions have brought out the best in young people living in rural Wales. Those entering the Enterprise competition have gained valuable advice from the judges and further promotion of their fledgling businesses. The calf rearing not only gives members the unique experience of showing their calves at the Welsh Winter Fair, a premier agricultural event, but also the understanding of the processes involved in rearing and preparing stock for a show.”

Director of rural Wales banking at NatWest Andy Woodthorpe said: “We are very pleased to continue to support these competitions which provide great opportunities for YFC members to develop their skills and gain recognition at the same time. It is important that we support these young people as they are the future of our farming industry in Wales.”

Both competitions are open to Wales YFC members and details are available from the Wales YFC office on 01982 553502.

20 April 2010

Well-earned promotion

Eglwyswrw YFC has been promoted in its quest to attract new members.

For the second year running, Eglwyswrw won the club promotion competitions, with Llawhaden YFC close runners-up once again and Llysyfran third.

As part of the competition, clubs have to design a poster and leaflet to attract new members, create a display promoting their club and perform a presentation to recruit new YFC members.

Eglwyswrw will now go on to represent Pembrokeshire at the Royal Welsh Show in July.

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.


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