National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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25 May 2010

NatWest calf rearing competition open for entries

Wales YFC is calling on members to enter the Wales YFC NatWest calf rearing competition and enjoy the experience of showing their calves at the Welsh Winter Fair, as well as developing their understanding of the processes involved in rearing and preparing stock for a show.

YFC members aged 14 to 26 from Wales and Herefordshire are eligible to enter and will qualify for an interest-free loan of up to £750 to buy a calf, thanks to sponsorship from NatWest.

Entrants may select one or two calves born between 1 February and the 31 May to enter by the 1 Agust closing date. They will then have to select their final entry by the end of October. Judging will take place during the Welsh Winter Fair on 29-30 November, where the Supreme Champion will be awarded with the NatWest Calf Rearing Shield. Trophies will also be awarded to the reserve supreme champion, highest placed new competitor and best stockman. Competitors will also have the opportunity of entering their calf in the sale during the Welsh Winter Fair.

Wales YFC activities and tnternational committee chairwoman Caroline Dawson said: "It’s not merely about rearing a calf. Competitors must keep up-to-date records and costings as part of the judging process. During last year’s Winter Fair, much interest was shown in these presentation boards prepared by members, both by the public as well as the judges, proving that good, clear, record keeping is an important factor in the competition and in all aspects of business."

NatWest’s director of rural Wales banking Andrew Woodthorpe added: "This is an excellent competition giving YFC members the opportunity to raise capital to purchase their own animal and to show it at a world class event. We are delighted to be associated with the event and I would encourage anyone who is interested to obtain further information and to get their entries in before the closing date."

Contact Lisa Jones at the Wales YFC office on 01982 553502 or visit for more details.

Click here to read the press release in Welsh

25 May 2010

Brecknock YFC battles it out at May Games

Rugby winner Talgarth YFC

Brecknock YFC recently held its annual May Games at Penlan, Brecon.

Sports included seven-a-side rugby, women's netball and mixed rounders and the event saw more than 150 YFC members turn out to compete.

Talgarth YFC won the rugby and will now be going forward to represent the county at the Royal Welsh Show in July.

Builth Wells YFC won the women's netball and Troedrhiwdalar YFC won the junior mixed rounders.

24 May 2010

Tropical flavour for county rally

Despite the showers at this year’s Staffordshire YFC county rally, a tropical theme shone through.

YFC members from the ten clubs in the county turned out in force to compete in competitions ranging from cookery, floral art and making flapjack, to palm tree decorations and Hawaiian garlands.

The sheep shearing competition was very popular, with 16 members shearing two sheep each, and the day was rounded off by the ever popular tug of war competition, with 10 teams taking part.

The trophies were presented at the rally dance which was attended by more than 350 members and guests celebrating a fantastic day of events.

Entries to the palm tree decoration, road sign, deck chair and Hawaiian garland competitions will be used for the Totally Tropical theme at Staffordshire's Summer Ball on Saturday 17 July.

Click here to reads the full press release and results

24 May 2010

Clwyd YFC members rode a gruelling 135-mile charity bike ride all around the 15 clubs in the county this month.

Wales YFC chairman Tim John also got on his bike to complete the challenge set for him as part of his Challenge Tim campaign to raise cash during his year in office for his chosen charity, Kidney Wales.

Around 150 cyclists completed the course in relays while 10 members made the whole journey with Tim.

“This is the first challenge that has tested my fitness,” said Tim. “I did not really prepare for the challenge and although I struggled I managed to complete the course in the two days.

“The support received from Clwyd YFC members was excellent and I would like to thank all those that have supported Challenge Tim in any way. A number of other challenges have been set by the Welsh Federations, the majority of which will further test my physical ability and endurance; I look forward to taking part in them as it is an excellent way of meeting members from across Wales.”

More than £2,000 raised in sponsorship by the event was presented to Kidney Wales at a special chairman's reception.

11 May 2010

Wales YFC gears up for Royal Welsh Smallholder and Garden Festival

A host of fun and games will be on offer at the Wales YFC centre on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May.

Young people visiting the event will be invited to decorate small squares on the theme of Wales through the eyes of a young person. These squares will be part of a large cut-out of Wales that will be used to decorate the YFC centre during the Royal Welsh Show week in July, when the theme of YFC competitions and activities will be Welcome to Wales.

Other attractions at the festival, organised by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, include Black Mountain Falconry display, Titan the Robot and Meirion Owen’s Quack Pack.

Wales YFC is also working with native breed organisations at the festival to create questionnaires for visitors to complete by finding the answers displayed on various stands around the festival. Goodie bags are up for grabs to those who are able to successfully complete the challenge.

Powys Waste Awareness will work alongside Wales YFC to provide games and activities that raise awareness of recycling and its benefits.

09 May 2010

More challenge successes for Wales YFC chairman

Wales YFC chairman Tim John has successfully completed the second in a series of challenges to raise money for his chosen charity of the year, Kidney Wales Foundation.

Tim completed Eryri YFC's challenge at its annual dinner and dance where he gave a speech in Welsh. Tim congratulated the county on its recent success at the Wales YFC Eisteddfod, which was both hosted and won by Eryri. He also thanked the members for their support of Wales YFC meetings and activities, and promoted the YFC Freshers weekend, to be held in Wrexham in September. He ended the speech by thanking Eryri YFC members for setting him the challenge and noted that he hoped to encourage more English speaking members to have a go.

In return, Eryri YFC members had to also rise to the challenge, with Gwenno Griffith speaking Esperanto, Arwel Thomas using sign language and Elen Williams using English.

Tim has also undertaken a sponsored cycle ride around the clubs in Clwyd. He is set to undertake two rafting challenges - one across the Menai Strait, set by the Ynys Môn Federation, and one set by Gwent, where he will raft the Usk river. Brecknock has challenged him to a tractor pull and Ceredigion will have him wax his legs during the Urdd Eisteddfod. In Montgomeryshire he will be asked to participate in a sponsored event with the county chairman. Tim’s home county, Pembrokeshire, has dubbed its challenge “14 miles of hell”, details of which are yet to be confirmed. A treasure hunt with a twist is what the Glamorgan has in store for Tim, and Meirionnydd YFC has asked him to join its officers for a journey up Cadair Idris.



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