National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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08 June 2010

Thousands compete at Herefordshire's county rally

More than 1,000 YFC members from 18 Herefordshire clubs turned out to compete for the rally shield in a range of competitions showcasing tradtional skills at the annual county rally at Arkstone Court, Kingstone.

Teme Valley YFC triumphed at the end of a hectic day of fun and activity after competing in 66 classes, which started with the spring carcase judging at the end of March.

Winning entries are now invited to represent the county at the Three Counties Show on 18-20 June, which is being hosted by Herefordshire this year.

The nationally chosen theme My Home County will be reflected in the YFC section of the show and the Herefordshire team will be aiming to retain the Lord Lieutenant Trophy over the three days of competition.

Pictured above are Penny Vaughan and Isabel Probert from Teme Valley YFC with the Margaret Ayrton trophy; Golden Valley YFC chairwoman Amelia Illingsworth collecting the John Crofts Memorial Cup presented by county president Andrew Marson; Sam Thornley looking ready to leap into a cool pond after being dressed up by Hannah Brooks and Amy Long in the create a live statue competition; Ledbury' YFC's Gareth Taylor prepraring his dish in the cookery competition dinner for the mother-in-law, and wining club Teme Valley YFC.

Click here to download a full list of results


08 June 2010

Tractors take to the road for charity

Tractor enthusiasts and members of East Riding YFC took to the roads on 6 June to raise vital funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

Following the success of previous events, East Riding YFC organised its third charity tractor road run which left Laburnum Farm, Etton, for a road trip covering 25 miles round East Yorkshire and YFC members hope to have raised more than £2,000.

This year saw a new route for the event and the procession of tractors passed  through parts of Etton, South Dalton, Middleton on the Wolds, Londesborough, Market Weighton and Goodmanham before returning to Etton.

The two charities chosen this year have particular relevance for YFC members and the rural community. The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is a grant-making charity that supports members of the farming community facing need, hardship or distress and is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year; and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance provides a vital fast response emergency service to people who who live and work in rural areas.

 


03 June 2010

A day of song and dance for Cumbria YFC

Hundreds of Cumbria YFC members and their supporters gathered at Galliber Farm, Milburn, to enjoy a variety of competitive fun at the southern district field day.

Club members put on a fantastic display of bakery, crafts, metalwork, and needlework and took part in competitions ranging from nail art (won by Jake Hodgson of Sedbergh YFC) to stockjudging toy tractors (won by Edward Gray of Cartmel YFC) and folk dancing (won by Crook YFC).

The county song, which was won by Lowick YFC, produced some excellent compositions on the theme 'Why we love Cumbria', as did the Lakeland dialect competition, which was won by Stuart Lambert of Kent Estuary YFC.

In the skills competitions Tom O’Neill and Jenny Kindleysides, of Lyvennet YFC, were best at manoeuvring the Land Rover and trailer, Stephen Hayllar and Annie Winder, of Pennine YFC, triumphed at tractor handling and Stuart Boyren and Charlie Long came top on an ATV.

The tug of war created the usual excitement, with Lowick YFC's men's team pulling Sedbergh over the line, Sedbergh YFC's women's team winning in a pull off with Grayrigg, and Kent Estuary YFC's junior team beating Lowick.

Trophies went to:

Cock of the North Trophy: overall winners, Kent Estuary; club showing greatest improvement: Crook; stock and carcase judging cup: Pennine; dairy stockjudging: Kent Estuary; girls' stockjudging: Sedbergh; junior stockjudging: Kent Estuary; stockjudging shield: Pennine; cooker:, Pennine; national cooker: Eden Valley; junior competitions: Grayrigg; fun competitions: Grayrigg; treasurer: Broughton; junior craft: Pennine; Lakeland dialect: Kent Estuary; display: Grayrigg; flower arranging: Sedbergh; best overall flower arrangement: Lauren Bowness, Grayrigg; co-operatives: Grayrigg; industrial section: Pennine; sheep shearing: Lowick; skill and craft: Lowick; pre field day: Kent Estuary; machinery handling: Lowick; best small clu:, Crook.

The final scores were: 1st Kent Estuary, 2nd Grayrigg, 3rd Pennine, 4th Lowick, 5th, Crook, 6th Sedbergh, 7th Eden Valley, 8th Furness, 9th Broughton, 10th Cartmel, 11th Lyvennet.
 


03 June 2010

£1,000 up for grabs

 

The closing date for the Welsh Livery Guild Young Farmer Award and a chance for one innovative and enthusiastic Wales YFC member to win a cash prize of £1,000 is fast approaching.

Past and present members of Wales YFC between the age of 16 and 31 are invited to produce a brief outlining how they are working towards a secure future for themselves in agriculture. The closing date for entries is 4 June 2010.

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

Click here to download the press release in Welsh


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