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06 July 2010

Three counties show success for Staffs YFC

On Saturday 19th June 2010, a full team from Staffordshire YFC was entered in the Three Counties Show Stockjudging Competition. For the first time in many years we had a competitor in the Horse Judging Competition and Ellie Parkes from Lichfield YFC took 1st place – not bad for the first time she has ever taken part in the competition! Harriett and Sammie Wilson from Eccleshall YFC also had great success taking 1st place in the Intermediate Beef and Junior Dairy respectively. Tom Wilkes gained 2nd place in the Intermediate Pigs and Matthew Wright was 2nd in the Intermediate Sheep – again both from Eccleshall YFC. In 3rd place was Isobel Wright in the Intermediate Dairy Class and Mark Robinson in the Senior Dairy class, again from Eccleshall YFC.

Overall on the day the team came 2nd out of the counties outside of the 3 Counties Show Committee which is a great achievement.

Also over the weekend, it was the West Midlands Area Tug of War finals. Staffordshire sent four tug of war teams on Sunday 20th June to compete. Ridware YFC and Waterhouses YFC represented Staffordshire in the male section of the competition, with Waterhouses YFC again, and Eccleshall YFC representing the county in the female section. In true style all Staffordshire teams put a good show on but this seemed not to be enough with Waterhouses ladies finishing 3rd and Eccleshall ladies finishing 4th. However, the men’s competition was a different story with Ridware YFC retaining their title for a third year running, despite a really tough competition. Waterhouses YFC finished in 2nd place. Therefore Staffordshire YFC will have two teams representing the County and Area at the National finals at the Royal Berkshire Show in September this year.
 


06 July 2010

Wales YFC European Rally Team heading for Sweden

The five-strong Wales YFC European Rally Team is preparing to head off to Halmstad in Sweden on 31 July to represent Wales YFC at the this year’s European Rally, themed Think Globally Act Locally.
Gwennan Davies, Lowri Jones, Meinir Jones, Lucy Stonebridge and Wayne Shanklin are attending the rally as part of Wales YFC’s international programme.
The annual event, organised by Rural Youth Europe, sees teams of YFC members from access Europe gather to take part in activities designed to bridge the gap between members from different cultures and backgrounds.
This year’s rally will focus on employment and entrepreneurship as a tool in preventing unemployment and depopulation of rural areas.
Wales YFC’s rally team leader Gwennan said: “This is an unforgettable week and as ambassadors for our county we strive to portray Wales at its best through advertising Welsh products, produce, crafts and our rural businesses.”
The team members are collecting sponsorship for their trip and anyone interested supporting the team can contact Gwennan via the Wales YFC Office on 01982 553502.
 

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06 July 2010

8th Challenge for Chairman

Tim John, Wales YFC Chairman recently completed his 8 challenge for “Challenge Tim” which has been been set up to raise money and awareness of the charity of the year, Kidney Wales Foundation.

On Sunday, 4th of July Tim John, Wales YFC chairman along with Montgomery YFC Chairman, Gary Wright dressed up as clowns and acted as water boys during the Federations final sports day in which the rugby competition was held. Buckets were passed around the spectators and players for donations.

The next few weeks will see Tim John, complete the remaining four challenges. On the 1st of August Tim will join the officers of the Meirionnydd Federation on their journey up Cadair Idis, on the 7th he will endure a tractor pull set by the Brecknock Federation and a treasure hunt with a twist in Glamorgan where he will travel across the county and undertake a variety of challenges on the 14th. Tim’s home county, Pembrokeshire have named their challenge “14 miles of hell” and will the challenge will be completed during the course of August.

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06 July 2010

Search is on for young innovators with natural resources

Rural affairs minister launches new scheme at Royal Welsh show
Monday 19 july 4.00pm
(Countryside council for wales’ stand no. Cca 808)

Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones AM, will launch a new ‘Young Innovator with Natural Resources’ competition at the Royal welsh Show; a follow on award to the highly successful Agri Environment Award that has been a part of the Royal Welsh Monday for the last 10 years.

The competition is facilitated by Wales YFC, with support from the Countryside Council of Wales (CCW) and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, and is sponsored by the world renowned energy company, Dulas.

"Dulas is delighted to support the Young Innovator Competition, which promotes opportunities for medium and small scale renewable energy developments in farming communities. Feed-in tariffs now make hydropower, medium wind and photovoltaics all potential investments for farmers - significantly reducing carbon emissions, electricity bills and providing a healthy return on investment,” said Ian Draisey on behalf of Dulas.

Competition entrants must be 40 years old or under and the deadline for receiving applications will be early October 2010. Preliminary rounds of judging will he held in three different areas before the grand final Wales wide. The winners of the total of £3,000 prize money will be announced at the 2010 Royal Welsh Winter Fair in November this year.

Morgan Parry, CCW Chairman said: "It's becoming increasingly important for society to make the most of our natural resources as we strive to create a greener, more sustainable future. I'm delighted to support this pioneering scheme that will reward good practice and, as it develops, encourage many others to consider what natural resources their businesses could use efficiently and effectively. And the benefits will be twofold - not only does innovation with natural resources offer a more sustainable future, it can also bring economic value to businesses as well."

Elin Jones AM stated: “I am delighted to support this scheme which will encourage and promote sustainable land management and good agri-environment practice along with opportunities for efficient use of natural resources. Not only will a prize be given to the overall winner, there will be cash prizes for the entry that is doing the most to reduce their carbon use and the entry that is using innovative ways to reduce their water usage and waste produced. I look forward to hearing about the entries for 2010 and how the competition develops next year.”

The launch will take place on Monday 19th of July at 4.00pm on the CCW stand.

For an application form to apply for the competition please contact Wales YFC or visit the Wales YFC website where you can download an expression of interest form.

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06 July 2010

Wales YFC looking forward to an action packed week

wales big topWales YFC are looking forward to the highlight of the year for the organisation. Next week will see members from across Wales and beyond travelling to Builth Wells for the Royal Welsh Show.

During the week members will participate in a variety of activities, from hotly contested competitions which are certain to attract large audiences to lively discussions and light hearted banter.

Preparations are well underway for the Young Peoples’ Village with the majority of the infrastructure in place. An excellent line up has been confirmed for the party to be held in the big top and for those who have missed the opportunity to pre purchase weeklong wristbands, they will be available to buy from the YPV between 5pm and 8pm on the Sunday evening and on the gate each night.

It is expected that over 1,000 members will represent their county Federations in various competitions during the show week and results from the section will be uploaded to the website evening.
 


05 July 2010

Winner of welsh livery guild young farmers award to be awarded at royal welsh show!

One lucky innovative and enthusiastic Wales YFC member will be awarded £1,000 through the Welsh Livery Guild Young Farmers Award during the Royal Welsh Show. 4 applicants were invited to attend an interview at the Wales YFC centre to expand on their written applications which explained how they were securing a future for themselves in agriculture.

“We were keen to meet with YFC members who could really benefit from this award and all four applicants who we met had great enthusiasm for agriculture,” said Mr 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 by using the prize to fulfil their ambitions as outlined in their applications.”

Dylan Jones Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee Chairman stated how pleased he was that an organisation with the stature of the Welsh Livery Guild was continuing to support young people in agriculture.
“This competition is now in its fifth year and we have received positive feedback from our members regarding the award. Once again 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.”

The panel of judges were Mr Bryan Marsh, Past Master of the Welsh Livery Guild, Mr Tony Williams, Court Assistant of the Welsh Livery Guild and Dylan Jones, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee Chairman. The winner will be awarded at 1.30pm at the Wales YFC Centre on Monday the 19th of July.
 

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