National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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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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05 July 2010

Dunbia continue to support wales YFC!

Dunbia recently announced that they would continue to support the Wales YFC stcokjudging competitions during the Royal Welsh Show, through sponsorship and the donation of 13,000 stock judging cards. The news is welcomed by Wales YFC as it will ensure that the organisation is able provide opportunities to further develop the young people who are members.

The donation of the stock judging cards is one of many ways that Dunbia has supported the movement during the past four years and they will be used by members in stock judging competitions at the Royal Welsh Show and during various YFC County events during the year.
At the Royal Welsh Show this year, Dunbia is the sponsor of all Wales YFC stock judging competitions throughout the week, the Welsh pig stock judging competition to be held on Tuesday, the Black Welsh Mountain Sheep Stock judging to be held on Wednesday and finally the Holstein’s Stock Judging that will be held on Thursday.

Tim John, Wales YFC Chairman stated, “Dunbia have supported the organisation for a number of years and we are delighted that they are able to continue supporting the organisation. The support given by Dunbia allows Wales YFC to develop the stock judging skills of YFC members and although stock judging competitions can be classed as traditional competitions that have been held for many years, members are still enthusiastic and competitive when it comes to them.”

Paul Edwards, Managing Director of Dunbia (Wales) commented, “We are more than happy to continue to support Wales YFC with the provision of stock cards, coats and sponsorship. It is a pleasure to work with them and to witness the breadth and depth of experience developing year on year within the movement by participation in stock judging and other events. We are pleased that via this initial sponsorship we have worked to develop our relationship with Wales YFC in other areas and have worked commercially alongside Wales YFC and Sainsbury’s to develop, source and market the “Wales YFC Lamb Range” which is currently marketed in all Welsh stores.”

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05 July 2010

Mantais to support Wales YFC during royal welsh show!

Mantais have confirmed that they will sponsor one of Wales YFC’s competitions during the Royal Welsh Show.

Mantais is a campaign that promotes higher education through the medium of Welsh throughout Wales and is part of the Centre for Welsh Medium Higher Education. Mantais, as part of its Events during the Summer will sponsor the Generation Game during the Royal Welsh Show. The competition is an example of informal learning were members from across Wales will have the opportunity to show off and develop their creative learning.

Dr Ioan Matthews, Director of the Centre stated, “The Show is an excellent opportunity to promote the environmental project, AmNawdd, which offers sponsorship to students who are studying at least 40 credits at university in an environmental field through the medium of Welsh. The main incentive for AmNawdd came from public bodies, in particular the Country Side Council of Wales, the Forestry Commission and the Environment Agency (Wales) to ensure that more graduates are able to work bilingually. There are 24 successful students for September 2010 and we have started on the work of promoting the project for pupils who are intending to go to university in September 2011. The information for September 2011 applicants will be on the Maintais website in October.”

“We are delighted that Mantais have decided to support the organisation,” said Tim John, Wales YFC Chairman

“Representatives from all 12 County Federations in Wales will compete in this final round with many more travelling across Wales to support the competitors. There will be fun and fierce competing in the competition winch is a highlight for many members and clubs across Wales,” he added.

01 July 2010

Shropshire Young Farmers Greenhouse Building in the Himalayas
 Shropshire YFC

Today (30th June 2010) 12 intrepid Shropshire Young Farmers from across Shropshire set off from Shrewsbury to take part in an eighteen-day charity project to change the lives of people and communities living in the Himalayas.

Their task, thought up by Huw Thomas (County Chairman) is to build a greenhouse at the Komic Monastery, in the Spiti Valley in North India, one of the highest villages in Asia at 4513m. The greenhouse will enable the local community to grow their own fresh vegetables even when the temperatures plummet during their long winters. But this is no ordinary greenhouse – it must be strong enough to withstand the harsh Himalayan winter and have enough room to house produce for a whole community. The team only received confirmation in June that the route to this remote village was now clear of snow following their long cold winter.

Whilst working on the building project, the members will be staying with local families in their homestays, supporting the local Spiti Valley community, and learning about a different culture, whilst coping with the extreme altitude. Shropshire YFC has joined forces with I-to-I for the challenge, which specialises in volunteer abroad opportunities, and Ecosphere in Spiti Valley, a charity set up to enhance the Spiti value economy, ecology and sustainability.

Over the last six months the Young Farmers Himalaya Team have raised over £12,000 to fund this building project arranging events such as Barn Dances, Raffles, a Fashion Show, a 12 mile run, running bars at events, photoshoots and articles, bag packing and other creative projects. Shropshire YFC would like to thank all their supporters with this fundraising to make this project possible.

Shropshire YFC County Organiser, Megan Jones, was at Shrewsbury station to see them all off, said “This will be an amazing experience for the group, a chance of a lifetime. To travel, to learn, to provide a long term benefit to so many people. A big charity project which has taken months to plan, but it’s just lovely to see them all so keen to get the trip underway. I can’t wait to see all their photos and hear their news when they get back on 17th July”.

A picture is attached of the 12 members on Shrewsbury Station as they depart. They are :-
Top - Dan Powell (Chirbury & Marton YFC), Rachael Parry (Dorrington YFC), Abi Moseley (Nesscliffe YFC)
Middle - Hannah Woodhall (Ludlow YFC), Gareth Hughes (Whittington & Oswestry YFC), Lucy Stokes (County Vice Chairman & Alberbury YFC), Annie Davies (Nesscliffe YFC)
Bottom - Robbie Hemming (Alberbury YFC), Huw Thomas (County Chairman + Chirbury & Marton YFC), Rhys Jones (Much Wenlock YFC), Steve Butler (Whittington & Oswestry YFC), Henry Jones (Nesscliffe YFC).


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