National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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20 October 2009

St Albans Junior member makes world headlines

St Albans Juniors YFC member Elly Deacon, 13, has been making headlines after beating experienced farmers to first place in a ploughing competition.

Elly, a YFC member for four years, learned to drive a tractor four days before the event and spent just an hour a day learning to plough before going on to beat 40 other competitors, some of them with 50 years' experience, in the Redbourn and District Agricultural Competitions Association's plough match.

And her win has made headlines across the globe. She was featured on ITN news,  in the Sun, the Mirror and Times, the Cape Town Times and the paper in Rekyavik, Iceland.

St Albans Juniors YFC leader Will Dickinson said Elly had shocked everyone with her ploughing skills. "It's usually one of the old boys who win, so to see a teenage girl clinch the title is quite rare. Elly was very confident throughout the competition and she was even waving to her friends while ploughing. It's a wonder she managed to keep a straight course," he said.

Here's what Elly had to say about her win.

16 October 2009

Clywd YFC training helps members sharpen skills

Clwyd YFC is aiming to boost club members’ skills and sew the seeds of future success for competing nationally with a full training programme.

The federation of 15 YFCs across Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and Conwy, wants to help members learn new skills and increase their confidence to better enable them to run their clubs smoothly and do Clwyd proud when competing against other counties in Wales and England.

The first training event was an officer training evening at Denbigh Rugby Club on 23 September, where more than 50 newly-elected club secretaries, treasurers, chairmen and women and leaders, learned how to carry out their roles and shared their experiences.

Next were two training evenings in judging butcher’s lambs and butcher’s beef to prepare members for competing in Clwyd YFC’s Winter Fair competition at Caenog in Corwen on 24 October 24. Forty members attended training at Pandy Farm, Afonwen, on 30 September, with 33 taking part at Manor Farm, Eyton, on 7 October.

At Tan yr Accar, Llanrhaeadar, 20 members were trained in all-terrain vehicle handling and lamb trimming. And they immediately put their new skills to the test the same afternoon in Clwyd YFC’s Winter Fair ATV handling and lamb trimming competition.

Huw Williams, of Betws yn Rhos, won the ATV handling and Dion Edwards, of Uwchaled, came first in lamb trimming. Gareth Jones, of Llansannan, and Rhirid Roberts, of Uwchaled, had a very successful day, coming second and third respectively in both competitions.

Training in carcass judging has been arranged for 10 November, at Jones Brothers Abattoir, Stansty Lodge, Wrexham, ahead of Clwyd YFC’s Winter Fair carcase judging contest.

“We’re getting good turnouts at our training events and great feedback from members,” said Clwyd YFC's 2009 county organiser Eleri Roberts.

“We hope we will see the results in the way the clubs are run and in Clwyd YFC’s performance at Wales YFC’s Winter Fair.

“We would like to say a big thank you to all our hosts, trainers and stewards for their time and expertise.”

16 October 2009

North Beds YFC's bootiful fundraiser

Last year the club built a 10ft tall pair of wellies to raise the profile of YFC and raise money for RABI.

This year members revamped one of the wellies and took it to the East of England Autumn Show on 11 October to continue to promote YFC and generate money for the charity.

The club raised more than £80 and had a great day out.

15 October 2009

It's all change for a new year at Clwyd YFC

Clwyd Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs looked back on a year of achievement at its annual general meeting.

More than 60 club members were at the AGM as new county president John Davies, of Northop YFC, was welcomed to the helm.

New county chairwoman Heledd Owen of Uwchaled YFC, a 24-year-old teacher, was also elected. Gil Morrilly of Maelor YFC became vice president and Mari Jones, of Llangollen YFC, will be vice chairwoman for the coming year.

Outgoing president Ellen Roberts, of Betws yn Rhos YFC, and Edward Morgan, of Cilcain YFC, were thanked for their hard work.

Ellen Roberts said her year in the post had been a pleasure and members had treated her in a courteous and friendly way. Edward Morgan thanked everyone for their support and said he was encouraged by the number of younger clubs emerging, promising the county some good competitors for the future.

Silverware was awarded to the year’s outstanding competitors, with the under-16 stockman of the year shield going to Dafydd Williams of Cilcain club; Huw Jones, of Bro Edeyrnion club, winning the under-18 stockman award; Rhys Roberts, also of Bro Edeyrnion club, taking the under-21 award; and Jonathan Hulme, of Cilcain club, winning the shield for the under-26 stockman. Llangollen YFC won the cup for the best club overall.

15 October 2009

Clwyd YFC's young members compete for sporting glory

Twenty-four teams battled it out at Clwyd Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs annual sports day.

Members from nine YFC clubs across Denbighshire, Flintshire and Conwy took part in football and netball tournaments at the event at Denbigh Leisure Centre.

Llannefydd B were victorious in the junior football contest, with Nantglyn second and Uwchaled third. Winners of the senior football shield were Llansannan, Uwchaled were second and Nantglyn were third. Uwchaled took the shield for the women's football tournament, with Nantglyn in second and Llangollen third. Llangollen won the junior netball cup, beating runners up Nantglyn and third-placed Betws yn Rhos. Senior netball was won by Cilcain, with Uwchaled finishing second and Pentrefoelas third. Clubs who made sterling efforts but didn’t win a place were Ruthin and Whitford.
“We had a really fun day’s competition and are very grateful to all the referees and stewards who came to help us out,” said Clwyd YFC county organiser Eleri Roberts.

14 October 2009

Chase YFC presents cheque to air ambulance

Midlands Air Ambulance received a cheque for £1,500 on Friday 9 October, when members and friends of Chase Young Farmers’ Club held its annual presentation evening at Gayton Village Hall, near Stafford.

The money had been raised by Chase YFC at a charity auction held earlier in the year. Paramedic David Williams received the cheque on behalf of the service and gave an insight into the day-to-day running of the flying ambulance.

Stafford Conservative Parliamentary candidate Jeremy Lefroy presented awards to club members for their various contributions to the club during the past year.

He congratulated Chase YFC on its achievement in funding its own activities while also supporting the valuable work of the air ambulance. He commented that the values of community involvement and support practised by YFCs, the important contribution the whole agricultural industry could offer, and the determination of young people to succeed in whatever area of life they decided to follow would all be contributing factors to a positive upturn from the recession.


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