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Young Farmers

12 July 2002

Young Farmers

Below: A driving force… Young Farmers had a big presence at the Royal Show last week, with the ATV Challenge proving a popular event.

Above: Jim Mann from Leicestershire and Rutland FYFC won the Street Entertainer competition. He began learning the tricks four months ago. "When I heard there was a County Rally and national competition, I just had to give it a go," he said.

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Young Farmers

21 June 2002

IN BRIEF

Young Farmers

MANY of the UKs 26,000 Young Farmers Club members will be heading for the Royal Show this year to take part in an extended programme of national competitions and displays. The YFC Arena is in the food production area close to Entrance 1, and the list of events includes tug-of-war championships, ATV skills and fence erection competitions.

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Young Farmers

3 December 1999

Young Farmers

&#8226 NEARLY 150 organisations – representing about 200,000 members – have now backed the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs campaign to Put The Young Back Into Farming.

The number of signatures on the petition was swelled by a big response from farmers weekly readers who returned the magazine coupon (Leader, Oct 15, 1999).

With more than 50 MPs having signed the early day motion in the House of Commons supporting the campaign, YFC leaders are now calling for a meeting with Farm Minister Nick Brown to outline their demands.

&#8226 IT HAS been walked, cycled and run. Now the Malmesbury Young Farmers are aiming to drive the 1003 miles from John OGroats to Lands End in a Massey 135 to raise £10,000 in aid of the Cancer Research Campaign and the Meningitis Trust. The twenty participants, aged between 16 and 25 years, plan to complete the trip in 11 days and will set off March 27, 2000.

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Young Farmers

9 October 1998

Young Farmers

THE Holstein Friesian Societys Young Members Association won the dairy pentathlon at the European Dairy Farming Event. The winning team comprised James Strachan from Suffolk, Gordon Coldwell from Ayrshire, James Pickford from Stafford-shire and David Hodgson from Cumbria. The prize was a cheque for £300 for the HFS YMA, wristwatches and engraved glass tankards. The British Holstein Societys team was second and the Ayrshire Societys team was third.

The Semex-sponsored contest was open to YFCs and young members of dairy breed societies, and covered five activities: Preparation and presentation of calves; handling and showmanship; stock judging; knowledge of breeding, feeding and management, and the design and construction of a themed stand.

Gordon Miller of Semex (second from right) presented awards to European Dairy Event Pentathlon winners: (L to R) David Hodgson, James Pickford, James Strachan and Gordon Coldwell.

Witheridge YFC was the top scoring club at Devon federations county rally and received the Amory award for most points as well as the Samuels cup for crafts and the Western Independent cup for Its A Knockout. Pictured with the trophy haul are (back row &#8226 to r) Neil Powell, Paula Webber, William Webber (top scoring individual and winner of the Martin challenge cup). Front row (l to r) Sarah Gillbord, Paul Gillbord and Alister Harris.

In Cornwall Launceston YFC members put their hands to the plough on behalf of Childrens Hospice South West and raised £700. During their 24hr sponsored ploughing marathon on the Penheale estate in Egloskerry members worked four hour stints and ploughed 50ha (123 acres).

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Young Farmers

11 September 1998

Young Farmers

International exchange visitors from Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Canada and Tasmania were welcomed to Ulster by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor David Alderdice and the city council at a reception given for them and their host families at the City Hall. The visitors are pictured with the Lord Mayor (left) and YFCU president Michael Graham (right).

BRECKNOCK and Montgomery federations were joint winners of Wales YFC Festival of Sport. Ceredigion, which hosted this years festival, was placed third.

&#8226 Members of Dunstable YFC, Beds are preparing to celebrate their clubs 50th anniversary early next year and ask former members to contact Mrs Jean Fox (01525-210237) in order that they may be invited to an anniversary dinner.

&#8226 A mouse racing evening organised by Sparkford YFC, Somerset raised £800 for the Yeovil Hospital YUK appeal to improve facilities in the childrens ward.

&#8226 At the grand anniversary ball which Acle & District YFC, Norfolk, ran to celebrate the clubs 50th anniversary, an auction of promises and a tombola raised £1500 for the Neurofibromatosis Association.

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YOUNG FARMERS

30 January 1998

YOUNG FARMERS

ROUND-UP

Denmark is hosting the annual European Rally of YFCs and 4H clubs this year. It is to be held at Horsens when the theme will be "Give and take from your organisation".

The Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster have already selected the four members who will make up its team. They are Cynthia Hamilton of Strabane YFC, Karen Wallace of Lylehill YFC, Clarence Calderwood of Finvoy YFC and Glenn Mayne of Annaclone & Magherally YFC.

&#8226 Carol-singing Gwent young farmers raised more than £800 for a number of charities this Christmas. Causes supported included a special care baby unit, the Blind Association and charities providing cancer research and care.

Self-employed farm secretary Jackie James is Gwent federations newly-elected chairman. Jackie is the treasurer and former chairman of Llangwm & Llansoy YFC. Tim Hill of Usk YFC is the new vice chairman.

&#8226 Shawbury YFC, Shropshire, is marking its 60th anniversary with a dinner dance at Radbrook Hall Hotel, Shrewsbury on Sat, Mar 21, to which past members and friends are invited. Tickets from Neyland Dale (01952-541267).

&#8226 Hereford young farmers contribution to Hereford cathedral has been recorded in stone. County chairman Julia Whittall and Glyn Morgan, one of the organisers of the harvest festival held by YFC and the countys other rural organisations, have presented a cheque for £800 to the cathedrals sponsor-a-stone initiative. This – the largest single donation to the Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust – comprises proceeds from the chairmans ball and part of the collection taken at the harvest festival. A stone has been engraved in acknowledgement.

&#8226 Northumberland young farmers and friends have raised £1100 in memory of Irene Rogerson (née McLaren) their former county organiser who died from cancer last April. The money has been shared equally between the Macmillan Community Nursing Service and a fund held by Northumberland Federation of YFCs to be used for training purposes.

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Young Farmers

14 November 1997

Young Farmers

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THE Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster hosted an international seminar on farm diversification. Delegates from eight countries, including Estonia, Norway, Hungary and Switzerland, attended sessions at Greenmount College and visited some of Northern Irelands farm and rural community diversifications.

&#8226 A new communications network will link young farmers organisations in each of the EU member states to help promote and operate training and development initiatives carried out by PEJA (the European Exchange Programme for Young Agriculturalists).

&#8226 Lincolnshire YFC members had fun tackling an equine cross country course on foot and raised more than £1100 for Riding for the Disabled. The top team came from Market Rasen YFC and completed the course in 1min 34sec.

&#8226 Cambridge YFC has received an award from the National Lottery Charities Board to help fund a worker to start new clubs in villages.

&#8226 Penybont YFC won Radnor federations inter-club farm fencing competition and goes forward to the Wales finals.

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YOUNG FARMERS

25 April 1997

YOUNG FARMERS

CEREDIGION federation is hosting the 1997 Wales Field Day which at Tregaron mart, Ceredigion tomorrow (Apr 26). Finals of the fence erecting, car handling, farm maintenance and mechanical tasks, stockmen of the year contests and the club promotion challenge will take place from 9.30am.

&#8226 Bedfordshire YFCs county show and rally will be held at Home Farm, Silsoe, on Sat, May 17. Nine YFCs will take part in the traditional competitions; a main ring programme will commence at noon and include a grand parade of livestock, while more than 50 trade stands will offer farm and country shopping opportunities. Part of the money raised will go to St Johns at Moggerhanger and the Cygnet Wing at Bedford Hospital.

&#8226 Udny Junior Agricultural Club, Grampian, celebrates its 70th anniversary with a dinner and dance at the New Inn Hotel, Ellon on Fri, May2. Past members are welcome. Contact Dorothy Forman (01771-637436).

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YOUNG FARMERS

3 January 1997

YOUNG FARMERS

ALUN Davies, a YFC member from Eyri and a former student of Glynillifon College, has won a scholarship from the English Speaking Union which will enable him to spend three months in Argentina. He will stay on a 65,000ha (160,615-acre) ranch in Tierra del Fuego to study large scale sheep and cattle production, and learn about the life and culture of the country.

&#8226 In Staffordshire federations calf club competition, Andrew Whitehurst of Dove Valley won the dairy section with Anne Coates of Uttoxeter runner-up, and Simon Evans of Ridware won the beef section with James Madders of Eccleshall runner-up. Simon Evans also won the award for the best handler under 16.

&#8226 The market marathon and fun day run by Luscombe Maye & Ivybridge YFC raised £3300 which has been shared between Plymouth & District Cardiology Fund, Macmillan Nurses Appeal and Devon Air Ambulance.

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YOUNG FARMERS

8 September 1995

YOUNG FARMERS

HECKINGTON and District YFCs 1995 ploughathon starts tonight, Fri, Sep 8. A team of members starts ploughing a field close to Carters Plot picnic place, Heckington, Lincs at 6pm and works through to 6pm on Sat, Sep 9 to raise money for two charities, the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance and LIVES.

&#8226 Lincolnshire young farmers will raise money for the county air ambulance the following weekend too with a Chopper Challenge (Sep 15-17). A model of the air ambulance will be transported by tractor and trailer on a three-day drive between each of the federations 19 clubs to raise funds for the charity, to raise the profile of the movement and, hopefully, club membership as well. Details from county office (01400 273121).

&#8226 East Sussex federation is holding a Punch Ball – a dinner, dance and disco – at High Rocks, Tunbridge Wells on Sat, Oct 7. Details and tickets (£22) from Lucinda Morgan (01435 830049).

&#8226 Surrey federation is trying to contact as many past members as possible to tell them about the 50th anniversary dinner and ball. This is to be held at Epsom Racecourse on Sat, Oct 14. Details and tickets (£25) from county office (01306 730597).

Pushing a cow through Cornwall is one of the ways in which Probus YFC members have raised more than £4,500 for Macmillan Nurses, the clubs chosen charity for the year. A fashion show and dung selling helped too.

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YOUNG FARMERS

1 September 1995

ROUND-UP

YOUNG FARMERS

NANTWICH YFC, Cheshire, celebrates its 70th anniversary with a ploughathon and fun day at Rope Hall, Rope Lane, Nantwich, in support of the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.

The ploughathon begins at 8pm on Fri, Sep 8 and the target is 40ha (100 acres) in 24 hours. Inquiries: Jim Henderson (01270-528212) or Mark Robinson (01270-811527).

&#8226 Bury St Edmunds YFC, Suffolk, will be undertaking its annual ploughing marathon over the weekend Sep 8-10 at Hall Farm, Wetherden, near Stowmarket, raising money for local charities. The target is 121ha (300 acres) in 48 hours.

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YOUNG FARMERS

25 August 1995

ROUND-UP

YOUNG FARMERS

WELSH NEWTON YFC gained the highest aggregate marks at Herefordshire federations junior field day. Runner-up was Longtown YFC, and Dilwyn YFC was third.

&#8226 Somerset and South Avon federations stockjudging final will be held at Forde Farm, Wiveliscombe, on Sun, Sept 3. The programme includes a new competition open to all members and ex-members, their families and anyone else in the farming community. This is the Lloyds Bank hoof and hook beef and lamb judging contest. Judging on the hoof takes place at the this event while judging on the hook takes place at the at Stillmans Abattoir, Staplegrove, Taunton, on Sept 6 at 7.30pm. Details from West Group YFC secretary Katy Slade (01984-624030).

&#8226 Roborough & District YFC will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a dinner at the College of St Mark & St John, Derriford, Plymouth, on Sat, Oct 21. Tickets from David Spry (01822-853561).

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YOUNG FARMERS

30 June 1995

YOUNG FARMERS

THERE was an antipodean theme to Northumberland federations rally reflected in the floral art section which had classes with titles such as "Bushfire", "Coral reef" and "Ayers Rock", and in the arts and crafts competitions. Pictured here are: Richard Shotton and Lara Jewitt, of Whitley Chapel YFC, competing in the Maori face-painting contest; Brian Fawcett, of Alnwick YFC, making the winning boomerang and Robert Leiper, of Stamfordham YFC, winner of the Lister trophy for hand clipping. Alnwick YFC won the shield for gaining most points overall (for the first time in 26 years) and Haltwhistle took the reserve champion trophy.

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YOUNG FARMERS

19 May 1995

YOUNG FARMERS

GWENT federation won most points at Wales YFC annual field day held at Coleg Menai, Llangefni, with Montgomery second and Pembrokeshire third.

Dylan Roberts of Clwyd, scored the maximum marks in the beef section of the senior stockman of the year contest, and Rhys Jones of Carmarthen, scored maximum marks in the dairy section of the same competition. Rhys Jones and Hywel Davies of Carmarthen gained the highest totals in this competition.

Kay Williams of Gwent and Ian Jones of Clwyd were the two highest scoring individuals in the junior stockjudge of the year contest.

Radnor won the fence-erecting with Montgomery second and Brecknock third. Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion also qualified for the All Wales YFC fencing final at the Royal Welsh Show.

Other results:

Four wheel drive vehicle driving and maintenance: 1 Brecknock, 2 Clwyd, equal 3 Montgomery and Gwent. Farm maintenance: 1 Montgomery, 2 Pembrokeshire, 3 Clwyd. Soil and crop management: 1 Gwent, 2 Pembrokeshire, 3 Montgomery. Promotion and marketing: 1 Brecknock, 2 Gwent, 3 Ceredigion. Senior YF stockman of the year: 1 Carmarthen, 2 Ceredigion, 3 Gwent. Junior stockjudge of the year: 1 Pembrokeshire, 2 Clwyd, 3 Carmarthen.

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