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Happy Christmas from Staffordshire YFC

December 18th, 2018

Happy Christmas from Staffordshire YFC

Winning Christmas Card design from Beth Dennis, Chase YFC

Please note the Office is closed from Tuesday 18th December at 3.30pm until Monday 7th January 2019 at 9am.  Please contact our County Chairman, Polly Baines on 07854 815508 if you have any urgent queries.

Christmas Shopping Evening Success!

December 7th, 2018

Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) held their sixth successful Christmas Shopping Evening on Thursday 6th December at The Ingestre Suite on the County Showground, Stafford. The vast room was filled with 63 stalls from across the Staffordshire selling local produce including Nelsons Gin based just outside of Uttoxeter and The Wissage Bakehouse, who are based in Aston just outside of Stafford. Also attending was local Stone YFC member, Becky Roe has just launched her new company called “Pebble and Sage” designing original and unique prints, cards and invitations. Becky has also recently benefited from a grant from Staffordshire YFC, to help her with her design company, helping her business to flourish and grow.

The newly formed Cheadle YFC members also put their creative skills to the test and bought along a stall with handcrafted decorations and gift ideas to help raise funds for the Club.

The YFC Office had to set up a waiting list during the month before as stallholders were desperate to secure a pitch at this growingly popular event. Doors opened to the public at 6.30pm with a brisk trade all evening, with over 380 visitors who were greeted with a freshly baked mince pie and warmed mulled wine to set the festive scene for a great indoor shopping experience. The federation were well supported again by local turkey farmer Sandra Hopley based in Tixall, who kindly supplied hot turkey rolls on sale, which smelt delicious as everyone arrived.

There was also a raffle held during the evening, kindly supported by many of the stallholders who donated prizes and manned very well by Pav and Isobelle of Barclays Bank who very generously agreed to match fund on the evening through the Barclays Bank community initiative.

County Chairman, Polly Baines said “Once again this year, our Christmas Shopping Evening has exceeded all expectations. We are very grateful to the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society for allowing us to use the fantastic showground facility to hold the event in. We like to encourage stalls with local produce, craft and unique goods that cannot be found on the high street to come along and they definitely did that on Thursday night, kickstarting to the festive shopping season for all our visitors in style.”

Staffordshire Young Farmers will be holding the evening again next year on Thursday 5th December as part of their vast calendar of events which raise funds for the organisation, which is a registered charity. This enables the Federation to provide support, training and competitions to its membership which is now over 550 young people aged 10 – 26 years.

To view photos from the evening, please click here.

Netball Competition 2018

December 2nd, 2018

7 teams took part in the NFYFC Netball Competition at Leek High School, the results were:

1st – Uttoxeter A, 2nd – Waterhouses, 3rd – Eccleshall A

Staffordshire YFC Public Speaking Day 2018

November 29th, 2018

On Sunday, 25th November 2018, over 130 members of Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs took part in a variety of Public Speaking competitions. The day was kindly supported by Reaseheath College of Nantwich. A spokesperson for the college said ‘Reaseheath College, one of the UK’s leading land-based colleges, is delighted to continue to build on our existing relationship by supporting Staffordshire Young Farmers. Engaging with all areas of the farming community is something we take very seriously at Reaseheath and nurturing young talent through young farmers is essential as they are the future of the industry.’

In the first competition of the day, Junior Reading, each team, comprising of three members aged 10 – 14 years read out three chosen passages from “Private Peaceful” by Michael Morpurgo. The winning team was from Chase YFC, in second place came Leek YFC and in third place it was Uttoxeter JNFU. The other competition held for younger members was the Junior Speaking, where members aged 10 – 16 years form teams who act as a Chairman, Speaker and Proposer of the Vote of Thanks. Winning that competition was Eccleshall YFC, closely followed by Leek YFC in second place and Uttoxeter JNFU in third place.

For members aged 17 – 21 years, the Situations Vacant Competition was held, based on the members applying for a job of their choice, competitors had to submit a CV and covering letter prior to the competition and then participate in a ‘mock’ job interview. Amy Boothby of Uttoxeter JNFU came first with Eden Gray of Lichfield YFC coming second and Kate Mollatt, also of Uttoxeter JNFU took third place.

The Intermediate members took part in a County Brainstrust Competition and after eight teams competed the overall results were Eccleshall YFC in first place with Abbotsholme YFC and Leek YFC taking joint second. This competition involves the team debating questions which are topical at the time. Each team chairman has a selected batch which contain six question topics, three of a general nature and three on rural affairs, from which they select three for discussion by the team. One question must be selected from each section plus one other. The Chairman has no prior communication with the team about the questions they have selected to be discussed. The competition makes for a great debate with subjects including Brexit and the effect on Agriculture, HS2 and Social Media amongst many others.

The first and second placed teams in these competitions will go forward to represent Staffordshire at the West Midlands Area Finals in on 24th February, which is this year being hosted by Staffordshire.

Also, on Sunday, the County round of the including Member of the Year (17 and Under) and Male and Female Member of the Year (18 and Over) were held. Toby Hall of Abbotsholme YFC was the winner of the 17 and under Section. Toby has been an active member of Abbotsholme Young Farmers for seven years and he has held the role of Club Chairman during this time. Competitors were required to complete a Synopsis Form giving details of their activities within YFC over the previous 12 months as well as information about school, career aspirations, and activities outside YFC. An informal interview and power point presentation also took place on the day. In second place was Maisie Tinwell of Leek YFC and in third place was Alice Boothby of Uttoxeter JNFU.

Both Toby and Maisie will go forward to represent Staffordshire YFC at the West Midlands Area round being held on Sunday 3rd March 2019 at Oakengates Theatre, Telford.

The Female Member of the Year was won by Gemma Brookes a past Club Chairman of Uttoxeter JNFU. Gemma has been a member of Staffordshire YFC for eight years. Awarded second place was Beth Walford, currently the Club Secretary of Chase YFC. Beth has been a member of her local club for two years. In third place was Izzy Proctor of Leek YFC who has been a member for three years and currently the Club Secretary for Leek YFC.

The Male Member of the Year as won by Johnathan Wilson of Uttoxeter JNFU for the second year running. Johnathan is 26 years of age and has been a member for 13 years. Rob Mollatt also of Uttoxeter JNFU came second and Dan Moseley of Eccleshall YFC was placed third. Senior competitors were required to complete an information sheet giving details of their experience with Young Farmers and attend an interview with the competition judges on the day. All the judges on the day commented on the high standard of competitors and felt that the federation had some very enthusiastic and confident members to take on roles in their clubs in the future.

Johnathan and Rob will also represent Staffordshire YFC at the West Midlands Area round on Sunday 3rd March at Oakengates Theatre, Shropshire.

To round off a great day of Competitions, there was also a Ballroom Dancing Competition in which Ashley YFC took first place with their choreographed routine which followed the NFYFC Rules, where teams had to perform a Show Dance to open a show (like Strictly Come Dancing). The Team had to perform two genres from Ballroom, and two genres from Latin. In second place was Eccleshall YFC and Chase YFC came third.

Another NFYFC Competition held at the end of a very busy day was the Show Choir which again is part of the National Competitions Programme for YFC this year. In this competition, Uttoxeter JNFU sang their way to first place with their rendition of “Stand by Me” followed by “Meet me on the East Side.” In second place was Eccleshall YFC and Chase YFC took third place.

Teams placed first and second in the Ballroom Dancing and Show Choir will also go forward to the West Midlands Area round which is being hosted by Staffordshire YFC on Sunday 24th February.

The day of competitions held on Sunday is a great example of the opportunities which all YFC members have to develop their public speaking skills, take up new competitions and meet like minded young people from across the county.

Public Speaking Day 2018 Results

November 27th, 2018

On Sunday 25th November 2018, over 160 members competed in 8 Competitions, Full results from the day can be found below:

Mark Sheet – Ballroom Dancing – 2018 – 19

Mark Sheet – Brainstrust (21 & Under) 2018 – 19

Mark Sheet – Choir (26 & Under) 2018 – 19

Mark Sheet – Member Of The Year (17 & under)- 2018-19

Mark Sheet – Member Of The Year (18 & over) – 2018-19

Mark Sheet – Public Speaking (16 & under) – 2018-19

Mark Sheet – Reading (14 & under) – 2017-18

Mark Sheet – Situation Vacant (16 to 21) – 2018-19

Staffordshire Young Farmers take the top spot at the National Live and Carcase finals!

November 26th, 2018

Staffordshire Young farmers proved the future of livestock farming in the county is in safe hands after their award-winning performances at National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) Live and Carcase Judging competition finals at the English Winter Fair in Staffordshire this weekend. Following a great day on the Saturday judging Live Beef and Live Lambs, kindly provided by the exhibitors, competitors returned on the Sunday judging lamb and beef carcase, kindly provided by Messrs Bradshaw Bros. The facilities in the carcase hall and the Show, provided by the English Winter Fair committee ensure that this competition can be held with the highest quality of stock and meat to judge.

The Overall Team Award, and the much coveted The John Spear Trophy was awarded to Staffordshire YFC members Harriet Wilson, Robert Mollatt, Emily Cartmail and Jake Manning, after their efforts on the weekend took them 9 points ahead of the runner up team, Lancashire YFC. Staffordshire YFC also won this award in 2013 and 2015.

Taking home the coveted Bob Williams Trophy for the highest placed senior team in the competition was Harriet Wilson of Eccleshall YFC along with her team mate, Jake Manning of Lichfield YFC. They were a clear 19 points ahead of the team from the runner up team, Cumbria. Harriet said “I am over the moon. I have enjoyed being involved in this competition so much and made so many friends through it.” Harriet also credits the competition with influencing her career in meat retail as she is now ALDI’s Corporate Responsibility Manager with responsibility for farming, fish, deforestation and fair trade. “It has always been my favourite competition if I hadn’t got into Stockjudging, I wouldn’t have joined young farmers and as a result ended up working in the meat industry. Stockjudging really set me on my path for what I wanted to do.”

In The Mark Madders Trophy, which is awarded for the Beef and Pig Live and Carcase Judging, Aimee Smith of Eccleshall YFC and Meg Barnes of Leek YFC took third place. Meg also took second place for her position in the Intermediate Pork Live and Carcase Judging.

Staffordshire YFC members were not only competing in the NFYFC competitions over the weekend. They also had two full teams in the English Winter Fair YFC Stock and Carcase Classes and achieved very highly in these too. In the Overall Stockjudging Team, members Johnathan Wilson (Uttoxeter JNFU), Phil Wilson (Uttoxeter JNFU), Maisie Tinwell (Leek YFC) and Peter Cotton (Waterhouses YFC) took first place. The team then also took second place in the overall Sunday competitions, after Warwickshire YFC took first place again this year.

Members came home with an array of awards individually on Sunday as follows:
Intermediate Live Lamb Stockjudging – Peter Cotton, Waterhouses YFC.
Live Lamb Stockjudging Team – Peter Cotton, Waterhouses and Johnathan Wilson, Uttoxeter JNFU.
Senior Lamb Carcase Judging – Katie James, Leek YFC

The weekend has been a great event with young farmers across the country coming together to compete in these important competitions which develops members skills in Stockjudging and public speaking.

Warwickshire YFC take the top spot again at The English Winter Fair YFC Classes

November 19th, 2018

Warwickshire YFC members were 17 points ahead of their fellow West Midlands Area county, Staffordshire YFC taking the top spot for Overall Team at the English Winter Fair YFC Stock and Carcase Judging Competition held on Sunday 18th November. The members, from the Hall Family and Jeye Family, fought off a very high standard of competition from over 130 young farmers’ members across 19 teams entered into this year’s English Winter Fair YFC Stock and Carcase Judging classes. The one-day competition was hailed a great success with members praising the venue, organisation and format of the competitions thanks to Staffordshire Young Farmers members and supporters who all give up their time to judge, steward and assist on the day. Staffordshire YFC County Organiser, Julia Taylor said “We had 19 teams entered from 13 counties across England and Wales this year. The popularity of our competitions is high amongst the members and they enjoy the quality stock and carcases available to judge as well as the facilities at the County Showground in Stafford.”

The English Winter Fair took place at the weekend, 17th – 18th November and the YFC classes were kindly sponsored by AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) with very generous prize monies on offer. Young Farmers were able to judge Live Lamb and Beef classes and Lamb and Pork Carcase Classes thanks to support from the show organiser, Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society along with AHDB.

In the Live Lambs class, judged in Bingley Hall, with the lambs kindly provided by Mrs Madders & Mr Johnson, the highest scoring Senior Competitor was Becky Smith of Worcestershire YFC with 97 points and in the Intermediate Section, it was Peter Cotton of Staffordshire YFC with 95 points. The highest scoring team in this class was awarded to Harry Watson and Becky Smith of Worcestershire YFC scoring a combined total of 188 points.

The Live Beef class was judged in the stalls, with some fine cattle provided by the exhibitors at the show. The highest scoring Senior Competitor was Matt Price of Shropshire YFC, scoring 97 points. In the Intermediate Section, Ella Harris of Radnor YFC came first with 81 points. As a team, Radnor YFC took first place in this class, with members James Nixon and Ella Harris scoring a combined total of 171 points.

The Carcase Classes were all judged in the excellent Carcase Hall facility with carcasses very kindly provided by Messrs Bradshaw Bros. In the Lamb Carcase class, the Overall Senior Competitor was won jointly by Georgia Thatcher of Worcestershire YFC and Katie James of Staffordshire YFC, both gaining a total of 93 points. The Overall Intermediate Competitor was also a joint win for Gemma Price of Radnor YFC and Martha Bland of Derbyshire YFC with 85 points. The Overall team in this section was won by the Radnor team, members Will Lewis and Gemma Price had a combined total of 176 points.

The final class of the day was the Pork Carcase Class. The Overall Senior Competitor was won by Fred Allen of Shropshire YFC with 96 points. The Overall Intermediate Competitor was Tom Garlick of Herefordshire YFC with 93 points. The Overall team in this final class was won by Fred Allen and Joe Brassington of Shropshire YFC with a combined total of 188 points.

The Michael Bradshaw Award for the Overall Stockjudging Team was awarded to home team Staffordshire YFC with Warwickshire YFC in second place and Brecknock YFC in third place. The Michael Bradshaw Award for the Overall Carcase Judging Team was awarded jointly to Radnor YFC and Warwickshire YFC with Becknock YFC in the runner up position.

After a full day of judging, The Birmingham Agricultural Exhibition Society Silver Challenge Cup, awarded for the Overall Team on the day went to Warwickshire YFC after they gained a whopping 677 points in all the classes. This same team won the award last year. They were followed by Staffordshire YFC in second place with 660 points and in third place, Radnor YFC with 654 points.

Stockjudging and Carcase judging competitions remain a very important and competitive sector in the Young Farmers Federations across the country, as this day has demonstrated so well. The facilities at the English Winter Fair are ideal for YFC to showcase this. Next year, the English Winter Fair committee will continue to host these competitions for YFC members and looks forward to welcoming the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs again, to take part in this very successful show, with their Live and Carcase Judging Competition Finals, which were also held again at the Show this year.

To view a full set of photos from the day, please click here

To view the full results from the day, please click here and for a list of Awards, please click here.

Great Success From County AGM…

November 17th, 2018

Cheadle YFC attended the Staffordshire YFC County: Annual General Meeting. We are Proud to Accounce….

🐷🏆We brought home some bacon!🏆🐷

Two of our most outstanding advisory had been elected for County Vice Presentacy…

🎉Mrs Christie Large🎉
🎉Mrs Liz Hulme🎉

We were awarded….

🏆National Jodgeball 2nd place award

🏆Most Outstanding Secutary-Sarah Bourne

🏆Most Outstanding Treasurer Runner up-Greg Large

🏆Most outstanding Club Leader Runner up: Katherine Clarkson

And Finally we have been awarded….

🎉🏆The Staffordshire YFC County Shield for Club Efficiency!🏆🎉 (We last achieved this award back in 1988).

We are so proud of all these achievements and would like to thank all Club Members, Associates, Advisory, Parents, Sponsors, neighbouring Clubs, Members of the Public, Past Cheadle YFC and Most Importantly Staffordshire YFC Federation without all these people we wouldn’t have got it up and going so strongly without your support to make all these achievements this year!

👏Well Done to all other Staffordshire County Clubs with all there achievements on the night and we Wish Everyone all the best for 2018/19!👏

We hope everyone would be able to join us in our Celebrations at our Cheadle YFC Corker of a Christmas party! (Full Details in Event Section: Tickets only)

Cheadle YFC Corker of a Christmas Party!

November 17th, 2018

Go Karting Results 2018

November 13th, 2018

11 teams across the County raced their way around the indoor course at Fast Lane, Fenton.  In a closely fought race the winners were:

1st – Leek YFC

2nd – Eccleshall YFC

3rd – Ashley YFC

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