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YFC’s Got Talent & Leslie T Chester Competitions 2022

May 24th, 2022

The Pre Show Reception saw the results from the following competitions:

Leslie T Chester Story Writing Competition

1st – Serena Gough – Eccleshall YFC

2nd – Kate Oakes- Chase YFC

3rd – Beckie Phillips – Uttoxeter JNFU

Please click HERE to read the winning story

 

YFC’s Got Talent Competition

1st – Abbotsholme YFC – Lyrica & Anais with their brilliantly choreographed danced routine

=2nd – Eccleshall YFC – Dan Moseley & Harry Bowers entertaining pub sketch

=2nd – Uttoxeter JNFU – Rob Mollatt & Toby Hall – comedy sketch featuring ‘two women at a wedding’

 

ABBA Tribute Night

May 23rd, 2022

Staffordshire YFC alongside the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society joined together for the first time in history to hold a joint Tribute Act evening, with the band Re-Bjorn, A Tribute to ABBA.  The evening saw over 370 guests enjoyed a hog roast served by P S Sargeant of Bramshall, IceCream from Red Lion Farm, Haughton and a dancefloor filled from the moment the band took to the stage.

To view photos from the evening, please click here.

Rally 2022 – Read all about it!

May 11th, 2022

Staffordshire County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SCFYFC) County Rally was held on Saturday, 7th May at Hall Farm, Pipe Ridware by kind permission of RJ Smith & Son.  After a two year gap it was fantastic to see ten strong Staffordshire YFC Clubs compete against each other on the day in over 40 competition classes.  The Rally Day started and finished with bright sunshine and saw a great turnout of over 350 members along with sponsors and supporters to cheer on their Clubs in the various competitions.  Members have been preparing weeks ahead to enter the Static Classes ranging from making “Royal Picnic Basket,” creating a Tombola Drum, sculpting a Recycled Garden Feature and four photography categories.  In addition to the displayed classes there were many opportunities for members to compete in active competitions on the day including a Water Catching Challenge, “Build a Tent” Competition and competing in the all-time favourite ‘Total Wipeout’ in order to try and win some silverware at the end of the Day.

Two of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) Competitions were also held on the day, including the Floral Art.  In the Junior Class, competitors were required to create an exhibit to the theme: ‘British TV Programmes’ with the winning entry coming from Jessica Yardley, Eccleshall YFC.  In the Intermediate Class, the requirement was to create an exhibit to the theme “My Favourite Musical” from Lucy Hockenhull, Eccleshall YFC.  The Senior Class required competitors to create an exhibit to the theme “Chinese New Year”, which was won by Beth Allen of Cheadle YFC.  The three members will all go forward to compete in the NFYFC Finals held at the Malvern Autumn Show in September along with the runners up in each age category as well.

The main ring held a huge “Total Wipeout” Competition with teams of up to 6 members from each club taking part.  This was a great success, with members loving the assault course of various challenges including carrying a Custard Cup to the other side of the main ring intact whilst having water and inflatables launched at them! All the main ring fun involved lots of water and enthusiasm from members with overall winners of the Sports Cup from this competition along with the Top Table Royal Relay being Eccleshall YFC.

Into the evening the highly competitive Junior Tug Of War competition, which is also a National Competition for 2022 sees the highest two place teams go forward to the West Midlands Area round in June.   Members aged between 12 and 17 years from Waterhouses YFC took 1st place with Cheadle YFC coming a close second.  The day was rounded off by the ever-popular Mixed Tug of War competition, which saw 9 teams taking part, and Waterhouses YFC, taking the silverware for the day, beating Uttoxeter JNFU in the final.

Following the Tug of War Competitions, during which a hog roast kindly donated by Packington Pork was served, the day was rounded off with announcement of the results from all the Rally Competitions and presentation of Trophies and Awards by the host, Mr Colin Smith. To view the full set of results please click https://staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk/rally-2022-results/

The day was kindly sponsored by over 60 local companies and supporting organisations, with the main sponsors being Shires Vets, Malcolm Harrison and Johnsons of Cheadle.  The Rally day brings together the rural community of Staffordshire and could not run so well without the support of the judges, stewards and catering committee.  Over 100 volunteers behind the scenes ensure that the day runs so smoothly – made up of county officers, vice parents and members of Staffordshire YFC.

Toby Hall, County Chairman of Staffordshire YFC said “I am really proud of all our members, some of whom have never been to a Rally before and so they just didn’t know what to expect.  Their enthusiasm and talents on the day were well and truly on display.  Staffordshire YFC is so grateful for all the support given by the sponsors, parents, members and helpers – we just couldn’t hold this kind of event without them!”

The federation currently has over 650 members aged 10 – 28 years, which is higher than pre pandemic times.  Clubs across Staffordshire are now busy preparing for the Staffordshire County Show being held 1st – 2nd June which is their main marketing event of the year.  The YFC Marquee which is erected next to the YFC Office on the Showground will be themed as “70 yrs of Staffordshire YFC”.  Competitions held in the Main Ring over the two days include the Male and Female Tug of War Finals and the very popular Show Floats Competition which this year is themed as “West End Musicals.”

To view photos from the Rally please click as below:

Photos from the Day click here

Photos from the Tug of War click here

Photos from the Presentation of Awards click here

Rally 2022 Results!

May 7th, 2022

After a full on day of competitions ranging from Carved Tree Stump to Floral Art….. The Overall Results for the silverware were as follows:

Overall Rally Cup:
1st Uttoxeter; 2nd Eccleshall; 3rd Ashley

Most Improved Club Shield:
1st Eccleshall; 2nd Chase, 3rd Leek
Rose Bowl:

1st Eccleshall; 2nd Uttoxeter; 3rd Cheadle
Junior Cup:
1st Uttoxeter; 2nd Ashley; 3rd Cheadle & Eccleshall
Intermediate Cup:

1st Uttoxeter; 2nd Cheadle & Eccleshall; 3rd Chase
Senior Cup:
1st Eccleshall; 2nd Uttoxeter; 3rd Ashley
Associate Cup:
1st Uttoxeter; 2nd Chase; 3rd Eccleshall
Eccleshall Shield:
1st Cheadle; 2nd Chase; 3rd Waterhouses
Sports Cup:

1st Eccleshall; 2nd Lichfield; 3rd Cheadle
Tractor Handling Cup:
1st Cheadle; 2nd Stone; 3rd Chase
TWW Jones Award (Wildlife Quiz):

1st Uttoxeter; 2nd Leek; 3rd Chase
Tug of War Tray:
1st Waterhouses; 2nd Uttoxeter; 3rd Eccleshall

For all the photos from a brilliant Rally Day held by kind permission of RJ Smith & Son, please click

Top judging in Stockman of the Year

April 26th, 2022

On Sunday 24th April Staffordshire YFC held their second Stockjudging event, Young Stockjudge and Stockman of the Year Competition, hosted by kind permission of The Rushton Family, Upper Leese Hill Farm, Kingstone. The day was generously supported by KiwiKit Roxan and members were also able to win prize money kindly donated by The Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society.  There were eight teams taking part from across Staffordshire, with teams of twelve competitors judging four rings of animals – Dairy cows, Breeding Ewes, Butchers Lambs and Beef Cattle and placed them an order of merit, followed by delivering positive comparative reasons to the master judges.

Stockjudging is one of the many competitions organised by Staffordshire YFC and gives members the opportunity to utilise their skills with regards to judging and understanding of the make-up of an animal, market demands, and communication, observation and presentation skills which are transferrable in their future career or education path.  During Covid 19 in 2020 and 2021, these competitions did move to a virtual online format, but as with many aspects of YFC, members thrive on meeting fellow members from across the county, with Sunday being no exception.

Will Roobottom of KiwiKit Roxan attended the day and said “KiwiKit Roxan Bring New Zealand Solutions to British Farmers, Fencing Contractors and Veterinary Surgeons. Our aim is to provide good quality product that will do the job at the right price with a first-class service to our customers.  We were pleased to see the next generation of young farmers taking part in this competition, giving them a valuable skillset and enabling them to succeed.”

The results on the day were as follows:

28 and Under Member – 1st Rob Mollatt, Uttoxeter; 2nd Sally Belfield, Waterhouses; 3rd Phil Wilson, Uttoxeter.

21 and Under Member – Joint 1st Liam Poyser and Peter Cotton, Waterhouses; 3rd Andrew Hill, Leek.

18 and Under Member – 1st Hollie Kelly, Chase; Joint 2nd George Large, Cheadle and Jessica Yardley, Eccleshall

Once the team points had been combined, the clubs were positioned as follows:

Overall Young Stockjudge Team of the Year – 1st Uttoxeter JNFU; 2nd Waterhouses YFC, 3rd Lichfield YFC

Overall Stockman of the Year Team (All points combined) – 1st Uttoxeter JNFU, 2nd Waterhouses YFC, 3rd Leek YFC

After the competition, a composite team made up of the highest placed competitors in each age category will go forward and represent Staffordshire YFC at the West Midland Area eliminator on being held later in the year, hosted by Worcestershire YFC.

To view a selection of photos from the day, please click here.

 

Dairy Stockjudging Results

April 26th, 2022

15 teams across the Staffordshire YFC clubs took part in the County Dairy Stockjudging Competition, kindly hosted by The Stone Family, Onecote Grange, Onecote on Thursday 7th April and sponsored by HJ Lea Oakes.  Teams consisting of six members judged rings of Friesian Dairy Cows, placing them in orders of merit and giving reasons to the master judges.

This skilled competition, one of the many Staffordshire YFC run throughout the year, helps members with observation, their understanding of the make-up of the animal, market demands, communication and presentation skills.  The Junior members judge, place and give reasons on 4 animals, the Intermediate members judge, place and give reasons on 6 animals and the Senior members judge, place and give reasons on 4 animals as well as using the linear method of assessing characteristics.

Following two years of no competitions of this type, the members enjoyed a great evening with a high standard of cows to judge.  The overall results were a winning team from Waterhouses YFC with Ashley YFC taking second place, and in joint third place, it was Eccleshall YFC; Lichfield YFC and Uttoxeter JNFU.    Individually, members will go forward to represent Staffordshire at the NFYFC Finals being held on Friday 15th July at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate.  They will be as follows: Seniors – Mark Whitehurst of Uttoxeter and Vic Astle of Waterhouses; Intermediates – Peter Cotton of Waterhouses YFC and Ruby Oulton of Ashley YFC; Juniors – Tom Bratton of Eccleshall and Tom Gray of Lichfield.

The evening was concluded with the presentation of awards along with refreshments of filled jacket potatoes, kindly sponsored by HJ Lea Oakes.

For photos from the evening, please click here.

Stockman of the Year 2022 Results

April 24th, 2022

This year Stockman of the Year competition was held bkp the Rushton Family of Kingstone, Nr Uttoxeter.   8 clubs took part on the day, which each member having to judge, place and give reasons in the following categories, beef, diary, breeding ewes and butchers lambs. The day was generously supported by KiwiKit Roxan and members were also able to win prize money kindly donated by The Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society.  The results were:

28 and Under Member – 1st Rob Mollatt, Uttoxeter; 2nd Sally Belfield, Waterhouses; 3rd Phil Wilson, Uttoxeter.

21 and Under Member – Joint 1st Liam Poyser and Peter Cotton, Waterhouses; 3rd Andrew Hill, Leek.

18 and Under Member – 1st Hollie Kelly, Chase; Joint 2nd George Large, Cheadle and Jessica Yardley, Eccleshall

Once the team points had been combined, the clubs were positioned as follows:

Overall Young Stockjudge Team of the Year – 1st Uttoxeter JNFU; 2nd Waterhouses YFC, 3rd Lichfield YFC

Overall Stockman of the Year Team (All points combined) – 1st Uttoxeter JNFU, 2nd Waterhouses YFC, 3rd Leek YFC

Photos from the day can be found HERE

Stockman and Young Stockjudge Returns

April 14th, 2022

On Sunday 24th April Staffordshire YFC will be holding their first Young Stockjudge and Stockman of the Year Competition post pandemic, hosted by kind permission of The Rushton Family, Upper Leese Hill Farm, Kingstone. This year the competitions are also being supported by KiwiKit Roxan as well as prize money on offer which is donated by The Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society.  On the day, competitors will be required to judge 4 rings of animals – Dairy cows, Breeding Ewes, Butchers Lambs and Beef Cattle, placing them in an order and then giving positive comparative reasons to the master judges.

Stockjudging is one of the many competitions organised by Staffordshire YFC and gives members the opportunity to utilise their skills with regards to judging and understanding of the make-up of an animal, market demands, and communication, observation and presentation skills which are transferrable in their future career or education path.  During Covid 19 in 2020 and 2021, these competitions did move to a virtual online format, but as with many aspects of YFC, members are really looking forward to getting back together to compete for the certificates and prize money on offer.

Will Roobottom of KiwiKit Roxan said “KiwiKit Roxan Bring New Zealand Solutions to British Farmers, Fencing Contractors and Veterinary Surgeons. Our aim is to provide good quality product that will do the job at the right price with a first-class service to our customers.  Young farmers is such a great federation bringing through the next generation of farmers and giving them a skillset enabling them to succeed. We love to do what we can to support them and wish everyone the best of luck in this year’s stockman of the year”

After the competition, a composite team made up of the highest placed competitors in each age category will go forward and represent Staffordshire YFC at the West Midland Area eliminator on being held later in the year, hosted by Worcestershire YFC.

For information about the competition, please click here

Dairy Stockjudging Results 2022

April 7th, 2022

This years competition was held by kind permission of Mr & Mrs J Stone of Onecote Grange, Onecote, Stoke on Trent, ST13 7RU.  The evening was also kindly sponsored by HJ Lea Oakes.  15 teams took part which involved judging, placing and giving reason on a ring of 4 dairy cows, the results on the night were:

1st – Waterhouses YFC, 2nd – Ashley YFC, =3rd – Eccleshall A & Lichfield A

For photos from the evening please click HERE

Dairy Stockjudging returns to Staffs YFC

April 4th, 2022

Staffordshire YFC are looking forward to holding their first County Dairy Stockjudging Competition post-pandemic on Thursday 7th April by kind permission of The Stone Family, Onecote Grange, Onecote and kindly supported by HJ Lea Oakes.  Teams will consist of six members who will be judging rings of Dairy Cows, placing them in orders of merit and giving reasons to the master judges.

This skilled and popular competition, one of the many Staffordshire YFC run throughout the year, helps members with observation, their understanding of the make-up of the animal, market demands, communication and presentation skills.  The Junior members judge, place and give reasons on 4 animals, the Intermediate members judge, place and give reasons on 6 animals and the Senior members judge, place and give reasons on 4 animals as well as using the linear method of assessing characteristics.  There are entries from all ten clubs in Staffordshire and members have been practising at local farms to hone and refresh their skills ready to take part.

The evening will conclude with filled jacket potatoes and the results announced to see which winning members will go forward to the National Finals of the competition held in July at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Any members taking part, can download the full details by clicking here

 

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