A prize fund of over £700 is on offer in the Young Farmers’ Stock and Carcase judging Competitions at this year’s English Winter Fair, Stafford, thanks to backing by IAE, the UK’s largest and leading manufacturer of livestock handling and housing equipment, equestrian stabling, steel fencing and shelters. YFC members will be forming teams from across the Country will be competing in the Stock and Carcase Judging competitions, held at the English Winter Fair on Sunday 20th November along with the NFYFC Live and Carcase Judging two-day competition over the weekend.
The teams made up of 8 members will be judging Live Beef, Live Lamb, Lamb and Beef Carcase on Sunday 19th November from 9am. The Secretary for the Young Farmer Classes, Mrs Julia Taylor explained, “Young Farmers will be able to judge the Lamb and Pork Carcase in the purpose-built Carcass Hall, which is a fantastic facility available to us thanks to generous support from IAE and the show’s organisers, the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society.”
New sponsor, Andrew Buxton, Sales and Marketing Director of IAE said ‘We are excited to be supporting the Staffordshire Young Farmers who are organising the YFC Stock and Carcase Judging Competitions at the English Winter Fair this year. We are very much looking forward to seeing Young Farmers from across the country compete across four different classes, in a competition that we know forms part of the foundations that the organisation is built upon.
At IAE, we recognize that future success depends on us attracting and nurturing the finest talent through young people. Similarly, we hope that by supporting the YFC Stock and Carcase Judging Classes, we are helping to give young people the opportunity to grow their confidence, refine their skills and most importantly continue to immerse themselves in what they enjoy most.’
The Beef cattle with be judged from exhibitor stock at the show and the lambs are kindly provided from Madders and Johnson of Hopton. Young Farmers will pit their skills picked up in county rounds of the YFC’s Stock and Carcase competitions against others in this nationwide event to secure prizes. “It is a great way for members to test their skill at judging stock on the hoof and on the hook. Each team is given 10 minutes to assess stock and then two minutes to give reasons to the panel of judges for their choices. It is always a popular date on the YFC calendar and well supported by counties across the country” adds Mrs Taylor.
In addition to cash prizes YFC teams will also compete for the Birmingham Agricultural Exhibition Society silver cup for the team accumulating most points which last year went to Glamorgan YFC for the second year running.
This year again there will be a two-course meal being held in the Boden Room, exclusively for YFC members followed by entry into the Herdsman’s Supper Disco entry for only £15 on the evening before the competitions, Saturday 18th November. This evening is also kindly supported by Bagshaws Auctioneers.
Young Farmers attending the event will also be able to see the Show’s championships take place in the main arena in Bingley Hall as well as witness the spectacle of the grand auction of prize-winning animals from both the live arena and Carcass Hall on Sunday afternoon.
For any further information about this press release relating to the YFC Classes at the English Winter Fair, please contact Julia Taylor, Staffordshire YFC County Organiser on 01785 248645 / 07984 174557or email her direct on email@example.com
To enter a team from your County – click here.
Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers is seeking a County Organiser. This role is to provide organisational support, administration and delivery of the YFC programme of activities provided to YFC clubs and members within the county of Staffordshire.
As part of our ongoing discussions about this role, we have agreed that we are willing to consider applications from those looking for a part-time or jobshare basis.
Therefore we have extended the deadline to Monday 11th, and we invite applications from those who would find this more appealing than full time.
New applications for a full-time role are welcome, and those who have already submitted applications based on the full-time role will still be considered for shortlisting.
We still aim to conduct interviews on the 18th September, as originally planned.
Click here for a pdf copy of the above advert.
YFC Show Floats bring out the sunshine for memorable Days in History!
Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) take the main ring at the County Show by storm again this year, on Thursday 1st June. They held their annual Young Farmers’ Show Float Competition with the theme this year being “A Day in History”, which meant for plenty of construction, colour and fun on each float as they created some of the well-remembered events from years gone by including World Cup 1966 and The Sinking of the Titanic. The sponsor of the competition, BD Fuels of Hixon and Staffordshire YFC President, George Hawley kindly judged the floats, before and during their journey into the main ring of the County Showground. This prestigious competition, the highlight of the YFC calendar and one of the most popular ran by Staffordshire Young Farmers, draws the largest crowd to the main ring when the floats, which have been worked on for many months, take to the parade led by a tractor on loan from Johnsons of Cheadle.
The Overall Float Competition was won by Chase YFC who recreated “ABBA winning the Eurovision” which included a revolving stage, great costumes and an amphitheatre. Second place was awarded to Abbotsholme YFC who’s float re-created “The Great Fire of London”. As the only school club in Staffordshire, the members were able to show off their singing skills with a medley of “fire related” tunes and their float had some fantastic artwork depicting the historical event. Leek YFC took third place with their float depicting “Olympics 2012 and Super Saturday” which was covered in famous sports and sport persons as well as a London Eye. Fourth place was awarded to Waterhouses YFC who had a moving Spitfire and their costumes were very in keeping with the theme of “VE Day!”
Lichfield YFC were awarded the Best Name Board Shield for their well-designed sign for their Float, which depicted Christmas Day. The 2nd placed Best Name Board was awarded to Ashley YFC who had a brightly painted board as part of their “Millennium” Float and then 3rd place was awarded to Leek YFC who’s name board displayed the Olympic rings as part of their “Olympics 2012 Super Saturday” float. This part of the competition was judged by Mr & Mrs T Williams, Vice Chairman and Mr & Mrs G Roobottom, Vice President of the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society.
Members on the Show Floats from ten clubs entertained the huge crowds and judges as they circled the Main Ring. Staffordshire YFC thoroughly enjoy providing this entertainment to the general public and raising their profile, as a rural youth organisation which is all about fun, teamwork, learning and opportunities for anyone aged 10 to 28 years. They also enjoyed a great water fight at the end, which is the most favourite part for many members. After a very cold day at yesterday’s Show, the afternoon of sunshine worked out very well and members were able to cool off and have fun.
Staffordshire YFC has had an amazing two days at this year’s County Show. They have been promoting the opportunities that are offer to members and showcasing what their organisation is all about. The marquee and tea rooms have been full with visitors over the two days. Members from all clubs have had the opportunity to meet potential new members as well as chatting to former members who have enjoyed reminiscing with displays of past and present photos on display.
County Chairman Emily Cartmail commented that “We have had a great couple of days here at the County Show. It’s great to see YFC members enjoying themselves and taking part in so many competitions. Grateful thanks to all the supporters and helpers who volunteer over the two days and especially those involved directly in our Show Float Competition. It was great to see us draw such crowds around the main ring and in the grandstand.”
Pictures from the Show Float Competition can be found HERE
Results Sheet can be downloaded HERE
“A Day in History”
Best Name Board;
1st – Lichfield YFC (Christmas Day)
2nd – Ashley YFC (1st Day of the Millennium)
3rd – Leek YFC (Olympics 2012 – Super Saturday)
1st – Chase YFC (ABBA Winning Eurovision)
2nd – Abbotsholme YFC (Great Fire of London)
3rd – Leek YFC (Olympics 2012 – Super Saturday)
4th – Waterhouses YFC (VE Day)
Results Sheet can be downloaded HERE
Pictures from the Show Float Competition can be found HERE
After a brilliant first day at the County Show, Staffordshire Young Farmers held their Male and Female Tug of War in the Main Ring on Wednesday evening, 31st May. A full grandstand of supporters from across the County and other clubs also turned out in force to watch a hard-fought competition. Many of the teams have been training three times a week since the new year and their hard work and efforts paid off.
With a record number of entries in both competitions and following a great standard of pulling the results on the evening for the male competition were: Waterhouses YFC team beat Eccleshall A YFC to the 1st place position. Eccleshall A YFC were the runners-up and Cheadle YFC took 3rd place.
In the female competition, Waterhouses YFC again took the 1st place after a close finish with Cheadle YFC coming 2nd. Leek YFC came in with a closely fought 3rd place.
The 1st and 2nd placed teams from each competition will now go forward to the West Midlands Round of the competition at being held on Saturday 1st July at Hanbury Show, Worcestershire.
Tug of War remains an ever popular competition which encourages members to work together as a team with long terms benefits of improvement of fitness, strength and technique as well as discipline, enjoyment, sportsmanship, respect and teamwork.
Please click HERE for photos from the evening
The Stafford County Show saw Staffordshire Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) inside their marquee with a fully packed offering of activities for everyone to get involved in along with many displays of the competitions and achievements of the members during the last 12 months. The show also saw the return of the Club Display Competition with YFC members from all ten clubs using their creative skills to create a display promoting their club in a space no larger than 1m2.
The judges for this competition were Charlotte Rigby of HSKSG Accountants & Ailish Ross, West Midlands Area Chairperson, following a difficult deliberation with such excellent displays, the final results were, 1st place Stone YFC, with Eccleshall YFC 2nd and in 3rd place were Lichfield YFC.
Please click HERE for photos of the Club Displays
On Tuesday 23rd May, Staffordshire Young Farmers Club (YFC) hosted their Pre-Show Reception which was kindly sponsored by Abbotsholme School, RBA Wealth Management and HSKSG Accountants at the Ingestre Suite on the County Showground. The evening was attended by over 180 sponsors, supporters and invited guests of the Federation and marks the start of the Staffordshire County Show with many representatives of the rural community coming together.
The evening proved to be very entertaining with the ‘YFC’s Got Talent’ Competition, where competitors presented any talents of their choice from singing and dancing to a comedy sketch. The judges, Vanessa Roe, former Staffordshire County Chairperson & Steve Cartmail, currently the County Chairperson of The Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, commented that the four acts they had judged were all fantastic, talented and should be congratulated for having the courage to come up on stage and perform.
After the acts had performed, the winners were announced as Uttoxeter JNFU with a very entertaining double act, which saw Toby Hall playing the keyboard and Rob Mollatt taking to the microphone. Their performance involved lots of audience participation and they even invited the County Treasurer, Angela Woodward on stage! Second place went to Abbotsholme YFC with Eva performing a beautiful solo to David Guetta’s ‘Titanium’ accompanied by a seamless choreographed dance routine by Anais. Eccleshall YFC entertained with a famous Two Ronnies, Mastermind sketch featuring Dan Moseley & Tom Bowers which saw the audience laughing both at them and with them.
Staffordshire Young Farmers Club along with South Staffordshire Water also presented a charity cheque to Midlands Air Ambulance following a very successful Christmas Tractor Run held in December 2022 which saw 100 tractors take to the roads around the Blithfield Reservoir Area.
During the evening there was also a presentation made by one of the local clubs, Ashley YFC who explained about their fundraising over the last 12 months with two events that they organised. One event was a Santa Sleigh around the villages and neighborhood’s of Ashley and the second event was a Pie and Quiz Night. The club raised valuable funds for two charities which the members wished to support this year – Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) and Motor Neurone Disease Association.
There was also a presentation made by Polly Baines, Chairperson of the Staffordshire Young Farmers Ambassadors (YFA) as she kept everyone up to date with the NFYFC YFC Travel Programme, which has trips available from September 2023. YFC members can apply for travel opportunities all over the world from Rural Youth Seminars, working Scholarships to a Ski Trip.
The Leslie T Chester competition results were also presented for the best ‘Blog’ writing competition, with members having to write a 300 – 500 word blog to the theme ‘My YFC Journey’. First place went to Emily Cartmail of Eccleshall YFC, second place to Polly Baines of Uttoxeter JNFU with Natalie Bradley of Eccleshall coming third.
The evening was a great way for members and guests to start thinking ahead to the Staffordshire County Show, which is being held on Wednesday 31st May – Thursday 1st June where Staffordshire YFC members will be promoting their clubs inside the YFC Marquee, erected next to the YFC Office on the showground. Members will also be competitive on Wednesday evening as they “take the strain” in the main ring at 7.30pm with the Male and Female Tug of War Competition as well as on Thursday afternoon at 2.15pm with the very popular Show Floats, to the theme of “A Day in History” this year.
Emily Cartmail, County Chairperson said “Tonight has been a fantastic evening to show case the talents and hard work of all our members, from raising money for various charities to entertaining the audience with comedy, singing and dancing. We are excited for this year’s County Show, all the clubs are so busy putting time, effort and skill into the show floats and their club displays to showcase what they as a YFC club are proud of. Personally, I cannot wait to see what the clubs have got in store for this year’s County Show!”
To view an album of photos from the Pre Show Reception, please click here.
The Pre Show Reception saw the results from the following competitions:
Leslie T Chester ‘Blog’ Writing Competition
1st – Emily Cartmail – Eccleshall YFC
2nd – Polly Baines – Uttoxeter JNFU
3rd – Natalie Bradley – Eccleshall YFC
YFC’s Got Talent Competition
1st – Uttoxeter JNFU – Toby Hall & Rob Mollatt – Entertaining double act with singing and keyboard music
2nd – Abbotsholme YFC – Eva & Anais with their brilliantly choreographed dance routine and solo singing
3rd – Eccleshall YFC – Dan Moseley & Tom Bowers entertaining with the famous Two Ronnies ‘Mastermind’ sketch
A full breakdown of the results can be found HERE