County Rally 2021 – Results

Thank You

Thank you to all our members for taking part in the Virtual County Rally 2021. We of course could not have done this without our judges, stewards and scorers – so thank you!!

It may not have been a normal rally, but it’s been great to see such a high standard of competition – good luck to any members going through to Northern Area Field Day at the end of June.

Results

Well done to everyone who has taken part. Full results booklet will be available online over the next week or so once compiled and published.

Overall Club results:

  1. Worth Valley (144 Points)
  2. Holme Valley (88 Points)
  3. Boroughbridge (43 Points)

Stock Judging Summing Up

Watch the below videos to get feedback on the judge’s order and reasons. Judges have also given some very helpful feedback and pointers.

Beef

Judge Rachel Gilder placed the 4 beef cattle in the order BXYA.

Dairy

Judges Georgina Fort & David Minish placed the 4 dairy cows in the order BAYX.

Breeding Ewes

Judges Robin Booth & Ian Close placed the 4 swaledale ewes in the order BAXY.

Junior Breeding Sheep Summing Up

Intermediate & Senior Breeding Sheep Summing Up

Mystery

Judge Roger Charnley placed the 4 sticks, suitable for a shepherd, in the order XBAY.

Covid-19 Guidance and Restart of YFC

It was great to see so many clubs join the meeting to hear about the latest in Covid-19 guidance from Yorkshire and National Federations. Did you miss the meeting held on Thursday 20th May online?

See below content shared with the 18 clubs who joined. Thank you to those who spoke in the meeting.

Remember – visit www.yfyfc.org.uk/covid-19 for the very latest information and guidance.

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Covid-19 Guidance

Clubs are now able to meet in accordance with the Government regulations. Watch the short video as we go through what clubs can/can’t do:

Programme Ideas

Most of the clubs across Yorkshire FYFC are made up of a mixture of under and over 18s. This means meetings should be held outdoors – stuck for some programme ideas – see the video below:

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New Chairman’s Message

On Thursday 22nd April 2021, Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs held their Executive Committee AGM online for a second year running. Ed Bentley of Helmsley YFC was elected as Chairman, with Vice Chairman Tim Weatherhead of Knaresbourgh YFC continuing for a second year.

Ed takes over from outgoing chair Georgina Fort.

The past year has been very difficult for everyone in their personal and working lives, and YFC is no different. Almost overnight, all in-person club meetings were forced to stop, and any interactions between members have had to be online using Zoom/Teams.

Accepting the position of Chairman, Ed addressed the members:

“Firstly, on behalf of members and the Federation, I would like to thank Georgie for all her hard work over the past two years as County Chair and wish her and new family well.

With Covid-19 restrictions gradually being lifted, there now seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel, and Clubs can start meeting, all be it in a restricted way. Restarting of Clubs and Districts is going to be a challenge in the next few months, but one I’m up for!

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Northern Area Weekend Results

Yorkshire excelled once again in public speaking at the Northern Area Weekend on the 27th & 28th February 2021. The event was held virtually for the first time and was organised by Northumberland. The members enjoyed taking part and are glad they are able to do something during lockdown. Yorkshire members were mentioned in the top 3 for most of the competitions with some teams qualifying for the next round which the is the national finals!!

Well done to all those that took part and good luck to those that qualified. Results are below

Worth Valley’s Big Charity Effort

Worth Valley Young Farmers Club and their team of volunteers battled through ice, rain, snow and Corona virus precautions last week to collect 1800 trees for this year’s Manorlands Hospice Christmas tree recycling scheme. The project has raised £21,520 for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. Club Chairman Joe Holmes and Treasurer Emma Kettlewell were part of the collection team along with other members, former members and other volunteers. Even our YFYFC County Chair Georgie Fort leant a hand when one of the collection vehicles got stuck stuck in snow less than half a mile from her farm and it was soon back on the road again thanks to YFC power. Joe said, “We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who booked in their tree, our amazing volunteers, Skipton Self Drive for loaning us the vans and Keighley Tree Services for shredding the trees and sending the chippings off to the bio-power station.”

Emma added, “This incredible amount will help Sue Ryder to continue to be there when it matters for people going through the most difficult time of their lives; giving people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can.”

Young Farmers is the largest youth movement in the countryside and has members aged 10 to 26 years old. Despite the name the organisation is not just for farmers, indeed our members come from a wide range of backgrounds. Whilst some of the meetings are still linked to the clubs farming roots we get involved in many other positive activities such as sports, public speaking, social events and charitable activities such as this one.

YFYFC Annual Forum

We can confirm that our annual forum will once again happen in 2021. Due to the restrictions this will be an online event. We hope to have a lively debate as we explore the future of British Agriculture as we enter life after Brexit. A deal was struck over Christmas 2020 so this is our chance to ask questions and the opinions of a prestigious panel. So far we have confirmed Robert Goodwill MP and Dorothy Fairburn, CLA. The evening will be chaired by our County Chairman, Georgina Fort who is a dairy and sheep farmer.

Date: Friday 22nd January 2021, 7.30pm

Join using Zoom, please email office@yfyfc.org.uk to register your interest and receive the link nearer the event.

We are pleased to welcome Crombie Wilkinson as our sponsors, once again we thank them for their continued support

YFYFC launch Autumn Virtual Rally 2020

Today Yorkshire FYFC launch their new Autumn Virtual Rally kindly sponsored by Vale Engineering (York) Ltd.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect YFC activities, it’s important that members have things to keep them busy as winter sets in!

5 fun and easy competitions include:

  • Design a Christmas Card
    • Create a Christmas Card design to be printed for YFYFC to send to sponsors and supporters of the Federation.
  • Pumpkin Carving
    • As Halloween is just around the corner, let your imagination run wild with your pumpkin carving
  • Face Painting
    • Paint the face of a household member to the theme animals, including the “YFC” initials
  • Design Booklet Front Cover
    • Design a booklet front cover suitable for rules booklet, annual report etc, featuring the words “Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs”
  • Photography
    • Capture lockdown in a single photograph

Competitions are open to all under 27 years of each – remember the YFC age group has been extended by an additional year due to Coronavirus.

The Christmas Card and Pumpkin Carving competitions will be shortlisted and winning entry chosen by a Facebook vote.

Competition winners will be announced during National Young Farmers Week – 26th October to 1st November 2020.

Enter now!!

Email a photograph of your entries to office@yfyfc.org.uk with your name, age and club.

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 23rd October 2020
Pumpkin Carving will close 1 week later, 5pm Friday 30th October, so your pumpkin is ready for Halloween on Saturday night!

*By submitting your entries this gives us consent to publish your entries on social media with your name and club* 

NFYFC Guidance on clubs meeting

Please find the guidelines below created by NFYFC for clubs to resume YFC Activities. I have highlighted key points for you to consider whether it is worth your club meeting in person or to carry on doing weekly meetings virtually. I would recommend you read the full document.

-If lockdown is introduced into your area or nationally, yfc will halt once again
you must communicate with your members and parents of members with the precautions you are taking

-You must have a risk assessment, hand wash facilities, social distancing measures and an attendance book

-Whether you are indoors or outdoors you can only operate in bubbles of 15 members plus 2 club leaders. They must remain in these bubbles week by week. If someone in the bubble becomes ill it is only those in the bubble who isolate for 14 days

-Check the venue is open and adapted to COVID-19 restrictions, check the venue has room to accommodate the bubble of people whilst maintaining social distancing.

-Ask the venue about their cleaning routines and any areas out of bounds
your management/trustees are the ones who must make sure the club is adhering to the government guidelines

Like I said above please read the guides fully as don’t want to put any members or club leaders at risk. Please make sure that any club leaders or members that are being told to shield by the government can still be involved virtually.

I know the majority of our clubs have more then 15 members so it is up to you how you operate. Either do yfc over a couple of nights or a shorter meeting and have time slots for the different bubbles

This guide has been set by NFYFC not YFYFC
Covid secure guidance for YFCs – England – Issue One 10 July 2020

Over £2,000 raised during Spring Dance Live Stream

The spirit of YFC is still alive.

Despite weekly clubs meetings, competitions and YFC events being cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping across the UK, the true Young Farmers’ spirit has shone through.

Bringing the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs into the modern times, the he Spring Dance 2020 was hosted online after the county event was cancelled, normally held at Club Amadeus in Northallerton.

Through donations made for song requests, over £2,000 has been raised for the NHS key workers and the NHS Nightingale Hospital to be opened in Harrogate. Thanks must go to Slingsby Gin of Harrogate, for their generous donation of £400 to this super cause.

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