A 17 year-old swept the board at the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC) annual clay pigeon shoot.
Katie Carvey, of Great Smeaton YFC, near Northallerton, took top place honours in all three classes – under 18, overall female and the next age group up, for competitors 26 and under.
The event was held at the Duke of Wellington Shooting Ground, near Northallerton. Being a hot shot runs in the family, as Katie’s father Gordon was a former British junior clay pigeon shooting champion. The family has a mixed farm, with suckler cows, pigs, sheep and arable.
Katie, who works as an apprentice administrator for the National Farmers’ Union, has her sights firmly set on selection for the Great British team.
“I’m going to GB selection shoots and would definitely urge other girls to give it a go,” she said.
“There are a lot more girls taking part these days. I’ve been shooting for about four years and doing competitions for the last two or three years.
“It was a great feeling when the results came in and I’d won all the classes.”
In another sign that Katie means business, she is sponsored by Northallerton Shooting and Countrywear Store.
“It can be quite an expensive sport, so help with my gun and clothes makes a big difference. There is a lot more choice when it comes to what to wear for female shooters now compared to just a few years ago when I started.”
Katie competes using a Browning 725 12-bore and in the winter months goes beating in return for some game shooting days.
OVER £8,000 has raised by Knaresborough Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) with a tractor run in memory of a much-missed member.
24 year-old Mike Spink died in a road accident whilst in New Zealand last year. His friends from YFC wanted to do something to honour him and followed up last year’s inaugural tractor run with an even bigger event.
175 tractors, from as far afield as Sheffield (a journey of 2.5 hours by tractor), took part.
Chairman of Knaresborough YFC, Steven Brown, said sales from a calendar featuring the tractor run will take the amount eventually handed over later in the year to chosen charity the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to over £10,000.
“It was very humbling to see even more tractors turning out for Mike this year,” he said.
“It takes a lot of organising and is a very emotional day, imagining what Mike would think of all these people remembering him, but it’s really worthwhile and sums up what young farmers is all about; one big family all looking out for each other.”
There was a fantastic turnout for the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC) annual forum, held by kind permission of Thirsk Auction Mart.
Panellists covered a wide range of subjects including housing, Brexit and succession planning and much more under the general heading of “What next for the Great British countryside?”
The panel was made up of former National Farmers’ Union (NFU) representative in Brussels, James Mills, who has recently returned home to work on his family’s sheep and arable farm near York, Pennine sheep farmer and NFU member David Airey, chief operating officer of the Local Enterprise Partnership for North & East Yorkshire James Farrar, and former MP Anne McIntosh, now Baroness of Pickering. The evening was chaired by former chairman of YFYFC Ian Close.
Panellists, from Left: James Mills, Baroness Macintosh of Pickering, Chair Ian Close, David Airey & James Farrar
Talking about the government’s handling of Brexit, James Mills said the farming community was tired of “short-term policies” when they are trying to operate long-term businesses and environmental strategies.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Jill Pearson, East Riding County Organiser, passed away on Saturday 27th January 2018.
She died peacefully after a short battle with cancer.
Jill will be greatly missed by members and supporters alike for her great dedication and support for East Riding Young Farmers and the YFC movement both in her time as a YFC member and over the last 5 years as our County Organiser.
Yorkshire FYFC offer our deepest sympathy to Adrian and family and offer any help where possible to East Riding YFC during this difficult time.
The funeral will take place on Friday 16th February at 12 noon at Octon Crematorium, Octon Cross Road, Driffield YO25 3BL.