A: My favourite meeting is our annual Christmas carol singing evening. We always raise money for a charity while we're at it.
We visit farms and pubs in and around Usk and, if we are lucky, we get a sausage roll and mulled wine on our way.
- Laura Morgan, 22
A: We are traditionally a dramatic club and have had many members nominated and winning best actor and actress awards at both Welsh and national events.
Angharad Gwillim, 22
A: We are raising money for Cancer Research UK this year as we sadly lost our county president Kath Richardson last year. We had a successful afternoon tea with entertainment in the summer and are hoping to do more activities this year.
Monmouthshire has just completed its year as Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s feature county, and we have been keen supporters of this cause. We sold printed t-shirts and members have been involved in selling the county’s official fundraising merchandise.
Laura Baker, 25
A: Firstly, you need to enjoy it, involve a wider audience so you are not always drawing on the same people, and we also find it can be useful to involve older generations.
Laura Baker, 25
A: Our biggest challenge is having so much to do and so little time to do it in.
Some of our funding has been cut in recent years, so we are all increasingly having to support ourselves while working together as a county more effectively.
Owain Williams, 24
A: Our biggest challenges come from our neighbouring clubs, Raglan and Wentwood. We are always biting at each other’s heels – particularly at rally time.
Chester Williams, 17
A: We were practising for the entertainments competition and our rats, Batty and Bunce, were testing out the possibility of using a water slide to enter stage.
However, they slid too far and landed in in a pile against the door! Fortunately, we abandoned the water slide for the show.
Abbie Williams, 22
A: We were competing in the county Brainstrust competition and the topic of TB control came up. One of our members, Sarah Reed, who is not from a farming background, argued against the badger cull saying the way to control TB was to catch the badgers and wash them.
Kat Morgan, 23
A: Last year, one of our proudest achievements was our dancing team. Our girls practiced really hard and took lessons in Irish dancing.
We were lucky enough to win the Gwent rally and came second at the Royal Welsh Show, just one point off first place.
Bec Wills, 25
A: YFCs need to get involved in the local community. If we want people to know about us and what we do, we need to go out and show them.
More people need to realise Young Farmers gives you contacts and opportunities in life and it is not all about getting your hands dirty or going to the pub.
George Lewis, 23
A: We made a wooden pirate ship for the field day’s rally sign competition. We built it in a field, and it was so big we could not get it back on the yard as there were trees in the way. So we had to cut them down.
Josh Williams-Roberts, 21
A: We are planning a Bavarian night later this year, in a marquee after the wedding of one of our past-members. We are lucky to be offered the use of tents and sheds during the wedding season for fundraising events.
We are also going to put on an afternoon tea to thank Jenny Hood, who has been directing our performances for 45 years.
Charlie Bowyer, 25
A: My favourite competition is stock-judging. I have had some success in it and I like putting my ideas across.
I enjoy representing the county at competitions and I have made a lot of friends from all across England and Wales.
I go to both club and county training sessions but ultimately, I just go for it, say what I see and aim for two minutes and no more.
Nerys Lewis, 18