Embracing the rural affairs element of young farmers, Gwent YFC have launched an Agri-group. Holding their inaugural meeting at NFU Monmouthshire chair Gary Yeomans’ goat farm, the group has an interesting series of visits and meetings ahead of it, with a summer study tour currently in the pipeline.
Rhys Whittingham, Gwent YFC county chairman, said: "Gwent YFC Agri-group gives members with an interest in agriculture a platform to further their knowledge from and learn together."
While usually the ones to embrace new technology, Young Farmers in Wales decided to go without all phones, tablets and laptops for 24-hours.
Twenty four members took part in the technology cull where all items were kept a sealed box and locked away. Members had board games and a drama practice to keep them occupied.
The club raised £650 from sponsorships, with an additional £500 donated from HSBC.
Celebrating 70 years this year, all proceeds raised will remain in the club to pay for a celebration dinner on July 2, 2016 at the New Members Centre, Royal Welsh Showground.
Members of Neath and District YFC recently hosted their first ever hustings event, ploughing in to the world of politics and allowing young members the opportunity to pose questions.
Seven candidates representing parties, which will go head to head in the forthcoming Assembly Election, were chaired by Kay Lewis Thomas, county chairman of the Glamorgan Federation of Young Farmers.
More than 50 representatives, between the ages of 10 and 26 posed questions ranging from the impacts of cuts to arts funding through to the management of bovine TB in Wales.
All candidates in attendance commented on how refreshing it was to see so many young people involved and interested in a political debate, with a resounding message of the night being that you must use your vote, regardless of who it is for.
Uttoxeter JNFU (also known as Uttoxeter Young Farmers) successfully celebrated 85 years in style by hosting a pantomime at the JCB Lakeside Club in Rocester.
The show, called Johnny and the Bean Stalk was held in February and saw past and present members coming together, making a cast of 65 members with ages ranging between 11 and 60 years old.
Johnny Wilson, current club chairman said: “It has been amazing to have such commitment from our members and past members with rehearsals taking place every Sunday night for 3 months.
The event raised £3000 from the two shows which is being donated to the Midlands Air Ambulance.
Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) president, Roberta Simmons, led members on an 86 mile bike ride to commemorate 86 years of the organisation.
The charity ride, which took place in April, raised £8,000 which was divided between Diabetes UK Northern Ireland and the YFCU's 90th anniversary fund. To donate, click here.
Cheshire Young Farmers has elected Richard Sheperd and Hannah Barton as its new top table for the coming year.
On their election earlier this year, Richard and Hannah Barton said: “We are so excited for the year ahead and encouraging all of our 700+ members and more young people aged between 13-30 to get involved from either an agricultural or none agricultural background.
“We feel very honoured and privilege to have been elected and hope to have a fun filled year.”
Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) president, Roberta Simmons met with David Cameron after the Ulster Farmers’ Union hosted the Prime Minister on a County Antrim farm.
Roberta said: “The morning presented a unique opportunity to sit down with the Prime Minister and have a face to face conversation about our concerns for the agri-food industry.
“It was an opportunity to stress at the highest level of government, the importance of a successful farming industry to underpin the food industry in Northern Ireland, especially for future generations.”
The Prime Minister’s visit was part of his campaign to secure a ’yes’ vote in the EU referendum in June.
“I told the Prime Minister that if we did stay in the EU then the needs of our future generations need to be considered as many are struggling and seeking employment in other professions.
“I also explained that whatever the outcome of the referendum, ultimately it will be the young farmers who will be living and working with the consequences.”
More than 250 past and current members joined family and friends at Ewood Park, Blackburn to celebrate 80 years of Samlesbury Young Farmers.
The club, which is the oldest original Lancashire Young Farmer Club, raised £2,000 throughout the evening, which will be split between Rosemere Cancer Foundation and its own club funds.
Club president, Graham Young, said: “The whole evening was a feat of organisation and a credit to the entire club.
"They brought friends old and new together, doing what Young Farmers do best – creating memories."
Members took to the stage to compete in one of the famous events on the competitions calender, the West Region Talent Spot.
The night’s entertainment in the Clyde Auditorium enjoyed nine West Regional Clubs who each gave an energetic performance to take home the much coveted trophy.
Taking the silverware was Mauchline who beat runners up Loch Lomand and Carluke, who were placed third.
Best act was awarded to Jennifer Harbison, of Crossroads and Best front of curtain went to Biggar.