Aug 2016 11

Cumbria Young Farmers have been far from idle over the summer months, travelling all over the country to show off their skills in national competitions. After progressing through the District, County and Area Rounds, our young farmers headed to the National Young Farmers Clubs’ Competition Day in Staffordshire to compete against the very best young farmers from other counties across England & Wales.

On Saturday 2nd July, Faye Batey, Katie McKie and Rebecca Aitken all of Wigton YFC braved the stage to read a passage each from “The Island” by Olivia Levez and came a very credible 2nd place with 103.5 points out of a total of 120 points, beating eight other teams, including their own peers from Kirklinton YFC who also came a very respectable 5th place.

Emma Blaylock, Longtown YFC and Emma Atkinson, Caldbeck YFC also made the journey to Staffordshire to test their skills in a very strong field of competitors in the Situations Vacant Competition and were placed in 5th and 7th place respectively. The Fence Erecting Team from Carlisle YFC gained a 10th place finish in a fiercely fought, difficult competition, which takes not only strength and determination, but also a great deal of skill and team work.

The 158th year of The Great Yorkshire gave the very best of our young farmers the opportunity to showcase their stock judging skills at a highly respected show.  In the overall team results, Cumbria A was placed 13th, Cumbria C 14th and Cumbria B 15th out of a total of 30 teams taking part.

It was the junior stock judgers who really shone this year however, with Eleanor Fisher from Penrith YFC taking the much coveted 1st prize in the Junior Dairy Stock Judging competition. James Collins one of the judges commented that “Eleanor was a great contestant, with a real eye for junior dairy stock judging and a fiery, competitive spirit and we are expecting great things from this young lady in the future”. Also doing Cumbria proud was Ellie Stamper from Lamplugh YFC who was placed 5th and Peter Fell, Furness YFC who was placed 15th in the junior stock judging, both exceptionally strong and talented stock judgers.

Cumbria Young Farmers have worked hard this year, not only taking part in many competitions but also by helping their local communities devastated in the floods. All our young farmers take great pride in their achievements and spend many hours practicing and preparing for competitions. Activities such as these are a great way to build confidence and self-esteem and once again they have done Cumbria YFC proud with their achievements.

Eleanor Fisher from Penrith YFC

Jul 2016 07

National Finals

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The National competitions weekend at Stafford showground has been and gone and there were some excellent results from the Cumbria YFC members who competed. It was also good to see so many Cumbrian’s competing at the highest level.

Efficiency with safety 2nd Lowick YFC
Junior reading 2nd Cumbria C
Metal work weathervane 1st Jared Armitstead Grayrigg YFC
Junior Member of the Year 3rd Will Longmire Lowick YFC




Jul 2016 02

On Saturday 18th June the Northern Area field day was held at Chipping near Preston hosted by Lancashire YFC. There were competitors from Cumbria, Yorkshire, Lancashire, East Riding, County Durham, Northumberland and the Isle of Man. It was a fine day with competitors competing in competitions from efficiency with safety to stockjudging to tug of war. Overall Cumbria’s teams came 3rd, 4th and 5th and won the East Riding Shield. Yorkshire won overall. Cumbria won in the men’s tug of war, fence erecting and Senior beef stockjudging to name a few and have several team through to National finals. Good luck to them all!


Jun 2016 08

On Saturday 4th June young farmers tug of war teams held the County Final at Country Fest at the Westmorland County Showground, teams battled it out in extremely hot and sunny conditions with a place at the Northern Area Field day at stake.

In the junior category it was 1st Grayrigg 2nd Eden Valley, 3rd Skelton

Ladies 1st Greysouthen 2nd Sedbergh, 3rd Eden Valley

Mens 1st Brampton, 2nd Caldbeck, 3rd Skelton


Jun 2016 08

On Saturday 28th May young farmers from across the North of Cumbria competed in the annual field day at Calder Farm Seascale, it was a beautiful day as members competed in competitions such as tractor handling, cross country running and cake decorating. Competition was fierce but Caldbeck emerged victorious and Skelton were second. Well done to Drigg for hosting a successful day.

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Jun 2016 08

On Saturday 21st May young farmers from across the South of Cumbria descended on Wicham Hall Farm, Millom, for an action packed day of competitions, showers in the morning gave way to sunshine in the afternoon as members competed in competitions as varied as cooking, flower arranging, stockjudging and tug of war. At the end of the day Kent Estuary won with Grayrigg second, hosts Broughton came 4th and Furness won best small club.

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May 2016 15

On Saturday 14th May Cumbria YFC held it’s clay pigeon shooting competition at Crabtree clay shoot at Lupton. It was a great day for it and more than 20 members competed from across the County. The top 3 will compete in the National Final.

1st Joe Davidson (Greysouthen)

2nd Jevan Mason (Skelton)

3rd Patrick Morris Eyton (Lowick)

4th Jamie Bindloss (Kent Estuary)

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May 2016 15

On the weekend of 6th-8th May Young Farmers from around England and Wales went to Blackpool for the National AGM and National Competition finals of Drama, Choir and Ballroom Dancing.

About 680 Young Farmers went from Cumbria and Cumbrian teams competed in all 3 competition finals with Brampton winning the Drama final and their member Joe Bowman winning best actor.

The highlight of the YFC social calendar there were 3 nights of excellent entertainment provided by bands and Radio 1 DJ’s and a good time was had by all.


May 2016 03

On Wednesday 27th April County Chairman Richard Carruthers met HRH The Duke of Gloucester President of R.A.B.I.
This was organised by R.A.B.I for Cumbrian organisations who had helped during the winters floods to reflect upon how the Cumbrian farming community has come together during the floods and to have a few words with the Duke.

For more information please see this R.A.B.I press release.

HRH and RC

Apr 2016 14

Cumbria YFC are very proud to be finalists in the Countryfile farming hero awards 2016. Cumbria YFC were nominated for their work in clearing debris and flood damaged items from the streets of Carlisle after the flooding caused by storm Desmond in 2016 and all the other hard work that the young farmers of Cumbria put in to help their communities after the floods. Cumbria YFC were shown on an episode of Countryfile on Sunday 3rd April 2016.


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