Apr 2016 14

In March Cumbria YFC held several competition finals including ‘Brainstrust’ which saw panels from several clubs engaging in lively, insightful and humorous debate about topics ranging from politics to farming practices. It was a close fought competition with Caldbeck YFC emerging victorious. Another final was the ‘Call my bluff’ competition with some very entertaining and imaginative ‘bluffs’ The best bluffers on the night were Crook YFC.



Apr 2016 14

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th of March young farmers from across the north of England gathered at the Richard Rose Academy, Carlisle for the annual competitions weekend, this year hosted by Cumbria YFC.

The young farmers competed in speaking competitions such as debating and ‘just a minute’ as well as preforming arts, choir, ballroom dancing and sports competitions.

Cumbria YFC had an exceptional weekend with Brampton YFC winning the Drama competition and Cumbria’s 3 teams coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall. Cumbria have many teams through to the next rounds of many competitions.

On the Saturday night a very well attended and enjoyable dance was held at H and H Auction mart, Carlisle.

The weekend was very well organised by Chairman Eamon Monaghan and Secretary Christina Coulthard.

More pictures can be found here.

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Cumbria Young Farmers and their guests braved the torrential rain to congregate at The George Hotel, Penrith, for their Forty First Annual General Meeting on Friday where they celebrated an exceptionally successful year thanks to the hard work and commitment of their members.

Ex-President, Mr Nick Utting opened the meeting with apologies from President Mr John Geldard, who was unable to attend the meeting due to his on-going recovery from a recent operation. Speaking on behalf of John, Nick drew special attention to how lucky all those gathered were to live in such a safe and peaceful part of the country. He continued by stating how amazing and talented our young farmers were and of the bright future ahead of them.

After thanking Mrs Rachel Geldard for attending the meeting to present prizes and asking her to pass best wishes for a speedy recovery onto John, Nick welcomed Mr Rory Steward, MP to say a few words on behalf of those attending the meeting.
Mr Stewart began by regaling the audience with his experience of young farmers and their activities and continued by paying tribute to their ingenuity, fun, commitment and integrity.

Chairman Mark Hurst gave the Annual Report which highlighted an extremely successful year for members at Club, County, Northern Area and National levels with Cumbria YFC sweeping the board at all 3 Northern Area events. Cumbria won the NFU Trophy for second place in Drama, the Drama Plate for best Male Actor, the Lloyd Bank Plaque for Junior Public Speaking, the Lloyd Bank Plaque for Intermediate Brainstrust, the Lloyd Bank Plaque for Senior After Dinner Speaking, the Olive Clarke Trophy for Junior Reading and finally, the most important, the Adrian Willis Trophy for Speaking and Sports.

At the Northern Area Field Day the Trophy Cabinet was once again filled, with Cumbria winning the East Riding Shield for Non NFYFC and Stock Judging competitions, the Sheep Shearing Trophy and Cumbria A bringing home the Earl of Derby Trophy as Field Day winners, with the B team only 11 points behind in 2nd place.

Cumbria continued their winning streak at the Stockman of the Year Competition, winning the Adrian Willis trophy for Best Overall Team, the Davidson shield for Best Junior Team. Paul Gardner won the Junior Stockman of the Year Trophy and Henry Knowles won the Senior Stockman of the Year Trophy.

Finally, Mark spoke about how Cumbria had reached the pinnacle of its success by being presented with the NFU Trophy for Champion County for the fifth year running at the Annual Convention in Torquay. The first time any County has won this award so many times consecutively in the history of the award.

The AGM then continued in fine style, with Young Farmers proceeding with great wit and humour to propose and second their elected officers for the year. Mr Stephen Brough was formally elected as the new Cumbria YFC President. Stephen has extensive links with Young Farmers stretching back many years and runs a successful family based dairy farm. Richard Carruthers, Crook YFC was elected Chairman. Richard is an electrician working in the south of the county.

The newly elected Vice-President is Mrs Linda Pigney, who runs a family business in Appleby and is a long-time Cumbria Young Farmers stalwart and supporter. Vice Chairman is Christina Coulthard of Caldbeck YFC. Robert Wharton of Dodd & Co was voted in for his 15th year as Treasurer. Robert was a member of Longtown YFC and served as both Treasurer and Chairman during his years with the club.

Mrs Rachel Geldard presented the awards alongside Mark Hurst, announcing 4 special trophies awarded on the night: – The Top Club Award for the Club with the greatest increase in membership over the year went to Walton YFC.

The Alan Bowe Charity Award went to Kent Estuary YFC, who raised £7037. 00 over the year, £4000 of which was donated to St John’s Hospice.

The Mrs Dorrie Galbraith Trophy for the member making the greatest contribution to Cumbria YFC went to Graham Lambert of Sedbergh YFC for his support of the Southern District and its clubs and his committment to Cumbria YFC as a whole.
Finally the PFK Chairman’s Trophy for the Club making the most effort was presented to Greysouthen YFC.

The evening culminated with a vote of thanks from Amy Swinbank of Eden Valley YFC and all in attendance agreed that it had been a fantastic and memorable evening.

2015 AGM

Oct 2015 28

A wild and blustery autumn day saw the largest turn out in the County Final of the Cumbria YFC Fence Erecting competition for over 20 years. 51 young farmers took part in the competition which was held at Newton Rigg by kind permission of Askham Bryan College.

Seventeen teams from around the county braved wind and rain to erect by hand, 13.5 metres of sheep netted fencing with box strainers at either end. The fence was also to contain a join in the netting and turn at a 45 degree angel half way along. The task proved a challenging one and called for teams to use all their skill and determination to complete the task within the given 2 and a half hours. Materials for the event were kindly provided by T.W. Relph and Sons, who for many years have supported Cumbria Young Farmers by sponsoring the competition.

Carlisle YFC’s A team of Chris Roe, Martin Hall and Tom Graham came 1st, completing the task in the allotted time. Grayrigg’s team of Nathan Mattinson, Richard Ladds and John Handley came 2nd. Eden Valley’s team of James Mason, Ben Pearson and Callum Smith came 3rd and Tony Booth, George Parkinson and Chris Raven from Crook came 4th.

Judges Alex Sibbald and Adrian Cowx presented Carlisle with the trophy and Alex commented that it was the best fencing competition he had judged with the number of teams turning out and the level of skill shown making it a very enjoyable day. The top 3 teams will now compete at the Northern Area Field Day in Lancashire in June.

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Jul 2015 13

National Finals

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After success at District, County and Northern Area rounds, Cumbria Young Farmers headed to Stafford at the weekend to compete in the National Young Farmers’ Clubs finals to test their skills and expertise against young farmers from around the UK. On Saturday, Alice Longmire of Lowick YFC confirmed that she was indeed the best of the best by winning the  Member of the Year competition (17 and under). Meanwhile Oliver and Mark- Lucas Winspear and Robert Morley from Skelton YFC continued their winning streak and were placed a well deserved 1st in the Junior Reading Competition.  Lowick’s team of William Longmire, Leah Clough and Luke Hodgson talked their way to 2nd place in the Junior Public Speaking competition. Our young farmers showed off their creative talent to much success, with Becka Richardson (Pennine) placed 2nd in the Fashion, Make and Model competition. The Greysouthen team of Abbie Graves, Sarah Emmott and Hannah Place also won 2nd place with their County Cube exhibit celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary. Sunday saw Cumbria YFC show off their sporting prowess, with Richard Lawrence (Kent estuary YFC) and Martin Holliday (Egremont YFC), winning 1st and 3rd place respectively in the Senior Male Cross  Country. Heidi Dent (Pennine YFC) delighted the Cumbria supporters by running a hard fought race to take 1st place in the Senior Female Cross Country. Joanne Mills, Cumbria Chief Officer said “Cumbria Young Farmers have worked hard and competed at an exceptionally high level this year to earn their place at the National Competition Finals. Competitions are a way of showcasing talents and learning new skills and it is great that so many of our young farmers take part, whether it be at county, district or national level”.

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Hundreds of Young Farmers’ from Cumbria, East Riding, Isle of Man, Durham, Northumberland, Lancashire and Yorkshire converged on Thirsk Auction Mart for the Northern Area Finals of the Field Day hosted by Yorkshire Young Farmers.The Young Farmers judged pigs, beef and butchers lambs, competed in tug of war, and fun competitions such as sheaf tossing and junior apple bobbing and showed off their baking skills to produce millionaires shortbread and banana loaf. Paul Gardner (Longtown YFC), Jack Peile (Wigton YFC) and Sarah Priestley (Longtown YFC)came first in their respective classes of; junior, inter and senior beef stockjudging. Whilst Tom Bland (Grayrigg YFC) came 1st in the senior pig stock judging. The Carlisle team of Chris Roe, Tom Graham and George Bowe won a well deserved first place in the Fence Erecting, whilst the Grayrigg juniors triumphed in the tug of war. The County Display (cube) was won by Hannah Place, Abbie Graves and Sarah Emmott, all Greysouthen YFC. There were many more winners across the Cumbria A, B and C teams, and jubilant competitors raised the roof when the final scores were announced:

The Final Scores resulted in Cumbria A winning the East Riding Trophy for Inter- County Events with 213 points, Cumbria B came 2nd with 165 points and Cumbria 3 completed the winning triumvirate with 160 points.

The Sheep Shearing Trophy, for both hand and machine shearing was won by Cumbria A with 22 points. Yorkshire A came 2nd with 21 points and Cumbria C came 3rd with 19 points.

Cumbria B came 2nd with 124 points in the Barclays Bank Trophy with Yorkshire A paced 1st with 127 points and Durham placed 3rd with 104 points.

Finally the Earl of Derby Trophy for the Field Day winners was presented to Cumbria A’s team captain, Lucy Mason in recognition of their 402 point win. Cumbria B was placed 2nd with 351 points and 3rd Yorkshire A with 346 points.

NAFD 2015


Jun 2015 02

Tug of War County Final

Twenty four teams of young farmers gathered at Country Fest at the Westmorland Show Ground, Milnthorpe for their Tug of War County Final Competition on Saturday 30th May.

Competition was fierce, with teams from both the Northern and Southern Districts pitting their strength against each other. Competitors were cheered on by the hundreds of spectators and supporters gathered to watch, creating a highly charged and a times extremely tense atmosphere.

The men’s competition was won by Sedbergh, with Kent Estuary placed second and Brampton giving their all to be placed third.

Sedbergh triumphed again, coming first in the Ladies competition. Grayrigg came a well deserved second and Kent Estuary placed third.

The mixed juniors competition was won by Broughton, with Grayrigg second and Lowick third.

The top three teams from all three categories now go forward to represent Cumbria Young Farmers at the Northern Area Field Day at Thirsk Auction Mart. on Saturday 27th June.


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Hundreds of Young Farmers and their supporters enjoyed a fantastic day of sunshine and fun on Saturday 23rd May, as they competed in the Southern District Annual Field Day, which was held at Docker Hall by kind permission of the Packham Family.

With over 60 competitions on the day there was something for everyone including the Farm Labour Saving Device, won by Bill Whitaker of Cartmel YFC, Vintage Tractor Handling won by Mike Stainton and Tracy Hodgson of Sedbergh YFC, A Selection of Savoury Biscuits in a Homemade Box, won by Emma Metcalf of Eden Valley YFC,  and the Lakeland Dialect competition won by Richard Carruthers, Crook YFC for his composition entitled “Oor Fwolk””.

The Tug-of-war competition was fiercely fought,  with Sedbergh YFC winning both the men’s and ladies’s competitions. Broughton  YFC gave a fantastic effort and won the junior competition.

The 18 Pre-Field Day classes were won overall by Grayrigg YFC with Pennine and Sedbergh YFCs coming joint second. Machine Sheep Shearing, Open and Intermediate competitions were won by Ben Cresswell (Furness YFC) and Phil Edmondson (Lowick YFC) respectively. The Open Hand Sheep Shearing was won by Tom Redmayne of Crook YFC, and the Intermediate competition was won by William Atkinson of Grayrigg YFC.

Tom Bland , Field Day Chairman thanked Amy Harrison, Field Day Secretary for all her hard work and support. He also went on to thank the many judges and stewards who had helped make the day such a success.

He then announced the Final results as follows:-

Host team Grayrigg raised the roof when it was announced that they had won the Cock of the North Trophy with 9664 points, Kent Estuary were placed 2nd with 9591 points, 3rd Lowick 9179 points and 4th Sedbergh 8718 points.

Trophies were awarded as follows:-

  1. Proctor Shield – Pre-Field Day – Grayrigg

NFU Trophy – Industrial Section – Grayrigg

Marsden Building Society Trophy – Fun Competitions – Kent Estuary

Haesler Trophy – Co-operatives – Grayrigg

George Whitfield Trophy – Junior Stockjudging – Kent Estuary

Farming in the North – Girls Stockjudging – Lowick

Paul’s Agricultural Perpetual Trophy – Dairy Stockjudging – Kent Estuary

Flower Arranging Trophy – Flower Arranging– Furness

William Dargue Rosebowl – Best Overall Cookery – Kent Estuary

Westmorland Agricultural Society Trophy – National Cookery – Kent Estuary

Stockjudging Shield – Stockjudging – Kent Estuary

Mrs Galbraith Trophy – Display – Crook

Mr & Mrs Armitage Trophy Sheep Shearing – Lowick

Lakeland Dialect Society Trophy – Crook

John Taylor Cup – Stock & Carcase Judging – Kent Estuary

Lakes Rally Trophy – Junior Competitions – Lowick

Barclays Bank Cup Skill & Craft Comps – Kent Estuary

Eden Farm Supplies Trophy – Machinery Handling – Kent Estuary

Danielle Dixon Memorial Trophy -Best Overall Flower Arranging – Leonie Tubman, Broughton

Nat West Treasurers Cup – Best Club Treasurer – Kent Estuary

Junior Craft Trophy – Junior Craft – Lowick

John Dickinson Trophy – Small Club’s – Crook

The Cheese Company Trophy – Club Showing the Greatest Improvement – Eden Valley and Sedbergh

Cookson Postlethwaite Memorial Trophy – Photography – Pennine

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Young Farmers the length and breadth of Cumbria have spent every waking moment over the last couple of months preparing for the 2 largest events in the annual Cumbria YFC calendar –  the Northern and Southern District Field Days.

The Field Days are a celebration of the very best of Cumbria Young Farmers, with members from every club competing in over 60 competitions. Creativity is tested in competitions such as; floral art,  recycled garden sculptures and live demonstrations of hobbies, whilst tractor handling, sheep shearing and stock judging give members the opportunity to pit their skills against each other in a competitive environment.

With log sawing, cookery, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and Tug of War, there is something for everyone to enjoy on the day. “Young Farmers Got Talent”, karaoke and the fancy dress obstacle race add fun and laughter to the proceedings. All are welcome to come along and enjoy the Field Days and whatever the weather a good time will be guaranteed!

The Northern District Field Day will be held on Saturday 16th May at Woodside Farm, Dean, Workington, CA14 4TQ, 10 am – 4 pm. Entry £3 per car.

The Southern District Field Day will be held on Saturday 23rd May at Docker Hall, Docker, Kendal, LA8 0DB, 10.30 am – 3 pm. Entry £4 for adults, £1 for children.

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The Westmorland county Show stockjudging competition was held on 23rd April at Park House Farm Heversham, Prime lambs, dairy cattle and beef cattle were judged along with competitors completing a veterinary questionnaire, there was a good turnout and Kent Estuary came 1st overall with Michael Lawrence top senior and Bob Lawrence top Junior. For full results please see below.

WCSA Stockjudging Results 2015


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