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On Saturday the 15th of April the Wales YFC Field Day was held with the Ceredigion Federation hosting the even in Trawsgoed, Ceredigion. After a successful day of competing, Carmarthenshire YFC came 3rd overall.
Carmarthenshire YFC Highlights:
Senior Stockman of the Year – Luned Jones, Elgan Rhys Thomas, Aaron Hughes & Ifan Williams: 2ndJunior Stockman of the Year – Carys Morgan, Ruben Davies, Manon Elin Roberts & Lewis Gibbin: 1st
Ffarm Machinery Skills – Dafydd Evans, Ieuan Harries, Aled Jones & Sioned Howells: 3rd
RE-CYCLED METALWORK SCULPTURE – Lowri Elen Jones: 1st
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Field Day and thank you to all the coaches and anyone who helped the members in preparing for the day.The copy of the full results is attached below. GENFDAY-23.pdf (yfc.wales)
Carmarthenshire YFC Entertainment competition was held recently at Gwendraeth Hall. There have been two nights of fierce competing, with two clubs competing in the English competition and five clubs competing in the Welsh competition.
Llandovery YFC took the cup in the English section with its performance of “Under Pressure”. In the Welsh Department, Dyffryn Cothi YFC came away with first position with their performance of “Dyffryn Cothi ar Daith”, with Llangadog YFC second, and Capel Iwan YFC third. Congratulations to all the Clubs for great performances.
The awards for the best individuals in the Welsh and English Section went to the following:
Best Male Performer aged 18 or under: Abner Evans, Llangadog YFC
Best Female Performer aged 18 or under: Mari Bennett, Llandovery YFC
Best Male Performer aged 26 or under: Deian Thomas, Dyffryn Cothi YFC
Best Female Performer aged 26 or under: Menna Davies, Llandovery YFC
Best Producer: Catherine Hughes, Llandovery YFC
Llandovery YFC and Dyffryn Cothi YFC will represent Carmarthenshire at the finals of the Entertainment competition at Wales YFC level in Pontio, Bangor. Good luck to them.
We are very grateful to our judges, Mr & Mrs Geraint Lloyd, for their tireless work throughout the two nights. Thank you also to everyone who contributed throughout the week, especially to Dafydd Lloyd George and Nia Thomas who worked diligently with the lighting and sound. A special thanks also to everyone who helped with the parking, at the door, selling the raffle and for the County Officers & Ambassadors for being in charge of the shop as well as presenting the two nights.
The week would not have been possible without our sponsors, Carmarthenshire County Council and Shufflebottom.
On Saturday 28th of January the Carmarthenshire YFC Welsh Public Speaking Competition was held at Nantgaredig Primary School. Members competed in the Reading competition (Under 14s), Junior Public Speaking (Under 16), The Braintrust Competition (Under 21) and the Debate competition (Under 28).
Thank you to Nantgaredig Primary School for the use of their School; for the stewards for making all competitions run smoothly, to the sponsors Wynnstay and John a Hazel James, Tyllwyd Farm; and to the trainers who gave up their time to help and train our members. A big thank you also to the four judges; Manon Richards (Reading) Enfys Evans (Junior), Mr Sion Jenkins (Intermediate), Mr Cefin Campbell (Seniors).
The Results were as follows:
Reading Under 14:
Southern Area Challenge Shield Winners: Penybont YFC – Celyn Richards, Tomos Morgans & Gwenan Morris
Howard & Margaret Roberts Cup presented to the best individual in the Reading Section: Celyn Richards, Penybont YFC
Juniors Under 16:
Tegwyn Lloyd’s Challenge Shield Winners: Office Team – Iwan Bryer, Gwenllian Jones & Trystan Evans
Winner of the Ronnie Ll. Roberts Cup for the best individual performance in the Junior Section: Iwan Bryer, Capel-Arthne YFC
Brainstrust Under 21:
The Mary Kay Davies Cake Stand Winners: Office Team 1 – Sion Roberts, Aled Thomas, Lois Davies & Gwenno Roberts
Winner of the Nantybwla Shield for the best individual performance in the Intermediate Section: Gwenno Roberts, Llanfynydd YFC
Debate Under 28:
Winners of the late Col. Sir Grismond Phillips Challenge Trophy: Dyffryn Cothi YFC – Carwen Richards, Sulwen Richards a Lynwen Mathias.
Winner Of The Elonwy & Gareth Phillips Shield for the best individual performance in the Senior Section: Elen Jones, Penybont YFC
Young Farmers members from all over Wales travelled to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair to compete in a variety of competitions such as Decorating a Christmas Wreath, Chocolate Log Decorating, CYWAIN Competition, Winter Fair 2022 promotional Video, Lamb Carcass Judging, Lamb Trimming, Chicken jointing, Butchers Lamb Stockjudging and Butchers Beef Stockjudging. There was intense competition over the two days, with a very high standard being shown.
Carmarthenshire Young Farmers Federation competed in the following competitions: Lamb Carcass Judging, Lamb Trimming, Chicken jointing, Butchers Lamb Stockjudging and Butchers Beef Stockjudging, Christmas Wreath decorating & Chocolate Log Decorating and many of the members were successful. By the end of the two days Carmarthenshire YFC finished seventh overall. Congratulations to all the members who represented the County in these competitions, and a big thank you to all the coaches for your tireless work in preparing the members.
Here were the results:
Lamb Carcass Judging: Ifan Williams, Llangadog YFC, Sara Brown, Cynywl Elfed YFC, Carys Evans, Capel Iwan YFC & Rhiannydd Davies, Llandeilo YFC were the four representing the county in this competition. Congratulations to Ifan Williams on coming 1st in the 28 and under section and to Carys Evans for coming 3rd in the 18 and under section. Congratulations to the four for securing the 2nd place as a team in the competition.
Butchers Beef Stockjudging: The four who were representing the County in this competition were Aaron Hughes, Llangadog YFC, Nia Thomas, St Ishmael YFC, Carys Morgan, Llanfynydd YFC & Abner Evans, Llangadog YFC. Congratulations to Abner Evans for winning the 16 and under section.
Butchers Lambs Stockjudging: Megan Phillips, Llanfynydd YFC, Sion Roberts, Llangadog YFC, Carys Morgan, Llanfynydd YFC & Izzy Williams, St Peters YFC were the County’s representatives in this competition. Congratulations and thank you to the four for representing the county.
Lamb Trimming: Gilbert Roberts from Penybont YFC was the one representing the County in this competition. Thank you very much to him for representing the County in this competition.
Chicken Jointing: Congratulations to Jac Davies, Dyffryn Tywi YFC, who was representing the County in this competition. Thank you very much to him for representing the County in this competition.
Chocolate Log Decorating: Celyn Richards from Penybont YFC was the one representing the County in this competition. Thank you very much to her for representing the County in this competition.
Christmas Wreath Decorating: Congratulations to Mared Evans, Penybont YFC, who was representing the County in this competition. Thank you very much to her for representing the County.
Congratulations to all members for their success and efforts over the two days.
On Saturday 26th of November the Carmarthenshire YFC English Public Speaking Competition was held at Nantgaredig Primary School. Members competed in the Reading competition (Under 14s), Junior Public Speaking (Under 16), The Call my Bluff Competition (Under 21) and the Brianstrust competition (Under 28).
Thank you to Nantgaredig Primary School for the use of their School; for the stewards for making all competitions run smoothly, and to the trainers who gave up their time to help and train our members. A big thank you also to the four judges; Colette Evans (Reading) Hannah Parr (Junior), Dan Downes (Intermediate), Sara Jenkins (Seniors).
The Results were as follows:
Reading Under 14:
Southern Area Challenge Shield Winners: Penybont Team – Celyn Richards, Luisa Reid-Thomas & Tomos Morgans
Howard & Margaret Roberts Cup presented to the best individual in the Reading Section: Gruffydd Evans, Capel-Arthne YFC
Juniors Under 16:
Tegwyn Lloyd’s Challenge Shield Winners: Office Team 1 – Fflur Richards (St Ishmael YFC), Iwan Bryer (Capel-Arthne YFC) & Gwenllian Jones (Capel-Arthne YFC)
Winner of the Ronnie Ll. Roberts Cup for the best individual performance in the Junior Section: Celyn Richards, Penybont YFC
Call My Bluff Under 21:
The Mary Kay Davies Cake Stand Winners: Llanllwni YFC – Siriol Howells, Alaw Jones & Erin Davies
Winner of the Nantybwla Shield for the best individual performance in the Intermediate Section: Jac Davies, Dyffryn Tywi YFC
Brainstrust Under 28:
Winners of the late Col. Sir Grismond Phillips Challenge Trophy: Dyffryn Cothi YFC – Sulwen Richards, Carwen Richards, Lynwen Mathias & Ceri Davies
Winner Of The Elonwy & Gareth Phillips Shield for the best individual performance in the Senior Section: Owain Davies, Llanllwni YFC
The Wales YFC National Eisteddfod was held at Fishguard School, Fishguard on Saturday 19th of November, hosted by Pembrokeshire YFC.
All members competed in various competitions such as singing, recitation, dancing, and light entertainment items. The homework competitions were also judged before the day. There was also the Chair and Crown Ceremony during the day.
Ceredigion YFC was the winning Federation at the end of the day to take the Mansel Charles Shield, with Eryri YFC second and Carmarthenshire YFC third. Congratulations and many thanks to all members who went to Fishguard to represent the County.
Here are the County’s results (top 3):
1st – Creative Dance, Llannon YFC
1st – Two Voice Party, Penybont YFC
1st – Humorous Trio, Penybont YFC
1st – Mixed Choir, Penybont YFC
2nd – Mime to Music, Capel Iwan YFC
2nd – Recitation 28 or under – Sioned Howells, Llanllwni YFC
2nd – Dramatic Presentation, Penybont YFC
3rd – Instrumental Solo – Danie O’Callaghan, Penybont YFC
3rd – Recitation 16 or under – Trystan Evans, Dyffryn Cothi YFC
3rd – Hymn Singing – Elen Bowen, Capel Iwan YFC
3rd – Duet, Penybont YFC
2nd – Poem – Carwen Richards, Dyffryn Cothi YFC
2nd – Competition for members 16 or under – Celyn Richards, Penybont YFC
2nd – Photography – Ifan Davies, Dyffryn Cothi YFC
A successful evening at Dunbia, Llanybydder on the 9th of November 2022 Judging Lamb Carcasses. Many thanks to Dunbia for providing the lamb carcasses and for allowing Carmarthenshire YFC to use the facilities. Thank you very much to our judges Gail Jenkins for judging the senior section; and to Llyr James for judging the junior section. Congratulations to Ifan Williams of Llangadog YFC for winning first prize in the 28 or under section; Sara Brown of Cynwyl Elfed YFC for winning first prize in the 21 or under section; Carys Evans of Capel Iwan YFC for winning first prize in the 18 and under section and to Rhianydd Davies of Llandeilo YFC for winning first prize in the 16 and under section.
I would like to wish the four members the best of luck in the Winter Fair Show in Builth Wells at the end of November.
It was great to be back at St Peters Hall this year, for Carmarthenshire YFC’s Eisteddfod. Once again, this year there was fierce competition at the Carmarthenshire Young Farmers Club County Eisteddfod over two evenings and one day, Friday the 14th, Friday the 21st and Saturday the 24th of October 2021. After two evenings and a day of high-quality entertainment, Penybont YFC captured the Eisteddfod shield this year. Congratulations to the club and also to Capel Iwan YFC for coming second, and to Llanllwni YFC for coming first in the homework section too.
There was a tough job for all our judges with all the competitions throughout the Eisteddfod. Our thanks go to them all for their service. Siw Jones judged the music section, Ann Davies in the recitation, Einir Ryder in the Light Entertainment Section, Jennifer Maloney in the Dance Section, Wyn Thomas in the Homework Section and Geraint Roberts for judging the Prose and Poem.
Our presidents for this year’s Eisteddfod were Mr Cefin Campbell on the 14th, Mr Emyr Jones on the 21st and Mr Meirion Owen on the 22nd. Many thanks to them for their dedicated words from the stage and for their generous donations towards the organisation’s funding in Carmarthenshire.
We were very fortunate to have Mrs Elin Howells as the official accompanist at this year’s Eisteddfod again. We thank her for her service and also to the other individuals who accompanied the members. Thanks also to those who were presenting from the stage at the Eisteddfod this year – Aled Thomas, Sion Evans, Ffion Rees, Mared Evans and Ioan Harries. Many thanks also to everyone who worked behind the scenes and at the main entrance.
Our thanks go out to our recorders who looked after the scores. Thanks to Marian Thomas and Angela Isaac and also to Llinos Jones who was also in charge of the certificates. Many thanks to Dylan Bowen, Mathew Jones & Arwel Jones who oversaw Sound and Light.
We would like to thank Nia Thomas from Llanddarog YFC for allowing us to use the crown in this year’s Carmarthenshire YFC Eisteddfod once again. The winner of this crown was Sioned Bowen of Llanllwni YFC. A crown was donated by County President, Mr Elfyn Davies, to Sioned Bowen, created by Hefin Jones. This year’s winner of the chair was Carwen Richards of Dyffryn Cothi YFC. The chair was also donated this year by County Chairman Aled Thomas. This chair was created by Dai Thomas. Congratulations to Sioned Bowen and Carwen Richards and thank you to everyone who took part in the Ceremony, especially to Elfyn Davies, County President for the smooth running of the ceremony.
Thanks to all Carmarthenshire YFC County Officials for stewarding the whole Eisteddfod and thanks to Hafan Holistaidd, the Morgan LaRoche law firm and the Farmers Union of Wales for sponsoring the event.
These are the Eisteddfod results:
Folk Singing Solo
Trystan Evans, Dyffryn Cothi YFC
Dafydd Evans, San Ishmael YFC
Story and Sound
Solo 16 or under
Recitation 16 or under
Solo 21 or under
Recitation 28 or under
Solo 28 or under
Mime to Music
Stand Up 28 or under
Dramatic Presentation 28 or under
Musical or Film Solo
Humurous Duet or Trio 28 or under
Two Voice Party 28 or under
Mixed Choir 28 or under
Vocal Ensemble 28 or under
Creative Dance 28 or under
Folk Dancing 28 or under
Competition for Members 28 or under
Competition for Members 21 or under
Competition for Members 16 or under
TikTok Dance 28 or under
Elonwy Phillips Shield for the Homework:
Eisteddfod Overall Results
An evening of butchers lambs stock judging training and competition was the first to be held on the 5th of October 2022 at Llandeilo livestock market. It was wonderful to see the market full of experienced members and members that were taking part for the first time. Congratulations to Megan Phillips of Llanfynydd YFC for winning first prize in the 28 and under section; Sion Roberts of Llangadog YFC for winning the first prize in the 21 and under section; Carys Morgan of Llanfynydd YFC for winning the first prize in the 18 and under section, and to Izzy Williams of San Pedr YFC for winning the first prize in the 16 and under section.
We returned to Llandeilo livestock Market for the Lamb trimming competition on the 6th of October 2022. It was lovely to see new faces taking part in this competition, and congratulations to Gilbert Roberts of Penybont YFC for winning first prize in the competition again this year.
The final evening was an evening of Chicken jointing training and competition which took place on 7th of October 2022. This time we travelled to Salem Hall, Llandeilo. How lovely was it to see the hall full once again with many new faces trying for the first time. I would like to congratulate Jac Davies from Vale of Towy YFC for scooping the first prize.
There was a lot of hard work ahead of our judges. Our thanks go out to them all for their service over the past three evenings. Thanks to Meinir Green for judging the Lamb trimming competition; Alun Richards and Geraint Rees for judging the senior and junior Butchers Lambs Stock judging competition; Owen Davies for providing all the members with Butchers Lambs stock judging training before they start their competition; and to Huw Davies for training and judging the chicken jointing competition.
A huge thank you & congratulations to all members for their effort and dedication over the past three evenings.
I would like to wish everyone the best of luck who’ll be representing the County at the Winter Fair Show in Builth Wells at the end of November.