Action-packed times for Suffolk YFC members

EADT- COUNTY LIFE; Photograph Simon Parker; Tory Lungdsen who runs Suffolk Young Farmers; MyPhotos24

EADT- COUNTY LIFE; Photograph Simon Parker; Tory Lungdsen who runs Suffolk Young Farmers; MyPhotos24 Ref - SP 010 Tory Lungdsen 4 - Credit: Archant

Wow, where has April gone? The past month has flow by, with lots of events for the young farmers.

Hadleigh YFC members on the bus heading to Torquay for the national YFC annual general meeting.

Hadleigh YFC members on the bus heading to Torquay for the national YFC annual general meeting. - Credit: Archant

Competitions, balls and fundraising all have taken place along with the massive task of getting ready for our Country Fair which is taking place tomorrow at Easton Farm Park – entry is only £6 for adults, £3 for children and the gates open at 10am.

We’ve worked our little young farmer bottoms off for this one in the hope that we have a day as record breaking as our event last year.

We’d love to see anyone who wants to see what we get up to along with tradestands, food, music, ring displays including the Dog and Duck Show, Broadwing Falconry, massive machinery and the YFC surprise alongside our amazing Fiesta!

Our annual clay shoot back in April was a huge success and we are massively grateful to our sponsors Carter Jonas, Shelbourne Reynolds and to the amazing team at Eriswell Lodge for setting our targets and providing the traps.

The Brett Valley YFC team which won the junior valuations competition.

The Brett Valley YFC team which won the junior valuations competition. - Credit: Archant

The day was extremely well supported by our regular shooters and lots of new faces for which we are so thankful. Taking the High Gun with a straight round of 40 was Aaron Harvey, the ladies trophy was won my Nicola Hassell, colts by Oliver Smith, Suffolk Show stewards by Brian Barker (again – come on stewards let’s give him some competition!) and the inaugural Eddie Orlopp Memorial Trophy was won by Eddie’s good friend Adrian Holdgate. I’m sure Eddie I would have been having a big smile at that!

Our Farming and Countryside Competition was hosted by the Partridge family at Old House Farm, Hintlesham, and organised by Lacy Scott and Knight and Ensors Accountants. A beautiful spring day was had by all of the competitors and the questions seem to stay as fierce as ever. Hadleigh YFC were delighted to regain their title of Farming and Countryside Valuation Champions and their junior club Brett Valley YFC picked up the junior title.

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The members have had an amazing weekend away for the National Convention in Torquay and have all made it safely back to Suffolk in one piece; this makes for a happy county organiser!

Straight from the Country Fair we go into show season with YFC representation at South Suffolk Show, YFC tug of war and stand at the Hadleigh Show and our showcase event at the Suffolk Show with YFC members taking part in 2 debates - the first, on Wednesday, on Next Generation Farming chaired by NFYFC chair Ed Ford, and the second, on Thursday, with Tom Bradshaw chairing the hot Glyphosate topic.

There will also be the YFC Tug of War finals, Charlotte’s Competition, for this year showing pigs, and our new mascot Super Sheep aiming to take the Mascot Race title back. I’d suggest grabbing something delicious from the Food Hall and sitting back for some fine entertainment.