Spring has sprung and young farmers are showing off their skills

Beth Maskell Brett Valley, Suffolk and Eastern Area Junior Member of the Year.

Beth Maskell Brett Valley, Suffolk and Eastern Area Junior Member of the Year. - Credit: Archant

It looks like spring has sprung and the members of the federation who are farmers seem to be mainly flat out fertiliser spreading, spraying and generally complaining about the weather.

Brett Valley Eastern Area competitors.

Brett Valley Eastern Area competitors. - Credit: Archant

This is standard for farmer types and is mainly ignored!

Lark Valley Juniors held their fundraising quiz and a well supported evening raised over £300 for club funds. The winning team from the quiz were accused of cheating and, it would appear, that most members were surprised that the county organiser and husband type actually had brains – it was the lure of the winners chocolate that brought the intelligence level out!

We were delighted that our juniors from Brett Valley Young Farmers had a hugely successful trip to the Eastern Area finals. Beth Maskell trounced the opposition to take the win in the Junior Member of the Year competition and the reading team consisting of Charlotte Squirrell, William Hubbard and Alex Seeley kept up the winning streak for Suffolk by taking the title. The junior public speaking team took a well deserved third place against some much older competitors so we are hugely proud of all of our members for taking the trip to Bedfordshire. We can’t wait to hear how they get on in the National Finals on July 1 – watch this space!

Spring Rally Day, kindly hosted by Easton and Otley College, was a beautiful spring day and the competition was, as always, serious stuff. Our welding judge took on the challenge of two punctures to make it to judge, thank you Carl, and he was astounded by the levels of skill involved from those he thought were traditional “bird poo” welders. The most fiercely contended competition was Ultimate Frisbee, who knew throwing a round dish could be so dangerous. I’m sure Ellis from Bury’s good looks haven’t been entirely ruined and it certainly seemed to help on the sympathy side from what I spotted on my trip to the tractor driving area! Stockjudging was massively well supported and brilliantly competitive amongst the clubs. We are delighted that the winners from each club will be representing their clubs at the Suffolk Show for this year’s Charlotte Cobbald competition showing and judging pigs – this could be fun! Huge thanks to everyone who attended and supported our event, to all of our judges for giving up their time, NFYFC chair of council Ed Ford took his life into his hands as cookery judge and survived! The win this year in the Senior competition was taken by Hadleigh YFC with Halesworth giving them a close run competition right until the final competitions. Brett Valley Juniors won almost every competition in the juniors and thoroughly deserved their overall win with a huge turnout from their club.

Ed Ford, National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) chair of council judging Halesworth YFC

Ed Ford, National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) chair of council judging Halesworth YFC's cookery. - Credit: Archant

April brings our annual clay shoot being held on Saturday, April 15, at Bridge Farm Lime Pits, Stowlangtoft, from 11.30am to 4.30pm as well as our annual Farming and Countryside Valuation competition. Let’s hope for beautiful spring weather for all events.