Monday 30 July 2012

Cornwall YFC Rally

Young Farmers from across the county gathered at South Hendra Farm, Liskeard last Saturday for the rally this year. Launceston put forward a strong collection of entries, with everyone working to a very high standard. 

There was a collection of static entries which included photography, cookery, art, handicraft and floral art. Launceston won this section overall! In addition there were practical competitions and sports events throughout the day. Members of Launceston YFC were extremely enthusiastic, participating in a variety of these competitions and performing very well. Jess Brookham and Sadie Cornelius gained first place in the Farm Safety Quiz and Oliver Stephens won the sausage and omelette making! 

The hard work from members paid off and Laucneston YFC were Runners Up overall in the County. Well done to everyone who contributed towards this fantastic result!

Launceston Show Competitions

Due to the recent adverse weather conditions, members of Launceston Young Farmers relocated to Maunders Country Store in order to display their ‘Launceston Show’ entries. The club presented a fantastic range of exhibits which included handicraft, cookery, crops, live beef judging and carcass judging. 

There was also a cubicle competition with the theme of Olympic cities. Claire Butter’s team produced a brilliant display of ‘Paris’ to win this competition. Eleanor Northey made a magnificent ‘Ascot Hat’ along with other entries to win the trophy for the new member with the most points. Richard Stanbury and Claire Butter gained the most points for boys and girls respectively. Aaron Gregory created an intricate Olympic sculpture which was crowned ‘Best Handicraft’. 

Well done to everyone who contributed, and many thanks to those who supported the club throughout the day. 


Thursday 26 July 2012

Saloon Summer Ball


Monday 23 July 2012


Launceston Young Farmers Club Show Still Goes On!

Following the cancellation of Launceston Show, Launceston Young Farmers will be presenting an eclectic display of cookery, produce and handicraft at Maunders Farm and Country Store on Thursday 26th July. Members will be exhibiting their show entries and in this year's exciting schedule the classes include an 'Ascot Hat,' an 'Afternoon Tea Display' and an 'Olympic Breakfast Pie.' The photography section will provide good viewing with photos entitled ‘Crash, Bang, Whallop!’ and ‘75 Years Young’. Other competitions include Lamb and Beef Carcases, and a pair of Live Butchers Lambs.

There will be the opportunity to purchase tickets for a big money prize summer draw as well as Launceston YFC's Saloon Summer Ball. The presentation of prizes will commence at 5.30pm. The tent will be open from 10am, please pop in to see the work of the talented Launceston Young Farmers.

In the evening, Launceston Young Farmers Club are hosting an after-show dance at the White Hart Hotel from 9pm. Tickets are available on the door for 16 years and over. No under 18 non-members. ID required.

Visit to a Daffodil Farm

Launceston and Wadebridge Young Farmers joined together last Thursday for a farm walk. The clubs travelled to Truro where they visited a daffodil farm. The club members were given an interesting overview of the background and history of the farm, and then proceeded with a tour of the yard. He showed them the work which occurs within the summer season and also demonstrated machines which are used to clean, dry and grade the bulbs.

It was eye opening to gain a greater understanding of the flower picking process, and relate this to the market and customers. The evening provided an excellent insight into a type of farming which is scarcely seen in our area of Cornwall. We would like to thank everyone at the farm for their kind hospitality.

Monday 16 July 2012

Talk by Farm Accountant

An informative evening was in store for Launceston YFC last Thursday as the club was given a talk by Mr Brian Harvey, a director of Francis Clark Chartered Accountants. Brian, who is a Truro based specialist in agricultural accounting, gave advice on how to efficiently manage farm accounts, succession planning and tax payments. Growing up in West Cornwall, he was passionate to share his experiences of the important position he held within the finance department of Cornwall Young Farmers. Brian also talked about starting up in business and concluded the evening by answering a range of questions from the Young Farmers.

The evening was extremely interesting and beneficial to members both within and outside of the farming industry. 

Sunday 8 July 2012

Beach Evening

This week members travelled to Polzeath to meet Wadebridge YFC for a fun filled evening at the beach. A few young farmers braved the sea and the evening concluded with a competitive game of rounders!