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YFCU celebrates the achievements of their members at the AGM

The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) held their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 20th April 2024 in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh. This event recognised the success and outstanding achievements from members across the province with principal sponsor Hyperfast NI in attendance. There was many prizes presented to members of the organisation at the meeting.

 

It was Holestone YFC from County Antrim that picked up the prestigious ‘Ann Cameron’ cup for the ‘Club of the Year’ award, which is proudly sponsored by Power NI. This award is granted to the club that expertly maintain their club accounts, are passionate about recruiting members and the retention of members, their participation at events, diversity of their programmes, involvement in the community and promotional efforts for the club.



 The ‘YFCU Top Officials’ and “Member of the Year” awards were kindly sponsored by United Feeds. This group of awards recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements of individual members across Northern Ireland who significantly contributed to the growth and success of YFCU in the past year.

Top Official Awards

Prize

Name

Club

Top Leader

Martin Rodgers

Spa YFC

Top Treasurer

Ruth Morrow

Lisnamurrican YFC

Top Secretary

Rebecca Speers

Ahoghill YFC

Top P.R.O

Sarah Ross

Collone YFC

Member of the Year Awards

Junior Member of the Year

Joanna Caughey

Donaghadee YFC

Senior Member of the Year

Sophie Hawthorne

Collone YFC

 


One of the most significant competitions in the YFCU calendar is “Ulster Young Farmer of the Year” which is proudly sponsored by Danske Bank. Rodney Brown (Head of Agribusiness at Danske Bank) was present at the AGM to present these awards. This award gives young people the opportunity to demonstrate their professionalism in the agricultural sector.

Ulster Young Farmer

Prize

Name

Club

Ulster Young Farmer Overall Winner

Helen Laird

Bleary YFC

Ulster Young Farmer U21 Winner

James Campbell

Curragh YFC

Ulster Young Farmer Junior Winner

Grace George

Collone YFC

Ulster Young Farmer Section Winners

Countryside Management

Jack Stewart

Holestone YFC

Sheep Section

James Campbell

Curragh YFC

Beef Section

Jack Stewart

Holestone YFC

Pigs & Poultry Section

Jack Stewart

Holestone YFC

Grass Section

Jack Stewart

Holestone YFC

Arable Section

James Campbell

Curragh YFC

Dairy Section

Jack Stewart

Holestone YFC

Farm Safety Section

Lowry McCollum

City of Derry YFC

Innovation Section

James Campbell

Curragh YFC

Finance Section

Rebecca McBratney

Newtownards YFC


The top achievers for this year’s ‘President’s Award Scheme’ were presented with plaques by the newly elected President, Richard Beattie (Finvoy YFC). This is a scheme that recognises members for participating in and contributing to competitions, events and activities that are hosted by YFCU. Over 100 members were presented with certificates, with the top achievers in each of the six age categories receiving additional praise at the AGM.

President’s Award Scheme

Prize

Name

Club

12-14yrs Top Achiever

Grace Ross

Collone YFC

14-16yrs Top Achiever

Joanna Caughey

Donaghadee YFC

16-18yrs Top Achiever

Andrea McFarland

Newtownstewart YFC

18-21yrs Top Achiever

Amy Ritchie

Bleary YFC

21-25yrs Top Achiever

Rachel Smith and Sarah Spence

Moycraig YFC and Bleary YFC

25-30yrs Top Achiever

Zoe Maguire

Bleary YFC


There were also a number of special cups awarded to clubs for their achievements throughout the year.

Special Cup Winners

Cup Name

Club

Ballyvester Cup (18-30 years)

Gleno Valley YFC

J.K Dobbs Cup (12-18 years)

Collone YFC

Allen Cup (12-14 years)

Ballywalter YFC

Limavady Cup (12-14 years)

Ballywalter YFC

E.T Green Cup (14-18 years)

Glarryford YFC

Mulholland Cup (18-30 years)

Ballywalter YFC

Alfa Laval Trophy (awarded for recruitment)

Hillsborough YFC

The Pam Robinson Cup (awarded to a club for their member retention)

Hillsborough YFC

Linda Steele Trophy (awarded to a club for their work with the environment)

Clanabogan YFC

 Newly elected Deputy President Kristina Fleming congratulated all of the prize winners on their achievements throughout the year, commenting on their incredible contributions to their clubs and communities.

 

YFCU Chief Executive Officer Gillian McKeown took the time to thank principal sponsor Hyperfast NI and all competition sponsors for their continued support shown to the organisation. She proceeded to thank the judges for their time and expertise given to make these competitions successful and for encouraging the continued development of their members.

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