Somerset Young Farmers are enjoying a successful month following member’s hard work and commitment to the Federation.

Firstly members from West Group YFC hosted the infamous ‘County Rally’ in the idyllic location at Higher Preston Farm, Lydeard St Lawrence by kind permission of the Hawkins family. Nestled between the Quantocks and Exmoor, members from all over the County travelled to take part in Stockjudging, Handicrafts and many competitions such as Sheep Shearing, Welding and a Mock Auction. The day’s events cumulated in an evening dance which was well attended by over 800 members dancing to the popular Somerset band Filta.

Next on the agenda was the Royal Bath & West Show. With a large ringside marquee to highlight the work of Somerset YFC, Katy Bond the chairman from Polden Hills YFC and her committee had selected to ‘go wild’ and focus on the Somerset Countryside and its wildlife. The ideas and hard work paid off as Somerset YFC retaining the Gold Award for the best agricultural stand at the show.

Katy was keen to keep the YFC relevance within the theme by incorporating within a bird hide a film of Somerset Young Farmers 23 clubs in the county with some of the activities they undertake. Also featured was an A to Z board, where visitors got to choose their favourite YFC activity.

On Sunday June 4, members made their way to Hartpury College in Gloucestershire to compete in the South West Area Competitions Day. Williton YFC won the Fence Erecting competition convincingly over Dorset YFC and will be heading to the national finals.

Joining them will be the ladies Tug of War team from Farrington Gurney YFC. The girls pulled their way to the finals by winning every end.

The training with Felton TOW teams certainly helped and they also have reached the national finals in August.

Stockjudging is Somerset YFC’s forte, with four members making the Stockman of the Year finals.

Will Hooper and Grace Whitcombe from Polden Hills YFC, Zoe Stanbury from Langport YFC and Emma Clothier from Farrington Gurney YFC contributed to the county lifting the overall point’s trophy ahead of Devon YFC in second place and Wiltshire YFC in third.