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A message from Katie Davies, Wales YFC Chairman

As the virtual Royal Welsh has come to an end, here’s a message from our chairman.

On behalf of Wales YFC thank you to everyone who has supported the organisation as we prepared and took part in our first ever virtual Royal Welsh Agricultural Show.

For the majority of YFC members, the Royal Welsh Show is the highlight of the YFC year and to have no show to look forward to has been heart breaking to say the least. The Royal Welsh and Young People’s Village provides the chance for YFC members and friends to come together from all corners of Wales to celebrate the best that Wales has to offer, as well as the opportunity to show case the incredible talents of rural young people.

Never an organisation to be daunted by obstacles put in our way, members decided that if they couldn’t go to the show, the show would come to them and the idea of the first virtual YFC at the Royal Welsh was born! Rather than looking back over past successes, members pushed the boundaries and agreed that they wanted to lead the way in a programme of live competitions, including our first virtual stockjudging competitions. A logistical nightmare maybe, but a great opportunity for members to still compete in one of their favourite competitions.

Over 300 young people from all twelve county federations competed in the finals this week, with hundreds more taking part in their county eliminators. If you haven’t yet had chance to catch up with all the fun of the virtual Royal Welsh, head over to our Facebook, Instagram and You Tube pages to see for yourself the talents of YFC members.

As an organisation we were keen to see a little ‘normality’ return during one of our busiest weeks of the year. As well as a programme of competitions, we also ensured that other Royal Welsh commitments still continued. This included the launch of our 2020 Welsh Livery Guild Award, the announcement of our 2020 Menter Moch Cymru finalists, along with members successful in gaining Dŵr Cymru placements. Meetings have also been held including an interesting discussion regarding the NVZ proposals, currently under consideration. A video highlighting the best that our international programme has to offer reminded us all that it hopefully won’t be long before we can welcome back our international guests to the show and finally of course we could not forget the social aspect of show week! No show would be the same without a visit to the members and Young People’s Village, so this week we launched our favourite show week playlist to keep us all going and to remind ourselves that it will hopefully not be too long before we are all back together.

As chairman of Wales, please accept my grateful thanks to everyone who has contributed to this week, from Wales and county staff, our officer teams throughout the country, judges, stewards, trainers, comperes and scorers; we wouldn’t have achieved it without you.

Finally, thank you to our dedicated members throughout Wales. It may not have been the show that you had imagined, but we hope you enjoyed and we look forward to all being back together at the 2021 Royal Welsh Show!
Have a great summer!

Katie Davies
Wales YFC chairman