A team of 12 young people representing the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, last week attended a United Kingdom YFC Rally near Edinburgh.
They were Henry McCracken, Ballywalter YFC, and John Nicholson, Loughgall YFC (Pig Husbandry section); Bertie Kelso, Castlecaulfield YFC, and Witherow Shannon, Lylehill YFC (Sheep Husbandry section); Brian Watton, Coleraine YFC, and Trevor Sandford, Richhll YFC (Dairying section); Robert McCloy, Limavady YFC, and David Wilson, Artana YFC (Beef Production section); Richard Park, Straid YFC, and Ernest O’Neill, Donemana YFC (Wood Production Section), and Anne Stevenson, Coleraine YFC, with Beatrice McIntyre, Kilrea YFC (Crafts – “Colour and Design in the Home” – section).
The aim of the rally was to encourage study and research into farming and home-making activities which will be of ultimate economic benefit both to participants and to the nation as a whole.
Prior to the rally participants carried out research and had each submitted 1,500 word reports on their particular test section.
On the merit of these reports, and also practical and oral tests carried out at the rally, those who reached a reasonably high standard of achievement were awarded certificates of proficiency.
During the three days, when the team members were not undergoing tests, they visited places and farms linking to their field of activities. They were also entertained by the Town Council of the City of Edinburgh; attended a government reception; spent an afternoon at the Commonwealth Games, and finally were guests of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs at the Scottish East Area Rally at Perth.
The Ulster team was accompanied by Mr Walter Williams, Deputy Secretary of the YFCU, who was responsible for organising the tuition and coaching of the team members.