City of Derry YFC members keep busy during lockdown
Many City of Derry Young Farmers’ Club members were delighted to get off school during Covid-19 to be at home on their family farms.
Many have been kept busy between lambing, calving and cutting silage. YFCU had set a challenge which was a Big Clean Up challenge as this year’s theme was ‘ 90 Years of Change and Challenge.’
It was a great initiative for all members within the YFCU to get involved in as fly-tipping has had a 300% increase of inappropriate disposal waste.
All members had to clean up round their local areas and roads.
A few City of Derry YFC members had each done up to 1.7km each of collecting litter to help to keep their countryside litter free.
This year some competitions have been a lot different to usual as Covid-19 has changed a lot of these circumstances.
The demonstration presentation final went virtual on Zoom and members Jemma Gamble and Lynne Montgomery did their various presentations through Zoom.
Well done to Lynne Montgomery who came in 2nd place inthe 21-25 age category in the Northern Ireland final.
During May Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster introduced the virtual stock-judging competitions with dairy stock judging being the first.
City of Derry YFC had 28 members participating in this competition.
Well done to Jessica Dunlop who came first in the 12-14 age category for the dairy stock judging.
Members look forward to taking part in the virtual sheep and beef competitions within the next few weeks.
Monday 18th May was the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. Members Lynne Montgomery and Wendy Canning both completed the Online Suicide Prevention Training for Zero Suicide - remembering ‘It’s ok, not to be ok!’
Club secretary Emma and sister Lynne Montgomery spent their Saturday afternoon delivering leaflets to some of the club’s vice president’s in their local area, helping to promote Rural Support’s Across the Hedgerow on behalf of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster.
Members of the club are more than happy to have a chat with anyone that may need to - ‘ Don’t Suffer in Silence!’
Covid-19 has made a big difference to the competition year, but the club look forward to seeing all members very soon.
Remember the club are ‘Here to Help!’
For any more information contact club secretary Emma Montgomery on 07510084936 or find the club on Facebook ‘ City of Derry YFC’