The excitement didn’t stop there however with the club’s second meeting providing an exciting and educational visit from Gareth Bell and Kyle Henry from Genus ABS.
They both engaged massively with members, not only teaching them about the breeding of farm animals, genetics and reproduction, but members also got a good laugh when they dressed up club member, Rio McDonnell, as an AI technician.
Then it was time to get suited, booted and out of the boiler-suits for the annual county dinner held on October 18 which saw a couple of Crumlin YFC members receiving awards.
It was the first time ever that Crumlin YFC came home with not one, but two awards.
Club members Jessica McCullough and Emma Knox were both placed at county level for silage assessing and dairy stock judging.
A huge congratulations to both of them for their outstanding achievements.
As the year progressed, the club continued to thrive as it was presented with an award for all the hard work the members put into the Grassroots Challenge.
Club member Leah Steele came home with first place, winning her category of the YFC environmental leader of the year 2019 and Crumlin YFC were very highly commended.
This was an excellent achievement that Crumlin YFC continue to be proud of, environmental issues remain at the heart of their farming communities.
On the November 9 a table quiz was held in Ballinderry Memorial hall. This had a fantastic turnout with over 100 people and a total of 17 teams.On the night the club raised a staggering £987.50.
This was a fantastic night had by all, followed by a raffle at the end with the lucky few coming away with amazing prize hampers. It was a truly memorable evening.
Coming up to Christmas Crumlin YFC welcomed the Loch Lomond Young Farmers. On Saturday, November 22 the club saw Crumlin YFC and Loch Lomond YFC travel into Belfast for a tour of the Titanic Museum, followed by a visit to the Belfast Christmas market for a ‘few’ beverages.
This was an excellent opportunity to meet up with other young farmers and some lifelong friendships were made.
In keeping with the Christmas spirit many members donated and took part in Cash For Kids donating a fantastic number of gifts for children across Northern Ireland.
Early January saw Crumlin YFC travel to We Are Vertigo in an attempt to defeat their ninja warrior course.
Some members were more successful than others. This was an opportunity to blow the cobwebs away before the club’s AGM.
At the end of February the club had a successful exchange with Artana YFC, where Artana YFC managed to beat Crumlin YFC in the milk drinking contest, something to work on for next year.
Through the year Crumlin YFC meetings have been fun filled and they hope to carry this same energy into the New Year with their fantastic new committee.