Photo from left to right – Nia George (Wales YFC), Gareth Jones, Sue Turley, Sian Thomas (Wales YFC).

Following a recent meeting with representatives from the Wool Board and Wales YFC we are pleased to announce a fantastic opportunity for members who are interested in shearing. British Wool are offering a 50% discount on their Blue Seal Shearing Course for Wales YFC members.

The qualification is essential for any member intending on competing in the Shearing Competition run by Wales YFC at the Royal Welsh Show.

The offer to members of Wales YFC is a two day course for £80 (plus VAT), a discount of over 50% on a normal standard course. To take advantage of this offer you must be a current Wales YFC member who has not attended this course previously. The main aim of the scheme is to train members to Blue Seal standard that will allow the to compete in the Wales YFC Competition at the Royal Welsh Show in July.

Discussions were also held regarding devoloping the Wool handling competition with the Wool Board agreeing to continue their support of the competition at the Royal Welsh Show. In a statement British Woool’s Shearing Manager Richard Schofield said : “It takes quite a few years to improve ability, but if you start the right way it makes life much easier. It’s a lot harder to unravel bad habits.”
The Course includes :
• Introduction to Shearing
• Health and Safety of Equipment
• Demonstration and Practical Hands On Experiance
• Instructor Support.

It will be possible to arrange training in an area of your choice in accordance with interest shown. In 2018 the NFYFC Shearing Champion at the Great Yorkshire Show was announced as Dion Hughes from Uwchaled YFC, of the Clwyd Federation. Following his success Dion said : “You’re never too experienced to learn more about shearing. I did my Blue Seal training when I was 17 and I worked up to the next level. One regret is I didn’t do enough courses through British Wool so I’m going to do some more so I can keep on improving.”

British Wool aso offer a wool handling course and a range of other courses around shearing. Contact Sue Turley or Richard Schofield using the information below for more information. You can also contact Wales YFC Centre. To secure your training place:

The closing date for applications is 30th March 2019. Contact Sue Turley on 07807 166 226 or Richard Schofield on 07966291618. You will need to give your name, address, date of birth, and your YFC membership card number.

For more information contact Wales YFC Centre on 01982 553502.