This year’s Young Farmer conference was brought to you by the Letters Y & F and the Number 4! The Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs held their annual North Region Conference on the last weekend in January.
Around 120 members from Aberdeenshire to Inverness-shire, and Caithness to Orkney gathered at the Highlander Hotel, Newtonmore for the event which was themed this year on the Alphabet.
The conference offers the opportunity for members within the vast area of the North Region to come together to compete and discuss ideas. A further important aspect of the conference is to have members from different districts interact and become acquainted with each other. This year saw a different application system being used by the North Region for members wishing to attend the conference where entries were initially limited to four per club and then any remaining spaces being offered on a first come, first served basis.
The weekend kicked off on the Friday night with a formal Dinner & Dance. Mr Raymond Crerar an Agricultural Advisor with SAC gave the after dinner address during which he encouraged all Young Farmer members to grab every opportunity with a number of jokes thrown in!
The members where then up early on a very cold but dry Saturday morning to take part in activities arranged at the nearby Rothiemurchas Centre in Aviemore, where they took part in Horse Riding, Canoeing, Archery, Mountain Biking and the Tree Zone. The activities were enjoyed by all but everyone was glad to get back to the hotel to warm up!
The Mid Point Assembly was held on Saturday afternoon with a very informative and interesting presentation on International Opportunties with the Young Farmers Association. Linda Sloan, International Chairman gave members an overview of her recent exchange visit to Canada and encouraged all members to grab every opportunity to travel when they still could.
The afternoon finished off with the G&M Whyte Brains of the North Finals where six teams competed in a pub style quiz.
A fancy dress disco took place on the Saturday night with the theme being to dress as something beginning with the first letter of your first name.