National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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01 October 2007

PresidentI can hardly believe that nearly twelve months have passed since I wrote last year’s President’s message.

During the past year I have had the opportunity to travel to many parts of England and Wales, not only to meet and get to know many YFC members, but also to witness first-hand the immense talent that exists within YFC at all levels. Also, it has allowed me to view the wonderful landscape and areas in which many of you reside – for me this is priceless. I can only apologise to the county federations and clubs that kindly invited me to functions that I have not been able to attend.

I am sorry for all of you who have had your livelihoods and YFC events affected by the summer flooding and by foot and mouth restrictions. I know that in true YFC spirit all of you will rise to the challenges which this brings.

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01 October 2007

If your farming business is being affected by the lastest foot and mouth movement restrictions, practical support and a listening ear are on hand at the Farm Crisis Network (FCN). You can talk to volunteers on the organisation’s helpline between 7.00am and 11.00pm each day. Callers will be offered support from local FCN groups and other farming support organisations as appropriate.

FCN is hoping that the disease will not spread any further. However, preparations are in place to provide extra support for those who call for help. “We know that there will be long-term implications for all those affected and the movement restrictions are already causing difficulties for farmers across the country,” said the organisation’s national coordinator Christopher Jones.
FCN has provided support for the farming community for the past 12 years and works closely with its Farming Help partner charities, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and ARC-Addington Fund.

For the FCN helpline, please call 07002 326 326.

01 October 2007

Due to the recent outbreak of Foot & Mouth Disease, the YFC live and carcase stockjudging finals that were due to take place at Countryside Live, Harrogate on 27–28 October have been cancelled and will not take place this year. This follows the cancellation of the dairy stockjudging, and Senior Stockman and Young Stockjudge of the Year finals at the Dairy Event, Stoneleigh Park on 19-20 September.

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