National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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23 August 2012

It’s the task that every sheep farmer must endure when the sun comes out, but rather than lamenting the long hours shearing unruly sheep, YFC members can ‘Walk the Wool Chain’ and find out how to maximise profits from their fleece.

NFYFC has teamed up with the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) to offer members a practical insight into wool processing by following the wool chain from fleece to furnishings.  And with wool payments on the up for the fourth year in succession by an average of 22p/kg  – this is the perfect time for young farmers to learn how they can benefit from the boom.
 
A farmer-run organisation, the BWMB was established to operate a central marketing system for UK fleece wool, enabling producers to achieve the best returns for their fleece.

Members will be given a behind-the-scenes look at BWMB’s impressive new base, opened by the Countess of Wessex in July.  The base has consolidated wool grading, packing and distribution, an electronic auction centre and offices on one site. Members will also visit a scouring plant and spinner or manufacturer and gather some top tips from BWMB experts on how to make their fleece pay.
 
This latest partnership between NFYFC and the BWMB follows on from a pilot tour by Lancashire YFC members in April this year. Lizzie Coar was one of those involved;

“I don’t think any of us comprehended how complex the wool supply chain was once the wool left the sheep’s back. The sheer scale of the Bradford depot was incredible and the skill of the graders really amazed us, particularly the fact that a five year apprentice course has to be completed  to become a fully trained grader.”

Gareth Jones, BWMB Producer Relations Manager said;

“The BWMB is delighted to be building on the already strong relationship with the NFYFC and continuing to work closely with the organisation.  We see this as an important way for us to raise awareness of the wool process and the BWMB’s activities amongst YFC members.  Educating farmers of the future is essential and we look forward to welcoming YFC members on the Walk the Wool Chain days.”

Mr Jones added;

“The YFC movement is a fantastic organisation that does outstanding work in promoting farming and the countryside and we are proud of our strong relationship and look forward to developing this further in the future.”

These trips are free to all YFC members, and any clubs interested should get in touch with the NFYFC office to book a tour. 




02 August 2012

You may have noticed that the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) website has had a makeover! After much consultation about what is going to benefit all members of YFCs, as well as support staff and partners, a new website has been launched. It is also hoped that it will encourage a wider public to understand what happens at Young Farmers activities around the country.

With clearer navigation and a more dynamic look, the team at the NFYFC are convinced that it will offer a better experience for all those wishing to find out more about the diverse programme that Young Farmers are involved with.

A new members’ only area will allow access to fantastic deals which will save members money, a club shop and special offers. It will also house in-depth information about the varied competitions programme throughout the year.

A vibrant home page will show pictures of Young Farmers activities, including the Annual Convention, Competitions and the Discovery programme , where young farmers discover the world through trips, homestays and exchanges.

Blogs and video-logs will be regular features as well as the ever popular ‘polls’ on current issues.

The website also works great on mobile phones and tablets! you don't even have to remember a different address - simply visit www.nfyfc.org.uk from any device, and the website will fit itself onto your screen!

We hope you enjoy using the site, and if you have any feedback please let us know here


02 August 2012

Novartis Animal Health has presented Chris Berry, a young farmer from Devon, with a prestigious travel scholarship to New Zealand.

Chris is a partner in a family run 440 acre beef, sheep and arable farm near Exeter. He has been given the opportunity to travel to New Zealand and gain experience working in the largest sheep farming industry in the world.

His winning entry to the Novartis/ National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) Travel Scholarship included a short report in which Chris focused on the future of farming and the role in which young farmers have to play in building the industry.

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Novartis Animal Health has presented Chris Berry, a young farmer from Devon, with a prestigious travel scholarship to New Zealand.

Chris is a partner in a family run 440 acre beef, sheep and arable farm near Exeter. He has been given the opportunity to travel to New Zealand and gain experience working in the largest sheep farming industry in the world.

His winning entry to the Novartis/ National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) Travel Scholarship included a short report in which Chris focused on the future of farming and the role in which young farmers have to play in building the industry.

Diane Calvert, NFYFC Chief Executive, said she is delighted that Chris has been awarded the Novartis Scholarship and looks forward to hearing about his experiences in New Zealand.

“After just missing out on the award last time Chris has shown perseverance by coming back and showing the judges what he has achieved over the past year and how he would make a great ambassador for Young Farmers in this country."

“He has been very active with Devon Young Farmers and his confidence and enthusiasm came shining through. I am sure that Chris will benefit hugely from this opportunity,” she said.

Novartis Animal Health provides the scholarship as part of its long-term commitment to the sheep industry and its support for the UK’s young farmers, in partnership with the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC). One of the aims of the scholarship is for the students to learn about the problems of resistance to parasiticides in other countries.

This will be Chris’ second trip to New Zealand after having spent some time travelling around the country.

“I am very grateful to Novartis and NFYFC for granting my dream of going back to New Zealand to work and study there. The best way to understand what you read and hear about is to witness it with your own eyes, and I plan to make the very best of this fantastic opportunity, reporting back with my findings and hopefully bring back some useful tips to use on my own flock,” he said.

Novartis Animal Health/NFYFC scholars receive an award of £1,500 to cover their travel costs and spend two weeks gaining hands-on experience on New Zealand sheep farms, as well as having the opportunity to travel in the country. Chris will be producing blogs and a video diary of his visit.

For more information on Devon Young Farmers visit www.devonyfc.co.uk


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