National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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29 October 2012

A new Council has been elected to represent Young Farmers’ voices in England and Wales and guide the direction of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

The elections, which took place at the Quality Hotel Coventry on Sunday 28 October, saw three female members elected to the top positions of Chairman and two Vice Chairmen. Milly Wastie, from Northamptonshire YFC, was voted in as the new national Chairman and Claire Worden, from Cornwall YFC, and Hannah Talbot, from Worcestershire YFC, were both elected as the two Vice Chairmen.

The trio will be charged with leading on the overall policy for the Federation, continuing the development and leadership of YFCs to meet the needs of its members and developing the status and image of YFC to the outside world.

During her year as Chairman, Milly plans to launch a rural road safety campaign to educate members on the risks of driving in rural areas. Milly, who works for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, is also focused on bringing the clubs and counties of the 80-year-old organisation closer together and attracting new members.  

Milly Wastie, National Chairman of NFYFC, said: “I am thoroughly looking forward to representing the 25,000 members throughout England and Wales. I want to be able to give back what I have already achieved within YFC.

“It is a huge honour to be elected and something I never thought I could achieve from my humble upbringings. I am incredibly proud and will do all that I can to provide opportunities for the membership.” 

  • Milly Wastie
    Chairman of Council

    Milly Wastie

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  • Claire Worden
    Vice Chairman of Council

    Claire Worden

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  • Hannah Talbot
    Vice Chairman of Council

    Hannah Talbot

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More than 100 members gathered in Coventry over the weekend to pass motions that affect the running of the organisation and to elect the new Council. The National Council is made up of 63 members, associate members and co-options from across England and Wales and is elected by YFC members to represent their views.

Through steering groups, the National Council also decided the programme of work at NFYFC, including: communications, events and marketing, competitions, personal development and agriculture and rural affairs.

A number of motions were passed and agreed at the meeting including:

  • The new theme for competitions and activities in 2013/14 to be ‘Serving our Country’
  • The supply of a Welsh translated printed version of Ten26 magazine for members who opt into receive this
  • Where’s Wally to be the Fancy Dress theme for Annual Convention 2013 – thanks to thousands of votes from members
  • An agreement that ARAC could continue to develop its work around a farming opportunity matching service for young farmers
  • A new incentive scheme to encourage more training of The Curve
  • Young Stockjudge of the Year to be renamed to Young Stockman of the Year
  • The introduction of a Public Speaking semi-final to allow five teams to compete in the final (effects all speaking competitions apart from Junior Reading).
  • Outgoing Chairman James Williams thanked Council, members, staff and his employers North Herts Farmers for the support he has received during his year as Chairman.

The organisation also elected three new members to the Board of Management – Chairman Frank Chester, Vice Chairman Dr Julia Pointon and Youthwork/Safeguarding Adviser Jane Henderson.

More information about the weekend will be made available to Clubs and Counties soon. Other elections included:

Agriculture and Rural Affairs

Chairman: Chris Bateman (Gloucestershire)

Vice Chairman: Russell Carrington (Herefordshire)

Communications, events and Marketing (CEM)

Chairman: Gareth Laking (Lincolnshire)

Vice Chairman: David Maidment (Wiltshire)

Competitions Steering Group

Chairman: Hannah Talbot (Worcestershire)

Vice Chairman: David Hamer (Yorkshire)

Personal Development

Chairman: Toby France (Warwickshire)

Vice Chairman: Nicola Chegwiddan (Cornwall)

25 October 2012


NFYFC are joining the digital shopping revolution with the launch of a brand new online shop.

Now members can get the classic YFC car stickers, brand new pink welly boot keyrings and stress sheep at the click of a mouse.

There is plenty to choose from for anyone hunting for some Christmas inspiration, as well as a range of Christmas cards designed by members.

So get shopping and wear your Young Farmer status with style!


Visit the YFC shop

24 October 2012


Representatives from the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs headed to Portugal last weekend to discuss the future for young rural entrepreneurs in Europe.

Katherine Sealy, who represents NFYFC on the European Council for Young Farmers (CEJA), and Chris Manley both attended the Associação de Jovens Agricultores de Portugal Conference in Porto, thanks to sponsorship from farmer-owned Mole Valley Farmers.

This was Chris’s first experience of a CEJA conference:

“I felt really inspired by CEJA and the way it brings together European young farmers. It is so interesting to learn about the different types of agriculture across Europe and everyone wants to hear what farming is like in your country. All the member organisations in CEJA are driven towards giving a voice to young farmers.”

The conference focused on developing young entrepreneurs in rural areas and reversing the influx of young people to towns and cities. Portuguese representatives shared their own experiences of supporting and revitalising rural communities.

Also discussed was CEJA’s ‘Future...Food...Farmers’ campaign launched on World Food Day, which highlights the generational crisis in the industry and urges decision-makers in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reforms to prioritise support for young farmers to ensure farming has a future.

“I hope our YFC members are able to help pledge their support for the campaign, and help to secure the future of this industry,” said Chris.

The weekend was also a chance for a CAP working group to discuss CEJA’s position on the ‘greening’ aspect of CAP reform:

“This was a really enjoyable and informative trip, and really made me realise the importance of young farmers to the future of agriculture. Now, more than ever, we should take the opportunity to shape this future and not be afraid to say what we think and feel.”

For more information on CEJA click here.

(Pictured from left: CEJA President, Joris Baecke; Minister of Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Spacial Planning, Assuncao Cristas; Chris Manley; Portugese MEP, Nuno Melo and NFYFC CEJA representative, Katherine Sealy.)

17 October 2012

Young Farmers will soon be able to perfect their stock judging skills with help from a new Meat for the Market training DVD, funded by Defra for the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).

The useful tool will mean Young Farmers can get to grips with the basics of stock judging to develop their skills at home, on the farm and for YFC competitions.

The 20-minute film, produced by EBLEX, explains which parts of the animals are most important and how to judge them both alive and as carcasses. It also explains how to give reasons during judging, using both live and carcase examples.

The DVD is available to members on the NFYFC website and EBLEX has funded the production of copies of the DVD for NFYFC to distribute to counties for members who cannot access the online resource.

Good stock judging skills are increasingly important in livestock farming because of the constant pressure to match animals to market demands.

The DVD is just part of a range of materials and training that NFYFC and EBLEX are working on together. The two organisations have also produced a Guide to Stock Judging, which is available in print and on the NFYFC website, and they are currently running free Meat for the Market training, with a beef event taking place on 18 October in Chesterfield.

Helen Reeve, Agriculture Chairman, said:

“The Agriculture committee works with industry to ensure that our farming and competing members have up-to-date knowledge for the market they are producing or training for.  Our competitions and training provide a good route for knowledge transfer and this is validated by backing from Defra.  The working relationship with EBLEX is valued and of great benefit for YFC members and future farmers.” 

Katie Brian, Project Manager, EBLEX said:

“EBLEX has given our time to help produce this for the next generation of farmers because it is a core area, and selecting stock to meet market demand is very important. We felt it was important to produce some hard copies of the DVD for those members who have limited or no access to the internet. We hope the clubs and counties find it a useful learning tool for both current and new members over the coming years.”

Watch the videos online

17 October 2012

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is asking its members to back a new campaign by the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) that is calling for more support for young farmers entering the agricultural industry.

The CEJA campaign, called 'Future…Food…Farmers' launched on World Food Day in the form of a pledge that young farmers, stakeholders in the food and forestry sector, consumers, politicians, sectorial associations and the general public have been asked to sign. 

The campaign highlights the generational crisis in the industry, where over a third of European farmers are over 65. It urges decision-makers in the Common Agricultural Policy reforms to prioritise support for young farmers to ensure farming has a future.

To sign the pledge, visit the campaign website. You can also follow the campaign on Twitter and on Facebook.

NFYFC became a full member of CEJA this year, thanks to sponsorship from farmer-owned Mole Valley Farmers.

16 October 2012

Three new awards were launched at the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) annual Competitions Day this weekend at Stafford County Showground thanks to new trophies donated by two Young Farmers supporters.

Dairy Farmer and former President of Cumbria and the Northern Area of YFCs Frank Chester and NFYFC Life Vice President Chris Lloyd have both previously judged the Public Speaking 16 and under competition and felt individuals deserved to be recognised as well as the overall team.

The three new trophies were presented, for the first time in the Federation’s 80 years, to Hattie Noble from Yorkshire YFC for Best Speaker, Elin Harvard from Brecknock YFC for Best Chairman and Will Long from Devon for Best Vote of Thanks in the Junior Public Speaking competition.  

Chris Lloyd, NFYFC Life Vice President, said:

“I was very pleased to be able to join Frank Chester to present these new awards. To be a part of a winning team at the NFYFC final is very special; for me, the awards that I have for public speaking are amongst my most treasured possessions. We hope that these awards will be just as treasured as they recognise the competitors that are the best in England and Wales at what they do.”
More than 300 Young Farmers, aged between 10 and 26, from across England and Wales battled it out to be crowned the best in the country in 10 competitions ranging from Fence Erecting to Debating on Saturday 13 October. More than 20,000 members have taken part in the NFYFC competitions programme this year and 304 won a place to compete at the national finals.

The longest fought competition was Senior Debating, with heated discussions not finishing until after 6pm. It was victory for Shropshire YFC though who scored the highest marks and one of their team Charles Bourne also won the individual prize of Best Speaker.

NFYFC President Elect Poul Christensen presented the trophies to the winners and said:  

“It was a fantastic day and I am so impressed with the amount of talent we have in our Young Farmers. Members compete at a club and county level to reach the national finals and they have all shown such enthusiasm and dedication. These young people are having so much fun but yet they are also learning skills for life.”

The full list of competitions and winners are:

Event Winner
Graffiti finals Elisa Narbett, Pembrokshire YFC
A2 Fashion Board final Jamie Awdry for Wiltshire YFC
Young Minds Poster Competition final Brecknock YFC
Cube Exhibit final Cumbria A
Fence Erecting final Ceredigion YFC
Junior Reading final Carmathenshire YFC
Junior Member of the Year Evie Hoggard, Nottinghamshire YFC
Junior Public Speaking final Devon YFC
Best Speaker Hattie Noble, Yorkshire YFC
Best Chairman Elin Harvard, Brecknock YFC
Best Vote of Thanks Will Long, Devon YFC
Brainstrust final Pembrokeshire YFC
Senior Debating final Shropshire YFC
Best Speaker Charles Bourne, Shropshire YFC


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