National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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29 May 2013


NFYFC members are concerned that major decisions affecting young farmers are being made at a European level and want to ensure voices are heard from England and Wales. 

Chris Manley, Devon YFC, and Russell Carrington, Hereford YFC, have just returned from a trip to Brussels to debate the issues affecting young farmers with their European counterparts.

The gathering was arranged by the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA), which NFYFC is now a full member of thanks to sponsorship from Mole Valley Farmers.

Ongoing membership and participation of CEJA is vital if young farmers in England and Wales are to have a say in their future, said Russell.

“It was a real shock to me and Chris how much is going on at a European level that affects the next generation of young farmers. If we’re not careful decisions will be made without our consultation. It’s important for us to be at these meetings and have our say.”

The meeting in Brussels was only a week after the President of CEJA Joris Baecke, attended the ARAC Forum 2013 at Annual Convention to talk about the organisation and how it can help Young Farmers.

Russell said: “At the meeting we were asked to approach our own Governments to raise our concerns and we contributed to debates about support payments for young farmers starting agricultural businesses.

“It’s important that we find out more what our members think about these issues so we can take their views back to the next CEJA meeting. We want to get out and talk to more members about CEJA and make them aware of how important our membership is.

“We are also looking for other members from England and Wales who might be interested in representing NFYFC at meetings and seminars around Europe.  There is lots to do and these meetings can also be very rewarding on a personal level.”

Click here to watch the CEJA press conference which Chris and Russell attended.

29 May 2013


In honour of 80 years of NFYFC, YFCs across England and Wales are invited to contribute to a time capsule that will include items from our anniversary year for members to dig up in 45 years time. 

The NFYFC Youth Forum is planning to bury a time capsule at the site of the very first Young Farmer’s Club in Hemyock in Devon and we want every Club to make sure they are represented by giving you the chance to add something to the capsule.

So far more than 13 clubs have submitted items for the capsule, including magazines, a 2013 copy of Ten26 and a current price list of essential items such as milk, eggs and butter as well as an introductory letter to explain the project to the YFC members of 2058 who will excavate the capsule.

As well as contributions from NFYFC Chairman Milly Wastie, the following Clubs have also submitted items:

Cheriton and Tedburn (Devon)
Silsden with Skipton (Yorkshire)
Oundle (Northampton)
Staffordshire YFC (All Clubs and county)
Dartmouth (Devon)
Northumberland (All clubs)
Whimple & Broadclyst (Devon)
Farrington Gurney (Somerset)
Shipston on Stour (Warwickshire)
Craswall (Herefordshire)
Wigton (Cumbria)
Eden Valley (Cumbria)
Maendy (Glamorgan)

There is still time for your club to take part, as the deadline has been extended until Friday 6 September. Each club is allowed one A4 double sided piece of paper to put in the capsule.

Jodie Green, NFYFC’s Youthwork officer, said:

“The Youth Forum wanted to create a time capsule to leave a legacy for future members of YFC, so they can open it up and see what being a Young Farmer was like in 2013. The Forum members want the capsule to be dug up in 45 years time, on the 125th anniversary of NFYFC.”

Your Club can post their Time Capsule entry to NFYFC marked ‘Time Capsule’ or email them to before Friday 6 September. Postal Address: NFYFC, YFC Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, CV8 2LG

28 May 2013


Ticket sales for Annual Convention 2013 were the best in five years with more than 5,000 people attending NFYFC’s showcase event of the year.

Numbers for the event grew by more than 500 on last year’s figures as both pre-event sales and tickets bought over the weekend were higher.

The Convention has always been a highlight in the young farmers’ calendar – numbers used to top around 7,000 back in the 1980s when membership figures stood at more than 60,000.

This year’s event also received backing from a range of industry bodies both in terms of sponsorship and time given at meetings and competitions.

  • Massey Ferguson sponsored the Chairman’s Reception in the Winter Gardens, where more than 300 guests were invited to share a drink with the Chairman
  • Massey Ferguson also sponsored a locally sourced lunch that was served after the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) Forum
  • Defra supported the ARAC Forum 2013
  • Wiseman Muller Dairies sponsored the Drama competition Final.
  • Local bars Walkabout, Revolution, and Che Bar sponsored wristbands, posters and programmes respectively.

Feedback from sponsors was very positive and many of them enjoyed participating in the activities. Massey Ferguson attended Annual Convention for the first time and the team were impressed with the overall event and the enthusiasm of young farmers.

“We were delighted to support this key NFYFC event. It was a great pleasure to be involved  throughout the two days and be able to talk in detail with members,” said Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson Brand Development Manager. “Massey Ferguson is strongly focused on the new generation of farmers who are embracing new opportunities, new ideas and transforming forever the way farming is both carried out and perceived.  The vibrancy, passion and clear thinking of delegates were inspirational. We look forward to continuing to work in close partnership with the new and the next generation of farmers.”

The registration area at Convention was also a chance for members to take part in activities while queuing for wristbands. NFU Mutual, who support the Drive it Home campaign, brought two driving simulators and talked to members about the upcoming driving courses. While Outbound invited members to stay upright on their inflatable snow board experience! 

NFYFC’s National Chairman of Council Milly Wastie said: “I am so pleased we had record numbers at Convention – and for the support we have received from sponsors and organisations who helped to make it such a success.

“Our organisation is all about fun, learning and achievement and I think we delivered on all three counts. Annual Convention is a chance for us to really show what we’re about through our competitions, ARAC Forum and Annual General Meeting – as well as being an opportunity for us to unite with thousands of members across England and Wales to celebrate together.”

16 May 2013


Thirteen Young Farmers appeared on BBC One’s primetime show The One Show last night to help promote how young farmers have been coping with this year’s bad weather.

The YFC members, who travelled from as far afield as Cumbria and Norfolk were live in the studio with presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones, as well as celebrity guests including Angela Rippon and comedian Alexei Sayle.

Matt, who is the former President of NFYFC, interviewed three YFC members about their own personal experiences of this year’s challenging weather conditions;  Helen Reeve, from Harleston YFC in Norfolk, Helen Brown from Carlisle YFC in Cumbria and Trevor Jones from Vigo YFC in Kent.

Trevor said:

“It was really good to be on the show. It was a bit nerve wracking at first and very odd to have a camera shoved in your face!”

Marie Prebble from Canterbury YFC in Kent added:

“It was a great opportunity to represent the new entrants into the industry and talk about their experiences over the past year.”

The One Show has regular viewing figures of over five million, and with 13 YFC shirts on show, it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the organisation and its members.

Charlotte Bosher from Princes Risborough YFC in Buckinghamshire later tweeted:

“Thank you NFYFC really enjoyed myself and lovely to meet some new people. Proud to be a Young farmer.”

08 May 2013


Television presenter Matt Baker handed over the presidency of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs this weekend at the organisation’s 81st Annual General Meeting.

Hundreds of Young Farmers from across England and Wales attended the meeting at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool to see Matt lead his last AGM as NFYFC President and hand over the reins to Poul Christensen CBE. You can watch a video below of Matt interviewing Poul on the NFYFC Show!


Matt said: “I have had a wonderful couple of years as NFYFC’s President. It has been an honour and a joy to be part of such an exciting organisation. The level of enthusiasm, creativity and commitment that our young farmers show will always continue to impress me.”

Matt was tasked with conducting this year’s meeting, which is a chance for all members of NFYFC to have their say on the issues that affect the organisation.

One such issue was the proposed 5% increase in the National Levy, the amount that each member pays to NFYFC. After some passionate speeches by members both for and against the increase, the motion was eventually defeated with 77 votes for and 115 against.

There was also a proposal that the membership fees for Associate Members should be increased from £5 to £10, but once again members used their voting power to defeat the motion with 84 votes for and 101 against. 

Honours were awarded to a number of dedicated NFYFC supporters, with the election of two new Deputy NFYFC Presidents, Diane Coles and Linda Savage, and the re-election of Christopher Hunt, David Herbert, Alethea Snelling, Richard Camp and Gwynne Davies. Rod Tuck from Norfolk and Delme Harries from Pembrokeshire were also elected as NFYFC Life Vice Presidents.

Delme is a driving force in Wales YFC, and has held several positions including County Chairman of Pembrokeshire, Chairman of Wales YFC and was the first ever Welshman to be elected Chairman of Rural Youth Europe. His dedication to Welsh Young Farmers has earned him the nick name ‘The King of Wales’.

Rod Tuck has been involved with YFC for 50 years, from his days in Old Buckingham and then Diss YFC. He has been Eastern Area President since 1976 and sat on the NFYFC Board of Management for five years, where he was the voice of the Eastern Area.

The 81st NFYFC Annual General meeting finished with the presentation of various trophies for fundraising, competitions and travel, as well as the Sidney Fawcett trophy which was awarded to Caroline Baker for making the greatest contribution to this year’s AGM. The Prince of Wales Trophy, which is awarded to the County who raised the most money per member for charity was awarded this year to Oxfordshire FYFC who raised nearly £24,000.


Annual General Meeting 2013 Trophy Winners

  • NFU Trophy (Championship County Federation in NFYFC competitions finals 2011/2012) – Cumbria FYFC
  • Tug Wilson Trophy (reserve championship county federation in NFYFC competition finals 2011/2012) – Derbyshire FYFC
  • Worshipful Company of Farmers Trophy (champion small county whose membership figures are amongst the lowest 50% of counties, NFYFC competitions finals 2011/2012) – Bedfordshire FYFC
  • Merrick Burrell Tankard (county federation with the largest % increase in membership over the past three years) – Hertfordshire FYFC
  • Prince of Wales Perpetual Charity Challenge Trophy (county federation raising most money per member for a charitable cause) – Oxfordshire FYFC
  • Lionel J Hill MBE Charity Club Cup (club that has raised the greatest amount of funds per members, for charitable purposes over a 12-month period)- Faringon YFC from Oxfordshire (club raised over £18,712)
  • The RABI Cup (YFC that has given the most support to RABI) – jointly awarded to Acle YFC and North Walsham YFC from Norfolk
  • The Sidney Fawcett Trophy – (member making the greatest contribution to the democratic proceedings of the AGM) – Caroline Baker, County Durham FYFC
  • Top Trainer of the Year – Karen Hodges, Worcestershire FYFC
  • Young Farmers Ambassador (the best power point produced by a participant of the Discovery Programme) - Ed Lovelock, Buckinghamshire FYFC

07 May 2013


Hundreds of Young Farmers from across England and Wales made their way to Blackpool for the national finals of NFYFC’s Ballroom Dancing, Cheerleading, Drama and Senior Member of the Year competitions.

The drama competition is always hotly contested and this year was no different. Supporters packed the Opera Theatre in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool to cheer on the three finalists, Builth Wells YFC from Brecknock, Nesscliffe YFC from Shropshire and Brampton YFC from Cumbria.

After three fantastic, and very different, performances it was Builth Wells YFC who took the trophy for the third year running with their original play ‘Seven for a Secret’ about the impact of the Second World War on a rural Welsh community. The judges from the Guild of Dramatic Adjudicators praised the club for their clever direction and lovely duets and harmonies. Nesscliffe YFC came in second place with their lively performance of ‘Stags and Hens’ and Brampton YFC came third with ‘Private Peaceful’.

The Best Actor award went to James Dean from Brampton YFC for his moving performance as ‘Tommo’ and Mairwen Davies from Builth Wells YFC won the Best Actress award as Mary. Mariwen said:

“It’s fantastic and a real shock. We’re just so pleased to come back to national finals and compete again on the national stage. We have been extremely lucky to get through to the national finals three years in a row.”

Former NFYFC President, TV presenter Matt Baker, kicked-off Sunday’s Ballroom Dancing and Cheerleading competitions which took place in the world famous Empress Ballroom in Blackpool. With a total of 21 teams taking part in both competitions, the atmosphere was electric and all of the teams gave fantastic performances.

In the ballroom dancing it was the team from Bakewell YFC in Derbyshire who took the trophy with a slick performance which was highly praised by judges Carol May and Olive Hornby. Runners up were Trefeglwys YFC from Montgomery and in third place Withleigh YFC in Devon, who had over half of their members taking part in the competition.

Wales YFC dominated the cheerleading competition, with Clunderwen YFC from Pembrokeshire taking the crown and Trefeglwys YFC repeating their ballroom success and coming in second. The judges from the UK Cheerleading associated awarded third place to Bakewell YFC. Emily Rigby was in the Clunderwen team:

"We have had a fantastic experience at the AGM in Blackpool. The competition was very fierce and the size of the audience was nerve racking. It means such a lot to us to have won the national title ?it has made the numerous late nights of training and the long journey from Pembrokeshire worth it. We are a group of 13-24 year olds, all local to our club of Clunderwen YFC and we have had a tremendous amount of support which we would like to thank everyone for. The celebrations will continue for a very long time in true young farmer style!"

This weekend also saw the finals of the NFYFC Senior Member of the Year competition with seven finalist, one from each region of the Federation, taking part. The final stage of the competition included both private and stage interviews, and the judges were looking for members who had a good knowledge of and commitment to Young Farmers.

The competition was eventually won by Paul Glanvill from Whimple and Broadclyst YFC in Devon, who had arrived in Blackpool earlier in the week after cycling the 320 miles with five other members to raise money for Parkinson’s UK and for the fund to build a new Devon YFC building.

Paul said: “It’s a great honour to win. I wasn’t expecting it. I was very nervous. The on stage interviews seemed to go well but I knew I was up against stiff competition so I couldn’t say what was going to happen.”

The full results from all of the National Finals can be downloaded here and photographs from the competitions can be viewed on the NFYFC Facebook page.


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