National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

06 June 2013


NFYFC has teamed up with the British Grassland Society (BGS) to bring YFC members a new competition and training in grassland management – Grass Farming for the Future.

The Defra supported competition aims to teach young farmers how to make the most of a cheap and nutritious livestock feed and also involves a free day’s training and lunch at the dairy farm of shropshire farmer Tim Downes on 19th September.

Following the training, teams of two competitors will be given a brief to turn around the fortunes of a struggling dairy farm, completing a 2,000 word report outlining their recommendations.Winners will receive a trophy and a scholarship to a grasslands conference thanks to the BGS.

BGS technical project manager Louise Davison, who has been working with NFYFC to devise the competition said:

“This competition sets out to open young people’s eyes and minds to the potential of grass - particularly when bought-in feed prices are so high. We also want to improve the knowledge of the next generation, and show them that grassland farming can be a profitable and sustainable method of livestock production.”

Russell Carrington, Vice-Chairman of NFYFC’s Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee added:

"It is really great to be working with BGS and Natural England to develop this competition which will be so valuable for young farmers to up-skill in an increasingly important area of production."

To register for a space on the free training day email louise@britishgrassland.com.

Find out more about the British Grasslands Society and Natural England.


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