National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

28 June 2013

Road safety training paid off in more ways than one for member Tom Doyle after he won £100 of Amazon vouchers for completing the Drive it Home online survey.

The survey, which offers members the chance to win £100 of vouchers every month thanks to NFU Mutual, will help to assess young farmers’ attitudes to driving.

Tom, from Abberley YFC in Worcestershire, lives in a rural community and was keen to learn more road skills so he could stay safe behind the wheel. The 22 year old went on an IAM course last year and recently attended the Drive Doctors session in Kenilworth as part of the Drive it Home campaign.

“I thought the Drive Doctors course was excellent and a great way to learn more about how to handle your car if you were involved in a skid situation. Those courses are usually really expensive so it was impressive to get such a discount.

“When you see the statistics, it’s clear that young people living in rural areas are more prone to accidents. Courses like this can help you to prepare for a skid and to understand what could happen if you race towards a hairpin bend. It could save your life and I can’t praise the course enough.”

Tom, who is a Graduate Commodities Buyer at Jaguar, is planning on having some fun with his vouchers after all his training and intends to buy Game of Thrones, Season 2 on DVD.

All members (both drivers and non-drivers) are encouraged to complete the online survey so the organisation can gather a snapshot of young farmers’ attitudes to driving before and after the campaign.

All answers are anonymous and confidential. Your email address is only entered into the prize draw and your answers will not be linked to your name. You must complete the survey to be in with a chance of winning the £100 of Amazon Vouchers.

If you would like to take part in the survey click here.

27 June 2013


Win a family ticket to one of the countryside’s biggest events – the CLA game fair!

The CLA Game Fair is the world’s largest moving exhibition and an integral part of the countryside calendar, it’s the place for inspiration, expert advice, world-class competition, or simply meeting friends.

Explore the very best that the British countryside has to offer including a host of features, new competitions, and plenty to get involved in from shooting to shopping, fishing to real food, dogs, horses, gardens and much much more!

NFYFC has three family tickets to the 2013 CLA Game Fair to give away, to be in with a chance of winning just answer the following question:

Where is the 2013 CLA Game Fair being held?

Email your answers to by 12th July and three winners will be drawn at random. Please note you must be a member of YFC to enter this competition. Good luck!

26 June 2013

A new event has launched that will help farmers across the country grow their businesses and it includes an awards ceremony with a category for new entrants.

The two-day event, which is the brainchild of Farmers Guardian and is supported by Marks and Spencer (M&S), will take place in November. The British Farming Awards will be part of the event and will celebrate creative thinking, innovative approaches and the relentless hard graft by farmers working across the industry.

Award categories range from Arables Innovator of the Year to Renewables Innovator of the Year and there is also a New Entrants Award: Against the Odds that should appeal to young farmers with a rural enterprise. 

Organisers say the event will deliver what every farmer needs to know to run an effective and profitable business – no matter what the size and scale of their business.

Topical workshops for YFC members include practical advice on how to write a business plan,  ideas for alternative funding, a discussion on share farming and understanding cash flow, brand development and pointers to help win tenancies.

The event has been researched with a wide number of farmers who collectively identified the burning business issues they wanted to learn more about. The initiative is further supported by an unrivalled industry advisory group who have helped develop the concept and content.

Farmers can structure their own day according to the size of their business and can choose from a variety of practical workshops, lively discussion hubs and honest take-home advice that will be provided from a rich selection of inspirational fellow farmers and leading experts from inside and outside of the industry.

Emma Penny, Editor of FG, said:

“As farming faces a tough year, this conference will focus on the business side of running a farm. The British Farming Awards will recognise the massive amount of on-farm innovation which goes on across the UK.”

The event will take place at the Sixways Stadium, Worcester, on November 5 and 6, 2013.

An early bird ticket package is available for a limited time and costs £148 which includes attendance to the conference, evening dinner and awards.

For more information about the event and to book tickets visit

26 June 2013

Members who want to have a say in how the organisation is run should speak to their County Chairmen or council representatives before the NFYFC’s Council meet this weekend.

Council meetings take place three times per year, and at the Annual General Meeting, and involve representatives from every County across England and Wales. Meetings take place over a weekend and involve discussions on the direction of the organisation.

On Saturday four steering groups will meet to discuss issues relating to Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Competitions, Personal Development and Communications, Events and Marketing.

The steering groups help to shape future projects and ideas and are also a chance for the National staff team to hear members’ views so they can shape projects and activities.

On Sunday, the full Council meets to vote on proposals made at the steering groups. Council decisions are released on Twitter as they happen and a full report is posted on the website and sent to counties the following week.

National Chairman of Council Milly Wastie said: “Council meetings are a good opportunity to find out what is happening throughout the organisation and to learn from each other’s experiences. It’s so important for members to speak to their Council representatives before the meeting so they can raise any points on your behalf. The NFYFC is a member-led organisation and so it’s important that everyone’s views are heard so we can shape the future of the organisation.”

If you would like to raise a matter in any of the steering groups, please contact your County Chairman who will be able to direct you to your Council representative.


26 June 2013


Young farmers in the South West learnt life-saving driving skills this month when professional racing drivers joined them behind the wheel to teach practical driving skills.

The event at Dunkeswell Airfield near Honiton, was part of NFYFC’s national Drive it Home campaign and followed on from a similar event at the Pro Drive Centre in Kenilworth.

Members took to the track in their own vehicles to experience difficult driving conditions and were taught how to control their vehicles by professional racing drivers. They also learnt about the specific difficulties of driving on rural roads and some top tips on car maintenance.

Ashley Barnes (pictured left speaking to BBC Spotlight news) from Wareham and Purbeck YFC, was one of the Young Farmers on the course:

“I passed my test seven years ago and I definitely learnt a few things today that I never learnt in my driving lessons. I think you should have to do courses like this after you pass your test. I’ve had a couple of crashes and I think if I’d done this course they might not have happened.”

Lauren Pratt from Whimple and Broadclyst YFC added:

“I’m 17 and I’ve only recently passed my test in February. I wanted to come and see what my car could actually do. I’ve learnt that I need to be more aware and think ahead a bit more when I’m driving.”

Professional drivers putting participants through their paces are provided by Drive Doctors, a specialist driving tuition company which delivers advanced driving skills in a fun and practical way.

Read about the Drive Doctors course in Kenilworth, Warwickshire or watch the video from the day.

Find out more about the Drive It Home campaign

25 June 2013


The summer NFYFC competitions finals are kicking off in style in July with the National Competitions weekend in Stafford.

Over 500 Young Farmers will be taking part in competitions across the weekend, including public speaking, sports and crafts.

The national finals are the culmination of months of hard work and training, and many of the finalists will have had to compete at County and Area level before reaching the finals.

The Junior Member of the Year competition, which is open to all members under 17, is one of the highlights of the weekend, and finalists will need to give a presentation about their last 12 months in YFC and beyond. The seven finalists will all be invited to join NFYFC’s Youth Forum, a group of younger YFC members who worked to ensure all ages are represented in the YFC programme.

The weekend also includes a few brand new YFC competitions, including making a video clip to promote YFC, live knitting and ultimate Frisbee.

Hannah Talbot is NFYFC’s Competitions Chairman:

“Competitions are at the heart of YFC, from Club level right up to National and it’s always brilliant to see the amount of talent we have in our membership. The competitions programme is there to give everyone a chance to take part in something they might not have tried before, and this weekend really shows off the variety of competitions on offer.”

If you are getting set for National Finals this summer, send your team pictures and training photos to and we’ll pop them on the NFYFC Facebook page.

Download the Competitions Timetable

Saturday 6th July – Stafford Showground

•    Junior Public Speaking
•    Junior Reading
•    Brainstrust
•    After Dinner Speaking
•    Junior Member of the Year
•    Situation Vacant
•    Cube Exhibit
•    Video Clip Competition
•    Christmas Card Competition
•    Photography Competition
•    Knitted Garment Competition

Sunday 7th July - Beaconside Leisure centre and Weston Road Academy

•    Dodgeball
•    Ultimate Frisbee
•    Ladies Rounders
•    Men’s 5-a-side indoor football


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