National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

24 July 2013

Young farmers from Sweden, Canada and Austria are visiting clubs and counties at the moment to find out more about YFCs in the UK.

The five arrived during Council weekend in June to meet up with their County representatives to start their five week stay in the UK.
Linnea Wallin from Sweden, Hannah Dixon and Chantal Davidson, both from Canada 4H, Esther Hani from Switzerland and Sara Swatz from Austria are all staying with members.

Clubs and counties have been tweeting about their exchange visits. Montgomery YFC tweeted in July: “Big Monty YFC welcome to our international exchangees visiting the county as part of @WalesYFC and @NFYFC international programs #yfctravel”

Amanda Harris from Cornwall FYFC took her Canadian exchangee to the beach and showed off the local tourist attractions. “I introduced her to the club and we even managed to go to a YFC event,” said Amanda who later tweeted: “Has had a great week entertaining Canadian exchange student! #cornishsummer #yfctravel”

Hosting an exchange from overseas can be a great way to learn more about other cultures and locations. Every year, YFC looks for clubs to host exchangees and also offers trips overseas for members.

To find out more about YFC Travel click here.

22 July 2013

Young Farmers will be displaying their pulling power next weekend at the finals of the NFYFC Tug of War competitions.

One hundred and fifty Young Farmers from across England and Wales will take part in the finals at Tenbury Countryside Show on Saturday 3rd August.

The event promises to be a battle of willpower and strength in three sections – ladies, men’s and mixed under 17s, with the finals for each section taking place in the Grand Ring from 4.45pm.

The competition, which is held annually, is the culmination of months of hard training for many YFC members, who will have also competed in County and Area rounds to reach the national finals.

Hannah Talbot, NFYFC’s Competitions Chairman said:

“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.”

Supporters can buy tickets for the Tenbury Show from the NFYFC office at a discounted rate - £8 for adults and £2 for children, under 5s go free.

Call 02476 857200 to book – cheques or credit cards are acceptable

22 July 2013


The time has come to make one of the biggest decisions in the YFC calendar – the fancy dress theme for Annual Convention!

In May 2014, thousands of Young Farmers will be returning to Blackpool for NFYFC’s 82nd AGM and as always YFC members are working hard to make next year’s event bigger and better than ever.

One of the highlights of the weekend is the fancy dress party on Saturday night and we’ve set up an online poll where members can vote for the fancy dress theme.

The NFYFC Events steering group have whittled it down to four fancy dress options – Americana, YFC, Smurfs and Circus – so make sure you get voting for your favourite!

To vote, fill in the poll on the right hand column of this page.

18 July 2013


Accessing NFYFC training will soon be easier than ever, with Train the Trainer courses set to be delivered in each NFYFC Area.

The changes come after the NFYFC Trainers Forum, which launched in April to support YFC members delivering training, highlighted a need for more localised events.

The Train the Trainer course is open for any YFC members to attend, and teaches them how to develop and deliver their own training sessions. Those who successfully complete the courses also receive an internationally recognised certificate in staff development. 

Area Train the Trainer courses will be piloted in 2013/14 and will be supported by Defra. With many more courses taking place, each area will be required to organise the venue for their own course with a maximum of 10 people on each. 

NFYFC Training Officer Sandra James said:

“We hope that this project will enable each area to receive stronger support in setting up their training teams as well as gaining new ideas and initiatives for their County and Club Officer training days.”

For more information on area training courses, contact Sandra James on 02476 857207 or email

18 July 2013


Honorary Life member William Houseman has sadly passed away and members from across the Federation are attending his funeral today in Yorkshire.

William who was a Life Member of NFYFC was appointed in recognition of his work with many generations of Young Farmers’ Club members. He allowed them to gain a great sense of achievement whilst having plenty of fun along the way.

He has worked with the Yorkshire FYFC for many years and will be greatly missed.

NFYFC Operations Manager James Eckley said:

“I know William enjoyed his role very much indeed and the NFYFC has been very lucky to have his support and encouragement over the years.”

The funeral is being held at 3pm today at Ripon Cathedral in Yorkshire.

Donations are welcomed for the British Heart Foundation and can be sent to the Funeral Directors W Bowers, Birstwith Road, Hampsthwaite, HG3 2EU or call 01423 770258.

12 July 2013

Cumbria came out top of the counties at the 2013 NFYFC Dairy Stockjudging Finals at the Great Yorkshire Show after winning four awards, two of them first places.

When it came to teamwork, Cumbria’s two teams were both in the top three. Cumbria A’s team stock judging skills were deemed to be the best in the competition, while Cumbria B’s team were in third place behind Lancashire A.

Robert Lawrence from Cumbria also won the Intermediate Dairy Stockjudging trophy and Daniel Bargh came second in the Senior Category. 

Robert’s brother Michael was in the winning Cumbria A team:

“We won the team trophy three years ago and it feels good to win again. I’ve been stockjudging for six or seven years and myself and my brothers work on a dairy farm all day so I think you defiantly get better with practice.”

Blue skies and sunshine made a perfect backdrop for this year’s Dairy Stockjudging competition. And it seems the sun was also shining on Yorkshire, who walked away with two first prizes in the Junior and Senior categories. Jennifer Booth came first in the Seniors and Megan Beecroft was the best in the Juniors.

The aim of the annual competition is to give members the opportunity to put their training to the test by judging high quality livestock and to present their findings to industry experts. Members also have the opportunity for feedback and advice from the experts.

The winners were as follows:

Team results
1st place: Cumbria A
2nd place: Lancashire A
3rd place: Cumbria B

Senior Category
1st place: Jennifer Booth, Yorkshire
2nd place: Daniel Bargh, Cumbria
3rd place: James Pratt, Yorkshire

Intermediate Category
1st place: Robert Lawrence, Cumbria
2nd place: Steven Harris, Cornwall
3rd place: Rhys Jones, Carmarthenshire, Lauren Meredith, Herefordshire, Shannon Belfield, Staffordshire

Junior Category
1st place: Megan Beecroft, Yorkshire
2nd place: Chlow Harris, Herefordshire
3rd place: James Hodgkinson, Derbyshire

For the full results visit our competition results page and check out all the picture from the event on the NFYFC Facebook Page.


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