National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

23 September 2013

YFC members were learning from the experts this week at a brand new training day in grassland management run by NFYFC and the British Grasslands Society (BGS).

Grass Farming for the Future is a new initiative, supported by Defra, which aims to teach Young Farmers how to make the most of a cheap and nutritious livestock feed. Members visited the farm of Shropshire farmer Tim Downes and learnt about grassland and soil management before taking a tour around his dairy farm.

One YFC member who attended the event said:

“It was a really interesting day and great to have a technical and agricultural based event for Young Farmers.”

As well as the training day, members can also take part in a competition to win a scholarship to a grasslands conference, thanks to BGS. Teams of two will need to complete a report on how they would turn around the fortunes of a struggling dairy farm.

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.”


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