National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

26 September 2013


If you fancy applying for the adventure of a lifetime with YFC Travel but you’re not quite sure what you’re letting yourself in for, then join us on twitter for an hour of pure YFC Travel Chat.

This is your chance to quiz the people who have been away with YFC before and find out what it’s really like on homestays, working holidays or volunteering trips.

NFYFC’s Travel Officer will also be on hand to answer all of your technical questions – from how to apply to what to pack!

To get involved, just log on to twitter from 7-8pm on Wednesday 23rd October and follow the chat using the hashtag #yfctravel.

To find your adventure of a lifetime, take a look around our YFC Travel pages.

26 September 2013


NFYFC has put together some essential guides on hosting Halloween parties ahead of the festivities on 31 October. 

Halloween and bonfire events can raise some much needed funds for clubs and are also a great way to introduce new members. But hosting a party can be pretty stressful as there’s lots to consider to make it a success.

To help out all those YFC Party Planners, NFYFC has drawn up some questions to guide you through the process of throwing a Halloween disco. There are also some guidelines from the NFU on hosting a bonfire night too. 

Youthwork Officer Cath Sykes said:

“For a Club event to be really fun and successful you need to do some careful planning first. Hopefully these guides will help organisers take a step back to think about all aspects of the event that help make it a success.”

Click here for questions to help guide your Halloween event.

Look out for the next issue of YFC Buzz when we’ll have some top tips for Christmas events!

25 September 2013


Representatives from NFYFC visited Brussels last weekend to discuss the implementation of new CAP regulations with fellow members of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA).

Duncan Howie, from Essex FYFC, joined NFYFC’s new Agriculture and Rural Affairs officer Jo Wyles on the visit, which was supported by Defra, to take part in CEJA working groups.

The groups discussed where each country was in terms of implementing the new CAP regulations, as well as how young farmers could ensure they received adequate support from their own governments. There was also an opportunity for CEJA representatives to talk to their own MEPs involved in CAP negotiations, which are not yet completed.

Jo said:

“We discovered that the picture across Europe is very different in terms of the level of discussions that have taken place with governments. No countries had yet made a decision on how much support they would offer their young farmers, but some were much further ahead in their discussions than others.

“The working groups gave us a useful insight into the process of negotiation and we can use this knowledge to help get the best results for our Young Farmers.”

The NFYFC Agricultural and Rural Affairs committee are currently preparing a document that will enable YFC members to feedback to the UK government about the type of support they are most in need of.

24 September 2013

New entrants to sheep farming are being encouraged to make contact with the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB).

BWMB is aware of the challenges, both in terms of resources and finances facing the current generation of new entrants and wants to do all it can to help them maximise the value of their wool, explained BWMB Producer Communications Manager Gareth Jones.
‘’New entrants are the future of our industry and the BWMB is keen to encourage them wherever possible," he said.?
BWMB are encouraging new entrants to contact them to ensure their thoughts are heard.  "We are actively looking into different ideas on how we could support any potential new entrants to the industry, so we need to ensure we hear from as many new entrants as possible this season.  Like existing producers, new entrants to sheep farming have much to gain by marketing their wool through the BWMB’s competitive auction system which helps them maximise the true value of their wool."
For any new entrants, a specific email address ? has been set up for producers to contact the BWMB.

"Our intention is to engage with potential ‘young’ producers and discuss ideas on what would benefit and support them.  We’ll also discuss any potential ideas with stakeholder groups” added Mr Jones.

Clubs wishing to invite the BWMB along to an evening session to talk about wool should contact

24 September 2013


Cooking doesn’t get tougher than this for more than 100 Young Farmers whose culinary efforts will be judged by former Masterchef finalist Ben Axford at the Malvern Autumn Show this weekend.

The cookery challenge, which is hosted on Saturday 28 September, is an annual competition for members of NFYFC and this year’s theme is Best of British.

Competitors from across England and Wales will represent their home counties by producing the themed four course meal using locally sourced ingredients.

This is the third year Masterchef finalist Ben [pictured] has judged the competition alongside two other food specialists. Ben has cooked at 10 Downing Street and for eight chefs at The Savoy, as well as writing for the BBC Good Food magazine.

Ben said: “This year I’ll be looking forward to seeing what leaps and bounds the teams have made in terms of menu concepts, cooking skills and presentation. Hopefully they’ll be learning each year from the feedback their predecessors have received. 

“It will be interesting to see what trends come through across the board, and as always I am fascinated at the ingenuity teams’ display in overcoming both the equipment and time constraints they are under.  This is a great opportunity for all Young Farmers to challenge themselves to deliver incredible dishes with home grown produce, whilst also being a really fun day.”

In total more than 200 Young Farmers will compete in NFYFC competitions at this year’s Malvern Autumn Show, where members of the public can learn more about one of the largest rural youth organisation in the UK. As well as cookery, Young Farmers will also be competing in junior, intermediate and senior floral arts competitions on Sunday 29th September, creating floral displays to the theme of ‘Best of British Farming.’

NFYFC Competitions Chairman Hannah Talbot said:

“NFYFC always looks forward to the Malvern Autumn Show because it’s such a great event to host our competition finals of cookery and floral arts. We welcome members of the public to come and visit us over the weekend to see what our Young Farmers are creating and to learn more about our fantastic organisation. We’re thrilled to have Ben judging our cookery competition again – he understands what it’s like to cook when you’re under pressure! Our theme is Best of British this year and I can’t wait to see what treats our members have in store.”

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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