National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

04 November 2013

Members elected a new leadership team at the Council meeting in November, who pledged to reach out to more rural young people over the next year to tackle isolation issues in the countryside.

Claire Worden from Lostwithiel YFC, part of the Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (FYFC) was voted in as the new Chairman of Council and Hannah Talbot from Worcestershire FYFC and Chris Manley from Devon FYFC were elected as the two Vice Chairmen. 

During her year as Chairman, Claire plans to head up a campaign about rural isolation to help raise awareness about the unique challenges young people face who live in the countryside and to demonstrate the support Young Farmers’ Clubs can offer.

Claire Worden, National Chairman of NFYFC, said: “I am honoured to represent such an amazing organisation that has given me so much over the last 13 years of my membership.

“YFC has given me skills, confidence and friends for life. We’re not just an organisation for young people involved in farming – we offer support and a social life to all young people in the countryside. I love living in a very rural area of Cornwall, but it comes with its challenges. YFC has helped me to stay connected and feel part of a much bigger community and I want to use my year as Chairman to make more rural young people aware of our Clubs so they can enjoy the same opportunities I did.”

More than 100 members gathered in Coventry over the weekend to pass motions that affect the running of the organisation and to elect the new Council. Stepping down from her post as Chairman from 2012/13, Milly Wastie said her highlights had included taking part in the Harvest Festival at Westminster Abbey and launching the NFYFC's Drive it Home campaign, supported by NFU Mutual.

"I have had an enjoyable but challenging year and have put my heart and soul into the commitment as NFYFC Chairman. My legacy will be that road safety will fit into the YFC club programme once a year and NFYFC will help to put together training and resource materials for clubs to run themed evenings."

As well as the elections, the Council also approved proposals, including the following highlights:

•    The Fancy Dress theme for 2014 Annual Convention is to come dressed as something beginning with Y, F or C
•    The Annual Convention 2015 and 2017 will be held in Torquay
•    A pilot for a new training qualification for club officers is to go ahead in Warwickshire
•    A working party will be established to review NFYFC staffing
•    Anti-bullying and Safeguarding policies to be adopted by the Federation are approved.

NFYFC tweeted throughout the Council meeting to keep all members updated on decisions. Counties and clubs actively retweeted content and got involved throughout the meeting. The most retweeted comment was about the Fancy Dress AGM theme for 2014.

Comments also included:

  • Jonny Williams @jonathansid “Keeping updated with @NFYFC Council sat on the sofa on Twitter! Shame there's not a video feed!!”
  • Helen Reeve @ReeveHelen “Enjoying a quick cuppa whilst catching up with @NFYFC tweets #yfccouncil. Congratulations to newly elected team!#wishiwasthere #yfc”
  • Emily Look @emily_look “All these tweets are making me feel like I'm actually at #yfccouncil @NFYFC!!”

Four steering groups represent members’ views and include: Competitions; Communications, Events and Marketing; Personal Development and Agriculture and Rural Affairs. The National Council is made up of 63 members, associate members and co-options from across England and Wales and is elected by YFC members to represent views.

The full Council report is available to download here. For more information about being part of Council click here. To follow NFYFC on Twitter, visit

Steering Group elections included:
Competitions Chairman:                 David Hamer (Yorkshire)
Vice Chairman:                             Faith Cosgrove (Cambridgeshire)

Communications, Events and Marketing (CEM) Chairman:     David Maidment (Wiltshire)
Vice Chairman:                                                                  Katie Davies (Pembrokeshire)

Personal Development Chairman:                 Nicola Chegwidden (Cornwall)
Vice Chairman:                                          Sean Garrard (Lincolnshire)
Agriculture and Rural Affairs Chairman:        Russell Carrington (Herefordshire)
Vice Chairman                                           Remains open

04 November 2013


YFC members have been voting in their thousands and the results are finally in for the fancy dress theme for Annual Convention 2014.

‘Something beginning with Y, F and C’ was the winning theme, and YFC members will be dressing up in their finest fancy dress gear on Saturday 10th May at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

The winning theme beat second placed ‘Americana’ by just 41 votes in the online poll, which was available on the NFYFC website. This is the second year NFYFC have run the poll, with members voting for a 'Where's Wally' themed night for Convention 2013.

Members have been posting their reaction to the results on Twitter:

Annie Mair @90_anniemair: "Well keen for the @NFYFC something beginning with Y F or C theme for the #YFCAGM 2014 it's going to be a good one!"

Brads @FarmerBrads: "Getting excited about the #yfcagm now looking at @NFYFC tweets!!"

The fancy dress poll results were announced at this weekend’s NFYFC Council meeting, where it was also decided that Annual Convention 2015 and 2017 will be held in Torquay.

Click here for more information about Annual Convention 2014.

03 November 2013


A lamb and beef stockjudging competition for Young Farmers is helping to find the next generation of livestock farmers at this year’s English Winter Fair in Staffordshire. 

NFYFC's live and carcase competition, which is sponsored by EBLEX, is aimed at developing young farmers’ stockjudging skills. 

The competition, hosted by Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, runs from the 16-17 November at Staffordshire County Showground during the English Winter Fair, and involves 24 teams of Young Farmers from 13 counties throughout England and Wales.

It is an opportunity for YFC members to put months of training to the test by judging high quality livestock and carcases and presenting their findings to industry experts.  The competitors will be required to judge cattle and sheep, and order them in terms of merit, as well as judging and classifying beef and lamb carcasses.

 Sponsor EBLEX has been working closely with NFYFC to produce stockjudging guides and dvd clips to help YFC members develop their skills. The organisation also supports YFCs with Meat for the Market training events to teach members how to produce meat for today’s market.

EBLEX Project Manager, Katie Brian said:

“‘EBLEX are supporting the NFYFC’s stockjudging competition because the next generation of beef and lamb producers are very important to us. Being able to select stock at the correct time for slaughter, when finished but not fat is important on all farms to maximise profitability."

NFYFC’s Competitions Chairman Hannah Talbot added:

“Good stock judging skills are increasingly important in livestock farming and this competition combined with the fantastic resources EBLEX has produced will really help YFC members to develop these vital skills.

“NFYFC are very grateful to EBLEX, the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society and the various breed societies and handlers for their support of this competition. Staging the finals at such a prestigious show allows YFC members to showcase the skills, talent and enthusiasm of the organisation’s membership.”


All competitiors in the NFYFC competition and Staffordshire FYFC competitions at the English Winter Fair are invited to attend a three course meal on Saturday 16th November from 8pm onwards. Tickets cost just £10 per person and include admission to the Herdsman's Supper Disco at 9.30pm. To book tickets contact Julia Taylor on 01785 248645 by Monday 11th November.


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