05 November 2013
Sarah, who is a member of Honiton YFC in Devon, was presented the award by the British Grasslands Society (BGS), after winning a grassland management competition run by BGS and NFYFC.
The competition was part of a new Grass Farming for the Future initiative, which was supported by Defra, and aimed to teach YFC members how to make the most of a cheap and nutritious livestock feed. YFC members visited the farm of Shropshire farmer Tim Downes and learnt about grassland and soil management before taking a tour around his dairy farm.
They were then asked to take part in the competition, which challenged them to complete a report on how they would turn around the fortunes of a struggling dairy farm.
Sarah has won £1000 worth of scholarships to British Grasslands Society events, which will enable her to increase her knowledge of grassland management.
BGS technical project manager Louise Davison, who worked with NFYFC to devise the competition said:
“This competition set 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 wanted to improve the knowledge of the next generation, and show them that grassland farming can be a profitable and sustainable method of livestock production.”
05 November 2013
The closing date for booking on a trip with YFC Travel is fast
approaching and members need to get applications to NFYFC by Friday 15
Trips range from three months in New Zealand working on a farm to a week-long sailing trip for under 18s. NFYFC has provided travel opportunities for members for more than 60 years and so far more than 2,500 members have benefited from the special trips. The travel programme was relaunched this year under the new name of YFC Travel and there has been lots of interest in the diverse range of trips on offer.
The trips, which are arranged with the support of the Young Farmers Ambassadors (YFA) and through rural youth organisations around the world, are all heavily discounted and in some cases free due to scholarships.
The trip to New Zealand, for example, is free thanks to funding from C Alma Baker Trust, and members will even be paid for working on Limestone Downs farm – an extensive sheep, cattle and dairy farm on the country’s North Island.
A homestay to Canada with the Junior Farmers’ Association Of Ontario (JFAO) only costs £63, alongside travel and insurance, and for those wanting a European adventure Austria, Germany, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and Switzerland are all on offer from £32, plus travel and insurance.
In October, members also took part in a YFC Travel twitter chat to ask questions about the trips and for others to share their experiences. To see the full list of questions and answers, click here.
Nicola Chegwidden, from St Columb YFC, helps to manage the YFC Travel programme and said: “YFC Travel is an amazing way to see the world without it costing the earth. They are unique opportunities to experience rural life in a different country. It’s not the same as back packing or going on holiday to these destinations – and the discounted costs make these trips possible for people who are students or just starting work. My first ever experience of flying and being away from home was going to Australia through YFC Travel for seven weeks. It was fantastic.”
All applications need to be in the NFYFC office by 15 November 2013 – for details on applying click here. All applicants will be invited to a Selection Day on 7 December to be interviewed for a place on a trip. Call NFYFC’s Travel and Events Officer Emily Johnson on 02476 857218 for more information.
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:
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 www.twitter.com@nfyfc
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
‘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
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.
T: 02476 857 200
F: 02476 857 229
Designed by Kevyn Williams