National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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10 February 2014

Young Farmers’ Clubs are supporting farmers affected by the worst floods on record by organising supplies and raising funds.

As Somerset was one of the areas hit most severely by the floods, members of Somerset Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (FYFC) have been supporting the local farming community.

When the waters started to rise again towards the end of last week, members gathered together to fill 750 sandbags.  They also used their tractors and trailers to help move cattle from former YFC member James Winslade’s farm, which was flooding.

Many houses are deep in water and as families were forced to evacuate in the early hours of the morning many of them only have the clothes they left in. 

Joy Davenport, Vice Chairman for Somerset FYFC (pictured with NFYFC Chairman Claire Worden), said: “It’s not just haylage and fodder we need; it’s also clothes as well as food for the people that are helping out. People are asking for the basics such as towels and socks for those people who can’t reach their homes due to the water.”

Somerset County office is still accessible via one of the routes and they are trying to keep members updated via the website. Joy said there are lots of ways Young Farmers can help. 

“We’re just asking YFC members to get behind us by even doing something as small as putting a post on Facebook to help us get our message out there. Some people have their houses 6ft under water and the bottom of their house has completely gone, their possessions and everything. So even if people can donate a pair of socks that’s amazing and will be appreciated."

Joy was able to share the problems in Somerset at the recent NFYFC Council meeting and was overwhelmed by the support from clubs across England and Wales – including the offer of forage from Essex FYFC.

“It’s absolutely fantastic. When I started talking at the Council meeting, I could feel myself welling up. Just to have support from fellow Young Farmers is amazing.”

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Before sending any aid to help flooded farms, it's best to coordinate your efforts with people on the ground in flooded areas. You can find lots of information on doing this on the NFU website in their floodng information.

#ForageAid and #ClubHectare are supporting farmers in the Somerset levels with much needed straw, animal feed and baled forage crops, as well as urgently needed supplies such as clothing, wellington boots, waterproofs, fuel donations and a multitude of other donations they have received including financial support.

The distribution team in Somerset Jono Dixon (who is the #ClubHectare boss) and Johann Tasker (from Farmers Weekly and a #ClubHectare member) as well as #ForageAid coordinator Andrew Ward in Lincolnshire are desperately asking for wheat, barley, triticale or oat straw to be donated to the cause in Somerset via #ForageAid.

They would like more than 30 trailer loads of straw. Tom Ward from Brightcrop and a member of #ForageAid and #ClubHectare said: "Whilst we understand and don't expect that all to come from one supplier, any donated loads would be greatly appreciated as the agricultural community is pulling together to help these farmers out as they have lost everything, thousands of cattle, sheep, goats, horses etc have been moved to dryer locations but need bedding and feeding."

If you are able to donate but not haul aswell, #ForageAid can arrange haulage or Tesco curtain siders to collect from your location. You can contact Andrew Ward on 07850 132 189 or Jono Dixon on  07850 927 587. 

NFYFC have collected more than £400 to support the relief effort in Somerset so far. If you would like to make a donation to support the Somerset Emergency Relief Fund, please click here


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