National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

02 April 2014

The time capsule, created in honour of NFYFC’s 80th year, will be buried at the site of the first Young Farmers’ Club in Hemyock on 12 April.

Members from the Youth Forum and Devon FYFC will gather at the Milhayes Play Area in Hemyock to watch the capsule be buried. It contains memorabilia from the Federation’s 80th year donated by 18 clubs from across England and Wales.

Among the haul of items are photos, programmes, stickers, badges and information about clubs and the Federation. The intention is for future YFC members to dig up the capsule in 2058 so they can find out what life as a young farmer was like in 2014.

Local dignitaries will be attending the event which starts at 2pm, including Chairman of Mid Devon County Council John Berry, Chair of Hemyock Parish Council Heather Stallard and Cllr Ray Radford will also be attending on behalf of Neil Parish MP.

Current and former members have been invited to the event and there will be a small exhibition showcasing YFC life from the past decades. Youth Forum Chairman Sioned Davies will welcome everyone and Culm Valley YFC will be providing refreshments.

Sioned Davies said: “It’s great to be finally burying the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ time capsule to mark our 80th year. There’s an impressive collection of items inside that is sure to interest the young farmers of the future.

“We are extremely proud of our heritage and the fact we have been around for more than 80 years. The Federation has made a difference to so many lives, and it will be great to be standing where it all began!”

02 April 2014

A new workshop to understand the common signals cows make is being targeted at young farmers.

The free workshops, organised by NWF Agriculture, are aimed at educating the dairy and beef farmers of the future. Trainers host a one-hour classroom session, followed by a visit to a farm to see the cow signals in action.

NWF usually delivers the workshops to customers but have developed a bespoke session to appeal to a younger audience. Carl Ellis and Ben Thornley from NWF help to deliver the courses and are also members of Ashover and Ashbourne YFC in Derbyshire.

Carl said: “I have been milking cows since I was a kid and I wish I’d known the signs when I was milking. When you know what signs you’re looking for, it’s easy to understand why a cow is having certain problems.”

Members of Derbyshire FYFC were invited to attend the first session and picked up some top tips. Jack Dakin, Ashover YFC, works on his family dairy farm and said he learnt a lot from the course.

“It was good being able to look around other farms to see what they do as you learn a lot this way. I didn’t realise how the layout of the shed can affect how much milk the cow produces.

“I’d definitely recommend the course to other YFC members.  It was a fantastic day out and you pick up a lot of advice,” said Jack.

If you or your Club would like to take part in a Cow Signals workshop with NWF Agriculture, contact Rachel Lander on 07829 797191 or email for more information.


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