01 May 2014
Sarah Lees from Turton YFC in Lancashire and Pete Archer from Bicester YFC in Oxfordshire are the winners of this year’s competition and win passes to the exclusive Massey Ferguson Lounge and a chance to meet our Radio 1 DJs.
After a flood of applications and some heated debates, the NFYFC team agreed on the two worthy winners. And they couldn’t be more different.
Sarah lives and works on her family’s Dairy and Beef farm and is studying Law at Manchester University, while Pete works in IT and has no farming connections other than through his club.
Sarah, who is 20, won the judges over by sharing the fact her parents first met at Convention in 1989 in the Winter Gardens and that this would be her first time at the event. Her parents were both members of Bury YFC – a club that Sarah also has connections with as her boyfriend is the current Chairman!
It was a tough decision to join in the fun and games this year as Sarah has exams on Friday and Monday afternoon – so she has been busy preparing in the build up!
“The exam on Monday afternoon is open book so I have written myself some very detailed page notes to compensate for the fact I may be a bit tired on Monday,” said Sarah who wants to work in agricultural land disputes, surveying and tenancy.
“I applied for the competition because I thought it would be a good laugh and make my first AGM a bit more memorable. I was very surprised to win. I think Turton YFC will be proud, we’re a very small club so it’s good promotion for us!”
Pete Archer is 22 and joined his local YFC six years ago after a friend introduced him to the organisation. Although he has never lived on a farm, he said he has learnt a lot – including coming third at Stockjudging in a recent competition.
Judges were impressed with Pete’s application as he said the organisation had given him confidence and a sense of belonging – proving you don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer! This will be the fourth year Pete has been to Convention and so he’s ready for what’s in store.
“I can’t wait for Convention. I am surprised and scared about being the Face of Convention but it will definitely make my fourth year different!”
Pete will be arriving at Convention with 14 members of Bicester YFC and is looking forward to cheering on members from Oxfordshire in the Choir competition on Sunday.
A big thanks to everyone who entered the NFYFC competition to be our Face of Convention. Please look out for updates from Sarah and Pete over the weekend!
01 May 2014
Traditionally referred to as WotNots, every year members take part in fundraising challenges on their way to Annual Convention.
This year, NFYFC is aware of six counties who have been preparing for back breaking missions to reach the seaside resort – all in the name of charity.
The first to set off are 47 members from Cornwall FYFC who start Tracey’s Triathlon on Saturday 3 March. They are raising money for the British Heart Foundation by walking, canoeing and cycling 200 miles from Gloucester to Blackpool.
Following on from them will be a range of cycling challenges. Travelling from Canterbury in Kent, 10 members are aiming to cycle 360 miles in 36 hours in a relay in aid of Reverse Rett to support research into Rett syndrome.
Canterbury YFC Chairman Stacey Taylor said: “This is an enormous challenge and requires not only dedication but a lot of support for the club and its members.”
Wareham and Purbeck YFC in Dorset are aiming to cycling 320 miles over 30 hours from Swanage Pier to Blackpool Pier to raise money for Amelia Grace Rainbow Fund.
Five members of Edgcott & Winslow YFC are raising money for RABI and the Motor Neurone Disease Association by cycling approximately 200 miles non-stop in 24 hours. “This is an endurance challenge,” said member Alan Burborough.
Both on and off road cycling is in order for five members of Ashbourne YFC in Derbyshire who are cycling 100 miles in firemen outfits to raise money for The Derbyshire Fire & Rescue.
And finally, Essex FYFC are aiming to get into the charts by Convention weekend with their charity single Put that Hoedown, which is raising money for The Farming Community Network and YoungMinds.
Where to support
Ashbourne YFC: TBC
Canterbury YFC:Visit their Just Giving page.
Cornwall FYFC: Text donation to CYFC37 £3 or an amount you care to donate
Edgcott & Winslow YFC: Visit their Just Giving page.
Essex FYFC: Visit iTunes and buy the single.
Wareham and Purbeck: Visit their Virgin Money page.
01 May 2014
Preparing for technological changes in farming is critical for the next generation and will be the focus of an agricultural forum at NFYFC's Annual Convention in Blackpool in May.
Hundreds of young farmers are expected to attend the Agriculture and Rural Issues (AGRI) Forum 2014, which is supported by Defra, BIAC and Massey Ferguson at 10.30am on Saturday 10 May in the Spanish Hall of the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.
The forum, Young Farmers and Technology – adapting farming for the future, provides a unique platform for young farmers to discuss topical agricultural issues with leading industry figures who will share their experiences and insight. The Forum is also a Dairy Pro points event.
Campbell Scott, Director of Sales Engineering and Massey Ferguson Brand Development, will discuss how digital marketing can build and add value to your brand. Founder of eCow Professor Toby Mottram from the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) will explain how the use of technology can change the way we manage cows and RASE Chief Executive David Gardner will talk about the advantages of automation and the impact this will have on a future career in farming.
Massey Ferguson is the major sponsor of this year’s Annual Convention and Campbell Scott said it was an event the business was eager to be involved with again.
“Massey Ferguson continues to focus strongly on this new generation of farmers who are embracing the latest technological advancements in agriculture. With new product introductions targeted at potential future customers, we are fully committed to seeking the views and sharing the ideas of these young farmers.
“New opportunities and new ideas drive us and our younger generation forward with confidence, changing the way people perceive the farming industry and also the way we work. Delegates of this event are vibrant, passionate people of which Massey Ferguson is proud to support."
Following on from the Forum, there will be a buffet lunch, which has kindly been sponsored by BIAC.
Farming Minister George Eustice said: “As a former young farmers’ member myself, I know that Young Farmers’ Clubs are the lifeblood of the industry. I recognise the importance of the YFC movement in helping the next generation of farmers and fully support the great work that these clubs do around the country promoting different routes into the industry, including matching young entrants with retiring farmers.
“Every industry needs new talent with new ideas and the farming industry is no exception.”
The Forum is one of a number of events taking place during NFYFC’s Annual Convention, where more than 5,000 young farmers will be gathering from 9-11 May in Blackpool. Other events include NFYFC’s national competition finals – which this year include awards for Entertainments, Choir, Disco Dancing and Senior Member of the Year.
The Federation’s 82nd Annual General Meeting also takes place on Sunday 11 May where members will discuss the future of the Federation, review the previous year and present trophies to award winning clubs and individuals.
Evening entertainment includes DJs from Radio 1 performing each night and three live bands that will entertain thousands of young farmers in the Empress Ballroom over the weekend.
NFYFC’s National Chairman of Council Claire Worden said: “This year is set to be our biggest event in recent years! We have already sold more tickets than the last few years in advance of the weekend and we’re expecting many more to buy on the weekend itself.
“It is one of those few occasions when young farmers can unite from across England and Wales to enjoy an amazing weekend of social activities as well as engage in what we are doing as an organisation in the industry.”
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