17 November 2014
It was a proud weekend for Gwent Young Farmers, Rhys Cooke and Rhys Whittingham, as they helped their county achieve success at the 2014 English Winter Fair at the Staffordshire County Showground.
Along with their team-mates, Andrew Watkins and Trevor Bowen, Gwent YFC (pictured right) took home three of the top five NFYFC stockjudging trophies. Cooke and Whittingham, from Raglan YFC, triumphed in their respective Pig Live and Carcase competitions, winning the Smithfield Trophy, while Whittingham and Bowen won the Bob Williams trophy for the highest combined score in the senior competition.
26 teams across 12 counties in England and Wales competed in various stockjudging competitions over the weekend of 15th & 16th November
Staffordshire continued their impressive run in this competition, taking home the two remaining trophies. Sally Leese and Matthew Wright (below right) took home the Smithfield trophy for their combined scores in the Beef Live & Carcase competition. Sally, along with team-mate Emily Cartmail, won the Mark Madders Trophy for the highest combined score in the intermediate competition for pigs and beef.
But it was Gwent who had the last laugh, winning the much-coveted John Spear Trophy for accumulating the highest marks across all competitions. Staffordshire took 2nd place while Devon finished 3rd.
David Hamer, Chairman of the NFYFC Competitions Steering Group, said: "On behalf of NFYFC, I would like to thank, the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society for their continued support and for hosting our competition, Bradshaw Brothers for providing today’s carcases, the exhibitors who allowed us to judge their live pigs and cattle and EBLEX for once again sponsoring the competition and Katie Brian for coming along to present the prizes."
A full list of results is available on the NFYFC Results page.
You can also see the best photos from the weekend's competition by visiting the NFYFC Facebook page.
14 November 2014
12 November 2014
Agriculture experts at NatWest have teamed up with NFYFC to deliver business specific training to budding farmers and entrepreneurs.
The training, which will be delivered across the
Ian Burrow, head of Agriculture at NatWest and RBS said: “We have long been a proud supporter of the NFYFC delivering a number of events and support to young farmers across the country.
“This new training programme will arm young farmers with the skills they need to set up, run and maintain successful agricultural businesses which make such a huge contribution to the UK – and global – economy.”
Young Farmers will be able to take part in specialist Tenancy Training, run in collaboration with Savills, looking at the process involved in becoming a tenant farmer and how best to prepare for a farm tenancy tender.
New business start up training is also being introduced – helping YFC members to understand the importance of business planning, with specific emphasis on creating a business plan fit for purpose.
Members will also be able to take part in business management training demonstrating cash management and enterprise and entrepreneurship - skills they can demonstrate in running their own clubs and take on to running a business.
Joanne Wyles, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Officer at the NFYFC said: “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with NatWest in delivering this extended specialist training to our members. We hope this training provides them with the necessary skills to take on to their Young Farmers Clubs and in their personal and professional lives.”
NatWest is also supporting The Source, a bespoke guide aimed at YFC members who wish to set up and manage their Young Farmers’ Clubs.
For further information about all of the latest training courses on offer, please head over to the Courses page.
11 November 2014
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the implementation of CAP and family farming were just some of the topics discussed at the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) in recent weeks.
Thanks to sponsorship from HOPS Labour Solutions and Mole Valley Farmers, representatives from NFYFC travelled across Europe to attend CEJA events and discuss issues affecting Young Farmers across the UK and Europe.
At a recent Working Group trip to Beauvais, France, Young Farmers learnt of the
approach that the European Union and the United States are taking towards a
free trade partnership. The TTIP agreement could lead to farmers in
Europe competing against practices that are commonplace in America. These
include the use of genetically modified ingredients and growth hormones.
With support from NFYFC, CEJA has raised concerns over TTIP and has called for
the EU and US to be more open and transparent in their negotiations. Charlotte
Johnston, from Warwickshire FYFC (pictured above), attended the event, during
which, she tweeted: “Greater transparency needed in EU and US TTIP negotiations
to include producers earlier on in discussions”.
Young Farmers also learnt, at the Copa Cogeca Conference in early October, that
farmers in other countries have access to grant funding from their Government,
yet farmers in England and Wales do not.
Due to differing implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), UK
farmers are being denied potentially-vital funding.
Ed Ford, chairman of Essex Young Farmers, attended the event in Brussels. He
said: “26,000 Young Farmers have been assisted with funding in France and only
19 have been assisted in the UK. This is because none of the UK Administrations
have implemented the Capital Grant Funding for Young Farmers.
“It is important that NFYFC and all of its members make clear to the Government
that Young Farmers in other nations have access to up to 70,000 Euros of grant
funding per year and yet Young Farmers in England and Wales do not.”
On a more positive note, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has expressed its commitment to Young Farmers. The bank approved CEJA’s request to guarantee agricultural loans to farmers under 40, allowing Young Farmers to have access to cheaper rates of interest.
Meanwhile, at the International Summit of Young Farmers, NFYFC learnt that family farmers were the best people to achieve sustainability within agriculture. Farmers from 50 countries attended the event in Bordeaux and signed a manifesto pledging to implement proposals making family farming a solution for the future.
For further information about NFYFC’s recent CEJA trips, please visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/ceja.
06 November 2014
As the deadline looms for Young Farmers to submit their applications for next year's travel programme, NFYFC are to host a YFC Travel discussion on Twitter.
The Twitter chat will take place from 8pm - 9pm on Wednesday 12th November. It is aimed at people who are thinking of applying for trips next year but are not quite sure what they are letting themselves in for.
The idea for a forum came during the Personal Development Steering Group meeting at Council Weekend. NFYFC held a similar forum last year, with 25 people taking part, including members from Junior Farmers’ Association of Canada.
Members who have previously travelled on the YFC Travel programme are being encouraged to share their experiences and answer any questions for any hesitant applicants.
If you are on Twitter, you can join in on the conversation and share some of your own travel experiences by using #yfctravel.
The deadline for applications to reach the YFC Centre is Friday 14th November.
04 November 2014
NFYFC is calling upon its members to come up with a new slogan to promote Young Farmers.
Following October's Council Weekend, the Events & Marketing Steering Group agreed to replace 'Young Farmers Do It In Wellies' with a new slogan that represents what being a Young Farmer is all about and encourages more young people to join.
The winning slogan will feature on a new car sticker, which will be sold at the YFC club shop in 2015.
David Maidment, Chairman of the E&M Steering Group, said: “The group decided that, while the current slogan has been coupled with Young Farmers for many years, it does not necessarily represent what being a Young Farmer is all about. Therefore, we are putting it to our members to come up with a new slogan that really characterises life as a Young Farmer and shows how inclusive and welcoming we are as a Federation. We are looking for a slogan that’s no more than 10 characters long, catchy, witty and, of course, clean!”
The Events & Marketing Steering Group will choose their three favourite slogans at the next Council Meeting in February, which will then go on a website poll for its members to decide.
The winning slogan will be announced at the National AGM in Torquay on Sunday 26th April.
To enter the competition, simply email your suggestion, with your name and club to email@example.com.
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