National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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25 November 2014

A selection of Young Farmers across England and Wales have returned to their counties with the ability to teach others how to run a Young Farmers' Club.

10 delegates attended this weekend's Train the Trainer course in the beautiful surroundings of Ambleside in Cumbria. The course, delivered by A Clear Leader, equipped Young Farmers with the knowledge needed to plan, deliver and evaluate training. It also looked specifically at the planning and delivery of Club Officer Training and The Curve modules. 

In addition to offering a bespoke learning opportunity, this course is also accredited by The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL). All those who successfully completed the course received the internationally-recognised qualification ‘Foundation Certificate in Staff Development’. Paige Dalby, of Yorkshire YFC, was one of the delegates who attended. She said: "I really enjoyed the Train the Trainer weekend. it was very useful and has really helped my confidence! It has also equipped me with a lot of tools and ideas that I can take back to my County to help develop our current training programme. I would recommend the course to anyone that is starting out as a trainer or who is currently involved in training at any level. It is not an opportunity to miss!"

Train The Trainer is the ideal course for anyone who is passionate about being a Young Farmer, who has gained more skills through Young Farmers’ than anywhere else and is keen to see their club and county run successfully.

NFYFC and A Clear Leader planning another Train The Trainer session in the West Midlands over the weekend of 24th and 25th January. Keep an eye on NFYFC's Courses webpage for further information.



25 November 2014

Young Farmers across Somerset have been given vital training in the world of cash management.

16 members, all of whom are club treasurers, attended the pilot ‘Cash Management for Treasurers’ training session last week. The course will become a module in The Curve in Spring 2015.

The Defra-funded course was developed by the NFYFC Personal Development Steering Group and written by NFYFC, NatWest and AC Mole & Sons Accountants.

The purpose of the course was to give treasurers the skills and confidence to carry out their role effectively. The course covered many areas including the importance of a club treasurer, how to manage a bank account, using online banking and the thought process of organising finances for an event.

The delegates also picked up some new basic skills, including bookkeeping, budgeting, cash flow and preparing accounts for independent examination.

Feedback from the course was, on the whole, very positive.

The course is just one of a variety of training programmes between NFYFC and Natwest. For further information on future training programmes for members, please head to  

21 November 2014

The National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) has received a welcome boost to its Agricultural Education programme, thanks to generous sponsorship from the Elizabeth Creak Trust.

The Trust has agreed a £25,000 sponsorship deal with the federation to fund its agricultural education programme.

Elizabeth Creak was a former High Sheriff of Warwickshire who previously ran one of the county’s largest dairy farms. She was also the first female chairman of the Warwickshire branch of the NFU. Before she passed away in October 2013, she set up the Elizabeth Creak Trust to support and encourage new blood in farming and finance projects to help farmers survive and ultimately thrive in their challenging modern environment.

James Eckley, Chief Officer for NFYFC, said: "Promoting education to our members is our core role. The importance of agricultural education can be seen throughout our work, from the more obvious agricultural training courses to our travel programmes and competitions.

"The Elizabeth Creak Trust share our vision in helping Young Farmers learn the latest tricks of the trade and new developments in the world of agriculture. Needless to say, we are incredibly grateful to the Trust for their incredibly generous donation."

NFYFC members have been able to take advantage of a variety of agricultural training programmes in 2014, including Meat for the Market and Grassland and Soils Training. Dozens of Young Farmers have also taken part in Study Tours to Holland and Scotland.

Tenancy training, succession, business start-up and entrepreneurship are just a selection of some areas that Young Farmers will be able to learn about in 2015. 

Robin Ogg, trustee with the Elizabeth Creak Trust, said: "The Trust is delighted to be able to support the NFYFC as it helps to develop farmers of the future and the future of farming as a whole. For us, it is very encouraging to see and hear about Young Farmers learning about the latest industry practices. These people really are the future of the industry and it only seemed appropriate that we should support them in this way."

To read about the latest training opportunities available to NFYFC members, please visit:

20 November 2014

The National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) is calling on its members, associate members and supporters to volunteer their time at next year's YFC Annual Convention.

The Federation is looking for volunteers to be part of the event management team in Torquay to help run the weekend and give Young Farmers a weekend they will never forget.

The YFC Annual Convention and AGM is the biggest event in the YFC calendar. Around 5,000 Young Farmers from across England and Wales will descend upon Torquay from 24-26th April.  The Convention comprises of YFC competition finals, an agricultural conference and the NFYFC's Annual General Meeting as well as a dance held each evening.

James Eckley, Chief Officer of NFYFC, said: "This is an ideal opportunity for associate members or supporters of the YFC organisation to volunteer to support and help run the NFYFC's largest annual event. It's also great experience for anyone looking to pursue a career in event management.

"We are looking for volunteers who are motivated and confident, are able to deal with large groups of people and have great people skills."

In return for the volunteers time and effort, NFYFC will cover the cost of accommodation on a shared room basis, as well as lunch and travel costs, as per the federation's expenses policy.

For full details about the nine opportunities available over the weekend of 24th-26th April, please visit

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

CropTec, the UK’s leading technical event for arable farmers, takes place on 19th - 20th November - and NFYFC members can now attend the event free of charge!

The event, at the East of England Showground in Peterborough, brings together 16 of the UK’s leading industry experts to speak in seminar sessions on key areas of crop protection, crop nutrition, plant breeding and managing precision. 

Over 100 exhibitors will showcase the latest technology, business advice, research and development and equipment all designed to boost profitability.

For 2015, Croptec are looking to organise a careers conference for students and young farmers which involves the opportunity to have a Q&A session with our speakers and get valuable time to discuss career options with industry bodies.

For more information about the event, please visit

To book your free place at this year's event, please visit and use discount code: NFYF10.


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