National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

29 October 2010

Want a chance to win a three-day package to the 2011 NFYFC annual convention in Blackpool? 

Click the survey button on the right-hand side of the website and answer the questions about your online habits and you could win the chance to enjoy free entry to all the entertainment on offer next year.

The survey closing date is 10 December and the winner of the tickets to the annual convention 2011 will be picked at random from the survey entrants by Farmers Guardian features editor Danusia Osiowy. The winner will be notified in writing by NFYFC by 31 January 2011.

This joint survey between NFYFC and Farmers Guardian is for YFC members in England and Wales only. You must hold a current membership card to take the survey and to qualify for the convention package.

27 October 2010

James Chapman

Mark Williams

Milly Wastie

YFC members from across England and Wales have elected their new officer team for the NFYFC national council for the coming year. Pailton and Warwickshire YFC's James Chapman steps up from two terms as vice chairman to lead the council for the forthcoming year,  supported by vice chairs Mark Williams and Milly Wastie. Mark is a past chairman of Wales YFC and Milly is a member of Grendon YFC in Northamptonshire federation.

The agriculture and rural affairs steering group will be led by Milly Wastie as chairwoman, with Harleston YFC, Norfolk’s, Helen Reeve as vice chairwoman.

Chairwoman of the competitions steering group is Alex Mackellar, from Ridware YFC, in Staffordshire,  with Claire Worden of Lostwithiel YFC, Cornwall, as vice chairwoman.

The council’s events steering group will be chaired by Thorngumbald YFC, East Riding of Yorkshire’s, Hollie Harris supported by Gareth Laking who is a member of Alford YFC in Lincolnshire.

NFYFC’s personal development steering group is headed by Durham’s Claire Swinburne, with Bob Dronfield, of Bakewell YFC, Derbyshire, as vice chairman.

Mike Stirk will be stepping down as a trustee in order to become chairman of the board of management, taking over from acting chairman Christopher Lloyd.

Also joining the board are John Hardman as treasurer and Laura McIlwain as HR specialist.

25 October 2010

An NFYFC-backed campaign to raise awareness about the high number of deaths and injuries in agriculture has won two PR Week Awards.

The Health and Safety Executive’s 'Make the Promise' campaign was a collaboration with Weber Shandwick and the COI which challenged farmers to pledge that they would come home safely each day for the sake of their families and businesses.

Newly elected NFYFC chairman James Chapman, who lost his arm in a farming-related accident, has worked with the Health & Safety Executive during the past 12 months to encourage younger members of the farming community to sign up to the pledge to stay safe at work.

More than 30,000 farmers - or around 13 per cent - have made the pledge so far.

"I'm delighted that so many members of the agricultural community have made this promise and signed up to the campaign," said James Chapman. "And I am delighted NFYFC has been able to play a part in getting this vital safety message across to the next generation."

At the PR Week Awards, held at Grosvenor House in London this week, Make the Promise won both the public sector prize and the overall honours.

25 October 2010

Staffordshire YFC’s Alex Mackellar has been blogging her findings from her travel scholarship trip to New Zealand.

Alex is spending three weeks studying the country's sheep farming methods after winning NFYFC’s Novartis travel scholarship. She will be travelling to different station farms to learn about parasite control and resistance trials and you can follow Alex's trip through her online blog here.

20 October 2010

YFC members can enjoy free admission to the English Winter Fair at Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground on 20 and 21 November.

The show is the new venue for NFYFC’s live and carcase judging competitions, supported by Eblex and the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society.

The NFYFC live judging will take place on the Saturday afternoon, with the NFYFC carcase judging starting early on the Sunday morning. Teams of two, (one senior and one intermediate) are required for this competition.

The NFYFC competitions are being held alongside the English Winter Fair committee’s stock and carcase judging classes.

Admission to the show is free for all YFC members to support the competitors and enjoy the rest of the show, which includes an auction, Christmas fair, food and live music.

Show your valid membership card, signed and with a current photo, at the gates to enjoy the show free of charge.

Further information from Julia Taylor at Staffordshire YFC on 01785 248645 or email


18 October 2010

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is offering 76 YFC members the opportunity to attend the 2011 NFU Conference free of charge. 
The conference will be held on 15/16 February 2011 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Birmingham, West Midlands and will include a dedicated Next Generation breakout session.
YFC places will be allocated on a regional basis, but each county must be represented. Your chosen representatives’ details should be submitted to the appropriate regional NFU contact which is listed in the attached document. 


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