National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

12 February 2015

The success of the Forage Aid tractor run would not have been possible were it not for the contribution of Young Farmers, according to its founder, Andrew Ward.

The tractor run completed its 220-mile journey from Sedgemoor in Somerset to the Energy Now Expo in Telford on Wednesday (11th February). Young Farmers from Somerset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire all helped out on the three day drive, alongside Essex YFC Chairman and Forage Aid trustee, Ed Ford.

The run took place a year after the devastating floods in Somerset. Young Farmers played a huge role in helping all farmers affected by the flooding get back on their feet. The tractor run hit a few challenges on the way, including some narrow roads and an extremely low bridge, but the team completed the challenge, arriving at the Expo bang on schedule.

Upon arrival at the Expo, the Forage Aid team were presented with a cheque for £15,000 by Anglian Farmers, which will go a long way to helping farmers affected by flooding and other adverse weather conditions in the future.

Ed Ford said: "It's been a hell of a journey over the last few days. We hit a few bumps on the way and annoyed a couple of the locals but we managed to smooth everything over! We also had some difficulty with a particularly low bridge and there was less than three of four centimetres crawling under it. But all of the Young Farmers helped to pull it out of the bag.

"They've been really supportive and their driving has been particularly excellent. Forage Aid simply wouldn't have been possible without the help of the Young Farmers." 

And Andrew Ward, a former Young Farmer in Lincolnshire, was also delighted by the efforts of Young Farmers who helped on the way. 

"This has taken a huge amount of effort and organisation on everybody's part, including Young Farmers, but we've done it and it's been very worthwhile" said Andrew.

"This has been a great way for Young Farmers to get involved and this is why Forage Aid has worked so well. We could really connect with Young Farmers in the future. Whichever area is affected next, we can speak to the Young Farmers in that area and get their help.

"We couldn't have done this without the help of the Young Farmers. It's good exposure for the whole Young Farmers federation." 


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