National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

30 November 2015

Newly-elected County Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen picked up essential skills to take back to their counties at this year's Chairman's Residential Weekend at Ilam Hall, Derbyshire.

The event, sponsored by Rutland Electric Fencing, saw dozens of Young Farmers come together to network, share best practices and pick up some great advice on how to effectively run their counties. They were also joined by three members of the Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster, who came over to share their experiences from across the Irish Sea.

Each of the delegates took part in a number of useful workshops, including how to provide first-class support their clubs, how to set up their own county Youth Forum and hints and tips when it comes to speaking to the media.

And according to Twitter, the feedback was extremely positive:


The NFYFC would like to thank Rutland Electric Fencing for their sponsorship of the event and their continued support for Young Farmers. For every energiser sold during 2015, £2 goes directly to Young Farmers. Head over to their website for further information.

30 November 2015

Staffordshire FYFC continued its dominance in NFYFC stockjudging competitions at the 2015 English Winter Fair. Held at their own showground, the team collected the John Spear Trophy as winners of the Overall Team competition, narrowly beating Gwent FYFC who came 2nd and Yorkshire FYFC who came third.

The team consisted of Aimee Smith and Will Leese of Eccleshall YFC, alongside Peter James and his sister, Katie, of Leek YFC. It was yet another stockjudging triumph for Peter, having been crowned Stockman of the Year at Farm Skills Weekend earlier in the year, becoming the first ever Young Farmer to successfully defend that title.

Peter and Katie were also part of the Staffordshire FYFC team that won the John Spear trophy in 2013. Peter was placed first in the senior Beef Live and Carcase individual competition and he also won the Smithfield Trophy for beef live and carcase, alongside team-mate Aimee Smith. Aimee and Will took home the Mark Madders Trophy.

Peter said “This year has been a great year for me in the NFYFC Stockjudging Competitions.  After winning the National Stockman of the Year Competition in September, I am so pleased to have now taken the first place for the Beef Live and Carcase.  I am very passionate about Stock and Carcase judging and feel very proud to be successful in both competitions when competing against such a high standard from across the country.”

Elsewhere, a Cumbria FYFC team of Helen Brown and Mark Hurst took home the Bob Williams trophy and Georgina Hobson and Andrew Langthorne won the Smithfield Trophy for lamb live and carcase for Yorkshire.

A full list of Results from the English Winter Fair are available on our website.

27 November 2015

At least 50 young people came out in force for Defra’s final 25 Year Plan next generation event on November 25.  Hosted by Harper Adams, the day attracted YFC members, students and Young Farmers from across the country.

Defra acknowledged that it was impressive to see many young talented people with so much passion and positive outlook for the future. It was hoped that their feedback could help shape development of the long term plan.

Education, breaking down trade barriers, consumer confidence, joined-up government thinking and delivery were high on the audience’s agenda. 

Lynsey Martin, NFYFC AGRI Chair who summed up the event said: “There has been a range of representation today from young people either working or studying in the farming and food industries.  We hope the constructive dialogue and emphasis on topics that we feel need to be addressed are taken on board, but appreciate having our part in the consultation process.  I’m confident in saying that we understand the need to equip ourselves with the necessary skills to further our business and career aims, but hope the action needed will substantiate our aims.”

25 November 2015

Douglas Murray, a Yorkshire YFC member in his younger years and a lifetime stalwart of the Young Farmers’ organisation, passed away on Sunday 15 November 2015 at his home near Newhaven, East Sussex. 

Following some years as a Farm Manager, Doug, a staunch Yorkshireman, Doug took on the role of Club Leader of Wharfedale YFC from the mid-50s until 1962 when he was appointed County Organiser of the West Riding of Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.  In the early ‘70s, and with strong support and guidance from neighbouring County Organisers, Doug took up a role with the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) as Advisory Officer for the Northern and West Midlands Areas of YFC. 

In 1976 he went on to become NFYFC Deputy Secretary, leading the NFYFC Competitions Programmes and working with sponsors to raise the funds to develop these activities.  In 1987 he took on the role of South East and South West Area Co-ordinator and retired to East Sussex in 1990. In gratitude for his long, dedicated service Doug  was made an Honorary Life Member of NFYFC in 1992.  Following his appointment as Advisory Member to Ringmer and Lewes YFC (Sussex FYFC) from 2012-14, he was elected Vice President of the Club.

Doug leaves behind his wife, Mary, two sons and a daughter and two stepsons. He will be sorely missed by many friends and former colleagues.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held on Monday 30th November at 3pm in Piddinghoe Church, Piddinghoe, Newhaven, East Sussex.

19 November 2015

We regret to announce the sad news that Douglas (Doug) Murray, Hon Life Member of the NFYFC died at the weekend.

Doug spent very nearly his entire career working for the YFC organisation.  He worked for YFC in Yorkshire, was the NFYFC Northern Area Development Officer and worked at the YFC Centre for many years.  Doug was well liked and respected by the generations of YFC members and staff that he worked alongside – and did a tremendous amount of work on YFC competitions, training and the annual convention as well as many other topics.  Doug retired from the NFYFC more than 20 years ago.

Doug’s family can be contacted at the following address:-

Mary Masters
1 Deans Farm Cottages
East Sussex
Tel: 01273 517 824

A funeral Service will take place at 3pm on Monday 30th November 2015 at:-

St John’s Church
(Off Lewes Road)
East Sussex
BN9 9AP.

The family extends an invitation to all those wishing to attend the service.

13 November 2015

The nation is split over whether farming is a high-tech industry, according to a new survey commissioned by the NFU.

Results of the YouGov poll revealed 43 per cent of adults class farming as high-tech compared to 38 per cent of people who don’t. 19 per cent were unsure.

This Saturday, seven young farmers (including three YFC members), will accompany representatives from the NFU and the Worshipful Company of Farmers for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. They will demonstrate how farming has transformed itself into a modern, forward-thinking industry and adopted cutting-edge technology such as robotic milking systems, GPS, drones, solar energy and electronic identification of livestock. 

The young farmers all use different aspects of technology and will promote farming to the crowds of more than half a million people expected to line the route of the three mile procession through the City of London. 

NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “It’s great to see that nearly half the population recognise farming as a modern, high-tech industry and events such as the Lord Mayor’s Show allow us to promote that to a wider audience. The challenge we now face is to get that message out to those people who don’t realise agriculture is at the forefront of state-of-the-art cutting-edge technology. 

“We know young people are very tech-savvy and I want them to be able to see the opportunities available to use those skills as part of a career in agriculture and its allied industries to help us deliver high quality food by developing an efficient, thriving, profitable and sustainable industry to meet the demands of a growing population.

“All of us at the NFU are very honoured to be once again partnering the Worshipful Company of Farmers and John Deere. I know the parade on Saturday will be the culmination of months of hard work and a huge team effort from all sides and I wish them the best of luck.”



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