26 February 2016
Members of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) will be joining conservation and farming experts to enhance their understanding and skills in precision arable farming.
The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) has joined forces with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) to develop an arable precision farming day at the Allerton Project demonstration farm, Loddington, Leicestershire, on 30th March.
Nuffield scholar Davina Fillingham shares her professional expertise and study project on precision farming, and Clive Blacker from Precision Decisions explore scanning, yield mapping and guidance for successful but sustainable farming enterprises of the future.
GWCT’s Phil Jarvis commented: "It's really important to show the next generation of farmers how technology can aid both profitable food production and help protect our farmed environment. I'm sure this event will stimulate informative discussion and positive messages."
Sam Dilcock, newly-elected Agriculture and Rural Issues (AGRI) chairman and self-employed contract farmer said: “As an Industry, we are becoming ever more scrupulous over our inputs, returns and best practice to deliver on our customers’ expectations. Best practice is a combination of cutting-edge innovations alongside tried and tested methods, to produce food which is safe for the consumer and the environment. This is paramount for the future of agriculture. This precision farming event will deliver knowledge from experienced industry experts which our members will find both intriguing and informative on a practical level.”
Young farmers will experience conservation and farming practices first-hand at the 333 hectare mixed arable and livestock business headed up by Phil Jarvis , hear from the project’s director of policy Dr Alastair Leake, and from head of Allerton’s development and training Jim Egan
The Allerton Project is home to ground-breaking research on many areas of farming, including the successful implementation of water-friendly farming. As crop profit margins are squeezed, the need for informed management of the natural resources available to the farm becomes paramount. The Allerton Project’s aims are to research the effects of different farming methods on wildlife and the environment, and to share the results of this research through educational activities.
25 February 2016
Two Young Farmers have been given first-hand experience in the world of Massey Ferguson, thanks to a joint initiative between the agricultural manufacturer and the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).
Max Rees of Maendy YFC in Glamorgan and Poppy Burrough of Marshwood Vale YFC in Dorset, both 15, have recently returned from Beauvais in France, where they were given an exclusive tour of Massey’s factory.
During the tour, they visited the tractor assembly line, learnt about transmission production and met staff in the engineering department.
Back in August 2015, Max and Poppy were selected out of hundreds of Young Farmers to become ambassadors of the ‘Home Grown Talent’ initiative. They have both spent time with Massey Ferguson mentors and learnt about life at a Massey dealership. Max has spent time with Massey Ferguson's UK technical service specialist, Lee Brown, and Poppy has been with their area sales manager, Kevin Cook.
Poppy said: “I had a really amazing time and it was brilliant seeing all the different components of the tractor being assembled into the final product!”
Max said: “Visiting the Massey Ferguson factory in Beauvais was a massive privilege and an experience I will never forget. The trip has cemented my enthusiasm and love for these awesome machines and I would never have had this opportunity had I not been chosen as a Home Grown Talent Ambassador.”
For further information about the ‘Home Grown Talent’ initiative, please visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/home-grown-talent.
22 February 2016
Chris Manley outlined his plans for the future of Young Farmers after being elected chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC). Chris, of Culm Valley YFC in Devon, was elected by members of NFYFC’s national Council on Sunday (21st February) ahead of fellow-nominee, Jess Townson.
Chris will be deputised over the next 12 months by his newly-elected vice-chairs: Lynsey Martin of Ashford & District YFC in Kent and Ed Ford of Chelmsford YFC in Essex.
Having previously served two years as vice-chair of NFYFC, Chris plans to raise the profile of Young Farmers with various initiatives, including a blood-donation campaign.
Chris said: “The blood donation campaign is one that will relate to most members. It doesn’t cost any money but it has the potential to make a huge amount of difference to local communities, it is very linked to farm safety and doing good things like this in the local community will help to put Young Farmers on the map.
“Alongside that, I’ve thought about how we can all learn from each County and Club and we’re going to refresh the Club Exchange. Throughout the summer months you’ll see a number of Clubs moving around the country, having a lot of enjoyment and seeing some farms, seeing some points of interest and that will only help to make Young Farmers even stronger.”
“I think the members can have confidence that we will do a really good job together. We’re a very approachable group and I’d like all the members to know that if they see us, they can come and say hello because we’re always eager to hear what they have to say and the chances are that they will have a golden nugget of an idea that we haven’t thought of that might improve things.”
For further information about NFYFC’s new Council and steering group teams, visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/council.
Click here to find out more about what else was discussed at February's Council meeting.
02 February 2016
As well as fun team building events such as a farm trip and a hair raising ride on a zip wire, the members got down to some serious business, thrashing out ideas on how younger members can get their voices heard.
During the weekend, Amy McWhirter of Longridge YFC, Lancashire was elected as the Youth Forum’s new national chair for 2016/17, with Cumbria YFC’s Alice Longmire elected as vice-chair.
Amy (pictured right) said: “The Youth Forum has many plans for the next 12 months. For example, we will be continuing with the progression of the Watch that Cow Pat Game. Each area now has a game that all Clubs will be able to use to promote Young Farmers at their local shows and other activities in the area.
“We would like every County to use the game at least once throughout the year as it has taken a lot of hard work from all the Youth Forum members past and present.
“I am looking forward to continuing the good relationship the forum has with the Farm Safety Foundation. Some of our members will be attending Farm Safety days throughout the year in support of the Yellow Wellies campaign. We will also be attending some shows throughout the year.”
She added: “I am extremely proud to be the National Youth Forum Chair for 2016. I am keen to get all the Youth Forum members involved with the different events and meetings and I believe that every member has something to give to the forum.
“I want to make sure that all the members under the age of 20 have a voice at National level and that all their opinions are heard.”
To learn more about what the Youth Forum do, go to: www.nfyfc.org.uk/sg-youthforum.
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