National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

23 November 2010

Competitors from across England and Wales put their stockjudging skills to the test at the English Winter Fair at Staffordshire County Showground over the weekend.

Gloucestershire A team’s Milly Hendy took first prize in the intermediate beef (live and carcase) judging competition; with Yorkshire A team’s Ryan Atkinson first in the senior category.

First place in the intermediate pork (live and carcase) judging competition went to Beth Lawrence from Montgomery YFC A team; with Gloucestershire B team’s Oliver Teague taking first place in the senior category.

The Mark Madders Trophy, for the highest scoring county intermediate team, was awarded to Montgomery A team, made up of Becky George and Beth Lawrence.

The Bob Williams Trophy, for the highest scoring county senior team, was awarded to Herefordshire A team of Michael Hanson and Matthew Price.

The Smithfield Trophy (overall beef stockjudging team) was awarded to the Yorkshire A team of Anna Stapleton and Ryan Atkinson, and Montgomery B team of Naomi George and Daffydd Morris took home the Smithfield Trophy (overall pork stockjudging team).

The John Spear Trophy, awarded to the county with the overall highest marks, went home with Montgomery A team.

Full results are available in the competitions section of the website at, and photos from the event can be viewed in the NFYFC photo gallery and also at

The event is sponsored by EBLEX and hosted by the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, with awards presented by the Royal Smithfield Club.

17 November 2010

Don't miss three new NFYFC tenancy training opportunities on 12, 19 and 28 January 2011.

If you want to boost your business skills, plan to apply for a farm tenancy, or are thinking of entering NFYFC's farm business development competition, then put these dates in your diary and book your place now.

Check out the dates and venues for 2011's training events in the agriculture and rural affairs section of the website.

17 November 2010

Book your place on the first of six new bar tending training courses offered by NFYFC in partnership with drinks giant Diageo.

The course is designed to help ensure YFC events are safe, profitable and fun for all, and covers things such as stocking your bar properly; successful service; making cocktails and mocktails; and learning about  the laws governing  running a bar, including applying for a temporary events notice (TEN).

The first training is on 6 December 2010, from 5pm-9pm, at Campanile Hotel, Northampton.

It is free and aimed at YFC members staff and associates over 18 who manage and run bars for events or who would like to do so in future.

To book a place complete the attached booking form and return it to NFYFC  training officer Jo Bouchard, who can also help with futher information about the training.

NFYFC reserves the right to charge £20 to those who book onto the course but don’t attend on the day.

15 November 2010

The winning team from Worth Valley YFC receive their awards from NFYFC president Lionel Hill
The National final of the NFYFC Rural Apprentice competition was held in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, last month and Sue Ryder Care benefited by more than £15,000.

The competition, sponsored by Foresters, was launched last November and more than 20 clubs have been competing against each other in an entrepreneurial challenge to raise funds for Sue Ryder.

Sue Ryder fundraiser Lucy Barbour was amongst the judges playing the part of BBC ‘s The Apprentice’s Lord Alan Sugar by listening to the team’s presentations and then grilling the competitors who had qualified through to the national final.

The judges placed Sophie Ogden and David Johnson from Worth Valley YFC, in West Yorkshire, first.  They had involved the whole club in their efforts which had raised an impressive £3,300.  Ideas the club had implemented had ranged from a competition to guess the name of the lamb and staging a professional wrestling show.

Silsden with Skipton YFC, from North Yorkshire, was runner up having raised a pig and then served it as a hog roast at a local wedding as one of a number of innovative ideas to raise funds.

David Johnson, of Worth Valley YFC, said, “It has been a great experience for our members to get involved in this project and raise such a large amount for this very worthy cause.  Aside from raising money it has raised our profile as a vibrant young group in the community and helped us increase our membership.  I would advise any club considering entering next year’s competition to get involved.”

Jeannie Payne, Foresters regional membership manager, said: "Foresters helps communities by raising funds and volunteering for charities and local projects, so this initiative with YFC was an ideal fit.  The results were excellent and we are pleased to be supporting the scheme again next year."

The Rural Apprentice competition will be run again in the NFYFC  2010/11 competitions year and anyone who would like to get involved is asked to contact Andrew Wood on 01535 640176 or

03 November 2010

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is a unique collaboration of brands and businesses working together to secure a sustainable future for British agriculture and the wider rural economy.

The fund is now accepting applications for grants for projects that are helping to secure a sustainable future for the British Countryside and rural communities.
Find out more online at or download he newsletter..
Check out the NFYFC funding page for more potential sources of funding for your YFC.

01 November 2010

Don't miss the final opportunity to book onto the Snowploughing Event 2011.

More than 500 YFC members and friends will be hitting the slopes at Val D'Isere, France, between 1-9 January 2011.

The total cost is £399 including transport, accommodation and ski pass.

Beginners and advanced lessons are available.

If you require any further information email or phone 07779572598 or visit



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