20 October 2016
An insight into Massey Ferguson and its marketing from the company’s Campbell Scott was part of a packed itinerary for a group of 50 UK young farmers who visited MF’s European headquarters in Beauvais, France.
As guests of Massey Ferguson for two days, delegates from the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) and Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC), travelled to the Beauvais tractor plant to see a global agricultural machinery company in action, exchange ideas on future policy and visit French college farms.
“There is a big appetite for business skills among young farmers from England, Wales and Scotland and this trip was one of the most popular we have ever organised - with all the available places snapped up within 48 hours,” says Lynsey Martin, NFYFC vice chair of Council.
Delegates enjoyed a full factory tour taking in the machining and assembly areas at the main Beauvais site as well as cab production at Beauvais 2.
In his presentation Campbell Scott, Director Marketing Services and PR, shared Massey Ferguson’s vision and aspirations for farming and farm machinery manufacturing, and talked about the vital role that marketing and branding plays in business. In an open Question and Answer session, delegates were also able to speak with a panel of key MF senior staff including representatives from Sales and Marketing.
The following day, the party was hosted by the nearby L’ Institut Polytechnique LaSalle, a flagship institution for engineering focused on earth, life and environmental sciences, where delegates toured the facility’s livestock and arable farms.
Commenting, Peter Moss who led the SAYFC group said: "Our tour to the Massey Ferguson factory was really interesting and it was fantastic to see the detailed and precise process that is used to manufacture and test the tractors. Gaining an insight into its new range of products and the company’s continued support of UK young farmers showed us Massey Ferguson’s commitment to the agriculture industry for the future."
“It was a great pleasure to welcome the British young farmers to Massey Ferguson’s European Centre of Excellence for Manufacturing and Engineering,” adds Campbell Scott. “Youngsters like these are the future of successful agriculture and have a big job to do balancing the needs of a profitable business and a sustainable environment. The delegates’ thoughtful, intelligent approach combined with their clear passion for farming was exciting and energising to everyone who met them here at Beauvais.”
18 October 2016Christmas is getting closer and what better way to get your festivities underway than with a FREE pair of tickets to a Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair
We have THREE pairs of tickets to give away for each of the THREE locations of the Country Living Christmas Fairs. You could win a pair of tickets to Glasgow, Harrogate or London.
The joyful events put the merry into Christmas, and are sure to get you into the mood for the coming yuletide celebrations and New Year’s Eve parties. From stocking fillers to decorations; tasty treats and table accessories, gifts and personal pampering the Country Living Christmas Fairs have something for everyone. The Fair is on at the following locations:
London (9-13 November 2016)
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To be entered into our prize draw to win a pair of tickets just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of Santa's red-nosed reindeer.
Include your name and address, contact telephone number and state which location you would like tickets for (Glasgow, London or Harrogate). You must be a current NFYFC member and registered on our database to enter. No cash alternative.
Deadline is 28 October 2016.
You can also save more than 25% on ticket prices with an offer for NFYFC members in our discount area.
17 October 2016
The autumn issue is landing on members' doorsteps this week and includes articles about farming careers post-Brexit, a review of National Young Farmers' Week and the full list of YFC Travel trips for 2017.
There are also updates from clubs across England and Wales including Newton St Cyres, Whitchurch, Blunham, Aberedw, Pontefract, Henley, Eccleshall and Smalley - among others!
Ten26 is getting a makeover for the next issue but we want members' feedback to help make changes. And to say thank you for your feedback, there's a prize draw to win an Apple Watch, courtesy of HOPS Labour Solutions!
You can complete the survey on the NFYFC website and it will only take five minutes to share your views.
04 October 2016
Possibilities for a future ‘lending scheme’ for young farmers and more funding support for start-ups were just two of the major topics discussed at NFYFC’s Know Your Future Market Forum in October.
The event, which attracted 30 key industry figures, next generation initiative representatives and young farmers, was hosted at KUHN’s headquarters in Shropshire.
Presentations and debates explored collaboration, future business opportunities and topics from NFYFC’s post-Brexit survey. There was also plenty of advice on offer for young farmers about getting a job, making savings, finding a joint-venture and building up equity.
AGRI Chair Sam Dilcock said: “The advice throughout the day was to be bold, to make connections at county shows and industry events and to put yourself forward. Be hungry for an opportunity!
"I think everyone agreed it is the collective responsibility of the industry to promote skills, training and future opportunities.”
Among the presenters on the day was Jock Muirhead, an AGRI Steering Group member from Somerset FYFC. He shared his entrepreneurial experience as a 28 year-old tenant farmer running a successful show flock of North Country Cheviot sheep with his fiancée Katherine Bigwood.
Clarke Willis from Anglia Farmers also attended the event and said: “The enthusiasm for Young Farmers at the meeting to grow and develop their farming business was great to see. We need to mentor, support and ensure that funding streams are available to help them flourish.”
Among other positive reactions from industry figures at the Forum was Adam Quinney who tweeted: “Enjoyed the presentation by @tradegovuk_WM at @NFYFC meeting - providing info on your export products in the format/ language of the customer.”
NFYFC is encouraging members to set up their own local agri discussion groups too. Find out more information about setting up an AGRI discussion group.
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