National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

02 December 2016

A chance to experience farming life in another country has just been made possible for 50 people who applied for a trip on NFYFC’s YFC Travel programme.

The trips, which range from working on a sheep and dairy farm for three months in New Zealand to staying with host families in Austria, are exclusive opportunities for YFC members.

Many are part or wholly funded by scholarships and in most cases the only cost is the member’s travel expenses.

More than 70 people applied for a YFC Travel place in 2017 and interviews took place at the weekend over Skype with a panel of judges who awarded the locations to successful applicants.

Representatives from the Young Farmers’ Ambassadors (YFA), NFU and members made up the various panels for the trips, with Projects Abroad, Africa’s Gift and the C Alma Baker Trust interviewing for their specific trips to Argentina, Africa and New Zealand respectively.

New Zealand proved to be a popular location again this year, with applicants facing a shortlist before Selection Day. Next year will be the 30th anniversary of this special trip for YFC members and over the years NFYFC has sent 120 members to stay on Limestone Downs Farm.

Trustees of the C Alma Baker Trust said the standard of applicants had been ‘outstanding’ this year, which made it a tough job choosing just four members from the shortlist.
Elizabeth Hole from Dorset FYFC, Patrick Pearson from Carmarthenshire FYFC, Geraint Owen Morris from Montgomery FYFC and Jessica Davies from Shropshire FYFC will each spend three months working on the farm in New Zealand next year.

After finding out she had earned a place, Jessica Davies tweeted: “Ahhhhhh can't believe I am off to work in NZ on an incredible beef sheep and dairy farm ¬¬– thank you so much.”

The YFA awarded scholarships to four members, which means they will each receive £100 towards their trip. The scholars are Alistair Hughes from Leicestershire FYFC who will travel to Norway, George Lewis from Gwent FYFC who will travel to Australia. Laura Potts from Cumbria FYFC who will travel to Canada (4H) and Angharad Edwards from Pembrokeshire FYFC who will travel to Northern Ireland. 

Charlotte Middlebrook from Yorkshire FYFC received an NFU scholarship, which gave her £600 towards her trip to Canada (4H).

Scholarships are selected by each panel and given to the most outstanding interview that was made during their interview session.

While all the interviews were conducted informally, panellists looked for members who showed commitment to YFC, had researched the location and could explain why they wanted to visit it, and whether they would make a good ambassador for NFYFC.

Congratulations to everyone who applied and earned their place on a trip in 2017!

If you’re feeling like you missed out on and have suddenly got the travel bug, there are still four spaces available on the Argentina trip. For more information, visit the travel page.

To see a full overview of who is going where, see the results below:


 Australia George Lewis (Gwent)
 AustriaRebecca Smith (Pembrokeshire)
Helen Rowland (Warwickshire)
 Canada JFAO
 Emily Warin (East Riding of Yorkshire)
 Canada 4H
Charlotte Middlebrook (Yorkshire)
Laura Potts (Cumbria)
 GermanyHannah Gregory-Campeau (Derbyshire)
Laura Parker (Cumbria)
 NorwayAlistair Hughes (Leicestershire)
 Northern Ireland

Angharad Edwards (Pembrokeshire),
Rachel Goldie (Yorkshire)

Joanna Ridley (Cumbria)
Lauren Hladun (Lincolnshire)
Elin Havard (Brecknock)
 USAPoppy Stephens (Gloucestershire)
Emily Cartmail (Staffordshire)
 RYE Spring Seminar, Budapest      
 RYE Autumn Seminar, Austria  
 Rhian Watkins (Herefordshire)
Jess Bason (Shropshire)
 RYE European Rally, Latvia   
Daniel Grist (Devon)
Jana Middlebrook (Shropshire)
Victoria Ward (Shropshire)
William Allen (Shropshire)

 Africa’s Gift     
 Kate Turnock (Derbyshire)
 Laura Poole (Derbyshire)
 James Gregory – Campeau (Derbyshire)
 Georgina Hyde (Worcestershire)
 Alice Hyland (Yorkshire)
 Alice Singleton (Lancashire)
 Rose Pinsent (Leicestershire)
 Emily Phillips (Staffordshire)
 Emma Littlewood (Cumbria)
 Emma  Faulkner (Shropshire)
 Chloe Harris (Herefordshire)
 Kate Palmer (Devon)
 Argentina James Grant (Norfolk)
 Catherine Johnson (Staffordshire)
 Rhianwen Jones (Brecknock)
 Holly Garrod (Norfolk)
 Holly Gilbert (Devon)
 Rebecca Latter (Shropshire)
 Four spaces still available.
 (April)  Elizabeth Hole (Dorset)
 (July)   Patrick Pearson (Carmarthenshire)
 (October) Geraint Owen Morris (Montgomery)
(Jan’18) Jess Davies (Shropshire)


01 December 2016

There was no sibling rivalry going on when sister and brother Fay and Lee Thomas were part of the winning Stockjudging team at this year’s English Winter Fair.

The duo worked together as part of the Herefordshire A team and took home the John Speers Trophy for being the Best Overall Team along with team mates John Hanson and Megan Watkins.

Fay and Thomas are both part of Eardisley YFC and have been members for 10 and six years respectively and Fay is currently Herefordshire’s County Chairman. They put their achievements in Stockjudging down to being an active part of their family farm.

Fay said: “We live on and have been brought up on a family farm in Kinnersley, Herefordshire, with suckler limousin herd and flock of ewes.

“We have both been involved, along with our sister Amy, in day-to-day decisions on what stock to keep and breed from. Picking the stock is always a family effort, thanks to all the skills we have learnt from YFC stockjudging, and transferred into our work.”

It was a proud Thomas family moment when they picked up the trophy but Fay said you don’t have to be from an agricultural background to compete in a YFC Stockjudging competition.

“I would advise anyone to take part and have a go,” said Fay. “Even if you do not have an agricultural background, it is possible to learn, and hopefully gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the UK food industry in doing so.”


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