National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

08 December 2016

The results are in and members have told NFYFC that they love the membership magazine Ten26 – but have suggested some useful improvements too.

Ten26 scored highly with members: - 92% of respondents wanted the magazine to be posted to their homes, 90% like the design and two thirds read it every issue. More than two thirds shared the magazine with their parents too, showing Ten26 is a publication read by the whole family.

Despite the positive scores, there were also helpful suggestions on what members would like to see more of in their magazine. Ideas included more agricultural content, more careers advice and lots more club and member profiles so others could be inspired.

One respondent said: “More about people’s backgrounds and achievements, everyone has an interesting story, which might not always be heard.”

The YFC Buzz also received some constructive feedback too with many members asking for the newsletter to be refreshed and to be made easier to read on mobile phones.

One respondent said: “Make sure more people are encouraged to sign up to receive the email, for example, I did not know it was on offer but will now sign up to it.”

(Please note you can sign up for the YFC Buzz on the homepage of the NFYFC website.)

The feedback from the 2016 survey is now being used by the staff team and will be shared with the Events and Marketing Steering Group to help guide membership communications.

The team are already working on a relaunch of Ten26 in the new year and a new look for the YFC Buzz, which will include suggestions that have been made by members in the survey.

Everyone who completed the online survey was also entered into a prize draw to win an Apple Watch, thanks to a prize provided by HOPS Labour Solutions. The lucky winner was 16 year old Katy Hargreaves from Pendle YFC, Lancashire. Katy who lives on her family’s hill sheep farm in Burnley was excited to hear she had won the watch.

“I hadn’t heard of HOPS before this but now I know they are an agri recruitment company I will be showing my watch off and telling everyone about them,” said Katy who completed the online survey after seeing the link on Facebook. “I am really pleased to have won as I was looking at getting an Apple Watch with my Christmas money to use when running and horse riding. Now I can buy some new shoes instead!”

If you would like to include any stories in future issues of Ten26, please email


07 December 2016

A video showcasing one member’s YFC Travel adventure to Switzerland has been chosen as the winner of the best 2016 travel presentation.
Aimee Mahony from Market Bosworth YFC in Leicestershire visited Switzerland earlier this year for two weeks and put together an inspiring film about her adventure, using music, photos and facts.

Everyone who gets the opportunity to go on a YFC Travel trip is asked to create a presentation detailing their experience. Most presentations are created in Powerpoint format but Aimee decided to make her presentation more interactive.

Aimee said: “I'm absolutely over the moon to win the award. I had a great time in Switzerland and have done a number of club meetings and a county travel evening to encourage other members to apply since returning to the UK.

“The presentation has been useful for these events and also is a lovely keepsake for me to remind me of the fantastic time I had on my trip. It's also a good way of showing my family and friends an overview of my trip rather than trawling through the thousands of photos I took whilst on exchange! I'd recommend a YFC travel trip to everyone, there really is no better way to experience the way of life in another country.”

All the presentations were judged by members Katie Hall, Gloucestershire FYFC , Russell Carrington, Herefordshire FYFC and Robert Williams from Devon FYFC, who shortlisted four applications for Paul Entwistle from the NFU to choose the final winners.

In second place was Joanna Gillingham  from Wiltshire FYFC who created a Powerpoint presentation detailing the reasons why you should choose to go to New Zealand to work on Limestone Downs Farm. In third place was Alistair Hughes from Leicestershire FYFC who put together an engaging Powerpoint presentation to reveal more about his trip to Canada.

The winners will receive a trophy at the Annual General Meeting in Torquay and a goodie pack.

Watch the winning video



07 December 2016

Get the most out of your YFC membership and make savings with NFYFC's Christmas Shopping guide.

Got a long list of pressies to purchase and not made a start yet? Never fear, NFYFC is here with some festive ideas to fill your stockings with!

  1. Know a friend or family member who is always losing their keys? Maybe a shiny new key ring will help them keep track of them.. The YFC shop has a  metal SuperMoo version (£2) or you could try the classic YFC welly that comes in a choice of three colours (£1.50) or a squidgy pig, cow or sheep keyring could be more their thing (£1.75 each).
  2. Perhaps you’re buying for someone who loves Massey Ferguson? Save yourself some money in their shop with this brilliant 15% discount for YFC members! 
  3. Looking for some luxury clothing for a close friend? Why not consider a British-made Oswald & Kane shirt? These classic designs are made at the highest quality and the company is owned by Essex FYFC member Jess Roche. You can also get 10% off in their online shop with your YFC member discount.
  4. Need to find the perfect something for a horse-lover in your life?  Save yourself a whopping 25% on equestrian wear from Tottie with your YFC membership discount. 
  5. If your family is a regular reader of Farmers Weekly, why not treat someone to an annual subscription? You can save 50% with your YFC membership discount making it more affordable. 
  6. Buying for a fellow YFC member who might be taking part in some serious meetings next year? You can’t go far wrong with a YFC tie – and they’re only  £10 in the YFC shop or you could invest in some smart YFC cufflinks for £9 – they even come in a presentation gift box. 
  7. If you’re buying for an adventurous type, consider getting tickets to Go Ape. Your membership will get you 10% off in their online shop or there are various deals available for theme parks through Merlin Entertainments or 10% off Absolute Bubble Football. 
  8. There’s a range of fab outdoor clothing and equipment available from Cotswold Outdoor – and you get 10% off with your YFC discount.
  9. You can save 50% off BASC membership with your YFC discount so consider signing up a family member if you know they’d love to be part of this shooting association. Membership includes shooting opportunities, BASC insurance and other exclusive discounts. 
  10. And in case you’re really struggling to buy for a friend, consider the gift that keeps on giving for life – YFC membership!

Don't forget you can purchase YFC Christmas cards in the YFC Shop too - they're £5 for a pack of 12 cards, individual designs by YFC members.

06 December 2016

If you’re looking forward to a jam-packed social calendar over the festive season, make sure your Christmas is one to remember for all the right reasons with our top tips:

  1. If you’re thinking of drinking, plan in advance how you will get home at the end of the night. Book a taxi or organise a lift.
  2. Eat well before you go out. Food will slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol.
  3. Drinking in rounds often means you will drink more. Skip some rounds or opt for a soft drink instead. Don’t try to keep up with friends who drink more than you normally would – remember that’s their choice. 
  4. Be aware that pub measures are very large – you may be drinking more units than you intend to. 
  5. Avoid leaving your drink unattended. 
  6. Tap water is free and available everywhere!
  7. Don’t offer an alcoholic drink to someone who is planning to drive. 
  8. There is no excuse for drink-driving. ‘I’m only going down the road’ will not prevent an accident. A large proportion of crashes occur within three miles of where the journey started. 
  9. Don’t accept a lift from a driver who has been drinking – help them to find alternative arrangements home. 
  10. Be aware of the effects of drinking the morning after. You can still be over the limit to drive the next day. It takes approximately one hour for every unit of alcohol to leave your body. 
  11. Look out for each other and make sure everyone is safe so you all have an enjoyable evening.

Drink Driving – It’s not worth the risk

If you are convicted of drink driving, you could also receive:
•    A minimum 12 month driving ban
•    A criminal record
•    A hefty fine
•    Up to 6 months in prison
•    An endorsement on your licence for 11 years

However, this list does not reflect the everyday consequences of being caught drink driving which can include:
•    Increase in car insurance costs
•    Job loss
•    Trouble getting in to countries like the USA
•    The shame of having a criminal record

For further information visit:

06 December 2016

A major push in November to encourage counties and clubs to register to donate blood helped to boost the NHS’ vital blood supplies in the build up to Christmas.

Devon FYFC and Berkshire FYFC both did group donations as part of the YFC Life Blood campaign and are hoping to be in with a chance of winning the trophy for having the most members registered to give blood.

Devon FYFC, headed up by Chairman Chris Manley, had 12 members donate blood on 17 November at Plymouth Donor Centre and former County Chairman Jake Henson said he gave blood for the first time as it was a brilliant cause.  “I think everyone should consider signing up as it’s quick and easy to do,” said Jake.

Both counties recorded videos in the build up to their donations to challenge other clubs and counties to give group donations.

Berkshire’s impressive video included the seven donors and all of them delivered great facts about why they were giving blood. One of the facts highlighted how 6,000 people are needed a day to meet the current UK demands and one in four people need a blood transfusion in their lifetime.

Individual members have also been donating blood and sharing their images on social media.

@EmmaDavie_12 tweeted:  “I 'did something amazing!' The time of 5 mins 18s it took to donate, will mean so much more to the person who receives it #yfclifeblood.”

NFYFC Chair Chris Manley, who made his third blood donation in November, this time with Devon FYFC, said: “A pint of blood can potentially save three lives and we’re encouraging all members across England and Wales to give blood. We have an official trophy for the county with the most registered donors and I will be giving this to the winners in Torquay at the national AGM.”

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)



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