National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 December 2016

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has launched a competition for young shepherds with cash prizes on offer for the winners.

The competition is open to young shepherds aged 26 years and under and will take place on 27 January 2017 at NSA’s Central Region Early Gathering event.

The winner of the competition will receive a trophy and £275, with second place winning £150 and third place £75. Rosettes and prize cards will be given up to sixth place. There is also a special £50 prize for the highest placed 21 years and under competitor.

All competitors will be expected to be able to carry out the tasks listed below
  • Live Lamb Classification
  • Belly Clip two sheep.  
  • Demonstrate  ATV handling skills
  • Demonstrate handling, vaccinating & dosing/ topical application of appropriate products (e.g. work out correct weight of sheep for dosage of products and correct examples of injection sites)
  • Demonstrate and explain ram/tup MOT techniques. (AHDB Beef and Lamb the “5 Ts”)
  • Answer questions on flock management and health issues

  1. Maximum age of 26 years on 26th January 2017
  2. Entry is free
  3. The judges’ decision is final
  4. The competition will start at 10am and finish at 3pm latest
  5. The prize giving will take place at 3.30 pm on the NSA Stand
To book your place contact Janet Bailey, Bakewell Show Office, Showground, Bakewell, Derbs., DE45 1AQ. Tel: 01629 – 812736. E-mail:

Download an entry form here

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.”


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