National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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31 July 2017

NFYFC is very sorry to hear of the tragic loss of a young person’s life during the Royal Welsh Show. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of James Corfield and with the wider YFC community. Thank you to all of our YFC members, supporters and partners who assisted in the search for James.

NFYFC is supporting the counties that are directly affected by this sad news. Any YFC members who would like someone to talk to during this difficult time can contact The Farming Community Network (FCN) on 03000 111 999 or the youth counselling service Kooth via the website www.kooth.com.  

Statement on behalf of Wales Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

It is with regret that we learn the news that the body found yesterday has been confirmed as James Corfield. We send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this very difficult time. We would like to thank the emergency services, together with support of the many volunteers from Wales YFC, the Show society and the wider community who have assisted in the search.



27 July 2017

NFYFC shares the concerns of the Wales Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and the friends and family of James Corfield who has been missing since Monday 24 July at the Royal Welsh Show.

NFYFC is supporting the officials of Wales FYFC, who are working with the police.

Anyone who has seen James since Monday or has any information should contact the police as soon as possible on 101.

YFC members and young people at the Royal Welsh Show can contact Wales YFC for counselling support on 01982 554063.



STATEMENT ON BEHALF OFTHE WALES FEDERATION OF YOUNG FARMERS' CLUBS (YFC)

The Wales Federation of YFC, along with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, continue to work with police and share the concerns of James Corfield's family regarding his whereabouts.

We would ask anyone who may have seen James since Monday, or who has any information, to contact the police as soon as possible on 101.

We are doing everything we can to help and together with Powys County Council and the counselling service Kooth we aim to provide support, and if you require this please contact Wales YFC on 01982 554063. 


24 July 2017

In a bid to help young farmers work more safely on All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) Honda is offering a free training course to the 25,000 members of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) across England and Wales.

The new training session was announced today (Tuesday 25 July) during Farm Safety Week at the Royal Welsh Show. The courses will offer potentially life-saving advice to young farmers – a necessity when the latest HSE statistics, released this week, show agriculture has the poorest fatal injury rate of any other industry in Great Britain. 

The free, informative Honda ATV maintenance training session will be offered to all of NFYFC’s 624 Young Farmers’ Clubs from October to January and will cover topics such as:

  • How an ATV gearbox or engine works
  • What the tyre pressure should be and why it’s important 
  • What should be checked regularly to ensure the machine is safe.

Steve Morris, Heads of Power Products, Honda (UK), said: “These fun and informative sessions are aimed at educating members on ATV maintenance and safety and we’re delighted to be working with NFYFC on this project. Safety is very important to Honda and a properly maintained ATV is a step in the right direction to ensure safe usage.

“Honda offer free EASI Rider Courses with every purchase of a new Honda ATV and strongly recommend wearing the relevant safety kit including helmet and gloves. To reinforce our safety message and to support Farm Safety Week we are also offering a complimentary Rider Safety Pack, consisting of a helmet and pair of gloves with every ATV or Pioneer sold from 24 July through to 24 August 2017."

NFYFC has welcomed the introduction of the training courses for its members.

Ed Ford, NFYFC Chairman, said: “We are really excited to be working with Honda to offer these free ATV courses to NFYFC’s 25,000 members.

“We all have to work much harder to make our industry safer and ensuring the next generation of farmers is equipped with the correct safety knowledge is a priority for NFYFC and Honda. We are delighted to be announcing this offer during Farm Safety Week and a huge thanks to Honda for their generous support.”

How to book your FREE training

Any YFCs interested in organising a training session with Honda should ask their Club Chairman to contact their local Honda Area Sales Manager to get the ball rolling:

South England and Wales contact Neil Keeble

North England contact Damian Butterworth


24 July 2017

"It was with great sadness that NFYFC found out that one of our YFC members died last week in a tragic accident in Devon. Our thoughts are with Todd Riggs' family and friends, including those in his Club Bradworthy YFC and those who knew him in Devon Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs. While the details surrounding Todd's death are still to be determined, we are aware the accident occurred whilst he was driving a tractor and trailer.

"We urge all our members to follow farm safety advice - and especially so this week during Farm Safety Week. As the next generation of young farmers - you can and must make a difference. Please ensure your club adds farm safety training to your Club Programme in 2017-18.Visit: www.nfyfc.org.uk/farmsafetyweek." NFYFC Chairman Ed Ford

Two of Todd's closest friends Roland Ley and Jon Cleave have written a moving tribute to him::

Farewell to a friend

It was with shock and disbelief that we learnt of Todd’s tragic passing on the 18th July, a young man at the centre of a close knit farming community, with friends in every corner of the county and beyond. His infectious enthusiasm, sharp wit and ready smile made him universally popular which has been evident in the outpouring of grief. Few could be said to have had such an impact on so many, in such a short amount of time.

We first met Todd through our time in Young Farmers which many would regard as his first love. Friends recall him being a shy young lad, something he would quickly grow out of as he flourished in speaking competitions, stock-judging and stage productions. His ‘have a go’ attitude soon meant he was as at home articulating his views in a debate as he was playing an ugly sister in the clubs’ performance of Cinderella. In time he was elected Chairman of his club Bradworthy and later Tarka Group, but there’s little doubt he would have said his best experience was his trip to Russia, having been awarded a Travel Scholarship in 2009. On passing the membership age, Todd continued to play an active role in YFC and served as leader for both club and group, offering support and advice whenever needed. His regular attendance of South West Area and National Conventions meant he was still very much a familiar face with the members, catching up with old friends and winning new ones with his trademark grin.

If Todd’s love was for YFC his passion was undoubtedly for farming and perhaps it was his early introduction to organic farming that fired his enquiring mind, but few could match his thirst for knowledge and desire to challenge convention in search of a better way of doing things. His love of dairy cows and regular stints in the cattle lines at agricultural shows earned him the respect of many a stockman who recognised his eye for detail and wonderful nature with animals.

Todd also knew the importance of looking after the land, and more recently had joined the Bude Grassland Society. He regularly attended meetings and became a well respected member winning consecutive titles for his big baled silage. It was little surprise when he was elected Chairman of the group in 2016 becoming both the youngest and only farm employee to hold the position.

He was also on the organising committee of Holsworthy & Stratton Agricultural Show to which he made a great contribution and where his fresh ideas and youthful enthusiasm will no doubt be sorely missed, even if (as he himself would admit) giving him responsibility for the bar, was a bit like putting a fox in charge of the hen house!

There’s barely space to mention all of his other interests, from his love of rugby and in particular the Exeter Chiefs to his keen following of politics and current affairs, Todd’s knowledge seemed to know no bounds. But it would be remiss of us not to mention his treasured John Deere 2140 with which he attended many a charity tractor run, including one that he and a friend organised in 2015 raising over £700 for the Devon Air Ambulance.

Perhaps what he will be most fondly remembered for was his love of a good party and he never passed on the chance to enjoy a few beers (and often many more) with friends. His ability to make a pint disappear before others had barely raised their glasses was legendary, and he was always the life and soul of any party. Despite this he was never known to have been late for work, even those early morning milking shifts, as many have commented “he worked hard and played hard” and that’s just how he would want to be remembered.

In his short time Todd touched so many lives and it’s been hard to find the words to do him justice, but to us he was good natured, good humoured and great company – what more could we have asked for in a friend? RIP Todd.


Roland Ley and Jon Cleave


23 July 2017

During Farm Safety Week (24-28 July) The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is calling on its 624 clubs to commit to delivering a potentially life-saving farm safety training course to its 25,000 members.

YFCs are being asked to ‘pledge’ their commitment to putting the training on their Club Programmes during the 2017-18 membership year and NFYFC has developed a series of ‘pledge cards’ for its 25,000 members to use on social media during the week.

The training, which has been developed with the Farm Safety Foundation – organisers of Farm Safety Week, has been created to ensure the next generation of farmers is more aware of the dangers and can help to instigate changes.

Farming continues to have one of the poorest safety records of any occupation in the UK and Ireland but all the main farming organisations are working together during the week to address this.

The latest annual figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that out of 137 people killed or fatally injured in workplace accidents last year, 27 worked in agriculture.

NFYFC Chairman Ed Ford said: “The Farm Safety Curve training module is a fun and interactive training session with a serious message – it could save someone’s life. We want all our YFCs to commit to putting the training on their 2017-18 Club Programmes and show their commitment by sharing our pledge cards on social media. We want the world to know that Young Farmers are dedicated to farm safety.”

YFCs and members are also supporting the week by sharing materials from the NFYFC’s social media pages, from Yellow Wellies’ social media pages and using the hashtag #FarmSafetyWeek. The Farm Safety Foundation’s message for the week is farm safety – it’s a lifestyle not a slogan.

The farm safety training is part of NFYFC’s suite of training courses called the Curve. These sessions are delivered by NFYFC’s certified trainers in clubs across England and Wales and are aimed at developing skills and raising awareness on a range of topics.

For more information about the Curve training module, to download materials and find out more about YFCs pledging their support, visit here..


20 July 2017

The tragic death of a Devon FYFC member in March triggered a new farm safety initiative that has the potential to save up to three lives a year.

Devon’s pioneering scheme called Growing Safer Farmers, which was featured on BBC Countryfile on Sunday 23 July, involves machinery dealers and mechanics producing advisory notices to flag up any safety issues on PTO shafts and providing a discount for an annual health check on PTO shafts.

The idea came about after 20-year-old Lauren Scott – a member of Devon FYFC - was sadly killed in a farm accident.

“In spite of the health and safety training the county has organised, in the last 14 years five members have been killed or seriously injured and it’s just too many,” said Nick. “We found out about Lauren while we were at the South West Area weekend, which made it even more shocking as so many members were together at the time. It’s just a waste of a young life.”

Devon’s aim is to get the big manufacturers on board to influence their dealerships to use the safety paperwork. So far in Devon, over 20 dealers and mechanics have agreed to the scheme, and the County is now in the process of gathering feedback from participants on how well it has worked.

“We are potentially going to save two to three lives every year. A thousand pieces of machinery will be safer because they will be in a good state of repair. It’s got to be a winner,” said Nick. 

Photo courtesy of Emily Fleur



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