National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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22 September 2017

Northumberland Young Farmer Vicky Furlong has won Countryfile’s Young Farmer of the Year award at the BBC Food and Farming Awards.

Vicky, from Shatoe YFC, was presented with the award at a ceremony in London on Thursday 21 September - during National Young Farmers' Week. She was shortlisted alongside two other YFC members Tom Phillips from Crucorney YFC in Gwent and Tom Addison from Newport Pagnell YFC in Buckinghamshire.

Vicky was recognised for the work she does in managing Crowhall Estate in Northumberland, where, at 24 years old, she manages 120 cattle and 700 sheep – with only one other helper

Vicky said: “I feel immensely proud to have been chosen out of all the applicants, we all deserve some sort of award, especially as it is such a dangerous industry to work in! The effort that the younger generation put in to get into the industry is demonstrated by the amount of people nominated for this award. It’s a privilege to stand up there and hopefully the future is bright. The award is a great way for young people to be recognised in the industry.”

Those who know Vicky will not be surprised by her achievement or dedication. She currently holds the ATV trophy for the County and was also named Shaftoe YFC’s Senior Member of the Year in 2016.

NFYFC President Charlotte Smith was at the awards ceremony along with Adam Henson to congratulate Vicky.

Charlotte said: “All three finalists were fantastic people doing fantastic things. Vicky is an inspirational and ambitious young farmer and it is a joy to be able to celebrate that through the Countryfile award.”

Read more about Vicky and the other finalists here.  


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