National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

15 January 2018

A new mental health campaign is being launched in February (12-16) by the Farm Safety Foundation to raise awareness of depression in the farming community. 

Whilst the UK’s farmers are renowned for the attention they give to their livestock, crops and machinery, The Farm Safety Foundation says unfortunately farmers do not have such a good track record when it comes to taking care of themselves and their own wellbeing.

Levels of depression are thought to be increasing and suicide rates in farmers are among the highest in any occupational group (ONS). The situation is compounded by the fact that farming tends to be an innately conservative culture and there is often stigma and taboo attached to mental health. This can hinder people’s willingness to speak about the issue and to seek help.

Many in the industry have highlighted the impact of mental health and wellbeing on farm safety. The Mind Your Head campaign aims to raise awareness and inform farmers and farming communities about the role they play in identifying and supporting those with mental health issues.

Stephanie Berkeley from the Farm Safety Foundation said: “We hope to bring to the fore the challenges facing our famers in an industry with a poor track record of mental health and the wonderful sources of help, advice and guidance available to them.”

YFCs are encouraged to support the campaign in association with the work NFYFC does around Rural+ and raising issues of rural isolation.

You can help by highlighting the messages of Mind Your Head by running a Rural+ Curve module in your YFC.  

YFCs and individuals can also follow @yellowwelliesUK on Twitter and Like and Retweet their content throughout the week using the hashtag #MindYourHead

15 January 2018

Have you got what it takes to prove you’re Army fit and complete ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s new challenge, Rifle Run, the first civilian event of its kind?

Based on a military exercise called a ‘March and Shoot’, Rifle Run combines three shooting challenges (air-rifle and shotgun) with a 10km cross country run. It is taking place on Sunday 18th March 2018 on the stunning West Wycombe estate, Buckinghamshire, under the watchful eye of E.J. Churchill and British Shooting (shooting novices are very welcome). Compete against the clock but be careful, if you miss a shot you run a 250m penalty lap, so could end up running 15km in total!

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is the National Charity of the British Army. It gives a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families, in times of need. Competing in Rifle Run will give you a glimpse of the physical exertion that soldiers endure, whilst raising vital funds to help those in need of support.

Registration is just £49 but you can receive a £10 discount on the sign-up fee with an NFYFC exclusive code.

Sign-up for the inaugural year, and help set the standard for years to come! Visit or call Amy on 0207 811 3960 for more information.


15 January 2018

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

YFC County Federations or YFC Clubs can consider if there is a project that could be run using this type of funding.

The grant scheme has two types of funds:

  1. Approximately 150 Small Grants of between £300 to £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There will be three bidding rounds during 2018.
  2. Up to 30 Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000. These will fund projects that increase the understanding of, and engagement with, democracy, and encourage women to participate in public life. There will be two bidding rounds during 2018.

Both funds are open to organisations and activity in England only. Each of the devolved administrations has been provided additional funding to celebrate the centenary in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and are making their own arrangements.

How to apply

Small Grants

To apply online please click here.

Round 1 of the Small Grants Fund for grants up to £2,000 is open for online applications from 4th January 2018 to the closing date on 31st January 2018.

Activities planned for the anniversary on 6th February 2018 of the passing of the law allowing women to vote for the first time will be prioritised under Round 1. If you are applying for activities that will take place on or around 6th February 2018, please return your application by 7th January 2018. This will allow the processing of your application and give you an outcome by 16th January 2018.

Please do use the guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to plan your activity. There is also a model application form so you can find out what information you need in order to apply. Please use this form for guidance only, all applications should be submitted through the online portal here.

Please read the guidance carefully before you apply to make sure that you and your project idea are eligible for the fund.

If you are planning a celebration activity after 30th April 2018 then it might be more appropriate for you to apply for funding under Round 2 — dates for which will be confirmed in due course.

Round 3 is likely to take place in August 2018.

Keep visiting this site for information on these future funding rounds. 


10 January 2018

Young Farmers will have an even greater incentive to train hard for the Stockman of the Year competition now that a prize worth £250.00 is on offer to the winner. 

This year’s first place winner will receive a Moocall Calving Sensor thanks to Moocall UK. This innovative and award-winning sensor monitors the contractions of a pregnant cow and alerts the farmer when calving will commence through SMS, email and app updates.

The Stockman of the Year national final, which is sponsored by Rutland Electric Fencing, will be held on 1-2 September 2018 and YFC members compete in County and Area rounds throughout the membership year.

The competition aims to give YFC members the opportunity to judge quality livestock and present to industry experts. Members gain skills in observation, communication, presentation and personal development. The competition also helps to develop understanding of the makeup of an animal and market demands.  

Ryan McBridge from Moocall explained why the company was eager to offer a prize for young farmers.

"Efficient farming methods will be crucial in the years ahead, meaning tools like the Moocall Calving Sensor will be key.

"The NFYFC’s role in showing the farmers of tomorrow how to achieve that goal, then, is a worthy cause," said Ryan.

Only YFC members who have won County and Area rounds make it through to NFYFC’s national final to place and give reasons on six beef animals, six breeding ewes, six butchers pigs and six dairy animals.

Competitors are also required to complete a written project on stock management, including animal health and production records, in advance of the competition final. All competitors are interviewed on the role of a stockman and questioned by a veterinary surgeon on animal health and husbandry, as well as demonstrating practical tasks.

Competitions Steering Group Chairman Rachel Parker said: “We are delighted to have such an impressive prize from Moocall to give to the national winner of the Stockman of the Year competition. We know how much work goes into competing for this title and we hope that this prize offers even more of an incentive to practice and hone those judging skills ahead of the national finals. A huge thank you to Moocall for their generosity.” 

Moocall Calving Sensor facts: 

  • Tail mounted, non-invasive calving sensor
  • Proven 95% or greater accuracy
  • Notifies you one hour before calving starts
  • Be present at every calving
  • Ensure best start in life (colostrum etc.)
  • Works anywhere in the world thanks to GSM
  • Lasts up to 30 days with rechargeable battery
  • Texts 2 phone numbers and unlimited Moocall Breedmanager app users
  • Suits all breeds
  • Once the calf arrives, just attach it to the next cow
  • Quick to attach, adjustable to any size tail
  • 1 sensor, 1 cow, no additional hardware required.

05 January 2018

Change brings opportunity for young farmers says Ed Ford, Chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC)

NFYFC's response to the presentation made by Michael Gove at the Oxford Farming Conference regarding changes to subsidies

"NFYFC acknowledges the industry changes ahead but we are also excited by the opportunities this offers the next generation of farmers.

"Many YFC members had the chance to discuss their farming experience and share their thoughts about future policy considerations with Defra during regional and county discussion groups at the end of last year. We are pleased to see many of those ideas are being taken into consideration.

"The industry needs dynamic and determined farmers to lead the way and develop this incredible industry – with the right tools and support we can do this."

You can read NFYFC's AGRI Position Paper – Considerations for a future British Agricultural Policy here.

01 January 2018

Two YFC members have been awarded an NFYFC scholarship, sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Farmers, to attend the 72nd annual Oxford Farming Conference from 3-5 January at the University of Oxford.

Members Tom Wells from Brigg YFC in Lincolnshire and Emma Kelcher from Soham YFC in Cambridgeshire, will hear from visionary speakers from around the world and can join in professional debates with industry leaders at the two day conference. 

The two lucky YFC members were chosen to be scholars after preparing a case as to why they would benefit from the experience of attending the conference.

Tom, who works on a mixed farm, said:  “As a progressive forward-thinking farmer I have always wished to attend OFC as a scholar to be at the forefront of agriculture and an ambassador for young people to pass on my learnings and inspire others.

“The 2018 Oxford Farming Conference title, Embracing Change, is of great interest to me as a young person who has begun to embrace change with GPS precision farming, soil conductivity testing and starting a new flock of pedigree Dutch Spotted Sheep which meet the demands of the modern-day consumer.”

Key topics up for discussion at this year’s OFC include digital opportunities, policy mindset and change, and disruptive business models.  Attendees can expect to hear from global speakers who have tackled both personal and professional adversity to help the industry embrace the changes ahead.

Emma, who is a Technical Manager at Elveden Farms, applied to be an OFC scholar so she could improve her understanding of future agricultural challenges. She said:

“I have a passion to see our sector grow, not just in fresh produce and potatoes but all round dairy, meat and fish, so meeting like-minded people from these sectors would give me the chance to understand what challenges they begin to face, and how our sectors can help each other out “

Massey Ferguson has also funded five places at the conference for Chairmen of the five YFC organisations. 

You can find out more about the OFC here.



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