National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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15 July 2019

NFYFC is supporting this year’s Farm Safety Week (15-19 July) by asking more of its clubs and counties to pledge to deliver its Farm Safety training module to help ensure the next generation improves farm safety.

A total of 2,644 YFC members have so far received farm safety training through the NFYFC’s and Farm Safety Foundation’s Curve module since it launched in 2017. While this figure represents just over 10% of the membership, NFYFC wants to see more clubs and counties committing to deliver the course – especially in light of the latest HSE figures.

Katie Hall, NFYFC’s Chairman of Council said: “NFYFC is backing Farm Safety Week as, while it is important to raise awareness of the issue in the industry, what we really need now is action!

“The Farm Safety Curve module is an ideal addition for YFCs to have on their club programmes and shows not only support for the industry but also that the next generation takes safety seriously.”

Agriculture continues to have the poorest safety record of any occupation in the UK. Add to this the issue of rural isolation and the unique stressors facing the industry and this can lead to mental ill health and depression in those living and working in the farming community.

Farm Safety Week is organised by leading farming charity The Farm Safety Foundation and will encourage the farming community to stop and think about how they are looking after their physical and mental wellbeing.

Throughout Farm Safety Week, the Farm Safety Foundation, supported by the Farm Safety Partnerships, the Health & Safety Executive, Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and the Health & Safety Authority, Ireland, will demonstrate how safety innovations and improved inspection and maintenance can build business resilience, highlighting organisations helping build personal resilience and introduce some incredible farmers that have been influenced by circumstances, stories or personal experiences to make a real change.

Stephanie Berkeley from The Farm Safety Foundation said: “Farming, as an industry, is absolutely vital to the UK economy – it is the bedrock of our food and drink industry. On a farm, as with any business, the number one resource is the people so why is it that farmers give more attention to their livestock, crops and machinery than to themselves and their own wellbeing?

“As a Foundation, we will continue to train the next generation. We will continue to conduct research into farm safety behaviours and attitudes and we will continue to create powerful and emotive campaigns and offer advice and guidance but the rest is in your hands... It’s your health, your safety, your choice!”

To pledge your support to delivering the Curve Farm Safety module, visit here

For more information on ‘Farm Safety Week’ visit or follow @yellowwelliesUKon Twitter/Facebook

11 July 2019

Young Farmers showed their commitment to farm safety during The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ (NFYFC) Competitions Day in July when teams competed in a Farm Safety Skills competition.

The national final of the competition was hosted one week before Farm Safety Week (15-19 July).

County Durham’s team of four YFC members from Butsfield YFC proved that its ability to handle machinery correctly, knowledge of first aid and awareness of hazard perceptions were the greatest out of all the finalists on the day. Team member Matthew Watson, 25, works on a livestock farm and won the Best ATV Competitor on the day too. 

“We were really surprised to have won as we’re one of the smaller counties,” said Matthew who has been a YFC member since he was 12 years old and has competed in the national final of this competition before. “I can’t believe we beat Pembrokeshire as they have won it for so many years.  I think I was just lucky on the day. The judges said my ATV driving was good and I wore the correct PPE.”

Matthew competed alongside team members Ashley Lambert, Matthew Bradley and Michael Moralee and attributes the County’s success to their first aid scores.

“I think we did really well at the first aid this time, which is where I think we have fallen down before. Ashley practises first aid a lot because of her job in a children’s nursery and so she knows it well.”

All competitors were interrupted during their practical exercises to deal with a mock ‘medical emergency’ that was staged by Arley Medical Services – complete with fake injuries on the patient.

“It was pretty good role play,” said Matthew. “It definitely made you think about the consequences if something like that really did happen on the farm.”

Matthew believes the competition helps YFC members think twice about farm safety and it has made him consider situations more when he’s working on the farm. 

“Competitions like this help make members more aware. It’s hard to not take on the advice when you’re practising for these competitions. I have started doing more risk assessments at work. I step back and think about what I’m doing before I do it and approach it in a safer manner than perhaps I would have done. Our club is thinking of having a first aid course one night and we’re looking at the Farm Safety Curve module too.”

As well as tasks with ATVs and tractors, YFC members were given hazard perception scenarios focused on working at height, with machinery and power cables that were set by The Farm Safety Foundation (Yellow Wellies).

Stephanie Berkeley, Manager of The Farm Safety Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the safety element of the Farm Skills competition. It is so encouraging for us to see so many young farmers with a great attitude to farm safety. They know their stuff and they’re telling us that. They’re giving us the answers we’re looking for and that can only bode well for the future.”

All the Farm Safety Skills winners received a Massey Ferguson goody bag and cufflinks and lapel badges from The Farm Safety Foundation. 

EASI Skills Test 

During the day Honda and EASI held a Skills Test for YFC members (and supporters) to take part in with the chance to win VIP tickets to a British Superbike or British Touring Car race day with hospitality included. Pembrokeshire’s Farm Safety Skills team members Rhys Griffiths and Berwyn Warlow picked up the top prizes.

Both members work on farms and are familiar with driving ATVs but Rhys said they still learnt some new skills: “Finding faults at the start after we had done the questionnaire was quite handy. It made you look for more faults than you normally do.”

Berwyn added: “We’ll probably end up going to the British Touring Car championships. It was good to have something different to do at Competitions Day – we’ve never had anything like this before.”

A huge thank you to NFYFC sponsors Honda for providing the EASI Skills Test and also to B&B Tractors for providing the machinery for the Farm Safety Skills Competition. Also thank you to Kuhn Farm Machinery and Massey Ferguson for their support and The Farm Safety Foundation.

Find out more information about Farm Safety Week. 

02 July 2019

Farmers across the country are working to reduce farm accidents and with a specific focus this summer to keep children safe on farm.

Over the next few months, NFYFC as a member of  the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), will share practical measures that help keep children safe on farm, as well as members of the public who pass through.

NFYFC has a Farm Safety training module, developed with the Farm Safety Foundation, that is designed to be run during a YFC Club meeting. The course raises awareness of farm safety for those members who work on farms but is also useful for those visiting farms too.

NFU Vice President and chairman of the FSP Stuart Roberts said: “Children are an integral part of family run farm businesses. But we must remember that farms are first and foremost a working environment and, like any job, we should try to separate our work from our home life.

“Farms are not playgrounds. All children need is somewhere secure to play that is away from the work place, and if they do need to enter your place of work adult supervision is essential. Such boundaries become even more important during the summer holidays when children are at home.

“The FSP is sharing guidance and information on the law regarding child safety. I urge all farmers to get involved and help spread the word about how we can keep our children safe and happy on farm.”

Visit the NFU’s Farm Safety Hub for more information and guidance on child safety.

Farm Safety Week runs from 15-19 July 2019. 


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