National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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16 July 2019

Two upbeat and entertaining performances from Devon wowed the crowds and the judges during Competitions Day, earning a double win for the County in the Choir and Ballroom Dancing competitions.

The Haldon YFC Choir was made up of members from six different clubs within the Haldon group in mid-Devon. The team compiled their own arrangements and performed Hold Back the River by James Bay and A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman.

Fran Mobbs, who performed with the winning Choir, said: “We have been practising since January with a few ups and downs along the way – people having to leave or going off on holiday – but I think in the end we have obviously put enough work in. None of us were singers before we got involved in this competition.”

Devon’s united voices beat six other teams to the winning position, with Staffordshire and Brecknock coming second and third respectively.

One Choir in the finals from Cumbria FYFC said that singing had been good for their mental health and the Devon team agreed.

“I think it has helped us all come together,” said Fran. “We’re from different clubs so it’s just really lovely to spend some time together each week. It’s got new and younger members involved as well and it’s a fun thing to do and that’s got to be good for your mental health.”

Fellow choir member Vicki Griffiths said: “It definitely lifts the spirits just to all sing together and have a laugh when something goes terribly wrong.”

From vocal talents to fancy footwork – Devon’s winning streak continued into the Ballroom Dancing competition, despite a technical glitch with the music. The team were asked to perform their routine again after half of it was danced in silence when their music went off.

Dressed in bright blue and swirling rainbow umbrellas, the County performed a show-stopping routine that impressed the judges Neil Lunt, a fellow and examiner for the International Dance Teacher Association and Rachel Almond who runs a dance studio on the outskirts of Manchester.

The dance team was made up of members from Withleigh YFC – a club celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

Team member Philip Palfrey said: “We’re over the moon. We’ve been practising since the end of September last year so to come this far is a great achievement and we’re very proud. None of us have ever done any type of dancing before – we have entered YFC dancing competitions but never got this far.”

One of the dance team had to attend her sister’s wedding on the day of the competition, so fellow club member Sophie Pratt stood in for her.

“I’m pleased that I didn’t let the team down,” said Sophie. “We’re going back to the wedding to celebrate tonight.”

To watch all of the Ballroom Dancing or Choir performances, see the playlists on YouTube.  

16 July 2019

A fantastic summer of YFC sport came to a climax last weekend with the NFYFC Sports Championships.

Athletic young farmers competed in netball, touch rugby and rounders at Stafford Grammar School.

Emma Stone, from Leighton Buzzard YFC, was part of the victorious Bedfordshire team that won the netball competition.

She said: “We were absolutely delighted to have our names on that huge trophy again for a second year! Especially as three of our members are in their final year of YFC and we all just wanted to do it them, as we knew we might not get the opportunity again.

“After winning Eastern Area we were confident, although one of our best players – who used to play u18 National League Basketball – was unsure on whether he’d be able to attend due to work commitments. He was bribed and blackmailed into playing, as frankly we knew we wouldn’t win without him!”

As well as their basketball star, the Bedfordshire side – who are all from Leighton Buzzard YFC and Woburn YFC – also have five regular netball players.

The sporty Bedfordshire team also won last year’s Ultimate Frisbee competition and came second in netball the year before.

But they’re not finished yet – after picking up the trophy on Sunday, they went straight back to Tug of War training, ready for next month’s national competition at Tenbury.

In the Touch Rugby event, Brecknock came from behind to win in the final. Connor Grannell from Troedrhiwdalar YFC said: “It was quite a hard match – we went down at the start but we upped the pace and I think our fitness had them in the end.

“It was our first year at national. We all just went for a bit of fun – we weren’t taking it too seriously. It was a good day, the weather was nice and all the other teams were really friendly too.”

Yorkshire A won the Rounders event. Jacob Ryder, from Farnley Estate YFC, said: “We didn’t expect to win it because it wasn’t as strong a team as when we won it two years ago. We just went out there to try our best.”

The team also won last year’s Dodgeball competition, so they know what it takes to win. “We’re quite a sporty club,” said Jacob. 

15 July 2019

Everyone knows the importance of wearing a helmet when driving an ATV and to celebrate Farm Safety Week, Honda has an exclusive prize for one lucky YFC member!

You could win an ATV helmet that is decorated in your personal design – created exclusively for you by a creative agency. The whole prize package is worth more than £500 and means you’ll own the only helmet of its kind in the world!

The winner of the competition will be asked to brief a creative agency so that a mock up of your design can be made. Once you’ve approved this, the design will be painted on to your helmet and posted out to you! You will then be the proud owner of your own exclusive headwear, so not only will you look cool – you’ll be a heck of a lot safer too.

How to win:

To be in with a chance of winning this ATV helmet design package, just tell NFYFC on its pinned Facebook post (see below) what would feature on your helmet design before the closing date of 11.59pm on 18 July 2019. Honda Ambassador Gareth Wyn Jones will choose a winner from the comments that have been left.

Terms and conditions:

  • There is one Honda ATV helmet to giveaway that will be decorated in a design of your choice by a creative agency chosen by Honda.
  • Winner will need to brief in the creative agency and the agency will create a mock up of the design for the winner to approve.
  • The winner will get one round of amends on the design.
  • The creative agency will paint the design onto the helmet and post out to the winner.
  • This competition is open to current YFC members who are affiliated to the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.
  • Closing date for entries is 11.59pm on 18 July 2019.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Entrants must leave a comment on the Facebook promotional post about what they would feature on their ATV helmet design.
  • The best comment will be chosen to be the winner.
  • The winner will be informed by a reply to their comment plus a Facebook message within 28 days of the closing date and will need to respond within 28 days or a new winner will be chosen.
  • The winner’s name will be available on request and published on NFYFC’s social media channels, the website and in any shared media with Honda. Contact telephone number and address of the winner will be required to arrange the design
  • By participating in this prize draw, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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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