National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

17 July 2019

BASC is once again looking for Young Shots who are passionate about shooting and conservation and would like to write, make videos and take photos to help promote shooting to future generations.

If you’re thinking about a career in journalism or a similar field, Young Shots Journalists will be a great way of improving your skills and gaining essential knowledge. BASC will offer free entry to Young Shots events in 2020 and all you need to do in return is write about how much fun you had.

BASC has also secured some amazing opportunities for its new journalists for 2020. The below companies will take each young journalist for an experience day that will vary from a day at a show or a tour around the premises to interviews, product reviews or similar.

  • Newton Rigg College
  • Eley Hawk Ltd
  • The Game Fair
  • Taste of Game
  • BSA guns Ltd

This will be a great opportunity for all young journalists to see what being a journalist looks like. For a whole year, you will become a reporter, finding and researching interesting subjects, writing about them, taking photographs and recording videos.

For the full details on how to apply please visit here

The competition closes on Monday 9 September, so there’s plenty of time over the summer holidays to work on submissions!

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17 July 2019

Bridgestone treading new ground in the hunt for four VX-TRACTOR drivers!

Bridgestone is preparing to hit the road to bring its new VX TRACTOR tyre to life to the agricultural world – and the company is now on the lookout for four young farmers to steer them in the right direction!

The Bridgestone VX TRACTOR Road Run takes place over two weeks in September, stopping at 10 dealerships on its journey from the North, to the South of the UK. Each of the events will be geared around young farmers and Bridgestone is specifically looking for four tractor drivers to handle the journey’s relay from the Scottish Borders to North Devon.

The drivers either need to be available for the North leg between 9-13 September, or 23-27 September for the South portion of the adventure.

Accommodation and expenses will be covered over the period, and all that is missing for Bridgestone is four enthusiastic YFC drivers to keep us on the road. Be a key player within the team!

This journey is an opportunity of a lifetime, full of adventure and great memories.

If you are interested in being one of Bridgestone’s designated drivers, send an email to Helena Davis explaining why you’d be perfect for the role.

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17 July 2019

Leicestershire’s Evie Tomlinson is on track for a clean sweep of Dairy Stockjudging titles after picking up the 21-and-under title at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Evie, from Melton YFC, has previously won the 16-and-under event, meaning there is only the senior category left.

“I don’t know about that,” she said. “I’ve still got a few years left at intermediate!”

Evie had been working at the Great Yorkshire Show showing cows all week before the YFC event on her last day. And the fact that the competition was using Ayrshires was good news for Evie.

“I was given two Ayrshire calves when I was born! We also regularly show a couple of pedigree Ayrshires and we’ve got a herd of Ayrshires on the farm.

“So it wasn’t easy, but I felt within my comfort zone.”

Despite being an expert in the breed, the win still came as a shock.

“I didn’t believe it,” said Evie. “They announced my friend in second place and I thought there’s no way I was going to beat her because I knew she’d done really well. So I couldn’t believe it when they read my name out.”

It was a YFC member from Uttoxeter that helped Staffordshire win the senior Dairy Stockjudging title for the first time since 1958. An outstanding performance from Johnathan Wilson from Uttoxeter meant he brought home the Harold Jackson Perpetual Challenge Trophy after winning against 33 other competitors.

Johnathan said: “Dairy stock judging has always been my favourite YFC competition. To win the NFYFC Dairy Stockjudging at The Great Yorkshire Show has always been a dream that I never thought was possible.  I am incredibly happy and shocked to win, especially in my last YFC year which made it ever more special.  I've learnt so much from doing this competition from trainers, judges and fellow competitors and have gained some incredible friends too.”

The 16-and-under category was won by Anna Morley from Cumbria and the overall team trophy was won by Yorkshire A - made up of Lydia Fairburn, Gemma Farrar and Rosie Throup.

Rutland Electric Fencing sponsor the Dairy Stockiudging competition and Natalie Marsh and Hugh Burnham both attended the event. They said: "We are proud to be assisting the next generation of farmers through our support of the Dairy Stockjudging Competition. Young farmers' Clubs and competitions such as this one are the perfect platform for developing young people’s key skills for a successful career in agriculture, plus there is a lot of fun to be had along the way!

"We were incredibly impressed by the standard of competition, so a huge well done from us to all of the winners. We’re already looking forward to the next one!"


17 July 2019

Henry Mayo was disappointed when he didn’t qualify for the inaugural Sheep Shearing competition last year.

But he had the perfect response by winning it this year.

The Sturminster Newton YFC member beat off stiff competition to take the top prize for Dorset at the event at the Great Yorkshire Show.

“It was overwhelming,” he said. “I was ecstatic when I found out I'd won it.

“I just went in to try and just do my best. I knew if I did my best, I’d be in with a good chance. I felt fairly positive about the whole job – I just gave it everything.”

Henry, a dairy farmer, has shorn for the past three seasons in England and for the last two in New Zealand.

And, while he hasn't yet had a chance to take advantage of any of the training discounts that British Wool offers to YFC members, he is delighted that they are involved.

“British Wool do a hell of a lot for the shearing industry,” he said.

British Wool provided a 50% discount to YFC members on training for a Blue Seal qualification in sheep shearing and also provided branded vests for the participants in the national final.

Richard Schofield from British Wool said:

"British Wool enjoy supporting this competition because it's very important that we encourage the young farmers of this country to learn this skill and to demonstrate the career opportunities available in shearing. It's a great way to travel the world and earn money while doing an enjoyable job.

"We were delighted so many YFC members took up the opportunity to have discounted training through British Wool and then continued to compete and represent their Areas at the national competition at the Great Yorkshire Show. The standard of entrants was exceptional and fantastic to see such high levels of skills being used even among many of the younger competitors."

It was an amazing achievement for all four of the YFC members who received a place cards as they battled through the many heats at the national final. Stuart Persey from Devon came second with Henry Crocker from Cumbria and Declan Gill from Yorkshire coming third and fourth respectively. 


17 July 2019

Twenty YFC Clubs and County Federations have applied for sapling trees from The Woodland Trust in support of NFYFC’s Protect Your Future campaign and six more are looking to apply soon.

It’s estimated that YFC members have applied for 7,000 sapling trees to be planted in November this year in locations chosen by clubs and counties.

There’s still time for your club or county to get involved and be part of this initiative, which was launched during the Government’s Year of Green Action and in support of #iwill4nature. The national campaign aims to get more young people involved in environmental social action.

NFYFC has chosen to encourage YFCs to plant trees in their local communities due to all the benefits it can bring to climate change as well as wellbeing.

The #iwill campaign is planning a UK-wide tree planting day on 30 November called Tree Charter Day. It is a call to action for everyone and anyone to engage with tree planting as a positive response to the climate and bio-diversity crises and also to demonstrate hope that, collectively, the worst effects of these threats can be mitigated.

Clubs have so far chosen a range of sites to plant trees this November – including schools, community centres and nursing homes.

The following clubs and counties have submitted applications to the Woodland Trust and if you haven’t done so and still want to, then please speak to your neighbouring counties for top tips.

  1. Bedfordshire
  2. Berkshire – Bradfield YFC
  3. Brecknock
  4. Buckinghamshire
  5. Cumbria
  6. Derbyshire – planting at the people’s forest
  7. Devon – Braunton YFC, Blackmoor Gate
  8. Gloucestershire
  9. Hertfordshire and three clubs
  10. Kent – Weald of Kent YFC
  11. Leicestershire
  12. Lincolnshire – North Holland YFC
  13. Norfolk – Swaffham YFC
  14. Northamptonshire
  15. Nottinghamshire
  16. Oxfordshire – Abington YFC
  17. Somerset – Wedmore YFC, Ilminster YFC
  18. Staffordshire – Ashley YFC, Abbotsholme YFC
  19. Warwickshire
  20. Yorkshire – Rathmell YFC

If your club or county have applied for sapling trees and your name is not on the list please email Cath Sykes with your club name so that The Woodland Trust can identify you when you apply. Please remember to complete the form below when you apply so we can keep a record of who is taking part in the campaign and promote your involvement

To get involved in the Protect Your Future campaign and to find out how to order your sapling trees, visit here. 



16 July 2019

Finding your rhythm is one of the essentials for being a successful auctioneer says the winner of NFYFC’s first ever auctioneering competition, sponsored by SAI Global.

Daniel Lynn, 21, from Cambo YFC in Northumberland, was awarded the trophy for being the best auctioneer at NFYFC’s national final. Despite being a semi-professional auctioneer at Darlington Farmers Auction Market, where he can sell up to 2,000 sheep in a week, Daniel was still surprised to win.

“It was a bit of a shock,” he said after he found out he was a winner during the Competitions Day awards ceremony in Staffordshire.  “I was grinning like a Cheshire cat! I couldn’t wait to tell everyone as I’d been given a lot of support.”

Daniel had initially set out to have a career in the army after he left school but just before his 18th birthday, after completing army training, he decided that he wanted to return to agriculture.

“I missed farming. I joined Cambo YFC when I was 14 years old and while training in the army, I still used to come back for rally days and so on. I had grown up on farms and I just wanted to get back to doing something with agriculture.”

After a successful interview at Darlington Market to be a trainee auctioneer, Daniel discovered a passion for selling. Despite being terrified the first time he got up to sell, he now loves the adrenaline of being in the box on market days.

“I have been stood in the box for three hours constantly selling – you get an adrenaline rush and you don’t want to get out!”

Although becoming an auctioneer has improved Daniel’s confidence, he confesses that the YFC competition rounds have been nerve wracking.

“It’s different getting up in front of other YFC members – even though this is my day job. I could barely speak before the national final I was so nervous.

“The key is to find your rhythm – everyone sells things differently.”

Daniel is currently in the second year of a Livestock Auctioneering and Management degree at Harper Adams, which will improve his skills in on farm valuations and basic animal welfare. He also owns 50 breeding sheep of his own, which he keeps on a friend’s farm.

“I am always practising my selling,” said Daniel. “I record all of my sales at market and listen to them on the way home to see where I made mistakes. It’s a fast-paced job but I love it.”

SAI Global, sponsored the competition, and Agriculture Manager Robin Levin said the company was delighted to support a competition that taught key skills.

“The ability to value something and the ability to sell it and try and maximise that value for people is so important in all aspects of farming, and in life.

“SAI Global are really proud to be part of the auctioneering competition and to help get it off the ground for Young Farmers. We hope people take it on board and prove to be successful later on in life.”

Robin is a former member (and past president) of Wormleighton YFC in Warwickshire and says the skills he learnt through the competitions programme have supported his career. 

“Young Farmers always meant a great deal to me. All of the competitions I have been involved in have stood me in great stead in later life. At SAI Global in my role heading up the Agricultural Technical team means I am using the skills from my days as a Young Farmer – ie.  presenting, debating, public speaking, crops & stock judging  etc – all really helpful.” 


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