National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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15 August 2019

Hundreds of rural young people from across Europe will be uniting in Cirencester from 18-25 August 2019 for Rural Youth Europe’s (RYE) European Rally, which is being hosted by NFYFC.

This year’s rally has the theme of Sharing and Caring in a Democratic and Inclusive European Community. The week-long event will involve workshops and sessions at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), with a specific focus on mental wellbeing and inspiring healthy rural communities.

A team of NFYFC members are attending the conference and will share knowledge and learn more about different European cultures.

The event, which has been funded by the Erasmus+ programme, will help participants exchange creative ideas, methods and activities to positively combat the stigma around mental health.

Delegates will also explore the democracies of each country and youth organisation – and linking that to community life, pressures, methods of creating strategies/policies and how they are disseminated.

The RYE Rally team have set up social media channels for people to follow the events throughout the week. You can follow updates on Instagram and Facebook at @ryeuroperally 


15 August 2019

They might be nearly 200 miles apart - but when a crisis hits, distance is no object for YFCs.

After flooding in Reeth last week, members of Newport Pagnell YFC in Buckinghamshire Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs collected forage for farmers in the area, organised a lorry and travelled the 200 miles to deliver it!

The club finally met up with members from Reeth Young Farmers Club in Yorkshire Young Farmers today too after making the forage donation arrangements with them on the phone.

Newport Pagnell YFC's President Kirsty Singer said: "So lovely to see two clubs so far away from each other getting together. I am a very proud president."

The charity Forage Aid that is supporting farmers during the recent flooding crisis has thanked YFCs for their invaluable support and says its current action plan will ensure that the goodwill of YFC members and their hard work provides maximum benefit to those affected.

Now that livestock safety has been secured, a storage and future distribution system for forage will be put into action.

To ensure that Forage Aid is not overwhelmed by YFCs’ generosity, please use the following weblink to pledge your intended support or use the Forage Aid contacts: 07967 219991 or email Forage Aid.

The charity will then be able to log, plan and contact you to ensure that they can successfully co-ordinate future work


13 August 2019

Winning the Men’s Tug of War competition at Tenbury Countryside Show this weekend meant more to the Devon County team than anyone could know.

Their coach is seriously ill and has been unable to train them in the weeks leading up to the event. “It was a really big thing for us to come away with the win,” said team member Kevin Davis. "We wanted to do it for him and I think that’s what pushed us to work so hard. So when we did win, it was massively overwhelming and an emotional time for us.”

The team has been training twice a week throughout the summer, with many also pulling for other tug of war teams outside of Young Farmers. Kevin has been a member of Culm Valley YFC for 16 years and has been pulling for 15, meaning that this is his last year of YFC competitions.

It’s not the end of his tug of war career, though, as he looks to continue in the sport outside of Young Farmers. But nothing is likely to beat the emotion of this year’s win at Tenbury.

“It was what we all wanted but we didn’t think it would happen,” he said. “But we did it!”

Meanwhile, Melton Mowbray YFC continued their progress by coming top in the women’s event – having come second last year and third the year before.

“It has spurred us on to do better,” said Olivia Burfoot. “The target this year was definitely to win it.”

The team embarked on a gruelling training regime of pulling on a rig twice a week, running once a week and competing in tug of war competitions to get experience of a live pull. “Winning felt amazing – all the hard work has paid off,” added Olivia. “We’ve all got at least one more year left. Some of the girls had said that they would retire if we came first but that’s no longer the case – they definitely want to win it again!”

In the GENSB competition, Eardisley YFC from Herefordshire have been training with another tug of war team to improve their performance.

“We won last year so we were becoming the club to beat, which put a bit of pressure on us. So we just had to show why we won last year. There was no sense of complacency. We knew we had to come in and do the job again,” said Thomas Barker. “We were very pleased to win it. We had a bit of a bad start, losing a few ends and didn't think we’d get to the final but then we did.”

NFYFC is extremely grateful to the Tenbury Countryside Show for enabling the Federation to host its national final during the show.


08 August 2019

A human chain of young farmer helpers gathered up walling stones that had been washed away with the force of the flood water and started re-building the walls. It was a race against the clock as the annual Reeth Show is to go ahead on 26 August.

Chairman of the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, Georgina Fort, has spoken of her pride at the organisation’s efforts to help flood victims.

“We were all so busy working there was no time to get emotional,” said Georgina, a dairy and sheep farmer from Silsden in West Yorkshire. “But when we stopped for a moment and looked out at what had been achieved over the day it was a very special moment.

“To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of Yorkshire’s young farmers. In spite of many of them having their own livestock to feed and look after before coming, they were ready to start work at 10am and didn’t stop all day. It was true camaraderie and young farmers’ spirit at its best.”

Sunday’s volunteering was co-ordinated by local Dales YFC clubs Reeth and Skipton.

Georgia Hird, secretary of Reeth YFC, said: “The mums from Reeth YFC put on a picnic lunch for the volunteers and the local fish and chip van kindly served us tea.

“Everyone was so appreciating of our help and the community really pulled together to help clear the show field in particular. We then visited various other badly affected places including famers in Fremmington and Arkengarthdale. Although Swaledale will not return to normal for a long time, I think this has really helped to lift spirits.”

The wider young farmers’ family has also swung into action, with Newport Pagnell YFC in Buckinghamshire donating hay and straw to the flood-stricken Dales community too.


08 August 2019

All farmers and food producers are being encouraged to get involved in sharing positive messages about food and farming in the build up to British Food Fortnight from 21 September to 6 October 2019.

All you need to do is post images about your work on social media using the hashtag #BritishFoodisGreat along with who you are and what you produce. Send the image to the British Food Fortnight team and they will include it as part of their collection and add to the website for others to download. So for example your post text could include: I am [NAME], I am a [JOB], producing [PRODUCT] #BritishFoodisGreat.

If you see the British Food is Great images on social media sites, share them online and where possible why not print them off and ask to display them in your offices, local cafés or restaurants?

The team are also keen to make farmers and food producers the heroes and are keen to see short videos that include the following:

  • Who you are
  • What you produce/farm
  • #BritishFoodisGreat – end with this hashtag – either by speaking the hashtag, or by writing it on paper – make a sign, or purchase one from the website

Post your video on social media channels and send to the British Food is Great team – don’t forget to include #BritishFoodisGreat and @LoveBritishFood – when you post. 

 

08 August 2019

NFYFC has two scholarship places available for YFC members who can represent the Federation at the Oxford Farming Conference from 7-9 January 2020. 

The Worshipful Company of Farmers is continuing its support for NFYFC scholars at the 2020 Oxford Farming Conference, which is themed Growing a Healthy Society. YFC members aged between 20-26 now have an opportunity to apply for two scholarship places. Accommodation, food and training are provided within your scholarship package and all bookings are made by NFYFC.

In 2019, Lee Pritchard, a livestock farmer from Glamorgan FYFC, and Amy Panton, a Technical Manager and Livestock Procurement Manager for Dunbia Cumbria and a member of Cambridge FYFC, attended the conference in Oxford after successfully applying for an NFYFC scholarship sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Farmers (WCF).

Lee said: “It was an honour to be chosen as a scholar and to represent the YFC movement at the biggest farming conference in Great Britain. I will take this experience with me through the future of my farming career.”

Each year the OFC hosts up to 50 Scholars with the aim of providing the next generation with an opportunity to experience the UK’s leading agricultural conference and to share their views and ideas. Scholars are also invited to attend the Scholar’s Orientation Day on 8 November 2019, hosted by the programme sponsors McDonald’s. There are also specific scholar events throughout the conference too and dinners they can attend to help them meet other delegates and discuss industry-subjects raised at the conference.

After her 2019 experience, Amy encouraged other YFC members to apply for the experience of being an OFC scholar. “I feel passionate, energised, inspired and proud to be involved in the agri-food industry. I am delighted to have attended and would urge other young farmers to apply for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Amy.

Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmer’s Rosie Carne was delighted with last year’s scholars and said:

“Amy and Lee were excellent delegates and perfect examples of the profile we’re looking for in our sponsored scholars. They are enthusiastic young people who are engaged in the wider farming industry.”

Potential scholars should:

  • Be keen to learn and participate, represent YFCs and share your experience with the membership
  • Have practical or educational experience in livestock or arable farming
  • Be available to attend an Oxford Farming Conference scholars’ training day on 8 November 2019.
  • Be available to attend the Oxford Farming Conference (7-9 January 2020).

To be considered for a scholarship, please submit your reasons on why you should be considered for this great opportunity, include contact details, your YFC membership number and your CV to Sarah Palmer

Sometimes young farmers are shy of putting themselves forward and if you know of a worthy applicant, please encourage them to apply for this opportunity.



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