National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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20 September 2019

NFYFC and Savills have teamed up again to offer YFC members the chance to gain professional advice for future farming ventures.

The NFYFC business and tenancy training events are back by popular demand and will be essential support in a time of unprecedented change that British agriculture and the UK are facing. The training includes advice on post-Brexit markets and trading as well as insights on applying for a tenancy and share farming. 

The training will be held at five regional locations to help YFC members prepare for their farming future.

Hundreds of YFC members have gained plenty from past training sessions with Savills and enjoyed the benefits of professional tips and expertise from their business consultants.

YFC members will meet like-minded people and be able to take advantage of some valuable advice.

The training will help YFC members to:

  • Be prepared for a farming business future
  • Take advantage of professional advice
  • Benchmark existing skills.

Refreshments will be provided and there is a £10 participation fee. A maximum number of 20 YFC members can attend each event, based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Events (first three of five)

Secure your place at one of the Tenancy Training events by booking through the following EventBrite links:  

Friday, 8 November NFYFC/Savills Business and tenancy training, Mount Cook Adventure Centre, Porter Lane, Middleton, Matlock, DE4 4LS

Tuesday, 12 November NFYFC/Savills Business and tenancy training, Savills Oxford, Wytham Court,11 West Way,Oxford, OX2 0QL

Friday, 15 November NFYFC/Savills Business and tenancy training, Hereford FYFC, Beech Business Park, Tillington Road, HR4 9QJ 


3.30 pm Arrive/registration

4.00 pm Introduction to training: NFYFC and Savills

4.10 pm Business Overview -

  • Business plans
  • Finance
  • Legislation - Agricultural Bill, future support for public goods, tenancy review, ELMs

4.30 pm Post-Brexit Markets and Trading

5.00 pm Case Studies

5.30 pm Refreshments/break

5:45 pm Applying for a tenancy, share farming, future finance, public goods and Natural Capital

6:30 pm Workshops and group feedback

7:15 pm When to take professional advice

7:30 pm Smart Farming Guide

7:45 pm Questions, Depart

10 September 2019

Can you help industry by sharing messages to reduce the spread and impacts of the devastating bTB disease?

Defra is currently analysing the effectiveness and awareness of information and tools available to help farmers protect their livestock from TB. The animal disease bTB needs to be eradicated due to its devastating consequences. YFC members can help to raise awareness and highlight the impact of this disease on farmers and their families and share information on what they can do to protect their herds.

There’s lots of relevant information available on the biosecurity section of the TB Hub and if you’re busy thinking of ideas to fill your club programme, bTB prevention could be a topic to cover. The website has a wealth of information, videos, podcasts and as well as highlighting useful advice which can also help to stimulate conversation for those affected by or working with the threat of bTB outbreaks.

You’ll find information ranging from statistics, practical guidance such as the interactive bTB map- ibTB and other useful links.  Inviting an appropriate industry speaker and using the topic for speaking and debating competitions would all help the effort to raise awareness and tackle the effects of bTB.


10 September 2019

NFYFC's Agriculture and Rural Issues (AGRI) Steering Group AGRI is submitting ideas for a new National Food Strategy.

Defra is currently calling for evidence to gather inspiration to help transform our food system and YFC members are encouraged to share their views.

Defra wants to hear from anyone who has a good idea: producers, processors, retailers, consumers, academics, policy specialists, inventors, farm labourers, factory workers, health care practitioners, charity workers, or simply interested citizens.

From government policies to simple practical things that make a difference in your community or your business, Defra is open to hearing all ideas. These might be things that are already working well, here or abroad, and that could be scaled up or used differently. Or they might be new ideas: things that haven’t been tried yet at scale, but which you think have the potential to improve the system. Defra would like to understand the rationale for your proposals and study the accompanying evidence.

The scope of the strategy is within England, but Defra would also like to hear from people in the devolved administrations or abroad.

If you would like to add your ideas to NFYFC's AGRI submission, please contact Sarah Palmer or make your own submission via the Defra website. Closing date for submissions is 25 October 2019.

10 September 2019

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is offering 39 YFC members the opportunity to attend the 2020 NFU Conference in Birmingham free of charge.

The 2020 conference will be held on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February 2020, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham.

YFC places will be allocated on a regional basis, but each county must be represented. Your chosen representatives’ details should be submitted to the appropriate regional NFU contact, as listed in this document.  (NFU branches must contact the NFU regional offices if they want to take up the places).

To obtain a place, please follow the procedure below:

  • Check the NFU regional allocation of places and decide which members you will put forward to represent the counties listed within the region.
  • Nominate a county representative who will be responsible for submitting names, addresses, contact details and YFC membership numbers to the regional NFU contact.  Representatives should liaise with the relevant YFC chairman before the regional submission is made.
  • When you have selected the appropriate regional representatives from the listed counties, find the relevant NFU regional contact (listed in this document) and submit your information.
  • Further conference details will then be sent from the NFU regional office to the successful YFC nomination.

The deadline for submission is 31 October 2019 and must be adhered to – late submissions cannot be accepted.

08 September 2019

Welsh stockjudgers supported each other to victory in the National Stockman and Young Stockman of the Year competition in Staffordshire last weekend, sponsored by Rutland Electric Fencing.

Ffion Havard from Sennybridge YFC picked up the Young Stockman of the Year title and Dyfrig Williams from Llangwyryfon YFC won the senior title – with another two competitors from Wales also offering their support.

The Wright family at Dawtry Cottage Farm generously hosted the live round on the Sunday with Senior competitors also taking part in interviews and answering veterinary questions from Shires Vets Eccleshall at Staffordshire County Showground on the Saturday.

For Ffion, it was third time lucky having represented Wales at a national competition twice before – now, in her final year, she has emulated her sister’s success, who won in 2014. It was also a hat trick of wins on the day for Ffion as she came first place in the pig, sheep and dairy rounds of the competition.

“I felt over the moon. I never expected it, but I’m really, really happy!

“With stockjudging, you have good days and bad days and a lot of it comes down to your placings and not every time do you agree with the judge. Luck was on my side to have agreed with the judge’s placings on all four rings – certainly a rare occasion for me,” said Ffion.

Senior winner Dyfrig said that people wrongly assumed he had been to agricultural college. Instead, working on his family beef and sheep farm since leaving school helped him with the practical side during the veterinary questions.

“That was a bit more specific about how you would treat an ill cow or sheep, for example. So my experience of using different medicines came in handy then,” he said.

“During Sunday, as they were judging the different classes, I thought it was going alright, but you don’t really know. Then when we got the judges’ placings and they didn’t place anything at 100% I thought I was in with a chance.

“But I was very shocked when I won.”

And the competitors had something to keep them going when ABP Food Group cooked steaks on site.

“Oh, that was very good,” said Dyfrig. “It was great bringing steaks for everyone!”


Young Stockman of the Year Overall:

1st place: Ffion Havard, Brecknock A

2nd place: Emma Cokerill, Yorkshire A

3rd place: Tomos Griffiths, Carmarthenshire A and Grace Whitcombe, Somerset A

Young Stockman of the Year - Beef:

1st place: Daisy Haigh, Nottinghamshire A

2nd place: Emma Cockerill, Yorkshire A and Rosie Powley, Yorkshire C

Young Stockman of the Year - Sheep:

1st place: Ffion Harvard, Brecknock A

2nd place: Emma Morgan-Page, Montgomery A

3rd place: Mervyn Powell, Herefordshire B

Young Stockman of the Year – Pig:

1st place: Ffion Havard, Brecknock

2nd place: Megan Phillips, Herefordshire A

3rd place: Mervyn Powell, Herefordshire B and Emma Cockerill, Yorkshire A

Young Stockman of the Year – Dairy:

1st place: Ffion Havard, Brecknock A

2nd place: Megan Phillips, Herefordshire A

3rd place: Grace Whitcombe, Somerset A

Senior Stockman of the Year - Overall:

1st place: Dyfrig Williams, Ceredigion A

2nd place: George Lee, Devon A

3rd place: James Hodgkinson, Derbyshire A

Senior Stockman of the Year - Beef:

1st place: James Hodgkinson, Derbyshire A and Robert Mollatt, Staffordshire B

3rd place: Johnathan Wilson, Staffordshire A

Senior Stockman of the Year – Sheep:

1st place: Dyfrig Williams, Ceredigion A

2nd place: Rhys James, Pembrokeshire A

3rd place: Aeron Powell, Radnor A

Senior Stockman of the Year – Pig:

1st place: Robert Mollatt, Staffordshire B

2nd place: Johnathan Wilson, Staffordshire A

3rd place: Dyfrig Williams, Ceredigion A

Senior Stockman of the Year – Dairy:

1st place: Robert Mollatt, Staffordshire B

2nd place: George Lee, Devon A

3rd place: Claire Tythcott, Devon D and

Johnathan Wilson, Staffordshire A

06 September 2019

A 24-hour sheep ‘shearathon’ by two members of Culm Valley YFC in Devon has raised £20,150 for the MS Society.

The hard-working duo, Club Chairman Stuart Persey and former Chaiman James Westcott, sheared an impressive 1,135 sheep over their 24-hour mission.

The club hosted the event over the August bank holiday weekend on Stuart’s family farm and included a BBQ, raffle and charity auction to help them boost the fundraising total. There was even a breakfast BBQ served at 8.30am on the Sunday morning.

After totting up the donations, the club posted an update on their Facebook page saying:

“We still can’t quite believe what we have managed to achieve but we will always be so grateful for the support that everyone has shown us for the event through donating items, money, their time or simply coming to watch. Thank you, from all of us at Culm Valley!”

The club chose to donate the funds to the MS Society after members’ of the club have close family with the illness. 


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