National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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27 February 2020

Defra (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has announced new schemes for the agricultural industry and YFC members are invited to share their views directly with the government.

Defra published Farming for the Future: Policy Progress and Update on GOV.UK, which provides detail on the Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme and other planned schemes to support productivity, animal health and welfare. It also covers future support for innovation and research and development.

Defra has also launched the Environmental Land Management (ELM) Policy Discussion Document on the Citizen Space website. This document sets out Defra’s initial thinking on the design of the new ELM scheme.

There are key questions in the document on which Defra would like Young Farmers' views. Feedback on this document will help Defra shape the new scheme.

You can also email elmfeedback@defra.gov.uk or write to Defra at:

FAO ELM Policy Discussion

Seacole 1, NE. 

2 Marsham Street

London

SW1P 4DF

The discussion is open for 10 weeks, until the first week of May. 

           

27 February 2020

Despite the wet weather, two YFC members are feeling a whole lot happier about sloshing through the mud after winning new footwear in NFYFC’s Muck Boots competition!

The YFC competition, which was promoted on Instagram and Facebook in December, asked YFC members to state on the post where they would wear their Muck Boots if they won a pair. Members George Rudkin from Leicestershire and Hannah Phillips from Pembrokeshire were the two lucky winners of a pair of boots up to the value of £120.

George, 14, from Rearsby & District YFC, lives on his family farm and has chosen the men’s Muckmaster Boots as his prize to help him keep his feet warm during lambing.

"I am really excited and pleased to have won a new pair of Muck Boots,” said George. “With everywhere being so wet and muddy this year it will be lovely to go out on the family farm every evening after school to feed the cattle and help with lambing and know I am going to have lovely warm and dry feet even if everywhere else is cold and wet."

Hannah from Templeton YFC chose the women’s Chore Classic tall boots and also plans to wear them when working on her family’s farm.

“I am delighted to have won a pair of muck boots, as I have recently been thinking I need to replace my farm boots soon,” said Hannah.

Muck Boots make premium products born from necessity, not luxury. Every boot in the line keeps you in your comfort zone with 100% waterproof quality. Waterproof, weatherproof, whatever-proof. Muck Boots put proof in every pair!



27 February 2020

Here are your top FIVE things to discover at Young Farmers Festival happening 19–21 June at Offchurch Bury Estate, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

Prices start at £40 for a day ticket and include camping, parking and access to all the entertainment. When buying your ticket let organisers know which county federation you’re from and they will receive 10% back from all YFC tickets sold. Buy tickets here. 

1. Killer Line-up

There is a lot of music happening all weekend!  Our three stages will host over 60 musicians across the weekend with The Wurzels hitting the main stage on Friday to start the party. Check out the likes of DJ Pasty, DJ Bramhall, DJ Toby Bacon, The Shadow Monkeys, Year of the dog, Dame and more headline acts to be announced soon. See the line-up.

2. More than just music

Where to begin? Compete in sports on the Half Acre, relax with a massage at The Retreat, dance at the silent disco, try the different food and bars at The Forage. There’s so many things to discover. View map. 

3. Get moving

If you’re game for some friendly competition, head to the Half Acre where rugby, football and dodgeball are the order of the day. Or lace up your boots and try for your personal best on the Wolf Run obstacle course, built just for the festival. See information

4. Eating out

The Forage, Island Paradise and Urban Escape all have delicious food stalls brought to you by tasty traders. We’re bringing you smoothies, pasta and ice cream and so much more all from diversified traders hand-picked by Farmers Weekly.

5. Legendary Silent Disco night

Find the Silent Disco in The Coop in the centre of the festival and watch the hilarious dance moves happening around you.

This page has been sponsored by Farmers Weekly. 


27 February 2020

Flo Giles from Warwickshire FYFC was one of 39 YFC members who was given the opportunity to attend the recent NFU Conference in Birmingham.

How did you get a place at the conference?

I was nominated by Luke Ryder (NFU Group Secretary for Stratford and South Warwickshire), after he gave a presentation at Shipston YFC. I was horrible and kept asking all the questions.

Why did you want to go?

I saw it as a fantastic opportunity to build up connections and find out about key areas for the year ahead in agriculture especially after Brexit.

Do you live/work on a farm?

I am a farmer’s daughter. I live on a farm as well but privately rent. I currently work for Meadow Quality Livestock Trading in the marketing department and do relief milking at weekends.

What were the major themes of the conference?

The conference title was ‘Farming Without Barriers’ and the main topics were around trade; seasonal labour; the flooding and whether the three crop rule would stand this year; and the government's support for flood victims. Trade, especially chlorinated chicken, and fighting to keep our meat where the welfare standards are lower than the UK’s.

Any highlights of things you heard that you think other Young Farmers should be aware of?

Young Farmers should be aware of everything that was discussed at the conference. We are the future of farming and if we are not aware of what is happening now it will affect our future in the industry – especially coming out of the EU.

Did you network and pick up any contacts while you were there?

I met representatives from YFC clubs in the West Midlands. I also met Dr Christine Kennedy while going to the meal and she was absolutely lovely! She introduced me to Minette Batters and we spoke for a while about issues of the day, which seemed a little unreal!

Did you have fun as well as gaining so much information?

Yes definitely! I met some lovely people and learnt a lot.

Would you recommend the experience?

I would 100% recommend going and I would love to go again next year.

YFC members (aged 16-26) across England and Wales can join the NFU for free. Find out more here.  


27 February 2020

Want a bit more input to land-based career and employment opportunities?

If you have completed or are currently completing an apprenticeship, or if you are an employer, you are invited to attend a workshop event hosted by Landex on behalf of IfATE (the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Information) to review the Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care Occupational Route Map.

Links for registration for these regional events are listed below. These are free to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Sparsholt (South East)

Friday 27 March 2020 10.30-15.00

Devon (South West)

Friday 6 March 2020 10.30-15.00

Moulton (East Midlands)

Monday 30 March 2020 10.30-15.00

Askham Bryan (North)

Tuesday 31 March 2020 10.30-15.00

Reaseheath College (West Midlands)

Monday 23 March 2020 10.30-15.00




27 February 2020

After many years of promoting and encouraging his club and county, Dewi Parry is now planning to do the same on a national scale. Find out more about your new Chairman of Council 2020-21.

When did you join YFC?

I joined Betws-yn-Rhos YFC in 2008 after being told to by my sister’s friend, who was Club Secretary at the time.

Since then I have been a club chairman (five times!) a club leader, county chairman, won Clwyd senior member of the year (twice!) and been a council member for Wales since 2011 and NFYFC since 2016.

Three words to describe your club?

Fun, Diverse, Growing.

Best thing you have done with YFC?

Organised a 130-mile charity bike ride with members from every club, to visit every club in the county over a weekend when I was County Chairman in 2017. We did this to raise money for a restricted fund to secure Clwyd FYFC’s future.

Greatest achievement in YFC? 

Winning the Cookery competition at the County Rally.

Greatest achievement outside of YFC?

Breeding the female champion at the Bluefaced Leicester Breed Progeny Show in 2015.

Best thing you have ever 'made' with YFC?

Goat’s cheese and walnut ravioli in a sage butter sauce which I made from scratch inside an hour to seal victory in the Rally Cookery competition.

What impact do you want to have on YFC in your year as Chairman?

To make members feel a part of NFYFC. I want to break down any perceived barriers about what ‘national’ is and instead make everyone feel proud to be part of one large organisation representing rural young people. NFYFC belongs to every YFC member and we will be much stronger if we all work together with that understanding.

Coming from a very small club in Wales to now representing all YFCs across England and Wales is a major achievement but one that’s open to all YFC members. I hope I can play my part in making more members realise the opportunities available.

Who would you like to thank in YFC and why?

Everyone I’ve come across who cares about YFC. We all need people to encourage us and equally we all need people to challenge us to improve.

To be featured in a future profile or to nominate someone, please email media@nfyfc.org.uk 


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