National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

24 August 2020

After four years as a member of Howden YFC, Lucy Dale feels passionate about YFC and the impact it can have on rural young people.

Her passion for the organisation shone through at the recent final of the Junior Member of the Year competition, which was held online for the first time this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Despite strong competition from six other finalists, it was Lucy that impressed the judges the most.

Judge Lynne Griffin said: “What made Lucy stand out was her effervescent personality and her enthusiasm for the organisation and what it has to offer young people. She had a clear vision of the direction it should take to secure its future success and how she could play a part in that journey.”

Lucy had been involved in helping to organise the county rally – before it had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 – and is also the stockjudging secretary for her cluster. Despite lockdown restrictions. Lucy still managed to fulfil her roles by supplying videos of cattle to support a virtual stockjudging competition.

Lucy is an active participant in YFC competitions – and she took part in eight of them during last year’s rally day, helping Howden YFC achieve third place overall. But perhaps her proudest moment to date is being crowned the Junior Member of the Year title for 2020.

“Winning the Junior Member if the Year competition feels like a massive achievement. To represent my county and the whole of the northern area at the national finals was a honour in itself however winning the competition all together has made me grow with confidence and broaden my horizons for the future," said Lucy. "The feedback from the judges was amazing and made me more passionate about the opportunity I have to further raise the profile of British agriculture through YFC and the Youth Forum. Winning the competition is a start and in years to come I hope to carry on promoting agriculture through YFC and continued involvement in the farming community. ”

Lucy wants to become the chairman of the Ousevale cluster – a group she has been supporting throughout her time in YFC and she also has her sights on becoming secretary for her club too.

“I think it’s important to promote Young Farmers and therefore if I was to take on a bigger role I would definitely make sure I encouraged more young people to get involved,” said Lucy. “Agriculture is an industry that faces increasing scrutiny in modern society therefore I want to use my time in Young Farmers to ensure that more people get behind British farmers.” 

Lucy took part in an online Zoom interview as part of the final competition process and the judges were impressed with all the finalists they saw. All seven of the finalists will be invited to join the NFYFC Youth Forum.

Lynne said after interviewing the seven finalists: “Watch out for these rising stars. They will all be an asset to the Youth Forum and to the organisation in years to come.”

You can read more about all the finalists here. 


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