National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

01 October 2020

Changes to the YFC competitions programme are being made to ensure that every YFC member can still have the opportunity to get involved, even if there are Covid-19 restrictions in place.

The safety of members during the pandemic is paramount and certain competitions have been adapted or removed from the 2020-21 programme due to Covid-19 regulations.

A new YFC Talent competition has been launched to replace the Performing Arts competition. Unfortunately, Covid-19 restrictions are making it impractical to put on a full stage performance this year, so the Pantomime competition has been removed from the programme.

Instead, the YFC Talent competition will be direct entry from County Federations to NFYFC and teams can be between one and six people. The final will be held either virtually or face-to-face if restrictions allow. The rules and full Covid-Secure guidance on taking part in this competition will be sent to counties.

The Beef and Pigs, Live and Carcase Stockjudging competition, which was due to take place at the English Winter Fair, will now be hosted online in conjunction with the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society from 16-21 November. The competition is sponsored by Rutland Fencing and AHDB is offering prize money. More information on this competition can be found here.

UK Cheer has advised that as cheerleading is a contact sport, YFC should remove this from the competitions programme for this year.

Commercial Dance is being reviewed at the moment to offer advice to competing members about rehearsing and avoiding contact with others during dance routines.

NFYFC is following guidance and seeking regular updates from governing bodies about the Kwik cricket, football and netball competitions to ensure that members can safely compete.

NFYFC is also in regular contact with the Tug of War Association and will keep members informed about any changes to the situation with Tug of War practice in the new year.

All other competitions are continuing with Counties already starting County competing rounds. Public Speaking competitions are underway – with Counties restricting the number of people in a room at one time and ensuring teams leave the venue before the next team arrives.

Should restrictions tighten further, the competitions steering group are also suggesting ways that competitions can be held virtually. Counties are also being asked to film certain entries at their finals in case these need to be submitted for the national final to account for any restrictions that may be put in place at that time.

Competitions Steering Group Chairman Grace Millbank said: “The YFC community has already missed out on so many competition finals in 2020 so we are determined to make sure YFC members can do what they love doing best in this new membership year. It might all look slightly different due to Covid-19 restrictions but there will be competitions and we will be holding national finals so that YFC members can get the recognition they deserve.

“If the Challenge Finals Days proved anything during lockdown, it’s that YFC members are a creative and talented bunch who can make the best of a difficult situation. I can’t wait to see what YFC members have in store for us this year and we will do all we can to ensure your hard work is promoted.”

The updated Competitions Programme is available on the website here and NFYFC is consulting with County Federations to help explain any changes to the programme. 

01 October 2020

NFYFC’s national live and carcase stockjudging competition will be held online this November, in conjunction with the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, after the cancellation of the English Winter Fair, where the competition was due to be hosted.

The virtual contest, which is sponsored by Rutland Electric Fencing, will follow the same format as the live event but competitors will be asked to view cattle online and submit their reasons to the judges via video.

National finalists will be asked to judge four beef cattle and four pigs, as well as four beef and pig carcases. Video recordings of the cattle and carcases will be made available for finalists to view for a limited time and then entrants will be asked to record their reasons and submit them to the judges.

The timetable for the event will run as follows:

Monday 16 November 

Release Beef Live & Carcase Videos to competitors

Tuesday 17 November 

Release Pig Live & Carcase Videos to competitors

Wednesday 18 November

Entries close for the Beef Live & Carcase 6pm

Thursday 19 November 

Entries close for the Pig Live & Carcase 6pm

Place Marks to be sent to the Judges

Judges to Mark the Beef Live and & Carcase Entries.

Friday 20 November

Placing Marks to be sent to the Judges

Judges to Mark the Pig Live and & Carcase Entries.

Saturday 21 November

Judges to give their feedback to the competitors at 7pm

Results at 8pm.

Five trophies are available for the winning teams, including the Smithfield trophies, Mark Madders Trophy, Bob Williams Trophy and the overall John Spear Trophy for the highest scoring team.

All winning competitors will receive prize cards and certificates of achievement and AHDB are also offering prize money for the winners.

Competitions Steering Group Chairman Grace Millbank said: “It’s fantastic that we can still host this competition and we’re already seeing County Federations organising their county rounds at the moment using online formats. We know everyone will miss the excitement of being at the English Winter Fair but this is the safest way to run the competition this year and means everyone can still get to practise their skills and enjoy that sense of achievement by taking part in this popular YFC competition.”

For more information about taking part in the Stockjudging competition and to download the rules visit the Beef live and carcase page and Pigs live and carcase page


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