National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

11 January 2021

Young farmers are being encouraged to share their views on wellbeing in farming in a new survey launched by RABI.

This wide-ranging survey will consider for the first time the relationship between physical health, mental wellbeing and health of farm businesses.

With mounting external pressures and growing uncertainty, this vital research will provide the most comprehensive overview of the farming community throughout England and Wales.  It will identify the specific challenges that a generation of farming people face, as well as highlighting their adverse impacts on daily life.

With an ambitious target of gathering 26,000 survey responses, Alicia Chivers, Chief Executive of RABI is asking everyone in the sector to support the project.

“Beyond anecdotal or regional evidence, there is a pressing need for broad-scale, reliable data from our farming people. We believe there are significant issues that need to be addressed but they’re not yet clearly defined.

“Firstly, we’re working with organisations and businesses throughout the industry to promote The Big Farming Survey through their networks. Then, secondly, and most importantly it is down to individuals to get involved.

“By setting aside 15 minutes to complete the survey, you’ll be contributing towards creating an accurate picture of farming life today. The data that’s collected will enable RABI and our partners to develop effective tools and support strategies for farming people in years to come,” concludes Alicia.

Conducted by the University of Exeter, the survey is open to all farmers, farm workers, their spouses and adult-aged children until 31 March 2021.

Please set aside 15 minutes to take part here.  Alternatively, request a printed copy from here



10 January 2021

Machinery ideas such as a BovineBackFlipper 9000 were among the mad ideas created by members of Weald of Kent YFC during their Dragon’s Den-style club meeting on Zoom last year. 

Club members were asked to create innovative products and services for the land-based industry – the more outrageous the better – to impress a team of ‘Dragons.’ The dragons were made up of a Club leader with vast experience in machinery marketing, the Club’s President and a Chairman from a neighbouring YFC who runs their own business.

The club were split into three teams and were given 50 minutes to come up with their ideas and pull together a presentation to impress the Dragons.

Teams used software such as PowerPoint, and one even pulled together a CAD drawing in the time provided to present their creations over Zoom.

Ideas included an auto feeder weighing machine with an app, which attracted one dragon; a go anywhere, do anything tractor, which attracted one dragon and the BovineBackFlipper 9000, which caught the attention of two dragons!

One of the Dragons Stephen Paine, tweeted that he was “very impressed with how developed the ideas were in such a short time! A very clever bunch of people you have there.”

The whole session took two and a half hours and raised a lot of laughter with the creative ideas. The club say it could also be run as an interclub activity too and had picked up the idea from Ashford YFC who had run it as a session before the pandemic. 

Club President Claire Eckley said: “There were lots of laughs which was just what we needed on the day we went into Tier 3.”

For more online activity ideas, visit here. 


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