National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

26 August 2021

A tragedy in Bridgwater YFC has inspired members to cycle 100 miles around Somerset in September to raise funds to produce a mental health awareness video.

Following a tragedy in the County, members want to create a video to highlight the problems young people are facing and to provide education, training and positivity. 

The campaign has also attracted support from Lloyds Bank who are matching the funds raised. Phil Titherington, Relationship Manager, Agriculture, Devon and Somerset for Lloyds Bank, said he was eager to get involved.

“I felt that there must be something I can do to raise some money to support whatever cause we could around mental health in the agricultural sector. I reached out to New Leaf, who work closely with the farming community, to find projects I could get involved with and I was put in touch with Somerset Young Farmers.”

Four members are taking part in the cycle ride and include Somerset County Chairman Ben Goulding,  Will Hooper from Polden Hills YFC, Charlotte Scott  from Bridgwater YFC and Patrick Rich from Farrington Gurney YFC.

The group will start in Wellington, with various pit stops along the way and they hope more people will pick up the route and cycle with them too.

Somerset YFC County Organiser Rebecca Horsington said: “We feel that it is important to get a video made highlighting the problems our young people are faced with, but more importantly to make it relevant to them.”

The cycle ride will take place on 4 September 2021 and you can donate to the campaign through their JustGiving page here

Mental health awareness in clubs through Rural+ 

YFCs looking to raise awareness of mental health issues can also consider booking a Rural+ session for their club, which has been developed with The Farming Community Network and The DPJ Foundation. Find out more about organising these important sessions here.   


26 August 2021

NFYFC has been asked to involve YFC members and clubs in the celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which will be celebrated in 2022. 

As an organisation enjoying the patronage of Her Majesty The Queen, YFCs are invited to join the UK’s long tradition of celebrating Royal occasions with the lighting of beacons to mark the Platinum Jubilee on Thursday 2 June 2022.

Clubs are encouraged to be part of this celebration that will be taking place throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK overseas territories.

Beacon events can be private events or open to the public and clubs can plan and host this as a club or community event for those living locally. YFCs are encouraged to collaborate with other clubs and societies in the area to co-host a community event.

You can download a guide, published by the Platinum Jubilee Beacon co-ordinators, with pages 10 to 15 of particularly importance focusing on:

  • how to take part
  • various types of beacon (some can be purchased, others can be built)
  • safety essentials
  • legals

Register your involvement 

To confirm your involvement and make important communication as easy as possible please register your involvement here, providing the information below, as soon as possible and no later than 1 June 2022.

If your event is a private occasion and NOT open to the public, and you do not want your involvement shown on any public or media listing, it is important that you confirm this when providing information. Your participation will still be noted as part of this historic occasion but NOT made public. However, if your event IS open to the public, your contact details will be shared with the media so that they can contact you direct to arrange any publicity and/or coverage of your event.

Please provide the following information in your registration email:

Name and Job Title of Contact/Coordinator

Name of Organisation

Name of Piper, if applicable

Name of Town Crier, if applicable

Name of Choir, if applicable

Postal address including county and postcode

Country - ie England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territory, Commonwealth Country

Telephone number - landline

Mobile number

Email address

Beacon location - if known when registering, please include the postcode. 


26 August 2021

It’s NFYFC’s 90th membership year and a great time to join YFC and make the most of all the benefits it brings. Check out our top 10.

1. Two extra years.

One of the first things to celebrate this year is the fact it’s not game over if you’ve just turned 26, as NFYFC now offers full membership for anyone up to 28 years of age! So, if you’re returning from university, have moved to a new area or have only just discovered YFC (where have you been?), it’s not too late to join. In fact, joining in your 20s means you can offer more experience and knowledge to help develop your club. Great skills to add to your CV.  Get joining information here.

2. Make savings.

NFYFC has gathered some exclusive discounts for YFC members that can see you saving pounds on towing training, festivals and events as well as days out, clothing and subscriptions. You can even join the NFU for free and the savings you’ll make on a subscription to Farmers Weekly are more than the cost of your NFYFC membership! Check out all the offers here. 

(You will receive a password to be able to access all offers when you join NFYFC and a reminder can be sent out if you have forgotten your password). 

3. The love of competing.

The pandemic meant a lot of YFC competitions had to move online but thankfully we’re now back to real-life competition finals! We’ll be at the Malvern Show in September for the Cookery and Floral Art finals, and in October we'll be hosting the Stockman of the Year and a Competitions and Sports Day, followed by stockjudging at the English Winter Fair in November. See the comps programme here. New dates for 2022 finals will be added soon.  

4. A voice in agri policy.

With so much change to agricultural policy happening right now, it’s important that young farmers’ voices are heard so they can safeguard their future in the industry. YFC AGRI includes representatives from across all YFC counties, has regular contact with Defra and inputs to ongoing consultations. There’s never been a more important time for the industry to unite and shout about its vital role. Find out more about YFC AGRI here. 

5. Community support.

YFCs have been a lifeline for so many rural communities throughout the pandemic. Volunteering to support others is great for our wellbeing too and being part of a YFC offers so many opportunities to fundraise or take part in local projects. It also helps YFC members to feel involved and connected with their community. 

6. Protecting the environment.

With COP26 taking place in November this year, YFCs are focused on doing all they can to protect the environment in their own local areas. YFC members are supporting a new YFC Operation Green campaign and organising litter picks and local environmental projects that make a difference. We’ll be celebrating all that hard work during National Young Farmers’ Week. Find out more here. 

7. Skills development.

Want to be more employable? Looking for ways to boost your confidence? From formal training courses (you can even get a qualification to be a trainer) to learning skills through competitions or by taking on an active role in your club – YFC offers loads of ways for you to make your Linkedin profile shine for prospective employers. See more on training here. 

8. Awarding success.

If you’re looking for some national recognition, then the YFC Achiever Awards are an annual event that showcase achievements. Nominations are open to anyone from the YFC community to enter our eight categories, which are judged by high profile industry names. More information here. 

9. Social life.

Living in a rural location can be lonely at times and we know that the pandemic has exacerbated many isolation issues. It’s why a weekly club meeting is so important and now restrictions have lifted YFCs can meet again! Rallies, informal gatherings and social events are all part of the giant YFC mix and are a great way to make friends. And even more exciting is that the Officers of the NFYFC Council are planning a celebration event to take place in Northumberland on 11 June 2022 – so make sure you save the date! 

10. The memories.

From the age of 10 to 28 – YFC membership offers 18 years’ worth of good times and far too many photo opportunities for your phone’s storage space. Whatever way you choose to use your membership with NFYFC, you’ll have the time of your life. There is no other youth organisation quite like it. Join today.



 


26 August 2021

NFYFC is supporting the Low Carbon Agriculture show that takes place in person on 8-9 March 2022, at the National Agriculture and Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. 

The show aims to support farmers as they move through the agricultural transition. It will provide practical guidance on sustainable land use, renewable energy generation and emission control, cutting through the noise to get to the heart of what new changes mean for farmers, by covering specific pressing topics such as policy, carbon storage, soil health, natural capital, net zero, renewable energy, low emission vehicles and agri-tech.

Held in partnership with the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), Low Carbon Agriculture show incorporates four expos including: ‘Environmental Business Expo’,‘Farm Technology Expo’, ‘Energy Now Expo’ and ‘Low Emission Vehicles Expo.’

Low Carbon Agriculture will feature its renowned multi-streamed conference, workshops, an exhibition, test drives of low emission vehicles and machinery and demonstrations of the latest innovations in agri-tech. Visitors to the event will be able to make one-to-one appointments in advance of the event, as well as attending networking roundtable discussions run by exhibitors.

Jonathan Scurlock, Chief Adviser, Renewable Energy and Climate Change for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), says: “Following the Glasgow climate talks later this year, Low Carbon Agriculture show 2022 offers a key opportunity to reflect upon the impacts of the UK COP26 presidency.

“The National Farmers’ Union is a proud partner of the show, which is an increasingly important event in the farming calendar, for those who want to cut through the noise and get practical advice from the experts about the future of farming. Its focus on low carbon farming, natural capital, agri-tech, and low emission vehicles is in tune with current policy at a time of monumental change in agriculture.”

David Jacobmeyer, Low Carbon Agriculture Show Organiser, says: “The show provides practical guidance and solutions for farmers wishing to increase the sustainability of their business and drive down harmful emissions. It’s about helping them to make lasting connections with people who will assist them in the agricultural transition.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the NFU and CLA and look forward to welcoming thousands of farmers and land managers to Stoneleigh Park, for what should be an informative and exciting few days!”

The show is committed to reducing its impact on the environment, going paper free and  implementing digital check in and navigation, ensuring any materials used are sustainable, responsibly sourced or can be recycled, with a ban on the use of all single use plastic.

Low Carbon Agriculture Show is free to attend and features the Energy Now Expo, in which an exhibition will be accompanied by an energy storage theatre and a cutting-edge conference programme, covering all forms of renewables. The Low Emission Vehicles Expo will showcase the latest low-carbon transport and machinery solutions, highlight the related opportunities, and feature a test track. The Environmental Business Expo will include an exhibition and conference sessions offering practical guidance to farmers on the management and reduction of harmful greenhouse gasses, carbon sequestration, regenerative farming and effective environmental land management, in preparation for the ELM scheme. Suppliers of innovative agri-tech will take part in the exhibition and workshop area within the Farm Technology Expo.

Visit www.lowcarbonagricultureshow.co.uk to learn more.


 


26 August 2021

NFYFC held its first competition final in 18 months, in

person, at the Staffordshire Agricultural Show this August where a YFC member from Northumberland won the Sheep Shearing trophy.

Ciaran McNulty, 27, from Alnwick YFC in Northumberland is a shepherd on the Lilburn Estate and saw off competition from five other finalists to be crowned the winner.

Ciaran, who has a Gold Seal for shearing from British Wool, was delighted to be competing again after so long.

“It was good to get back to a competition again. Throughout the pandemic there hasn’t been any shearing competitions so I was happy I got a chance to get to the Northern Area final and I felt if I never got any further than that I’d be happy just to compete for my county. But moving on getting through to national – I went there hoping that I could get my name on such a prestigious trophy, and I managed it.”

As well as the bonus of winning the competition, Ciaran said it was just great to be back out with YFC again.

“Everyone I spoke to was on such good form, everyone was just buzzing about getting back to a shearing competition again – back to what they love doing. I met so many people that I haven’t seen for the last two years, it was great to catch up and for the social experience,” said Ciaran. 

The competition, which was run under BISCA rules, required all competitors to have at least a Blue Seal qualification. Thanks to generous support from British Wool more than 100 YFC members received Blue Seal training this year, which was offered at a subsidised cost.

Ciaran urged anyone involved in shearing to take advantage of the British Wool courses: “I would recommend anyone going into shearing and doing any kind of shearing, even if it’s at home for yourself, to go and do the training courses by British Wool. It was a great help for me. I can’t think of any better advice. The people who are teaching you are the best in the shearing industry.”

The national final was able to go ahead thanks to The Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society for hosting it and the Staffordshire Sheep Shearing Committee for allowing NFYFC to hold the competition within their own Sheep Shearing Classes.

The results: 

First place: Ciaran McNulty, Northumberland 

Second place: Bob Hargreaves, Lancashire A

Third place: Thomas Hadley, Herefordshire A

Fourth place: Osian, Montgomery 

Fifth place: Tom Garlick, Herefordshire B

Sixth place: John Barnet, Leicestershire & Rutland YFC A

 


24 August 2021

Young farmers are being encouraged to ensure the next generation’s views are heard about the new Farming Investment Fund by attending three regional events with Defra, organised with The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).   

With the Fund set to launch this autumn, among many changes for future agricultural policy in England, the events give young farmers the chance to ensure their opinions and regional knowledge is incorporated into future Defra plans. 

Giving feedback at this crucial stage will mean young farmers can be involved in Defra’s plans to deliver new grant programmes as well as helping to shape and inform future policy design.

The information shared will be invaluable to Defra in ensuring regional differences are considered as well as providing an opportunity for new ideas to be tested.

Defra lead for the new fund, Gordon Jones said:

“I look forward to engaging the next generation of farmers and hearing first-hand their views on how the new Farming Investment Fund should evolve.”

The informal evening will also give young farmers the chance to discuss business benefits for their farming future, as well as be a social experience for those who have missed out on many YFC activities during the pandemic.

Dates, times and venues for regional events are listed below along with the regional and NFYFC contact. All places are free but booking is advised so organisers can plan appropriate space and refreshments.  

Regional events include: 


West Midlands

Date: Wednesday, 22 September Time: 7.30 – 9.00 pm

Location: Staffordshire FYFC, YFC Office, County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD

Regional contact: Charlie Beaty NFYFC contact: Sarah Palmer 

South West

Date: Tuesday, 28 September Time: 7.30 – 9.00 pm

Location: Sedgemoor Auction Centre/Junction 24 – Distribution Centre/Huntworth Business Park, Bridgewater TA6 6TS

Regional contact: Tom Pope NFYFC contact: Sarah Palmer 

North West

Date:     Wednesday 6 October                                   Time: 7.30 – 9.00 pm

Location: The FFIT Building, Lodge Farm, St Michaels Road, Bilsborrow, PR3 0RT 

Lancashire contact: Mick Handley NFYFC contact: Sarah Palmer 




 


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