National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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29 April 2022

Nigel Owens MBE has been re-elected as NFYFC President for 2022-2023 following a vote at NFYFC’s 90th Annual General Meeting in Warwickshire.

Nigel was first elected as NFYFC’s President in 2020 during the pandemic. The AGM had to be moved online due to restrictions and was also held online in 2021 when Nigel was re-elected. It is hoped now that restrictions have lifted that Nigel will be able to attend more YFC activities and events. NFYFC President Nigel Owens MBE said:

“Once again, I’m very honoured and privileged to be the President for this wonderful organisation for another year.

“Being President has extended my time in YFC just that little bit longer, which I am extremely grateful for – and especially so during the 90th year of the national federation.

“There are so many stories, like mine, from people whose lives have been transformed over the past nine decades, thanks to the skills and friendships they gained in YFC. Long may that continue.”

Nigel is a former member of Llanarthne YFC, and held the offices of club Secretary and Chair. He is also a previous president of the Wales Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

He has now retired from his position as an international rugby union referee – but he is still the current world record holder for most test matches refereed. He is also a TV presenter, hosting shows on S4C (Welsh language TV channel).

In the 2016 Birthday Honours, Nigel was appointed a Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) for services to sport and is a fellow of Cardiff University. Nigel was brought up and lives in Carmarthenshire and is a Welsh language speaker. Before becoming a professional rugby union referee his career included working on a farm and a youth worker. He has rekindled his farming career and farms a pedigree herd of Herefords called the Mairwen herd near Llanelli.


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