National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

27 April 2011

Although a hedgehog won the Sue Ryder Mascot Gold Cup by a short spike, Worth Valley YFC's Dave Johnson took away the honours as the best mascot made on the chosen race theme, From Small Stalls Grow Big Stores, with Pete the Marsh Top Meat Pork Chop.

Eddie the Edgehog, of Aldley Edge Hockey Club, in Cheshire, out-sprinedt a Zebra and 55 other cuddly characters in the Mascot Gold Cup at Wetherby Races family day sponsored by the National Market Traders Federation which raised approximately £15,000 for charity including event organisers, national healthcare charity Sue Ryder.

Zack the Zebra, of road safety charity BRAKE, also shone in the Wetherby sun and it took an official photo finish to prove that Eddie had indeed won.   Sheffield Wednesday’s Ozzie the Owl was third and also took the prize for being the first professional mascot home. The prize for being last home without stopping went to Sue the Sausage representing Sue Ryder retail.

Dave Johnson and his chop went on to run in the inaugural Scottish Mascot Gold Cup at Musselbrough on 24 April.

Full results and a link to photos of the race can be found on the event’s official website Footage can be seen at

Sue Ryder fundraiser Andrew Wood said: "Mascots have now raised over £85,000 in the six years that the race has been run and we are very lucky that the majority of this has come to Sue Ryder to help us to fund our crucial care in hospices and neurological care centres throughout the country.  We need to raise over £4million each year just to provide our services in Yorkshire alone so events such as this which raise both funds and our profile are very important to us.  A huge thank you is due to the team at Wetherby Racecourse and Conference Centre, all the mascots, our sponsors and everyone who volunteers their time for this event.”

A DVD of the event is in production and will be sent to mascots that supported Sue Ryder.  Other copies are available for £6.  For more information or to register an interest for the 2012 Mascot Gold Cup contact Andrew Wood on 01535 640432 or email

27 April 2011

The big guns are travelling to Blackpool to help YFC members promote British agriculture.

Sainsbury’s Annie Graham, Natural England’s Poul Christensen and President of the WI Ruth Bond are amongst the lead speakers at the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ (NFYFC) annual agriculture and rural affairs forum.  They will be working with their discussion groups to devise ways of taking the topic into YFC hands.

To celebrate NFYFC re-joining CEJA (European Young Farmers) and to continue to highlight the importance of European politics, CEJA President Joris Baecke flies over from the Netherlands to discuss European farming and CEJA’s position on support for the next generation of farmers in the forthcoming Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Reform.  

NFYFC chairman James Chapman and former agriculture chairwoman Katherine Sealy represented YFCs at the CEJA General Assembly in April.  James and Katherine spoke with the Agriculture Counsellor at the UK Permanent Representation (UKREP) during their visit to Brussels and will encourage fellow YFC members to take an active part in CEJA.

“NFYFC represents 23,000 young people who have an interest in agriculture and the countryside.  We want to make sure that we play our part in promoting our industry and are delighted to have such high-calibre speakers to spark debate and launch new challenges for YFC members.  The feedback from the discussion groups will be used constructively, not only to shape future work of the national agriculture committee, but also to inform policy makers and industry organisations of our members’ concerns,” said Milly Wastie, chairwoman of the forum.

The British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB), in conjunction with NFYFC, will be using the forum to launch a new competition for YFC members to help promote British Wool Week.

A host of industry exhibitors will be joining the forum including the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS), Lantra, NFU, Natural England, WI, DairyCo, CEJA, Sainsbury’s, Campaign for the Farmed Environment, NatWest and the British Wool Marketing Board.

The forum is being held in the Spanish Hall, Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Saturday 7 May at 11am and is sponsored by Defra and HOPS Labour Solutions.  It is part of the activities at the NFYFC annual convention, which includes NFYFC competition finals, celebration of the year’s achievements, and the annual general meeting.

Click here to read more information about the ARAC Forum.

27 April 2011

Join NFYFC's visit to George Freeman MP and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Government and Parliamentary Affairs Office, in Westminster on Wednesday 18 May.

This year's second Agriculture & Rural Affairs Link Day is open to all YFC members free of charge and YFC members have been invited to meet George Freeman MP to discuss issues and concerns you are passionate about.

There's also the chance to attend a Parliamentary workshop on the legislation process followed by a visit to the NFU Government and Parliamentary Affairs Office.  Based in Westminster, the team will explain the role of the NFU in London and the work carried out in the Parliamentary office.

Places for this visit will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and you will need to make your own way to Portcullis House, Bridge St, London SW1A 2LW (next to Westminster tube) and the NFU, Kings Buildings, 16 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JJ. (Under 18’s will need to provide NFYFC with a parental consent form.)

Please download the attached form for further details and return your application form as soon as possible.

26 April 2011

Want to find out what university life is all about?

You can experience it first-hand at the Harper Adams University College residential Higher Education Choices (HEC) conference from 10-12 July.

Get some great advice on courses for rural, animal and land-based careers, take some lectures and seminars, make some new friends and discover a whole new world of opportunities.

Click here to download a poster to share with your YFC club members.

Download more information about the event, or find out more on the Harper Adams website.

26 April 2011

Former NFYFC chairwoman Helen Roberts has been granted a trustee award from the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) Council of Trustees in recognition of her support to the charity.

RABI was Helen's chosen charity during her year as chairwoman of the NFYFC council last year and challenged clubs in England and Wales to raise money for RABI in what was its 150th anniversary year.

Helen will receive the award from new RABI president HRH The Duke of Gloucester at the RABI AGM on 11 May.

26 April 2011

 If you are travelling to Blackpool for the annual convention and AGM, there's a chance to enjoy some of the great attractions the town has to offer via special offers from the town. Check out the annual convention pages for more information about what's on.


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