National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

13 July 2011

Ludlow YFC’s Sarah Grantham will be flying the flag for Shropshire when she jets off to New Zealand in October as this year’s NFYFC Novartis Travel Scholar.

The 21-year-old animal health specialist for Masstock Arable, will spend two weeks studying sheep farming methods focusing on parasite control. She’ll blog her findings and keep a video diary during her visit. And on her return she’ll produce a report covering parasite control in the area of blowfly strike and anthelmintic resistance, and how effective control affects productivity and farm management systems in New Zealand.

Sarah, from Chelmarsh, said: “I’ve never really travelled and now I am about to go to New Zealand and study something I work in. I’m hoping to gain lots of experience for work, find out about sheep farming in New Zealand, and spend some time after the two-week visit meeting Young Farmers there.

“I’m over the moon and it hasn’t really sunk in yet – it probably won’t really hit me till I’m on the plane by myself. It is out of this world and all thanks to YFC. The fact that this opportunity is available through NFYFC is just amazing.

“When I get back to work, my employers want me to put what I learn to good use, I’ll produce a report and conduct briefings, and I also want to get round the YFC county federations and new members evenings to show that YFC is not just a club but will take you everywhere.”


12 July 2011

BBC Radio 4's Farming Today team will be testing their own dairy stockjudging skills against those of NFYFC's young stockjudging finalists at the Great Yorkshire Show on 14 July.

FT researcher Emma will be rating four Holstein and four Ayrshire cows in tandem with the junior NFYFC competitors at the show in Harrogate, and will be assessed by the expert judges at the NFYFC finals, which see Young Farmers' Clubs members from England and Wales competing in junior, intermediate and senior categories.

Yorkshire and East Riding YFCs will also be at the show from 12-14 July hosting a wealth of fun, games and activities which they have themed Yorkshire Pride, so come along and join the fun as they play giant pass the parcel, take part in quizes, jousts and jelly chugging challenges.

This year they will be raising money for Candle Lighters, the Harrogate charity which supports children suffering from cancer and their families.




11 July 2011

YFC members are being invited to put their public speaking skills to the test in the CLA Game Fair Have Your Say contest.

If you are 25 or under you can pit your skills against others in the Game Fair Theatre for a chance to take home the CLA Game Fair Have Your Say Perpetual Trophy.

You will have five minutes to get across your views and thoughts on your chosen country sport or countryside-related topic.

Last year's speakers and topics included NFYFC vice chairwoman Milly Wastie speaking on the subject: encouraging young people to enter the industry – problems and solutions from a young person’s perspective, with other contestants putting across their viewpoint on the challenges Europe is facing with regards to food production and the need to use GMOs to tackle this issue; the importance of country sports in the countryside and their major role in its sustainable management; and Young Shots  – The Next Generation

So if you have any thoughts on a topic or issue you feel passionate about, and would like to defend or raise awareness of at the Game Fair, please email fiona.eastman@cla.org.uk.

The Game Fair takes place from 22-24 July, with the Have Your Say event being held on Saturday 23 July.


11 July 2011

Cornwall YFC has launched a new scheme to provide its members with a qualification in team leadership, benefiting their own clubs and future prospects.

The Cornwall clubs, working with Duchy College, have set up an NVQ in Team Leadership, to provide training and a recognised qualification to help members with their YFC work as well as future careers.

The course is the first of its kind in the country and covers resource management, leadership skills, motivation, time management, health and safety, conflict resolution, personnel management and meeting protocol.  Successful students earn an NVQ level 2, accredited to the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Around 13 YFC members are taking the level 2 NVQ this year, with 11 on the level 3 course. Students are asked to analyse the skills they are likely to need in their YFC role and identify any weak areas for extra training.

Callington YFC chairwoman Cat Ede sat the NVQ last year. "As vice-chairman, I did the level 2 – and I've gone onto level 3 as chairman this year. I thought it would be very valuable as a certificate; and it has given me a lot more confidence and ability to chair meetings, delegate within a team, and know that I am doing everything right. You can tend to get stuck in a mindset, but this challenges you and makes you think in a different way.

"I use my new skills quite a lot, especially in the planning and time management side of things, both in my capacity within the club, my new job at Duchy College.

"The NVQ in leadership, and my experience with the YFC, will most definitely help me secure a job in the future. The contacts and skills you develop look very good on your CV; it gives you that extra edge."

Cornwall YFC county chairman Anthony Ellis said: “The club development programme is the first time any YFC has worked with an agricultural college in this way. This really is at the core of YFCs' ethos of fun, learning and achievement, and Cornwall is flying the flag for the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs on a national stage. It is hoped this programme will now be rolled out to other counties so that as many members as possible can benefit.”


11 July 2011

The sun came out for the YFC teams testing their sporting prowess at the NFYFC sports day competitions at St Nicholas Park, Warwick, on 9 July.

Worcestershire took first place in the swimming, with County Durham second and Cumbria in third place.


Warwickshire triumphed in the men's seven-a-side hockey, with Nottinghamshire taking second place and Somerset third.


Worcestershire also romped home in first place in the women's five-a-side football, with Devon placed second and the Yorkshire team in third place.


The Yorkshire B team went home with first place in the under-16s dodgeball, with Devon's team in second place and Pembrokeshire in third.


Full results are available in the Competitions section of the website, and photos from all the sports will be available as soon as they arrive.




08 July 2011

Lincolnshire YFC is being showcased by the Prince's Countryside Fund to mark its first anniversary and the launch of its second year of funding opportunities.

The brainchild of HRH the Prince of Wales, the Prince’s Countryside Fund is promoting the anniversary with the launch of National Countryside Week from 11-18 July to celebrate Britain's beautiful countryside and the people who take care of it.

Lincolnshire YFC and its successful funding bid for £43,000 to support its Rural Development Community Project will be among the organisations highlighted throughout the event.

Lincolnshire Young Farmers' Clubs have used the grant money to enhance the existing training opportunities it offers to help 50 young people gain the qualifications needed to enter the rural employment market and remain in the county.

County organiser Angela Bruntlett, who has also been invited to a garden party at Clarence House on 6 July as part of the celebrations, said: “Gaining this support from the fund is a great achievement for Lincolnshire YFC. Its 17 member-led voluntary youth clubs spread around the county involve more than 500 young people living and working in the countryside.

“The opportunities already available to these members aged 10-26 are endless, including club meetings, competitions, training courses, exchanges and overseas travel. This funding allows us to enhance some of the training opportunities already benefiting young people in Lincolnshire.”

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is a unique collaboration of brands and businesses committed to caring for the people who take care of the countryside. So far these companies have contributed more than £1million and this money is supporting projects, large and small, that improve the sustainability of British farming and rural communities; reconnect consumers with countryside issues; and support farming crisis charities through a dedicated emergency funding stream.  Lincolnshire Federation is one of 10 charitable projects the fund has supported during its first year.

The next round of funds will be announced during National Countryside Week at the Great Yorkshire Show, where £250,000 will be handed out to projects across the country.

There will also be a range of competitions and promotions with the fund's founding companies and the results of the organisation's photography competition to find the photo that best captures the beauty of the countryside.

You can read Angela Bruntlett’s tips on how to successfully apply for funding for your YFC in the current issue of Ten26, along with advice from other YFCs that have made successful grant applications recently.

There are also links to a host of funding streams, including the Prince's Countryside Fund, under Funding in the Resources for Clubs section of the NFYFC website.


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