National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

31 August 2011

It’s a real honour to have picked up the NFYFC president’s mantle from Lionel, who I know was much loved by all of you for travelling the length and breadth of the federation on your behalf.

Sadly, while work commitments won’t allow me the time to follow in his tireless footsteps and tyre tracks, what I will try to do is raise the profile of YFC with the public so that people can latch on to all your enthusiasm for farming and agriculture.

We’re heading into an amazingly exciting year both for Britain, as it hosts the Olympics and for NFYFC, which not only celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2012 but will also unveil your vision for the future direction of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

A year in which the focus is on the pinnacle of sporting and athletic achievement and the true spirit of competition is a fantastic time for us to reflect on how the organisation has evolved over the past eight decades to help preserve rural life and agriculture in Britain by offering its members support and opportunities for futures and livelihoods in farming and the countryside.

It’s also a perfect time to up our own game and build further on that work so that NFYFC and Young Farmers’ Clubs continue to respond to the changing needs of young people in the years to come.

I am very impressed that, as YFC members, all of you are championing the ideals of the Big Society and localism through the work you already do in your communities, county federations and NFYFC; and through the huge spectrum of projects, training and fundraising activities undertaken across England and Wales each year.

I know you will all enjoy celebrating this special year as much as I will, by throwing yourselves into the Olympic-themed competitions programme, competing to raise as much money as you can for the Prince of Wales Trophy, and promoting the best of British with all your usual exuberance, passion and the spirit that is unique to YFC.

Have a great year! 


31 August 2011

To help farmers, NFU Mutual in collaboration with the NFU, HSE and Lantra, are running a number of one-day courses designed to make sure that you, your workers, family members and others are kept safe and healthy.

These interactive courses are run in small groups in a relaxed and informal environment to ensure you get the most out of your day. 

An event dedicated to YFC members is offered free of charge on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at the YFC Worcester/West Midlands Area Office, Shires Farm, Hawford, Worcester WR3 7SG.

If you are interested in attending, please return the attached reply slip by 9 September.

19 August 2011

The Snowploughing Event 2012 booking system will be closing on 1 September, so make sure you don't miss out on a week of fun in Les Arcs with like minded Young Farmers' Clubs members  and friends by booking online now.

Snowploughing 2012, the ski trip designed for Young Farmers' Clubs members and their friends will be hitting the slopes of Les Arcs from 6-14 January 2012 for nine days of fun and frolics! The trip costs £399 inclusive of your travel, accommodation and lift pass.

Whatever your level of skiing prowess the trip is guaranteed to kick-start a fantastic year, so don’t miss out on what’s going to be an epic week in Les Arcs. Secure your place on Snowploughing 2012 now by visiting and paying your deposit by 1 September 2011.

19 August 2011

Join NFYFC president Matt Baker at Harper Adams University College, Shropshire, on 3 September as Young Farmers' Clubs members put their stockjudging prowess to the test and champion agricultural safety while honing their own safety skills and awareness.

The college is a new venue this year for three of NFYFC's competitions being held over 3 and 4 September as they compete for the titles of Senior Stockman, Young Stockjudge, and showcase their skills in the Efficiency With Safety competition.

Eighteen young stockmen and women will be striving for the Senior Stockman trophy, and 28 entrants will work in teams of four in the Efficiency With Safety contest, both on the Saturday, and 21 of the federations younger members will compete to take home the silver in the Young Stockjudge competition on the Sunday.

Check out what Matt has to say in the first message of his new president's vlog, and visit regularly for the latest updates and messages from him at


17 August 2011

Samlesby YFC’s Elizabeth Coar has snapped up first prize in the NFYFC photography competition celebrating British Wool Week.

Elizabeth, 22, impressed the judging panel with her shearing photograph entitled Carefully Shorn, Lovingly Worn, depicting the theme Origin is Everything – The Journey of Wool.

She has won the top prize of £500 towards the costs of travelling with four other members of the Lancashire-based club to London to attend the Wool Exhibition in September, which is a major part of this year’s Campaign for Wool promotions.  

Thrilled to have won, Elizabeth explained: "In my photograph, British farmers are harvesting a product that is manufactured into the fabric of today, seen on the catwalks and high streets a long way from the flocks, farms and fields.

“It was a big surprise to learn I had won, and an even bigger surprise to my boyfriend Steven Walker, who is a member of Slaidburn YFC and is in the photo, but didn’t know I had entered it in the competition!

“It was taken on a really lovely day at the Hodder Valley Show where he was competing in a clipping contest, and I felt it really fitted the theme of the competition perfectly. I’m thrilled to have won and looking forward to the trip to London.

Woolly Winter – Winter wonderland at Garrowby Estate, York, took second place for Gemma Woodall, 24, of Beacon YFC, in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

And Devon’s 15-year-old Hanna Land, from Withleigh YFC, clicked with the judging panel with her Winter Woolly photo, to take third place. She said: "When taking this photo, I was also making use of sheep’s wool, wearing a woolly hat and gloves. I realised how the sheep kept so warm after wearing it myself."

All three winning photos will be reproduced as part of promotional material for the Wool Week event by the competition’s sponsors, the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB).

The competition was launched at the NFYFC Agriculture & Rural Affairs Forum during the annual convention in Blackpool, and aims to help raise public awareness of the origin of wool and highlighting the work of the British Wool Marketing Board.

Producer relations manager for the BWMB Gareth Jones said: "All the competition entries were fantastic, really high standard, so well done to everyone. Elizabeth is a really worthy winner and we are looking forward to making her and her group welcome in London."

BWMB chairman Malcolm Corbett said: “The British Wool Marketing Board has been pleased to sponsor this NFYFC photography competition.  We look forward to continuing our joint involvement with the next generation of wool producers.”

NFYFC Agriculture and Rural Affairs officer Sarah Palmer added: “We are delighted to have begun this working relationship with the British Wool Marketing Board and the competition has made a great start to this partnership.  We look forward to continuing to work together in the future.”

08 August 2011

Herefordshire YFC’s Charlotte Howells has won the NFYFC Youth Forum competition to design a mascot for the federation.

Charlotte's creation, Super Moo, is is set to represent the organisation in a host of events and champion YFC members as a channel of communication with the national officers.

The design will be turned into both an actual mascot costume to represent the organisation in races and other activities and also a graphic for use on the website, where Super Moo will act as the face of NFYFC to answer questions from Young Farmers’ Clubs members.

The federation’s under-18s made it a hard-fought contest, with tons of fantastic ideas sent in for the Youth Forum judges and graphic designer Ian Feeney to whittle down to a shortlist of five finalists and select an overall winner.

And Herefordshire’s talented members swept the board, taking all four remaining shortlist places. Congratulations to Rhiannon Probert, Emma-Louise Duggan, Kerri Philips and Jessica Reynolds.

Judge Ian Feeney said: “Wow! Some really wonderful, imaginative and thought-provoking entries for the NFYFC mascot competition. All the entries were brilliant. It was extremely difficult to narrow it down to the final five, let alone pick a winner.

“I felt Super Moo was a really fun and inspiring character for all members of NFYFC to look up to and enjoy. I liked the idea of NFYFC having a hero in it’s midst as a great way of making all Young Farmers’ Clubs members feel like they could be heroes and achieve anything they want to within the organisation and in life. You’re all real super heroes!

“Well done to everyone who entered and I hope you all enjoy your moo-tivational new mascot in the future.”

Forum chairman Aled Jones said: “It was brilliant to see what everyone did with the theme and the variety of entries submitted was awesome.”

And NFYFC chairman James Chapman said: “A big thank you to everyone who entered the competition, and to the Youth Forum for their first official action. It is brilliant to see our younger members having a direct impact on NFYFC. The standard of all the entries was amazing.

“Hopefully everyone will feel the benefit from having the new mascot as a channel of communication through which our younger members can engage with the national officers.”

 A delighted Charlotte, of Golden Valley YFC, said: “I was speechless when I was told I had won. It’s an honour to have created a mascot for the whole federation, and I think it will look really cool as a costume.”


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