National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 September 2011

The heat was on for Young Farmers’ Clubs members as they brought this year’s hotly contested NFYFC national tug of war competitions to a sizzling conclusion at the Royal County of Berkshire Show, Newbury, at the weekend.

Both men’s and women’s teams pitted their wills and strength against clubs from across the federation in a day that saw contestants having to contend with alternating blazing sun and heavy rain in the YFC Arena.

A delighted Yorkshire federation women’s team were victorious after holding their ground despite difficult conditions underfoot, winning every pull of the contest, with Radnorshire taking second place, Staffordshire third, and Montgomeryshire FYFC in fourth position.

The men’s contest saw Derbyshire and Staffordshire go head to head in a repeat of last year’s final battle. And this time around, it was Derbyshire FYFC who returned home triumphant to celebrate first place, while Staffordshire men’s team took second place, Sussex third, and Montgomery men’s team were fourth.

NFYFC operations manager James Eckley said: “This year’s contests, which are one of YFC’s favourite challenges, were really exciting to watch and demonstrated true teamwork as well as the hours of dedication and practice required to compete. Congratulations to all the teams taking part.”

Click here to download full results
Full list of points throughout the day

Other Young Farmers’ Clubs competitions at the show included the county YFC stock judging competitions, with Newbury YFC’s Andrew Findlay winning both the best Newbury Junior Young Farmer and the Best Berkshire Junior Young Farmer titles, whilst Ruth Woodley, Newbury YFC, also did the double, winning both the senior titles.

With more than 600 shopping stands to visit, Kate Green from Country Life Magazine , Judge of the Best Trade Stand Award, had her work cut out for her. And Berkshire YFC was thrilled to find it had won in the Best Agricultural Trade Stand category.

South-east Area chairman Gordon Fletcher said: “We were ecstatic to take home an unexpected piece of silverware! We have been placed second and third in previous years so it is fantastic to have won this year. We were particularly proud of the feedback from the judges that they were really impressed with the way our Young Farmers’ Clubs members had been willing and able to answer questions about our stand, which focuses on promoting Berkshire’s YFCs to members of the public in a host of interactive and fun ways.”

Around the showground visitors there to cheer on the YFC teams enjoyed a huge number of activities and exhibits. The Countryside Area was a very popular attraction with its running programme of pole climbing competitions, gun dog displays, fly fishing demonstrations, ferret racing, and sheepdog displays.

The Food Fare Marquee housed more than 70 exhibitors showing a wide variety of specialist food and drink products, the Cookery Theatre was packed, while the Horticultural Marquee housed a fantastic array of exhibits.

Malcolm Bull, Royal County of Berkshire Show president, said: "It has been a delight to see so many visitors come to this year's show. It is an important event as it connects the town with the countryside. The show offers the opportunity to find out about farming, countryside sports and rural crafts and produce.”

20 September 2011

EBLEX’s National Selection Specialist Steve Powdrill and Senior Regional Manager Clive Brown put Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) members through their paces at Burton Bishop College farm with advice on practical farming and business skills to produce meat for today’s market.  

Topics included efficient handling and selection, classification and understanding the market place.  YFC members were shown how different classes of stock fit into the supply chain, the importance of meeting specification and carcase utilisation.  

YFC members, including Ashford YFC’s Stuart Jakeman,  travelled from as far afield as Kent to attend the pilot training event in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire.

Stuart said: “The training was a really good balance between theory and practical work which gave us the opportunity to hone our skills. All the skills covered are transferable to work on the farm and also stock judging within YFC itself. I found the day very informative and it will be very useful for grading sheep for the market on my home farm.”

Clive Brown, EBLEX says:  "The demands of the current day market place for beef and lamb are continually evolving and events like this will help the next generation of producers understand today's requirements for differing outlets, be they major retail or export, and the importance of meeting ever tightening specifications."

NFYFC’s agriculture & rural affairs officer Sarah Palmer welcomed the successful new training scheme and explained: “NFYFC’s national competitions programme helps YFC members to gain and develop knowledge and skills that are essential in modern agriculture.

“Through the constant development of innovative new training schemes such as this one, NFYFC ensures that the skills gained by members through YFC involvement, including the competitions programme, keep up to date with industry standards.”

The aim is for the pilot event to lead to the development of a programme of regional events. NFYFC is also to develop an interactive DVD to support the new training, which it aims to make available to for Young Farmers’ Clubs members in England and Wales.

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19 September 2011

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is working with Warwickshire Young Farmers’ Clubs and Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) to develop new ways of forging mutually beneficial links between YFCs and schools.

A new workshop is being developed this autumn which will help equip Young Farmers’ Clubs members to go into schools and help broaden students’ understanding of the agricultural industry, potential careers in the sector and opportunities available through agricultural colleges.

The pilot will work on a peer mentoring model and may be further developed to include farm walks as part of Cardinal Wiseman School’s environmental and land-based GCSE course, although the scheme could also be expanded to include sixth-form students who might be considering attending agricultural colleges.

The pilot, which resulted from NFYFC co-sponsoring the first School Farms Network conference in July, will also explore the possibility of creating an in-school YFC at the Coventry school.

15 September 2011

YFC members and associate members are again invited to a special VIP Race Day on the final day of the prestigious Open Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse, the most important event for jump racing prior to Christmas.

NFYFC’s annual Race Day at Cheltenham is a fantastic day out on Sunday 13 November 2011 offering the chance to enjoy a day of top-class racing and entertainment with fellow YFC members and guests.

Prices for tickets are £22 per person for YFC members and £27 for associate YFC members and guests.

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Cheltenham Flyer
Ticket application form
For more information contact: Emily Johnson

12 September 2011

Join NFYFC for two of its most prestigious and hotly contested competition finals on Saturday 17 September at the Royal County of Berkshire Show, Newbury.

Witness the battle of will and strength as the men’s and women’s teams from around the federation enter the YFC Arena to play out the finals of the 2011 Tug of War championships from 10am onwards.

Find out which young farming entrepreneurs will take home scholarships to the Oxford Farming Conference as the panel of expert judges announces the winners of this year’s Farm Business Development competition towards the end of the show day.

Supported by Defra, the competition allows participants to have a dry run at applying for a farm business tenancy, and this year NFYFC is also piloting opening the competition to non-YFC members.

You can buy advance tickets for the Royal County of Berkshire Show online at a discounted price until Friday 9 September 2011.  Simply visit to buy and to find out about what else is happening at the event.

The Royal County of Berkshire Show has farming at its heart, and the Grand Parade of Livestock is a perfect show of British farming at its best. Of course children will love the cows, pigs, sheep and others but the parade is a real treat for all the family lasting almost an hour each afternoon.

All things equestrian will also feature highly in the main arena, with showing classes, a stunning Coaching Marathon, a daily parade of hounds as well as exciting, top-level show jumping. Saturday’s Six-Bar competition is a thrilling test of nerve, which horse fans will love but anyone can get the hang of watching. On Sunday the Show hosts a British Show Jumping International Stairway competition, and some of the country’s top riders will be battling it out for all-important points.

Sunday morning will start with a Harvest Festival service and at the other end of the day, both evenings will finish (weather permitting) with a mass ascent of hot air balloons, a visual spectacle that perfectly tops off an incredible day at the best Show in Berkshire.

05 September 2011

Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) competitors from across England and Wales put their stockjudging and stock management skills to the test at the weekend.  Young Farmers’ competed in the NFYFC Young Stockjudge, Stockman of the Year and Efficiency with Safety finals Harper Adams University College, Shropshire.

Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (FYFC’s) Charlotte Watkins took first prize for the Young Stockjudge of the Year competition, winning the Midland Bank Perpetual Challenge Trophy, with Gwent FYFC’s Aled Groucott placed second and Robert Walker of Lancashire FYFC coming a very close third.

First place in the Stockman of the Year competition went to John Critchley from Lancashire FYFC’s who was awarded the Midland Bank Perpetual Challenge Silver Salver; with Carmarthenshire FYFC’s Meinir Jones taking second place and Yorkshire FYFC’s Katrina Donaldson came in third.

Eight teams came forward from the regional rounds of the Efficiency with Safety competition to battle for the ATS Euromaster Trophy in the 2011 NFYFC national final.

Gwent FYFC’s team of Jason Bradley, Simon Clarkson, Louise Thomas and Owain Williams were the winning team after a gruelling day of competing which involved machinery safety checks, maintenance tasks and dealing with a mocked farm accident.  Pembrokeshire FYFC (Sion Rowlands, Berwyn John  Warlow, Lowri Warlow and Michael Williams) were placed second and Derbyshire (David Brocksopp, Jonathan Hayes was awarded third place.

Full results are available in the competitions section of the NFYFC website at, and photos from the event can be downloaded here!


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