29 May 2012
It’s that time of year again, the clippers are out and the fleeces are off.
If you are spending the next few weeks perfecting your shearing technique, then you just might want to take part in these competitions, especially for YFC members.
On the 4th July, there is a shearing competition at the NSA Sheep Event at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. This is open to YFC members, with a top prize of £100.
If you are a little further north, then head to the Great Yorkshire Show on 12th July and you can take part in their YFC shearing competition at The Showground in Harrogate. The entry fee is £10 and will include a ticket to the show itself.
NSA Sheep event, 4 July 2012
Great Yorkshire Show, 12 July 2012
21 May 2012
The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs has become a full member of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) after a year as an observer member.
The organisation, which represents 23,000 young farmers across England and Wales will now have a stronger voice within European agriculture, particularly important during the CAP reform process.
“It’s fantastic that NFYFC are now full members, due to our membership size we have the potential to be major players in European decisions,” explains Jonny Williams, NFYFC representative in CEJA.
The announcement was made at the European Council of Young Farmers’ Annual General Assembly, where more than 60 young farmers from 23 European states gathered in Brussels. The afternoon was spent debating measures for young farmers within CAP reform. M. Cretin, representing the European Court of Auditors, praised the proposal of additional direct payments to young farmers saying it should “encourage innovative and dynamic farming business.” Mairead McGuinness concluded the presentations by stating that as a Member of the European Parliament she was “committed to tackling the problem of generational renewal in agriculture.”
With the average age of farmers increasing rapidly, it is more important than ever to support young entrants. Currently for every one farmer under the age of 35 in the UK, there are 20 over 55.
Katherine Sealy, NFYFC CEJA representative, believes that the future is looking brighter for young farmers across Europe;
“2011 was an active year for CEJA and the fact that the Commission’s CAP reform proposals have such a strong theme of generational renewal shows that perseverance pays off! CEJA also joined the World Farming Organisation and is starting to be more active within that organisation. This is a great time for NFYFC to be getting involved with CEJA once again.”
17 May 2012
Young farmers around the country are preparing to hold cookery demonstrations as part of the Olympic Torch Relay route as the Olympic Torch weaves its way around the country. The cook-a-thons are taking place in ten locations around England. First off is a demonstration at Taunton on 21 May, followed by Stoke-on-Trent on 30 May, then Alnwick on 14 June, Durham on 16 June, York on 19 June, Bowness-on-Windermere on 21 June, Lincoln 27 June, Chelmsford 6 July, Maidstone 19 July and finishing in Newham on 21 July.
The cookery demonstrations ‘Great British Food for Great British Athletes’ are an opportunity to showcase the importance of using local, sustainable food and promoting the role that British farmers are playing in supplying London 2012 with produce.
The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs have teamed up with Natural England to gain a London 2012 ‘Inspire’ mark to run a series of cook-a-thons across the country.
Helen Reeve, Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs steering group said: ‘NFYFC’s Agriculture Forum wanted to help promote British food and farming during the Olympic Games 2012. We have worked with Natural England to develop and deliver a project to include as many YFC members as possible during the Olympic Torch Relay.’
14 May 2012
On bank holiday weekend our beloved mascot Supermoo took part in the Mascot Grand National at Kempton Park Races, alongside 52 other dinosaurs, ducks and donkeys to name but a few!
Despite a sterling effort, and more than a little help from our National Chairman James Williams, Supermoo was unable to catch up with a giant bumblebee with a sting in his tail!
This year the annual mascot race raised an estimated £2000 for the charity ‘Have a Heart’. Nice one Supermoo!
Check out a video of the race at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqrYA6MJgF8
11 May 2012
THE official digital magazine for YFC members has been launched once again by Farmers Guardian.
Sponsored by IPEUK, ‘The Adventurer’ is dedicated to this year’s annual convention in Torquay and is packed with exclusive interviews, videos and competitions.
Check out the unseen galleries and video footage from the weekend which includes interviews with members, president Matt Baker and Radio 1’s Dom and Aled.
One lucky member will have a chance to win a wigwam for 10 people at a venue of their choice across the country, while a VIP package has been put together for two YFC members to attend this year’s Livestock 2020 that includes lunch and the chance to meet with Agricultural Minister Jim Paice.
Elsewhere in the magazine, the three national pantomime finalists relive their journey to the finals while other members explain what makes them proud to be a Young Farmer.
Hear the latest news from the recently launched road safety awareness campaign and watch what members have to say about what needs to be done to encourage the future of the farming industry.
Don't miss the only FREE interactive magazine for YFC members.
08 May 2012
Members of Gillingham and Shaftesbury Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) have been named winners of a competition to promote voluntary environmental schemes on-farm.
The Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) competition, launched by Farming Minister Jim Paice in December, challenged YFC members to propose how a farm business could support the CFE.
Judges selected the winning team of Dorset-based Carl Hoskins, Julie Ridout, Matthew Cradock and Jennifer Diment – all students at Kingston Maurward College - their assessment of existing habitats on Lynch Farm, in Bridport, and proposals to enhance the farmed environment while boosting the commercial business. The team’s proposal included both Entry Level Stewardship and voluntary options to support the CFE across its three themes; farm wildlife, farmland birds and resource protection.
NFYFC chairman James Williams said: “I have no doubt that the top 3 entries were outstanding in their field and are a credit to the clubs and colleges that they represent. The farmed environment is such an important part of so many farm businesses, it is reassuring to see that we have the knowledgeable talent coming through.”
In second place was the team of Andrew Stevens, David Ratcliffe and Stuart Gardener from Painswick YFC, Gloucestershire. The team submitted an outstanding report demonstrating an excellent understanding of the CFE and how their chosen farm can support the campaign through voluntary measures alone.
Milly Wastie and Andrew Fyfe from Grendan YFC, Northampton, came third and were praised for their suite of voluntary measures.
The top placed teams received prizes from Agrii Consultancy Services, Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and Practical Farm Ideas.
Agrii Environment consultant Laura Francis, one of three judges, said: “I was really impressed with the high standard of all the entries. The winning team stood out for clearly demonstrating a sound knowledge and understanding of the CFE and how their chosen farm could support the campaign.”
The farms chosen as part of the teams’ projects will also receive a bag of wild bird seed mix donated by Kings Game Cover and Conservation Crops.