National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

29 April 2010

Senior YFC Ambassador of the Year

Kay Marie Lewis: Neath YFC, Glamorgan

Runner-up: Katie Winfield: Uttoxeter JNFU, Staffordshire

Finalists: Jennifer White, Camelford YFC, Cornwall; Craig Brough, Raughton Head YFC, Cumbria; Elizabeth Hunt, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire; Kate Munro-Ashman, Bradfield YFC, Berkshire; Amy Scott, Market Rasen YFC, Lincolnshire

National drama final

First: Berriew YFC, Montgomery with Odd Ball: Craig Pearce, Lloyd Bright, Mark Harding, Rhian Davies

Second: Buxton YFC, Derbyshire with Close Relations: Lydia Slack, Sam Slack, Danny Newton, Anna Taylor, James Gregory-Campeau, Andrew Gregory-Campeau, Hannah Gregory-Campeau, Emma Poole, Hannah Mosley, David Batterbee, Sam Mellor, Elizabeth Taylor, Rachel Taylor, Laura Poole, Rebecca Gratton

Third: Marshwood Vale YFC, Dorset with Guess Who's Coming to Tea: Richard Rowe, Robin Goodfellow, Becky Fox, Rachael Goodfellow, Gemma Fox, Kirsty Fox, Adam Penny, Ali Hall, Edward Rabbetts, Bradley Bowman, Ricky Frampton, Rosey Bretherton, Laura Foot, Stuart Curtis, Tom Greenway, Matt Curtis, Andrew Haggerty


Best actor: Craig Pearce, Montgomery

Best actress: Rhian Davies, Montgomery

Trophy winners

NFU Trophy


(Stephen Knowles pictured)

(Champion county federation, NFYFC competitions finals 2008-9)

Tug Wilson Trophy


(Reuben Moss and Paul Worrall pictured)

(Reserve champion county federation, NFYFC competitions finals 2008-9)

The Worshipful Company of Farmers’ Trophy


(Ben Harris pictured)

(Champion small county federation whose membership figures are amongst the lowest 50 per cent of counties, NFYFC competitions finals 2008-9)

Sidney Fawcett Trophy

Katie Davies, Pembrokeshire

(Member making the greatest contribution to the
democratic proceedings at the AGM)

The Prince of Wales Perpetual Charity Challenge Trophy


(Nicola Chegwidden pictured)

(County federation raising the most money per member for a charitable cause)


Merrick Burrell Trophy

Isle of Man

(Collected by Zoe Kelly)

(County federation with the largest percentage increase in membership over the past two years)

Pub quiz

First: Oundle YFC, Northants

Fancy dress competition

Sam Greep and Alice Hamilton, Ivybridge YFC



29 April 2010

An exciting new travel scholarship offering a young British farmer a chance to work on a sheep farm in New Zealand was unveiled at the annual convention in Torquay.

The first Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) scholar will travel to New Zealand later this year and spend up to a month gaining hands-on experience on New Zealand sheep farms, as well as having the opportunity to travel in the country.

The scholarship is being provided by Novartis Animal Health (NAH) as part of its long-term commitment to the sheep industry and its support for Britain’s young farmers.

Welcoming the award, NFYFC operations manager James Eckley said: “NFYFC is committed to helping its members working in the agricultural industry secure successful farming futures.

"This initiative will also give our members an amazing opportunity to travel to the heart of the world’s sheep industry and bring back practical know-how to improve production here.”

NAH brand manager James Crawford said: “We are committed to supporting Britain’s sheep sector and I believe the country’s young farmers hold the key to its future success. I am convinced the winner of this new scholarship will return with a raft of exciting new ideas to help British sheep farmers improve the health of their flocks to become even more competitive.

The deadline for entries is 12 June. Click here to download an application form and more details of the scholarship.


28 April 2010

28 April 2010

Wales YFC is celebrating after Kay Lewis of Glamorgan YFC was named the YFC Senior Ambassador of the Year.

Kay claimed the new title, which replaces Senior Member of the Year, after impressing judges with her professionalism and achievements within the organisation.

As one of seven competition finalists, Kay faced tough questioning from a panel of four judges before appearing before fellow YFC members to give a presentation on her role and achievements within YFC.

A member of Neath and District YFC for 12 years, 23-year-old Kay has held the posts of stock judging captain, publicity officer and secretary. She has also been a representative of the Wales Rural Affairs Committee and council. Kay works on the home farm and works part-time for AB Agri.

Danusia Osiowy, features editor for Farmers Guardian which sponsored the competition, praised all the finalists for their enthusiasm and determination to succeed within NFYFC.

“With all the negative press young people receive, it is easy to tarnish the minority as the majority,” she says. “Sitting in front of seven eloquent finalists, I found myself in admiration of their genuine enthusiasm, achievement and sheer determination to spread the positive message of YFC.”

Katie Winfield of Uttoxeter JNFU was named runner-up.

This is the second year in a row Wales YFC has taken the title, which Kay takes over from last year's Senior Member of the Year Caroline Dawson.

28 April 2010

The annual report for 2009 is now available to read online or download from the club resources page



26 April 2010

Rural housing needs to be put at the top of the agenda for the next government to enable young people to go into farming and for rural communities to survive.

Catherine Brabner of the National Housing Federation told the ARAC forum at the YFC agm in Torquay on Saturday  first-time buyers were being forced out of the countryside, and rural communities were at risk of becoming the preserve of the wealthy, second-home owners and the elderly.

"Housing has barely come up during this general election and we need to get it much higher up the political agenda," she told YFC members attending the forum to debate housing, secure farming futures and future CAP reform.

"Rural communities need to stay as mixed communities, where people are able to buy a paper, have a pint or go to the garage for petrol. Affordable housing has to be an essential part of that."

English Rural Housing Association's Adrian Maunders told YFC members they needed to turn to their councils to get help locally rather than relying on government for change.

"Our land use policy allows affordable properties to be built, but money put aside for affordable rural housing hasn’t been spent over the last few years," he said.

YFC members debating the issue identified house prices, being outbid by developers, the struggle to get land passed for development and the additional problems faced by single young people trying to find affordable homes as key issues facing young people looking for an affordable roof over their heads in rural areas.

YFC members went away resolved to stand up and make their views heard by lobbying and petitioning at local level and strengthening their case by suporting one another. "Knowledge is power," discussion group facilitator Hollie Harris told the forum. "Persistence is key. Pester your parish councils, and your district councils, confirm there is a need for affordable housing."

NFYFC's rural housing guide can offer help with this issue.


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