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22 February 2018

YFC members can save more than 50% on training courses for their Blue Seal qualification thanks to support from British Wool.

NFYFC members are being offered a two-day course for £80, at a discount of over 50%. To be eligible to take advantage of this offer you must be a current member of a Young Farmers' Club affiliated to NFYFC within England and Wales, and not have attended a course previously.

During the course you will receive an introduction to shearing. You will also cover health and safety and the use of shearing equipment, with demonstrations and hands-on practice. You will be supported one-to-one by an instructor.

There are a range of dedicated NFYFC courses but if these are too far away, or we do not have enough interest in one Area for a full YFC course, an alternative will be offered.

The closing date for applications is 30 March 2018.

To reserve your place:

Please find regional British Wool contacts below and ensure you have the following details available: name, address, date of birth and YFC membership card number.

YFC members in Northumberland, Cumbria, East Riding, County Durham, Yorkshire and Lancashire should contact Donna Mackenzie on 01877 339657

YFC members in the remaining English counties should contact Alison Gould on 01647 24804

Wales YFC members should contact Farming Connect in the first instance stating their Farming Connect registration number (deadline 2 March).

Those YFC members in Wales without a Farming Connect registration should contact Fiona Reuter on 01686 626811.

22 February 2018

Young farmers from across Europe will visit the UK in March to discuss the impact of potential trade and policy changes post-Brexit at a seminar organised by The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) and the NFU Next Generation Forum.

The visit, which involves members of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA), will see young farmers from Europe and the UK meet to debate and establish the next generation’s position on Brexit.

The two-day event, supported by Massey Ferguson and the Crop Protection Association, will involve workshops, a tour of Squab Hall – an AHDB monitor farm in Warwickshire and conclude with a crucial seminar called Brexit and Beyond. 

NFYFC and the NFU share joint-membership of CEJA, and with policy and trade changes imminent, opportunities and collaboration for next generation farmers both at home and in Europe are rife for discussion.  

CEJA ‘s President Jannes Maes said: “In these times of change, it is of paramount importance that we keep an open dialogue among young and future farmers across Europe. British young farmers have been longstanding and valued members of CEJA and we look forward to continuing this fruitful collaboration, regardless of what Brexit might bring.”

The bid to host the event was approved by the NFYFC Council, the NFU and CEJA last year and NFYFC Chairman Lynsey Martin said it was essential to get young farmers talking. “Collaboration and forward-thinking discussions with European young farmers are important during this time of change. 

“Our CEJA membership has stood the next generation in good stead for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) considerations and we relish mutual support during the consultation and implementation of a British agricultural policy.  Brexit is as much of a concern for European young farmers as it is for us, so this is a great opportunity for scene-setting, debate and discussion.”

Richard Bower, Chair of the NFU Next Generation Forum said: “Our organisations have always enjoyed a close relationship and the joint-membership of CEJA has been productive and enjoyable.  We want to ensure future next generation collaboration and to maintain a close, working relationship with European young farmers.”

The event is supported by Massey Ferguson and Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson, Director Marketing Services and PR, Europe and Middle East said:

“Massey Ferguson is fully-focused on the requirements of the new generation of farmers and promoting the growth of their farming businesses. As a principal partner of CEJA and a key sponsor of the Young Farmers movement in the UK and Eire, we are very pleased to support this collaborative discussion forum at Stoneleigh Park.”

Sarah Mukherjee, Chief Executive of the Crop Protection Association, said:“We are delighted to be working with NFYFC. Young farmers across Europe are using innovation and best practice to ensure productive crops whilst looking after their unique and beautiful landscapes.  It’s always a pleasure to listen and learn from the next generation.”

22 February 2018

AHDB Beef and Lamb is launching an awareness campaign with shoppers to promote thin cut steaks and the benefits to the consumer and the industry.

Early trials with an electronic bite test show the meat industry could save more than £7 million, turning cuts graded as slower cook into thin cut steaks.

As part of work to increase carcase value, AHDB experts have used equipment known as a texture analyser to measure the force needed to ‘bite’ through a small sample of meat, placing a kilogram value to measure its tenderness.

Using this science, muscles within the British beef carcase have been tested and found to be suitable for use as quick cook thin cut steaks. During the summer months, cuts used for winter dishes may lose value, needing to be frozen, exported or put through the mincer.

Early tests indicate industry could reap more than £5.2 million creating thin cut steaks from Chuck and £2.5 million from the Leg of Mutton Cut (LMC). Extensive analysis has also been carried out on beef in the US.

AHDB Beef and Lamb has also identified thin cut steaks as a new means to get consumers to eat more beef any day of the week.

Mike Whittemore, Head of Trade and Product Development at AHDB, said: “British pride lies in the quality of the beef that’s produced. The ‘bite test’ uses shear force to measure tenderness, meaning that retailers could quantify quality and charge accordingly. It also helps to ensure consistency and boost consumer confidence in beef steak.”

Within the AHDB strategy, a target to increase the value of the English beef category by three per cent has been set. Quality is also identified as a key driver of choice for consumers.

To raise awareness with shoppers, thin cut steaks will now be promoted with consumer marketing campaigns in 2018, including Great British Beef Week organised by Ladies in Beef, which starts on Monday 23 April until 30 April.

Find out more about the research and the thin cut campaign here and

22 February 2018

The Ladies Tug of War weight limit will reduce from 580kg to 560kg for the 2018/19 competition.

The decision to change the weight was made by YFC members in the Competitions Steering Group following consultation with members.

The change in weight was agreed so that the competition rules would fall in line with Tug of War Association weights for Ladies’ competitions, which are 520kg and 560kg. The decision makes it be easier for YFC teams to practice and compete in Tug of War Association competitions across England and Wales.

Chairman of the Competitions Steering Group Fay Thomas said: “We asked all member representatives to consult about the weight change with their Areas and counties prior to the Competitions steering group meeting in February. The decision of the group was that from the 2018-19 competitions year the weight for the Ladies Tug of War competition will be reduced to 560kg. It’s a really positive move and means more YFC teams can compete in even more Tug of War competitions!”

See a list of Tug of War fixtures in England or the list of fixture for Wales. .



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