National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

18 July 2019

It has been two years since Devon FYFC member Todd Riggs lost his life in a tragic tractor accident and campaigners want to see social media flooded with photos of people wearing seatbelts during #FarmSafetyWeek.

On the two year anniversary of Todd’s death, founders of the #buckleupforiceman campaign, Craig and Gemma Rowland, want to raise awareness of the importance of taking two minutes to put on a seatbelt.

“We lost our best friend and just taking that time might save a life,” said Craig.

To help raise awareness of the #buckleupforiceman campaign and to encourage others to wear a seatbelt, just take a photo of yourself wearing a seatbelt (while the vehicle is not in operation) and share it on social media using the hashtag #buckleupforiceman. 



17 July 2019

BASC is once again looking for Young Shots who are passionate about shooting and conservation and would like to write, make videos and take photos to help promote shooting to future generations.

If you’re thinking about a career in journalism or a similar field, Young Shots Journalists will be a great way of improving your skills and gaining essential knowledge. BASC will offer free entry to Young Shots events in 2020 and all you need to do in return is write about how much fun you had.

BASC has also secured some amazing opportunities for its new journalists for 2020. The below companies will take each young journalist for an experience day that will vary from a day at a show or a tour around the premises to interviews, product reviews or similar.

  • Newton Rigg College
  • Eley Hawk Ltd
  • The Game Fair
  • Taste of Game
  • BSA guns Ltd

This will be a great opportunity for all young journalists to see what being a journalist looks like. For a whole year, you will become a reporter, finding and researching interesting subjects, writing about them, taking photographs and recording videos.

For the full details on how to apply please visit here

The competition closes on Monday 9 September, so there’s plenty of time over the summer holidays to work on submissions!

 [Advertorial] 


17 July 2019

Bridgestone treading new ground in the hunt for four VX-TRACTOR drivers!

Bridgestone is preparing to hit the road to bring its new VX TRACTOR tyre to life to the agricultural world – and the company is now on the lookout for four young farmers to steer them in the right direction!

The Bridgestone VX TRACTOR Road Run takes place over two weeks in September, stopping at 10 dealerships on its journey from the North, to the South of the UK. Each of the events will be geared around young farmers and Bridgestone is specifically looking for four tractor drivers to handle the journey’s relay from the Scottish Borders to North Devon.

The drivers either need to be available for the North leg between 9-13 September, or 23-27 September for the South portion of the adventure.

Accommodation and expenses will be covered over the period, and all that is missing for Bridgestone is four enthusiastic YFC drivers to keep us on the road. Be a key player within the team!

This journey is an opportunity of a lifetime, full of adventure and great memories.

If you are interested in being one of Bridgestone’s designated drivers, send an email to Helena Davis explaining why you’d be perfect for the role.

 [Advertorial]


17 July 2019

Leicestershire’s Evie Tomlinson is on track for a clean sweep of Dairy Stockjudging titles after picking up the 21-and-under title at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Evie, from Melton YFC, has previously won the 16-and-under event, meaning there is only the senior category left.

“I don’t know about that,” she said. “I’ve still got a few years left at intermediate!”

Evie had been working at the Great Yorkshire Show showing cows all week before the YFC event on her last day. And the fact that the competition was using Ayrshires was good news for Evie.

“I was given two Ayrshire calves when I was born! We also regularly show a couple of pedigree Ayrshires and we’ve got a herd of Ayrshires on the farm.

“So it wasn’t easy, but I felt within my comfort zone.”

Despite being an expert in the breed, the win still came as a shock.

“I didn’t believe it,” said Evie. “They announced my friend in second place and I thought there’s no way I was going to beat her because I knew she’d done really well. So I couldn’t believe it when they read my name out.”

It was a YFC member from Uttoxeter that helped Staffordshire win the senior Dairy Stockjudging title for the first time since 1958. An outstanding performance from Johnathan Wilson from Uttoxeter meant he brought home the Harold Jackson Perpetual Challenge Trophy after winning against 33 other competitors.

Johnathan said: “Dairy stock judging has always been my favourite YFC competition. To win the NFYFC Dairy Stockjudging at The Great Yorkshire Show has always been a dream that I never thought was possible.  I am incredibly happy and shocked to win, especially in my last YFC year which made it ever more special.  I've learnt so much from doing this competition from trainers, judges and fellow competitors and have gained some incredible friends too.”

The 16-and-under category was won by Anna Morley from Cumbria and the overall team trophy was won by Yorkshire A - made up of Lydia Fairburn, Gemma Farrar and Rosie Throup.

Rutland Electric Fencing sponsor the Dairy Stockiudging competition and Natalie Marsh and Hugh Burnham both attended the event. They said: "We are proud to be assisting the next generation of farmers through our support of the Dairy Stockjudging Competition. Young farmers' Clubs and competitions such as this one are the perfect platform for developing young people’s key skills for a successful career in agriculture, plus there is a lot of fun to be had along the way!

"We were incredibly impressed by the standard of competition, so a huge well done from us to all of the winners. We’re already looking forward to the next one!"


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