National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

28 April 2014

A challenging 18 mile climb up 10 peaks in Shropshire was made a little softer for members of Whitchurch YFC as their journey was comforted by a giant teddy called Jimmy.

The 20 members, ranging in age from 17-26, were raising money for the children's ward at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital for new equipment and facilities.They have already raised £1,392 and are hoping to reach a target of £1,500.

The group started early on Saturday 26 April trekking across Abdon Blurf,  Clee Blurf, Titterstone Clee Hill, Hope Bowdler Hill and then Pole Bank in the Long Mynd. On Sunday, they climbed Haddon Hill, Ragleth hill, Caer Caradoc, The Lawley and finally The Wrekin.

Whitchurch YFC members have been training regularly, including walking The Wrekin and Caer Caradoc. They were all very excited and hope to raise lots of money for a worthy local cause. 

If you would like to sponsor Whitchurch YFC for their “10 Peak Teddy Trek” visit their Just Giving page.


15 April 2014

 

Getting started in any small business is tough – but getting the help of a mentor can seriously improve your chances of success.

Get Mentoring in Farming is looking to match up small farm-related businesses with 300 experienced business mentors from the farming sector that it has been training up.

Statistics show that 70% of small businesses with a mentor survive for five years or more, which is double the rate of those without mentors.
Get Mentoring in Farming is a government-funded initiative so it’s completely free – just go to www.getmentoringinfarming.org.uk to sign up.





15 April 2014

Ever fancied trying your hand at gamekeeping?

A two-day, all-inclusive ‘Gamekeeping Experience’ is up for grabs in a competition with the British Association of Shooting and Conservation and the National Gamekeepers Education Trust in association with Newton Rigg College.

Open to students aged 14-16, all you have to do to be in with a shot at winning a place on one of the Gamekeeping Experience weekends is write a short piece (no more than 200 words) about why you want to take part.

The events will be held on selected weekends in July and will include the opportunity to find out about the practical aspects of Gamekeeping, including visiting a pheasant rearing facility, visiting the college’s grouse moor, shot gun safety and clay pigeon shooting, deer stalking, and all terrain vehicle driving.

Just send your entries to:

gamekeeping@newtonrigg.ac.uk

or

Gamekeeping Experience
Newton Rigg College
PENRITH  CA11 0AH

The closing date for entries is 5 May 2014 and all winners will be notified by the end of May. Winners must provide their own transportation to and from Newton Rigg College in Penrith.


04 April 2014

A curry demonstration, raffles and a rural auction all helped Calderdale YFC raise £1,740 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Their most popular event was a rural auction, which raised £1,450 after local businesses and club members generously donated items.

The Club invited Liz Phizackerley-Sugden from Yorkshire Air Ambulance to their weekly meeting in March so they could hand over the cheque.

Liz, who is a volunteer speaker for the charity, also gave a presentation about the air ambulance service, which has been used by former and current members of the club.



04 April 2014

If you’re driving through Cambridgeshire in April, keep a look out for giant pink pigs advertising YFCs in the area.  

The innovative recruitment campaign, called #OperationOink, is running throughout April as a way of raising the profile of YFCs in the county. Due to declining membership numbers in Cambridgeshire, proactive members have decided to fight back with #OperationOink.  

The campaign consists of 10 large painted wooden pigs that will make an appearance around the county. The pigs all feature the county’s contact details and the county is also running a competition for people to be entered into a prize draw if they can name the 10 locations where the pigs pop up.  
 
Cambridgeshire FYFC also helps run the county show at Wimpole Hall every year and the pigs will all be displayed at the show in June so people can have their photos taken with them.

A relatively small county, Cambridgeshire FYFC was formed by the amalgamation of the Isle of Ely Federation and the West Anglia Federation many years ago and continues to offer a wide range of activities to young people within the rural community.

Cambridgeshire FYFC member Faith Cosgrove said: “Over recent years membership numbers have dwindled and therefore we have launched the #OperationOink campaign to raise our profile again within the county.”


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