National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

28 April 2014

Super Moo loves to rub shoulders with the s’lebs.

So when he found out that top TV sports presenter Jake Humphrey was going to be at the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association’s Spring Fling this month, he was there like a shot.

Jake is the President of the Royal Norfolk Show and he popped along to the Spring Fling to see all of the special activities that they had in place for local families – and stopped by Norfolk Young Farmers’ Clubs stand to say hello.

The Spring Fling is aimed at educating families and children about all things agricultural. Stands at the show don’t sell anything, they just offer lots of hands-on activities, including – ‘lambing’ a ewe (she ‘gave birth’ to the same knitted lamb over 300 times that day!), seeing cows being milked, gun dogs working, tractor and trailer rides, having a go at making sausages, tasting Mrs Temple’s cheeses and more.

The Norfolk Young Farmers’ Club stand included a quad bike loaned by Easton College and a professional photographer who took hundreds of photographs of children and families in action riding the bike.


28 April 2014

Get behind Abingdon YFC who will be making a special appearance on ITV’s Let Me Entertain You in May!

The Club put together a music video featuring them dancing on a dairy farm and lip synching to Icona Pop’s song I Love It.

The show, which will go out on ITV1 at 6.15pm on 3 May, will pitch Abingdon YFC’s performance against a cheerleading club dancing to the same song – so make sure you watch and vote!

Check out their fun video that will be on the show that goes out – loads of madcap dancing and flat caps!


The Club was paid £200 for producing the video, money they have put to good use by donating to their chosen charity Oxfordshire Sands, which supports anyone affected by the death of a baby and promotes research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

Abingdon’s musical skills are not confined to dancing – they’re also through to the national finals of the Choir competition at Annual Convention.



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.



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