National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

26 August 2014

Young dairy farmers now have the opportunity to sustain and improve their business - by joining The Prince's Dairy Initiative.

The initiative was launched by the Prince of Wales in 2012, in collaboration between The Prince’s Rural Action Programme and Dairy Co, as a response to the severe challenges faced by small dairy farmers in the UK. The aim is to encourage collaboration within the dairy sector in order to help Britain’s smallest dairy farmers build up more viable and sustainable businesses.

Through a package of business advice and support, it aims to improve confidence and increase efficiencies within a group of farmers identified as vulnerable to ceasing dairying. Following a successful pilot year, the Prince’s Dairy Initiative was rolled out for a further three years to reach up to 300 dairy farmers in need.

Nigel Boyd, a dairy farmer from Dumfries, said: "Through the Initiative I have gained practical knowledge to help my business survive and thrive. I have been able to make real changes to my business, from small things such as changing animal feed to reduce costs, to some longer term changes to the herd by looking at cross-breeds."

The initiative is available to dairy farmers of any age, with a milking herd of under 200 cattle, who are on standard contracts and not linked to a specific retail customer or branded product.

The Prince's Rural Action Programme is looking for Young Farmers in the following regions to join the initiative:

  • Cornwall – Camborne
  • Cumbria – Appleby in Westmorland
  • Staffordshire – Leek
  • Yorkshire Dales – Leyburn
  • East Wales/Shropshire – Welshpool

You can also read more about the initiative by visiting: or you can download a leaflet.


01 August 2014

When a local activity centre asked groups to compete for the title of 25 Challenge Champions to mark its 25th Anniversary, County Durham Young Farmers proved to be the best.

Outdoor education centre Weardale House in County Durham ran the special challenge throughout 2013 and hailed 25 members of County Durham Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (CDFYFC) the victors.

CDFYFC had proven to be the best at a range of activities when they took part in the challenge last November.  The team of 25 members from YFCs in the county took part in activities such as orienteering, blindfolded (human) sheep herding, climbing Jacobs ladder and plunging into a freezing river.

A team from Weardale House attended the County’s exec meeting in July and presented them with the trophy for being the 25 Challenge Champions. They also won a free activity weekend for the winning team. 

Claire Raw, CDFYFC Club Support Officer, said:  “Members thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we are hoping to offer more adventures like this in the future.”


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