National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

26 August 2014

A group of Young Farmers from Gloucestershire have completed a colossal charity bike ride to raise money and awareness for its federation and NFYFC's Rural+ campaign. 

The team of five 20-25 year old riders, and their trainer, cycled the borders of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire - covering a total of 330 miles in just four days!

The team set off from the Three Counties Showground in Malvern on Friday 22nd August at 8:00am. From there, the team battled through steep terrains and appalling weather conditions before arriving back at the Showground on Monday at 3.45pm. They received a champagne welcome from Gloucestershire’s County President Brigette Hall, Vice Presidents, family, friends and fellow Young Farmers.

Carrie Bonell, Young Farmers Organiser to Gloucestershire FYFC, said: "The team were overjoyed and a little emotional on the finish, and although it is still too early to know how much we have collected, we have over £1000.00 worth of donations from the JustGiving page and around £2000.00 from sponsorship money."

Rural+ is a campaign set up by NFYFC to help young people in rural areas overcome the effects of rural isolation and social exclusion. NFYFC wants to provide information and tools to encourage YFC to become a strong support network for rural young people who may experience rural isolation and mental health issues.

To make a donation, please visit the team's JustGiving page.


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: http://www.bitc.org.uk/programmes/princes-rural-action-programme/princes-dairy-initiative 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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