National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

25 April 2019

This is only Harry Madin’s first year as a YFC member – but he’s already managed to work his way into a role that will help shape the future of the Federation! As a member of the Vision:2023 team, Harry is meeting with YFC members, gathering views and working with the team who are leading the new strategy for YFC. Let’s find out more about this Hill Shepherd from Cumbria who joined Lamplugh YFC 

When did you join YFC?

I joined in September 2018, so not long really. I’ve always wanted to join but it was a case of fitting it in with living away for college, but as soon as I got the chance, I joined straight away.

What made you want to join?

I was new to the area and wanted to meet new people, as well as wanting to get involved in competitions and events.

Three words to describe your club?

Really good craic.

Which activities have you got involved in since becoming a member?

I have taken part in a few events when I have had chance, including stockjudging and have taken part in the Situations Vacant competition. However the biggest YFC thing I’ve been involved with has to be the Vision:2023 group.

Why did you want to help progress YFC?

I wanted to help improve YFC members’ experiences. Everyone has an idea about what YFC should be – it is great to be part of the team trying to make those ideas a reality.

What is the best thing you have done in YFC?

Winning the one game of pool as a club was the best thing so far. We were rubbish but we didn’t finish last, so for us that’s as good as a win! Being part of the Vision:2023 group is the highlight though. I’m really looking forward to getting to meet new people and travelling around to shows and events, then taking the views of members back to the group.

Your greatest achievement outside of YFC?

Taking part in the Farmers Weekly Apprentice 2018 competition final is up there! I was one of nine finalists that went to Harper Adams for the week and took part in a number of competitions each day. At the end of the week we went into a primary school to give a presentation about the dairy food chain as an example of where their food comes from. It was great – the kids knew their stuff and kept us on our toes. I didn’t win the competition unfortunately but a good mate of mine did so I am proud of him.

A personal achievement for me is working with the collies I’ve trained on the fells – it’s not much but it’s good to see all the time and effort was worth it.

What do you hope to achieve through YFC?

I’m hoping to get my name on a few of the club’s trophies and possibly compete at a County level in something. Mostly I want to help achieve a positive outcome for YFC that everyone can be proud of.

Is there anyone in YFC you would like to thank?

I’d like to thank everyone in Lamplugh YFC for welcoming me into the club. But I would mostly like to thank anyone who has been willing to drive to and from club meetings, it’s a long drive and it’s often late with early starts the next day, so they deserve a big shout out.

To find out more about Vision:2023 and how you can get involved visit here



23 April 2019

An Auction of Promises, which included a hamper donated by HRH Prince Charles, has raised £8,000 towards Threemilestone and District YFC’s goal to buy the land where its clubhouse is based.

The fundraiser, held at Griggs Restaurant in St Austell, involved 200 people bidding on 110 lots donated by club members, local and national companies.

Ed Harris from Lodge and Thomas was the auctioneer and helped to raise the funds, which will support the Club’s Fundraising for our Future campaign.

Natalie Brown, Publicity Officer from Threemilestone and District YFC, said: “Many competitive bidding wars were happening between friends to ensure they won the prize! Thanks must go again to the team who organised the event and put in hard work over the last two months on top of their days jobs. A truly tremendous evening.

“The encouragement and support from the general public, club members’ families and friends and businesses has been incredible and made the club members feel supported on their mission to secure the site.” 








17 April 2019

A trip along the Great Yarmouth seafront and a spot of camping were in order for members of Dereham YFC during their tractor run in April to raise money for Yellow Wellies and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Seven tractors and support vehicles completed the circuit from Dereham Town Centre, along the Norfolk Coast to Kings Lyn and back down the A47 to Dereham.

The tractor cohort parked up in the Morrisons car park in Diss when they stopped for lunch – much to the amusement of local shoppers. And on the seafront it was the donkeys and local tourists who looked amazed as the seven tractors passed by.

The two-day event meant camping out in the cold at Reedham Ferry – but the team managed to get in practice for the Tug of War by pulling the tractors around. The successful mission raised more than £500 for the two charities.

Dereham YFC member Lucy Stowell said:  “The weekend was a great team building activity for the club as it brought together all members young and old, advisory and friends.” 






09 April 2019

It might have been a mucky job, but Falmouth YFC's annual dung run certainly proved profitable as the club are celebrating raising more than £2,500 from their hard work.   

The proceeds raised from the event will be split between the Sunrise Cancer Centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Breage Pre-School and Falmouth YFC.

The annual Dung Run involved 30 members donning their wellies to fill over 1,000 bags of cattle manure and then jumping in tractors to deliver to gardens, allotments and flowerbeds across Falmouth and its surrounding areas.  

Club Chairman Ben Coleman said: "Being a Young Farmer is not just about tractors, cows and flat caps - it's so much more than that."

"Young Farmers is all about getting to meet like-minded people, to have fun and to learn new skills – and if in doing so, we can benefit local causes - then it makes being a member of YFC even more worth it."

Falmouth YFC is one of 20 YFC Clubs that make up the Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and has around 28 members. The Dung Run is just one of the fundraising events the club hosts annually.

The club would like to thank everyone that kindly purchased bags of dung and also to the donors of the dung, the bags and the vehicles for delivering. 






02 April 2019

It might be a rubbish job – but a litter pick by Vale O Lune YFC in Lancashire brought the club together and made a difference to their local community.

The club wanted to do something positive to support NFYFC’s Protect Your Future campaign and took inspiration from the fact the Great British Spring Clean ran from the 22 March – 23 April.

Thirty members cleared litter along three miles of cycle track that runs between car parks in Bullbeck and Denny Beck.

The areas are used regularly by YFC members and the local community and are now looking a lot smarter since the club filled bags of rubbish using litter picking tools donated by David Hartley Towing and Training.

Club Chairman Steve Taylor said: “It was a good team building exercise and you can see we’ve made a difference. It also promoted YFC as being here to make a difference. We had a strong turn out of over 30 people, which was very good for such a ‘rubbish’ job.”

If your club wants to get involved in the Protect Your Future campaign, visit the campaign pages. 



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