National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

31 May 2012


A crowd gathers!
Members from the Staffordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (SFYFC) held a cook-a-thon at the Community Torch Celebration held in Hanley Park as part of the Torch Relay route as the Olympic Torch weaved its way to Stoke on Trent.

The cookery demonstration ‘Great British Food for Great British Athletes’ used locally sourced produce including homemade Pork Sausages, dry cured Bacon, Black Pudding, eggs  and tomatoes to reflect the importance of using local, sustainable food and promoting the role that British farmers are playing in supplying London 2012 with produce. The eggs had even come freshly from Vicky Nicholls, the County’s Development Chairman, farm that morning!

The cook-a-thon is an outcome of the National Federation of Young Farmer’s Clubs (NFYFC) agriculture and rural affairs forum, devised by the national agriculture and competitions committees and Natural England.  Members came up with the idea to promote British food and farming during the Olympic Torch Relay’s journey as it criss-crosses the country.

NFYFC teamed up with Natural England to gain a London 2012 ‘Inspire’ mark to run a series of cook-a-thons across the country to include as many young farmers as possible during the Olympic Torch Relay, showcasing and celebrating sustainable, locally grown produce.

The demonstration captured the imagination of a crowd of people who gathered to watch and smell the wonderful cooking that the SFYFC members were doing.  Many members of the public chatted to our members about the importance of using local produce and supporting local butchers.  The sun shone all day and the members present were also able to take part in some Zumba, Bangra and Street Dancing Demonstrations which were taking place at the Celebration.  
Andy Goldstraw, County Vice Chairman of SFYFC said, “It has been great to bring Young Farmers to this event to the public in Hanley today and to increase awareness of what SFYFC is all about.  The cookery demonstration went really well and everyone enjoyed a little taste. SFYFC is very proud to support our great British athletes and also increase the awareness of local produce made by farmers in this area.”

Mark Felton, Natural England’s Director for Land Management Development, added: ‘As well as their primary work of producing food, British farmers play a vital role as stewards of our countryside.  The Olympic Torch Relay Cooking Demonstrations are a truly marathon undertaking and one of the most ambitious events ever held by YFC members. It has been a golden opportunity for young farmers to enthuse and inspire local communities and young people across England about the role that they play in producing food and in the conservation and enhancement of our natural environment.’

The cook-a-thon is an evolution of the annual cookery competition that NFYFC have held for over 30 years; challenging clubs to come up with inventive meals using local produce and giving young people hands-on experience of food and cookery.

YFC members across England and Wales will be situated at overnight Olympic Torch Relay stops across the country, to display their cookery skills as part of other locally organised events.

If anyone would like more information about their local young farmers’ club please contact Julia Taylor at Staffordshire YFC on 01785 248645 or visit www.staffsyoungfarmers.org.uk.   You don’t have to be a young farmer to become a member of your local club.


29 May 2012

Cumbria YFC

All roads led to Jacksonrigg , Longtown on Saturday when almost 1,000 people gathered to compete and spectate at the Young Farmers Northern District Field Day by kind permission of Messrs Story.

With over 60 classes on the day there was plenty to do and see.  Some of the highlights of the day were the sheep shearing, where Caldbeck’s John Harrington and Andrew Bell won the machine shearing and James Hodgeson of Egremont won the hand shearing again; the relay race won by Skelton ; the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling won by Keiran Miller, Aspatria; John Harrington, Caldbeck; Robert Marrs, Caldbeck and Fiona Laurie from Kirklinton. Hosts Longtown won the Club scrapbook competition and the mini sports day on a biscuit tin lid competition

There was a magnificent display of baking  and crafts in the Industrial Section where Drigg’s Chelle Buchanan won the Art Graffiti, Mark Fisher of Penrith won the gingerbread people and Ellie Skelhorn of Wigton won the decorated biscuits.

The metalwork sculpture was won by Tom Mitchinson of Raughton Head and Caldbeck’s Christina Coulthard and Richard Ridley made the best chair out of a pallet.

When all the results were added up after a hectic day of competition, Caldbeck YFC won with 7801 points, Raughton Head 2nd 7051 points, Kirklinton 3rd 6980 points and Aspatria 4th on 6833 points.


22 May 2012

As the Olympic torch arrived on British soil, so did the Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs begin their marathon 24 hours of competitions followed by the rally dance held at Lower House Farm on Saturday 19th May by very kind permission of Mr Bruce and Mrs Alison Gilbert.

In the 68th year of the Herefordshire Federation there were approximately 1,000 entries at the County's biggest event of the year.  The pre-rally stockjudging classes in April had already attracted over 100 entries and it was the members from Dilwyn YFC who collected the stockjudging shield.  There were another 100 entries taking part in the other pre-rally classes which included the popular fence erecting and welding classes.

The Young Farmers’ annual showcase event on 19th May entertained supporters and spectators throughout the day with a packed programme provided by members of the 18 Clubs in Herefordshire. Teme Valley YFC collected 5 trophies having gained very high marks throughout the domestic section and competitions held on the stage, all of which contributed to their overall 1st place and the coveted rally shield, winning by over 400 marks from 2nd place Welsh Newton YFC. The smaller clubs did very well and the Most Improved Club Challenge Cup went to Orleton YFC, with Lugg Valley YFC in 2nd place and Eardisley YFC in 3rd place. These improved placings were also reflected in the John Crofts Memorial Cup with Eardisley YFC placed 1st, Lugg Valley YFC 2nd and Orleton YFC in 3rd place.

The mens and ladies tug-of-War competitions sponsored by Four Counties Lubricants were dominated by the teams from Pontrilas YFC who collected 1st place in both sections.  Longtown YFC mens team made a welcome return and came in 2nd place earning a place to compete at the Three Counties Show.    

All qualifying teams and competitors will be invited to compete in the YFC Section at the Three Counties Show from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June, as well as area and national finals later in the year.

For more information visit www.hfyfc.org.uk or contact the County Office on 01432 274187.


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