National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

26 May 2010

Showcasing all that's good about rural youth

Yorkshire YFC members are aiming to change perceptions about young people at the Yorkshire County Show which demonstrates all that is good about youth in the countryside.

The flagship event, now in its eighth year is at the Nidderdale Showground, Pateley Bridge, on 6 June, is organised by the YFC members themselves and is expected to attract more than 5,000 visitors.

Along with all the traditional country show attractions such as children’s rides, and trade and craft stands, the show also features more than 80 competitions ranging from tractor handling and tug of war to cookery to keep visitors entertained and amused. This year the main ring highlight is the Cheshire Dog Display Team.

Young Farmers' Clubs aims to provide an opportunity for its members aged 10 to 26 to have fun, learn and achieve in a safe environment and the county show is the ideal opportunity for them to showcase these ideals and their organisational skills.

The show also gives YFC members a chance to promote some of the issues they feel passionate about and this year’s chosen theme is local food networks. In addition to accommodating some of Yorkshire’s finest home produce stalls in the food marquee some YFC members will be taking part in Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food’s Pass It On Initiative and giving it a local produce slant by cooking a recipe where everything used comes from within just a few miles of Pateley Bridge.

The show is open from 11am onwards. Entry is £4 (under 10s free), with free parking.

For more information contact Yorkshire YFC office on 01423 865870 or email

26 May 2010

Yorkshire YFC's local food exhibition a huge success

YFC members from the South Pennines area gave local produce a huge boost with their Local Food, Farming and the Countryside exhibition held at the Bronte Vintage Gathering in Cullingworth, West Yorkshire.

The exhibition formed part of the YFC's current campaign, Why Local Food Matters, which is supported by South Pennines Leader Fund and the Keighley Area Committee. The project is aimed at reconnecting the urban consumer with organisations and businesses that produce, sell and serve local food.

YFC members aged between 10 and 26 discussed how best to tackle the issue and decided it was best to get the message across to young people. The exhibition was set up with this in mind and YFC members sent out more than 12,000 free tickets to under-16-year-olds throughout the South Pennines. This tactic proved successful with more than 600 young urban people attending the event.

News of the project reached the ITV Fixers team which follows young people as they address issues they feel passionate about. The team filmed the event and is helping YFC produce a DVD of the project which can be sent into schools. The story of the project as captured by the ITV Fixers team was also selected to be screened on ITV’s Calendar news programme later in the summer.

As part of the exhibition visitors were taken on the journey that food makes from field to fork with help from lambs, cows, poultry and pigs. Young visitors also enjoyed milking Worth Valley YFC’s pretend dairy cow, Daisy Duke.

Keelham Hall Farm Shop showed the range of food product  produced locally, including milk, beef, lamb and honey, which could be found within one mile of the showground. Butchery demonstrations were also carried out by the shop's award-winning butcher, who also helped visitors link their own sausages.

Members of Aire Valley YFC helped visitors taste how good local food is by serving a hog roast. Worth Valley YFC performed cookery demonstrations and passed on one of Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food recipes using only local food.

YFC also organised a range of popular attractions including sheep racing and a Mascot five-a-side football competition to combine some fun with the learning experience.

On Saturday evening the group also did their bit for charity by organising a professional wrestling show which raised more than £400 for Sue Ryder Care's Manorlands Hospice.

Chairman of Worth Valley YFC Tom Ogden was delighted with how the event had gone. "Its great that the good work of YFC members in promoting things they care about is being recognised. Hopefully when our guests go home and the public watch the piece on Calendar they will learn two things: to support local food networks and that YFC is a fantastic organisation. Many thanks to the South Pennines Leader Fund for the support which allowed our members to get the message across so well."

The Bronte Vintage Gathering team were also grateful to YFC for providing an important attraction at the event. Show chairman Tom Jowet said: "We owe a massive thank you to the YFC members who bring a fresh and lively educational aspect to the whole show."


25 May 2010

Junior Ball tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for Kent YFC's Junior Ball being held on Saturday 3 July at the Astor Pavilion at Kent County Showground.

Click here to download the latest newsletter from Kent including more details of the ball.



25 May 2010

Marathon effort by Devizes YFC club leader

Devizes YFC's Amanda Palmer joined thousands of other big-hearted runners in the London marathon to raise cash for worthy causes.

Amanda completed the challenging course in five hours and one minute and raised more than £3,500 for the Anthony Nolan Trust.

25 May 2010

NatWest calf rearing competition open for entries

Wales YFC is calling on members to enter the Wales YFC NatWest calf rearing competition and enjoy the experience of showing their calves at the Welsh Winter Fair, as well as developing their understanding of the processes involved in rearing and preparing stock for a show.

YFC members aged 14 to 26 from Wales and Herefordshire are eligible to enter and will qualify for an interest-free loan of up to £750 to buy a calf, thanks to sponsorship from NatWest.

Entrants may select one or two calves born between 1 February and the 31 May to enter by the 1 Agust closing date. They will then have to select their final entry by the end of October. Judging will take place during the Welsh Winter Fair on 29-30 November, where the Supreme Champion will be awarded with the NatWest Calf Rearing Shield. Trophies will also be awarded to the reserve supreme champion, highest placed new competitor and best stockman. Competitors will also have the opportunity of entering their calf in the sale during the Welsh Winter Fair.

Wales YFC activities and tnternational committee chairwoman Caroline Dawson said: "It’s not merely about rearing a calf. Competitors must keep up-to-date records and costings as part of the judging process. During last year’s Winter Fair, much interest was shown in these presentation boards prepared by members, both by the public as well as the judges, proving that good, clear, record keeping is an important factor in the competition and in all aspects of business."

NatWest’s director of rural Wales banking Andrew Woodthorpe added: "This is an excellent competition giving YFC members the opportunity to raise capital to purchase their own animal and to show it at a world class event. We are delighted to be associated with the event and I would encourage anyone who is interested to obtain further information and to get their entries in before the closing date."

Contact Lisa Jones at the Wales YFC office on 01982 553502 or visit for more details.

Click here to read the press release in Welsh

25 May 2010

Brecknock YFC battles it out at May Games

Rugby winner Talgarth YFC

Brecknock YFC recently held its annual May Games at Penlan, Brecon.

Sports included seven-a-side rugby, women's netball and mixed rounders and the event saw more than 150 YFC members turn out to compete.

Talgarth YFC won the rugby and will now be going forward to represent the county at the Royal Welsh Show in July.

Builth Wells YFC won the women's netball and Troedrhiwdalar YFC won the junior mixed rounders.


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