National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

28 May 2010

Packed summer of fun and games for Staffs YFC

Staffordshire YFC is gearing up for its county show with its annual pre-show reception on 1 June.

Members will be putting their entertainment skills to the test in a YFC's Got Talent competition in front of an audience of invited guests and judges.

Individual club displays will also be judged at the event, and there will be a presentation from the Young Farmers' Ambassadors Discovery Programme to those venturing on trips as far afield as Budapest, Canada and Sweden, as well as Scotland this summer. The evening will be rounded off by a buffet sponsored by Knights Solicitors.

Wednesday 2 June will see teams battle it out in the annual tug of war competition at 7.30pm in the main ring of the County Showground. All the teams are practising for this in between busily designing, constructing and painting their show floats on the theme European Countries for the County Show, on Thursday 3 June.

Visitors will be challenged to try to guess how many welleies are crammed into a tractor parked outside the YFC marquee, and tickets to Alton Towers are up for grabs in a competition based around the club displays inside.

The County Show will be drawn to a close with a dance, on Friday 4 June, at Bishton Farm, Wolseley Bridges with JAK entertainment.

The summer fun continues with a midsummer madness disco, on Friday 11 June, with the theme wigs and wellies at Butterhill Farm, Coppenhall.

The county's biggest social event of the year is a Totally Tropical Summer Ball, on Saturday 17 July, at Brookfield Farm, with live music from the Northern Monkeys and Bulge disco.

For tickets and more information contact county organiser Julia Taylor on 01785 248645 or email

27 May 2010

Cumbria celebrates what makes county special

Almost 1,000 people turned out for the fun at the northern district of Cumbria Young Farmers’ Clubs field day, held at The Square, Kirklinton.

This year's theme was My Home County and Cumbria was described to visitors in song, folk dancing, flowers, art, cookery and metalwork sculptures. YFC members were also celebrating 150 years of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution with some excellent craft work.

The crowds enjoyed watching the skill of the sheep-shearers and the competition was won by Chris Hird and Jack Cartmell of Greysouthen YFC, and the face-painting, which was won by Rebecca Gardiner of Walton YFC. The nail art competition was won by Jonathan Fearon of Aspatria YFC and the bolster and bar, another great spectator sport, was won by Sam Denwood of Drigg YFC and Liz Atkinson of Aspatria YFC.

When all the scores from the 80 competitions held at the event were added up Caldbeck YFC won the day 1,259 points, followed by Raughton Head on 1,165 points, Carlisle on 1,137 and Longtown on 1,088. Rory Stewart MP presented the trophies.

27 May 2010

Pulling together for charity

Twelve teams from Young Farmers' Clubs across Norfolk put their backs into fundraising with a 12-hour sponsored tractor tug-a-thon this month.

The teams pulled a vintage Model B John Derre tractor steered by a selection of past and present club and county presidents, around a half-mile circuit.

The teams completed a pull of more than 42 miles and raised £4,500 to be shared between three local charities chosen by Norfolk YFC members.

East Anglian Air Ambulance, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and continues to provide a vital emergency service for rural areas, will benefit from the effort.

Lucie’s Lifesaving Project, set up last year after the sudden death of one of Norfolk YFC’s members to raise money for hospital equipment and first aid awareness and training, will also benefit.

And money will also go to Leeway, which offers support and advice to women and children who have suffered domestic abuse.

Agricultural machinery dealer Ben Burgess & Co, headed by Ben Turner, supplied the vintage tractor. The event was also made a success through sponsorship from Randell NFM, J H Bunn of Great Yarmouth, Frontier, Greenvale AP, Anglia Framers, EDP agricultural editor Michael Pollit, Laurels Care Home, Marrisons Agriculture, Nidera and HR Answers.

27 May 2010

Wales YFC members heading for the Highlands

Anne Evans (left) and Caryl Haf (right)

Llanddewi Brefi YFC member Caryl Haf will be travelling to Scotland in June as an ambassador representing Wales YFC at the Royal Highland Show.

Caryl, 20, is travelling on one of the exchange programmes offered to Wales YFC members as part of its international programme.

She was chosen during the international briefing and selection day held at the Wales YFC Centre in Builth Wells last November and will spend two weeks in Scotland.

“The international programme is a great opportunity to travel and meet young people from different countries. I especially look forward to visiting the Royal Highland Show and comparing and contrasting it with our Royal Welsh Show," said Caryl.

Cary is in her final year at Aberystwyth Agricultural College. She has been a member of YFC for 10 years and is currently club chairwoman. She enjoys taking part in all YFC activities along with attending local shows where she exhibits her own flock of blue texel pedigree sheep. She also takes time out to play the piano and harp and sing.

The Wales YFC international programme aims to encourage understanding of other cultures and provide opportunities for YFC members to travel and to enjoy new experiences.

Anne Evans a member of Keyston YFC, Pembrokeshire, will also be travelling to Scotland as a part of the exchange programme.

Click here to download the press release in Welsh

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."



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