National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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30 January 2015

Two sisters and Young Farmers from Wiltshire are putting their entrepreneurship skills to the test - by setting up their own business.

For 50 years, the Padfield family have been pig farmers in the Wiltshire village of Seend, supplying pork products to restaurants and pubs throughout the county and beyond. Now, Sammy and Becky Padfield, of Devizes YFC, have helped the family business and set up their own farm shop – The Pantry.

Based in Marlborough, and still providing the same top quality meat, the Pantry will be a natural extension to the family business and one which enables the family to continue the business into the third generation.

In addition to being a shop, the Pantry will also provide a takeaway service. A full carvery service will also be available, with dining facilities in the shop and upstairs. Customers will choose, order and then be served at their table.

There are plans to offer private dining to companies who wish to entertain clients, as well as hog roasts at The Pantry or out on site as a catering service.

The conversion of the premises is in full swing, with the shop and dining areas to be finished in the next two weeks.

If any YFC member wants to follow in the footsteps of the Padfield sisters and try and start their own business, NFYFC can help. Thanks to support from Defra, the Federation has teamed up with Natwest to provide a Business Start Up Training Session in Matlock, Derbyshire on 23rd March. The session is free to all YFC members.

Click here for more information.

19 December 2014

Canterbury Young Farmer’s Club enjoyed a sweet ending to their 70th anniversary dinner dance, thanks to Solley’s Kentish ice cream.

The club designed a bespoke Apple Pie ice cream with a Toffee ripple and Butterscotch chips for a 1940s-themed bash courtesy of the family-run company, who also donated 250 individual tubs for guests to enjoy as part of a traditional ‘jelly and ice cream’ pudding.

The annual event took place at the Spitfire Ground in Canterbury and whisked attendees back to wartime days, when the club was launched. Boys sported military dress or tuxedos and girls wore vintage outfits or ‘land girl’ costumes; one couple even arrived in a 1940s US army staff car. A seven-piece band played into the small hours, and a raffle raised over £500 for the club's chosen charity, Reverse Rett.

Stacey Taylor, chairman of the Canterbury Young Farmers (pictured right), said: “We chose Apple Pie, Butterscotch and Toffee as we wanted to echo the comforting British flavours of the 1940s – it was totally delicious, and the perfect addition to the evening! We were really excited when Solley’s agreed to help us design a dessert for our 70th anniversary dinner dance, and very grateful for their generous donation of ice cream.

02 December 2014

While thousands of men across the country spent one month growing moustaches for testicular cancer, a group of Young Farmers from Bedfordshire spent a staggering four months growing facial hair for their local air ambulance.

The six members grew beards for the entire harvest period from the first silage cut on 13th May until the last combine stopped rolling on 15th September. The group, aptly named 'The Hairy Harvesters', raised just over £1,200 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Ainsley Jones, Jack Ostapiw, Harry Chamberlain, Liam Moody, Dale Butts and Edd Davidson Smith are now hoping that their idea will widen and develop throughout the counties and make a bigger 'Hairy Harvest' next year.

Ainsley (pictured right) said: "It was a great success and we beat out target of £1000 easily. Now we have created this concept, we would like to try and widen it for next year's harvest and encourage individuals or groups to raise money for their chosen charity over harvest. We found it very challenging over the time and writing blogs about our beards on our Facebook page helped people realise that beards sweat and dust are a terrible itchy combination so this really is a challenge and worth the sponsorship. On behalf of all the 'Hairy Harvesters', I would like to thank all the sponsors and donations, and acknowledge NFYFC's support in advertising this for us."

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


21 November 2014

Doncaster YFC learnt all about fire safety after recently taking a tour around South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Station in Doncaster.

Members of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service presented a detailed tour to the club as well as an explanation of how the station is set up and the process of how they answer a “999” call when they are on duty.  

Sophie Raper, treasurer at Doncaster YFC, said: "This service is an important service that everyone needs to know, even our Young Farmers. This is due to our members working with large machinery and open land fires. As we have learned from what we have seen and heard, the service don’t always attend fires they also attend a lot of the time car accidents that are life threatening.  We were given the opportunity to have a hands on exploration of the fire engine’s and equipment that they use on a daily basis.

"We had fun having the experience to use a fully loaded water hose and been able to feel how much pressure the water creates to be able to put out large blazes. One of the main messages tonight that was pointed out to us all was it could be your life that they are saving due to someone else’s inconvenience, so think before you act."


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