YFYFC Dinner Dance raises £400 for Sands


A charity raffle was held in conjunction with the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’s Clubs Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday 17th February 2018, held at The Pavilions of Harrogate.

The chosen charity this year, selected by the D&M Committee, was Sands (Still and Neonatal Deaths Charity). A total of £400 was raised, and we thank all members for their kind generosity.

YFYFC are recruiting

Yorkshire FYFC are seeking to recruit a County Coordinator and Field Development Officers to work alongside our existing team.

Do you think you have the skills and enthusiasm required, or would just like some more information?

Visit our careers page for further details on these roles, or click here to see our existing team at YFYFC.

Closing date for applications: 28th February 2018

Young Farmers descend on Thirsk for YFYFC Forum

There was a fantastic turnout for the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC) annual forum, held by kind permission of Thirsk Auction Mart.

Panellists covered a wide range of subjects including housing, Brexit and succession planning and much more under the general heading of “What next for the Great British countryside?”

The panel was made up of former National Farmers’ Union (NFU) representative in Brussels, James Mills, who has recently returned home to work on his family’s sheep and arable farm near York, Pennine sheep farmer and NFU member David Airey, chief operating officer of the Local Enterprise Partnership for North & East Yorkshire James Farrar, and former MP Anne McIntosh, now Baroness of Pickering. The evening was chaired by former chairman of YFYFC Ian Close.

Talking about the government’s handling of Brexit, James Mills said the farming community was tired of “short-term policies” when they are trying to operate long-term businesses and environmental strategies.

David Airey urged the younger members of the audience to get engaged in all the current farming debates and start telling the public what great they do.

“You kids have to start selling what you do,” he said. “The likes of Facebook and Twitter are the way forward. The general public need to know that it’s the farmer who mends the wall and hangs the gate that makes the countryside they walk through more attractive. They need to understand that Great Britain wouldn’t look like it does without us, the farmer.”

Baroness McIntosh seconded this, saying: “The message is never more credible than when it is from the farmer.”

James Farrar urged the audience to remain positive and use Brexit to take stock and make sure their farms are fit for purpose.

“Whatever happens, we need to make the sure the next generation has the skills they need to survive; to make sure their businesses are fit for purpose.”

Other subjects like the lack of retirement opportunities for farmers were discussed. David Airey remembered when most estate villages had cottages for retired tenant farmers, pointing out that buying a property in rural areas is often beyond the purse of many, especially when money is tied up in land, machinery and livestock.

Baroness McIntosh pointed out the fact she only ever seems to see executive homes being built in the countryside.

“We need smaller affordable homes for those just starting out and those retiring,” she said.

James Farrar added: “If you want a bus, shop, pub and school in your village you need new housing. To retain young people in the countryside we need affordable places for them to live.”

Ian Close wrapped up the meeting by urging delegates to go away and “be positive, think outside the box and sell yourselves” before thanking panellists, sponsors and all those who made the event possible.

Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs would like to thank all Panellists, Thirsk Auction Mart and event sponsors, Farmers and Mercantile Insurance Brokers.

Jill Pearson – East Riding YFC County Co-ordinator

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Jill Pearson, East Riding County Organiser, passed away on Saturday 27th January 2018.

She died peacefully after a short battle with cancer.

Jill will be greatly missed by members and supporters alike for her great dedication and support for East Riding Young Farmers and the YFC movement both in her time as a YFC member and over the last 5 years as our County Organiser.

Yorkshire FYFC offer our deepest sympathy to Adrian and family and offer any help where possible to East Riding YFC during this difficult time.

The funeral will take place on Friday 16th February at 12 noon at Octon Crematorium, Octon Cross Road, Driffield YO25 3BL.


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Craven District triumphant at 2018 Public Speaking

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From Left: Lauren Howe – South West Distrcit Chairperson, Tom Heseltine – Craven District Chairman & Paul Gill, YFYFC President

Craven District were triumphant at the 2018 Public Speaking Competition with Craven A taking home the Yorkshire Post Trophy, followed by Craven B second and South West A coming in third.

Despite the weather cancelling County Sports, there was a good turn out of members at this year’s competition held by kind permission of Harrogate High School on Sunday 21st January 2018.

Successful members will head to Scarborough on 24th and 25th February to take on Northern Area.

Full results can be found here


County Office Christmas Opening Hours

The YFYFC County Office will close on Friday 22nd December 2017 at 12pm for Christmas and will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

For all urgent enquiries, please contact County Chairman, John Craddock, or email office@yfyfc.org.uk. Emails will be periodically checked over the Christmas period.

On behalf of all at YFYFC, we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2018.

Yorkshire YFC Success at NFYFC Live and Carcase

Yorkshire Team at NFYFC Live & Carcase 2017

Yorkshire YFC had a fantastic weekend at the NFYFC Live & Carcase Competition held at the English Winter Fair at Staffordshire Showground.

Over all sections and teams, Herefordshire A won, Yorkshire B came second and Yorkshire D were close behind in third.

Anna Elgie and Tom Barley were overall under 18 team winners.

Yorkshire dominated the Intermediate Beef with Tom Barley coming first, Jacob Ryder second and Emily Farar third.

Anna Elgie won Intermediate Lamb overall, with Emma Cockerill following in joint second.

Tom Stapleton went on to win the Senior Lamb over both live and carcase sections

Highlights of Yorkshire individual price winners:

  • Anna Elgie – 1st Inter Lamb Live, =3rd Inter Lamb Carcase
  • Tom Barley – 2nd Inter Beef Live, =3rd Inter Beef Carcase
  • Emily Wilson – 4th Inter Beef Live
  • Jacob Ryder – 2nd Inter Beef Carcase
  • Emma Cockerill – 2nd Inter Lamb Live
  • Georgina Hobson – 2nd Senior Lamb Carcase
  • Tom Stapleton – =1st Senior Lamb Live, 4th Senior Lamb Carcase

Full Results can be found below:

John Spears Trophy (Overall Team Results)
Intermediate Team Results – Mark Madders Trophy
Senior Team Results – Bob Williams Trophy

Senior Lamb 2017
Intermediate Lamb 2017
Lamb Team Results – Smithfield Trophy

Intermediate Beef 2017
Senior Beef 2017
Beef Team Results – Smithfield Trophy



County Live & Carcase Results

Results are now available for the Live & Carcase Competition held by kind permission of John Penny & Sons yesterday. A big thank you to Gary, all our judges, stewards, helpers and scorers.

Well done to all members who competed and qualified to the English Winter Fair on 18/19 Nov. All information will be sent from county office this week.

Results available on the Live & Carcase Competitions page.

Live & Carcase 2017-18
Competition winners from Yorkshire YFC Live & Carcase 2017-18

YFYFC Members on BBC Radio York

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Yorkshire YFC Members talk all things “Young Farmers” with BBC Radio York – Harriet Lyon (Rillington YFC) & Tom Barley (Great Smeaton YFC)

On Friday 22nd September, members from Yorkshire YFC joined BBC Radio York for an interview all things “Young Farmers”.

Listen to Harriet Lyon from Rillington YFC and Tom Barley from Great Smeaton YFC chat with BBC presenter Jonathan Cowap.