Red Shepherdess joins YFC at the Great Yorkshire Show

Hannah Jackson

Young farmers have been busy working on improvements to their stand at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.

Stand number 187 is run by a joint committee made up of members of both Yorkshire and the East Riding federations of young farmers’ clubs.

John Craddock, chairman of YFC@GYS show committee, said:

“YFC has had a stand at the Great Yorkshire Show for as long as anybody can remember.”

“This year we’ve made an extra special effort to smarten it up and have lots more going on.

“There will still be traditional favourites like the ducking stool, but much more such as demonstrations and debates. Rather than a space to simply wander through we’ve been busy making it a stand where all members of the family will want to stop and spend some time.”

Highlights this year include a visit on Wednesday by the Red Shepherdess Hannah Jackson, who will be one of the panellists in Wednesday’s 1.30pm  agri-forum debate ‘What is next for British produce?’ which this year is sponsored by the National Farmers’ Union.

The young farmers have also teamed up with York Racecourse and Flamingo Land to run a prize draw, with family tickets for the theme park and county stand tickets for the races up for grabs.

“We thought the draw was a good way of getting people who perhaps haven’t visited the YFC stand before to come on and have a look around,” said John Craddock. “We are very grateful to Flamingo Land and York Races for supporting us in this way.”

Guests on the stand will include Northern Power Grid and its farm safety demonstration, Fodder butcher Jack Holden, Yellow Wellies Farm Safety Foundation, the Yorkshire Rural Support Network farmer health check nurses, the Society of Ploughmen and an area given over to the 1974 Ford 3000 vintage tractor which is being raffled in aid of the charity Freddie’s Fight.

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