Lothersdale YFC elect new President

A NEW president has been appointed by Lothersdale Young Farmers’ Club.

Craven farmer David Airey, who farms 1,000 sheep on upland and heathlands in Sutton-in-Craven, close to the county borders of North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Lancashire, has taken up the position after the retirement of Cathie Cromarty. Cathie has held the position of president for many years and will stay on the club’s advisory team.

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The Big Summer Do 2018

On Saturday 7th July YFYFC hosted Radio 1 DJs Scott Mills and Chris Stark and The Crazy Knights Party Band.

A great night was had by all who attended

Events and Finance Chairman, Ed Bentley, commented:

Everything went so well, everyone loved the top DJs and The Crazy Knights. The venue at Wetherby was fantastic, easy to get too and a great setting for this type of event.

This event is certainly something that can grow for 2019!!

A review meeting will be held over the coming my weeks. Members are encouraged to send feedback into the office or contact Ed directly.

Yorkshire YFC at NFYFC Live and Carcase 2018


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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, Staffordshire A won, Lancashire B came second and Yorkshire B were came in third.

Ben Robinson and Elizabeth Elgie were overall under 18 team winners, with Simon Walton and Daisy Roberts coming 3rd in the overall under 26 team.

Evie Harrison-Bradley won Intermediate Pigs overall, with Elizabeth Egie in very close second place.

Highlights of Yorkshire individual prize winners:

  • Jacob Ryder – 4th Inter Beef Live
  • Ben Robinson – 4th Inter Beef Carcase
  • Simon Walton – 3rd Senior Beef Carcase
  • Jack Henshaw – 4th Senior Beef Carcase
  • Evie Harrison-Bradley – 1st Inter Pigs Live, Joint 3rd Inter Pigs Carcase
  • Elizabeth Elgie – 2nd Inter Pigs Carcase
  • Kate Cockerill – Joint 3rd Inter Pigs Carcase

Full Results can be found below:

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

Senior Pig Results 2018
Intermediate Pig Results 2018
Pigs Team Results – The Smithfield Trophy

Senior Beef Results 2018
Intermediate Beef Results 2018
Beef Team Results – The 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

BBC Radio York
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.

National Young Farmers’ Week – 18th to 22nd September

YOUNG farmers from across Yorkshire are supporting a public awareness week to celebrate the organisation’s 85th anniversary.

National Young Farmers’ Week, which runs until Friday (22nd), aims to give an insight into the lives of the 23,500 members nationally of the Young Farmers’ Club (YFC). The campaign has received some high-profile support from a wide cross-section of people, ranging from Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark to television presenters Adam Henson and Jimmy Doherty.

Yorkshire is one of the largest counties by number of young farmers in the country. It has more than 1,700; with 45 clubs spread over nine districts. There is a national network of 619 clubs, with members aged between ten and 26.

YFC has been given a huge boost this year with the appointment of a new president, Farming Today and Countryfile presenter Charlotte Smith. She made a special visit to this year’s Great Yorkshire Show to support the county’s members.

“I want the nation to know more about one of our countryside’s best kept secrets,” says Charlotte.

“YFC is more than farming – it’s one of the only rural youth services we have that helps develop young people’s skills and provides a much-needed social network in the countryside.

“I’m always going on about involving the next generation and how farming needs to widen its appeal so supporting the young farmers’ movement is important to me.”

Clubs across Yorkshire are just getting back into the swing of their weekly meetings after the traditional harvest break and many are organising special new member evenings.

Chairman of Yorkshire YFC John Craddock believes very strongly that as long as somebody has a “rural mindset” then their background is irrelevant.

“Young farmers is a true rural organisation and is no longer just for farmers,” said John, who farms at Kirklington, near Masham.

“Instead clubs have evolved and weekly meetings are very diverse. One week they can be doing something very traditional like cattle judging and the next they can be go-karting or public speaking.”

Fundraising is also a big part of the YFC movement, with the Yorkshire region’s members raising more than £45,000 for different charities last year. This year’s efforts included a mammoth cycle ride of 360 miles from county headquarters in Knaresborough to Torquay, raising more than £4,500 for the Anthony Nolan charity.

For further information about joining YFC visit www.yfyfc.org.uk or telephone the county office on 01423 865870.

Tom Barley wins Junior Member of the Year

Young farmers’ clubs are beginning to start back with their regular weekly meetings after the traditional harvest break. The winner of this year’s national Junior Member of the Year title is North Yorkshire teenager Tom Barley. He spoke to YFYFC about his success …

17 year-old Tom, who lives on a mixed beef and sheep farm near Northallerton, is a member of Great Smeaton Young Farmers’ Club (YFC).
LIt was a case of third time lucky for Tom, as this was his third attempt at entering the prestigious competition.

“Rather than give up I picked up all the tips I could from my previous two attempts and really went for it on this, my third go,” explained Tom, who is studying agriculture at Askham Bryan College.

“I joined YFC when I was 13 and it was the best thing I ever did. I’m much more confident and it’s amazing to think that I now don’t mind standing up and speaking to a room full of strangers. I’ve done public speaking competitions with young farmers and, for the Junior Member competition, there was a presentation element. You had to say what you’d been up to with your club and also what you’d done, month by month, in your normal day-to-day life.

“I’m pretty busy, selling my sheep and pigs, helping out at Northallerton Market and playing football and squash. I also get stuck into everything going on at YFC and particularly enjoy taking part in stockjudging competitions.”

Tom is keen to get more involved with the YFC movement.

“There are tremendous opportunities with young farmers,” said Tom. “It’s really true when people say you get out of it what you put in. The more you get involved the more people you meet and the more fun you have. Eventually, I would like to go somewhere like New Zealand or Australia and YFC runs travel scholarships, which would be a great way of seeing a bit of the world.”

As a result of his win Tom will now join the YFC’s national youth forum, alongside the other six finalists in the competition, and will help to represent the younger members of the federation.

“I am always saying to our junior members that they have as much of a say in the running of their club, county and national federation as the older members. When I was younger, I didn’t feel like I had a lot of say in decisions but everyone can and should put their views forward,” said Tom who is assistant secretary of Great Smeaton, as well as sports captain and looking after the juniors for competitions.

The other finalists that will join Tom on the national youth forum are: Gemma Owen from Montgomery FYFC, Jessica Elliman from Berkshire FYFC, Peter Cotton from Staffordshire FYFC, Amy Stubbs from Lincolnshire FYFC, Charlotte Scott from Somerset FYFC and Beth Maskell from Suffolk FYFC.


Northern Area Stockman 2017 Results

Yorkshire YFC once again showed their strength at Northern Area Stockman 2017 on Saturday 15th July, held at Hexham & Northern Marts.

Tom Barley of Great Smeaton YFC, recently awarded NFYFC Member of the Year, triumphed coming home first place in the Junior Stockman, with the Yorkshire B Junior Team winning overall. A mention must be given for Jacob Ryder, Farnley Estate YFC, who scoped 100/100 for the Breeding Ewes coming a clear first place in the class.

Other Junior awards were given to Elizabeth Elgie, Boroughbridge YFC, for third place in Dairy.

In the Senior competition, Emily Ward, Whitby YFC, came third in Dairy and Chloe Dolphin, Silsden with Skipton YFC, also came third in Butchers Lambs.

Across all competitions and classes, Yorkshire B came second, being pipped by Lancashire A. Cumbria A followed in third place.

Well done to all Yorkshire YFC members, and good luck with the next round.

Full Results

NA Stockman 2017 Results

NA Stockman 2017