Knaresborough YFC Presentation to Yorkshire Air Ambulance

After wrapping the debate up, Charlotte Smith joined members of Knaresborough YFC in handing over a cheque for £8,194 to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The money was raised with a 126-tractor run held in memory of long-serving member Mike Spink, 24, who died in an accident whilst working in New Zealand.

Steven Brown, chairman of Knaresborough YFC, said: “The sad circumstances of  Mike’s death pulled us all together, taking the total the club has raised for the air ambulance over the last five or six years to over £15,000.”

Helen Callear, Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s fundraising manager, said: “I want to say a massive thank you to the YFC members for turning something so sad into something positive. There is no doubt in my mind that this money will save lives.”

A date for next year’s tractor run has already been set for March 11 2017

The cheque was presented as at the Yorkshire and East Riding YFC Joint Great Yorkshire Show Stand at the 2017 show.

YFC Debate at GYS – Food vs Environment

For the second year now, the Yorkshire and East Riding YFC Joint Great Yorkshire Show Committee have held a debate as part of their programme at the 2017 show.

As topical as Brexit is, we thought we would go for a topic that would attract a range of people, and not the dreaded word that is on everyone’s lips!

This year’s topic was a broad one, food verses the environment. Panellists included Charles Forbes Adam, owner of the Escrick Park Estate and representing the Country Landowners’ Association, James Mills, an Advisor for the National Farmers’ Union, Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs Chairman John Craddock and East Riding YFC Representative and Ecologist, Michael Wood.

The debate was chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today presenter Charlotte Smith, who is the new president of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, saying she would have been in trouble with her mother if she hadn’t made the journey from London to Harrogate for the Great Yorkshire Show.

“I was really flattered to be asked,” said Charlotte. “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.”

Charlotte did add though, that her mother – who lives near Dewsbury – would have had a “sharp word or two” to say if she hadn’t accepted the invitation to the Great Yorkshire.

James Mills said the bottom line was that “If a farmer isn’t in the black he can’t go green”, with Mr Forbes Adam an advocate of farmers needing to be savvy about balancing the role of countryside stewardship with making a profit; urging young farmers to spread the message about the good work they do.

The controversial subject of Glyphosate was touched on, with one young audience member asking about pesticides killing bees. John Craddock and Michael Wood were joined by the other members of the panel in voicing fears about ‘false news’ and the damage that can be done to farming’s image, especially through social media and with the strength of cash-rich lobbying parties.

All panellists highlighted the importance in farmers promoting all the good work they done in respect of conservation and the balance between food production and the environment.



Nidderdale Show YFC Classes

Nidderdale Show, due to be held at Bewerley Park, Pateley Bridge, on Monday 25th September 2017 is to host YFC Classes.

Classes can be entered by any member of the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers and include:

  • 410 – Decorated Eggs – maximum of 4 eggs on any theme. To fit in a display 14.8 x 21 cm
    (5.8” x 8.3”) (A5) – Junior
  • 411 – Four Decorated Buns – to be judged on taste and appearance – Junior
  • 412 – A Mug Stand – any medium, to be display with six mugs – Junior
  • 413 – A Cow Bell – made from suitable metal and include a 5 cm (2”) strap. Bell size 20 cm (8”) x 20 cm (8”) – Open
  • 414 – A Peg Bag – Agricultural theme – any medium. Max size 30 cm (12”) x 30 cm (12”) – Open
  • 415 – Three mini desserts individually labelled and ingredients to be displayed on A5. To fit in a display 30 cm (12”) x 30 cm (12”) – Open

Trophies to be awarded:

  • YFC Cup for most points gained by a Junior member of the Nidderdale Young Farmers’ Club in the Domestic Classes 410-412.
  • Rosemary Dawson Cup for most points gained by a Senior member (17 yrs and over) of the Nidderdale Young Farmers’ Club in the Domestic Classes 413-415.
  • The Hardcastle Trophy to be awarded to the Best Exhibit in the YFC Domestic classes (winner can be any YFC).

Entries close 2nd September 2017

Click here for the Nidderdale Show Schedule

The Big Summer Do 2018

Yorkshire YFC launch The Big Summer Do 2018

Date: Saturday 7th July 2018

Venue: To be Confirmed

4pm til 2am

Headline acts to include

  • Radio 1 DJs
  • Live Bands
  • House DJ
  • plus MUCH MORE

More information will follow very soon

Contact the Events & Finance Committee for more details or share any ideas

Attending a show or event?

Are you attending a Summer Show or event promoting your Club or Young Farmers’ Movement?

County Office have promotional materials including:

  • Club Supplies (see YFC Shop)
    • Lapel Badge
    • Welly Key Ring
    • Stress Animal Key Ring
    • Bottle Opener Key Ring
    • Jute Bags (Blue or Green)
    • Ties (Blue or Pink)
  • Yorkshire YFC Pens (free)
  • Yorkshire YFC Handbooks (free)
  • Yorkshire YFC leaflets (free)
YFYFC Shop - Promotional Material
Yorkshire YFC Promotional Items

Great Yorkshire Show Stock Judging 2017

Young farmers kickstarted their countdown to the Great Yorkshire Show with their annual Stockjudging Competition.

The Great Yorkshire Show Stock Judging 2017 was held at Bishop Burton College, coinciding with its Open Farm Sunday event which was attended by around 1,500 people keen to find out more about farming and the environment.

Title of overall winning club went to Farnley Estate, with overall winning junior going to Kirkbymoorside YFC member Evie Harrison-Bradley and overall winning senior to Rebecca Richardson, of Rillington YFC.

The award for senior pigs went to Edward Kealey (Howden), with senior sheep going to Rebecca Richardson (Rillington). Luby Grayshon, of Farnley Estate, scooped both senior dairy and senior beef.

Junior pigs were won by Evie Harrison-Bradley (Kirkbymoorside), with top honours in junior sheep going to Emma Cockerill (Kirkbymoorside). Farnley Estate’s Holly Roberts took junior dairy, with Kirkbymoorside’s Emma Cockerill winning junior beef.

Ed Bentley, of the YFC committee that organises the stand at the Great Yorkshire, said members were very grateful to the principal of Bishop Burton, Jeanette Dawson, for enabling the young farmers to be part of such an important day in the college’s calendar.

“Having the day on Open Farm Sunday gives this stock judging competition a real atmosphere and is a tremendous experience for all those who take part,” he said.

Young farmers have a long association with the Great Yorkshire Show, having a stand at the Harrogate showground for as long as anybody can remember. This long association will be marked this year with a display of old photographs of young farmers through the ages. The debate traditionally held on the last day, Thursday July 13th, of the show will be chaired by new NFYFC President Charlotte Smith, who is better known to many as presenter of Countryfile and BBC radio’s Farming Today.

For updates on what’s happening follow YFC@GYS on Facebook.

GYS 2017 Stockjudging
Great Yorkshire Show Stockjudging Competition winners 2017

Farnley Estate win County Rally 2017

Harrogate District club Farnley Estate took top honours at the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC) county rally.

The event was held by kind permission of Thirsk Farmers’ Auction Mart and saw clubs from the length and breadth of Yorkshire battle it out in everything from traditional competitions such as stock judging through to more novelty events like limbo and the YFC’s very own version of the television programme I’m a Celebrity’s infamous BushtuckerTrial.

Second place club honours went to Penistone, with Reeth taking third.

Cledales, an area which covers from Thirsk up to Northallerton and across to Reeth and Aysgarth, was the district with the most overall points.

After the prizegiving the annual ‘rally do’ was held, with the young farmers swapping their work boots for dancing shoes.

Kelly Armitage, county administrator for the YFYFC, said the judges had been bowled over by the standard of the entries.

“We had a really brilliant day and we can’t begin to thank all the judges, stewards and Thirsk Mart enough,” said Kelly, who added that there “really is something for everybody to enter” at a modern-day young farmers’ rally.

For further information about young farmers in Yorkshire visit or telephone 01423 865870.

Yorkshire YFC win Northern Area Field Day 2017

Yorkshire YFC win NA Field Day 2017

Yorkshire YFC (YFYFC) swept the board at the Northern Area Field Day, returning home with all three trophies.

The day of competitions ranged from horse judging to handwriting and pig judging to pizza shovels. It was hosted by County Durham Federation of Young Farmers (on June 10th) and held at East Durham College’s Houghall campus

Kelly Armitage, YFYFC county administrator, said she was moved to tears when the winners were announced.

“All those who took part were a credit to Yorkshire,” said Kelly. “They pulled out all the stops and did their county proud. To come home with all three trophies was just brilliant – a really memorable moment for everybody who was there.”

Penistone YFC secretary Lauren Howe, who took part in the ladies’ tug of war as well as making an apple strudel and some traditional Austrian lederhosen, said it had been the most fantastic day.

“To be taking part at the Field Day was a big thing, but to end up coming home the overall winners was just amazing,” said Lauren. “Needless to say, we were all in very good form when it came to the dance at night!”

The trophies were for overall winners, stockjudging and non stockjudging competitions. Runners-up overall were County Durham, with third place honours going to Cumbria.