NFYFC Guidance on clubs meeting

Please find the guidelines below created by NFYFC for clubs to resume YFC Activities. I have highlighted key points for you to consider whether it is worth your club meeting in person or to carry on doing weekly meetings virtually. I would recommend you read the full document.

-If lockdown is introduced into your area or nationally, yfc will halt once again
you must communicate with your members and parents of members with the precautions you are taking

-You must have a risk assessment, hand wash facilities, social distancing measures and an attendance book

-Whether you are indoors or outdoors you can only operate in bubbles of 15 members plus 2 club leaders. They must remain in these bubbles week by week. If someone in the bubble becomes ill it is only those in the bubble who isolate for 14 days

-Check the venue is open and adapted to COVID-19 restrictions, check the venue has room to accommodate the bubble of people whilst maintaining social distancing.

-Ask the venue about their cleaning routines and any areas out of bounds
your management/trustees are the ones who must make sure the club is adhering to the government guidelines

Like I said above please read the guides fully as don’t want to put any members or club leaders at risk. Please make sure that any club leaders or members that are being told to shield by the government can still be involved virtually.

I know the majority of our clubs have more then 15 members so it is up to you how you operate. Either do yfc over a couple of nights or a shorter meeting and have time slots for the different bubbles

This guide has been set by NFYFC not YFYFC
Covid secure guidance for YFCs – England – Issue One 10 July 2020

Over £2,000 raised during Spring Dance Live Stream

The spirit of YFC is still alive.

Despite weekly clubs meetings, competitions and YFC events being cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping across the UK, the true Young Farmers’ spirit has shone through.

Bringing the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs into the modern times, the he Spring Dance 2020 was hosted online after the county event was cancelled, normally held at Club Amadeus in Northallerton.

Through donations made for song requests, over £2,000 has been raised for the NHS key workers and the NHS Nightingale Hospital to be opened in Harrogate. Thanks must go to Slingsby Gin of Harrogate, for their generous donation of £400 to this super cause.

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Coronavirus Update – 30.03.2020

To all Members, Friends and Supporters

Just to inform our members that as of today the office staff have been put on furlough leave. The office has been shut for over a week and the staff have completed as much of the outstanding work they could.

In the meantime we (the senior officers) are still here for you and are looking into ideas on how to keep us all functioning as members in isolation. Any ideas please throw them our way.

The emails and social media will continue to be monitored and responded to but please bear with us as we are all working full time. If you have my number then give me a bell even if it’s just for a catch up etc.

We really hope that YFC can get back to normal ASAP

But in the meantime keep in isolation and look after yourselves and your families

Best Regards
Georgie Fort
County Chairman

Coronavirus Covid-19 update 16.03.2020

Following the latest government announcement on Coronavirus COVID-19 to avoid all unnecessary social gatherings, YFYFC Senior Officers and Trustees have made the decision that all clubs and districts are to postpone all meetings and events with immediate effect. Any club/district business matters that need discussing are to be done over the phone. We must respect the government’s decision.

All YFC meetings, competitions, events and rally’s etc are to be postponed for the foreseeable future. This includes County Rally, Sub-Committees, Executive Committee AGM, and YFYFC AGM. Any urgent matters that need a decision will be made by the Senior Officers and Trustees of the Yorkshire Federation. Please refrain from visiting County Office with immediate effect.

We are very sad at this outcome but the health of our members, supporters and staff must take priority.

We appreciate this can leave people lonely and vulnerable, so please look out for one another and don’t forget that the Senior Officers and staff are at the end of the phone. Please use the Samaritans 116 123 help line which is available 24/7 should you need any advice.

We will endeavour to keep you updated as and when we have any information, so please keep checking your emails and also social media.


Georgina Fort

County Chairman

Knaresborough Tractor Run 2020

Tractors  on the road aren’t traditionally the most popular of vehicles but residents of North Yorkshire turned out in force to cheer on a fabulous fund-raising effort.

A record 360 tractors turned out to support the Knaresborough Young Farmers’ Club annual run, adding at least £10,000 to the £40,000 the event has already raised for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Yesterday’s turnout is thought to have secured the event – organised in memory of former member Mike Spink – as the biggest tractor run in the whole country.

There was a new starting point, from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s (YAS) headquarters in Harrogate, as it had outgrown its old gathering point; but the route took in all its traditional Nidderdale drive-throughs including Knaresborough and Pateley Bridge.

“There are no pre-entries so you never know until the day how many are going to turn up,” said one of the event organisers Steven Brown.

“We got to last year’s total of just over 300 and then they just kept coming; it’s a happy but very emotional day for all of us who new Mike. He would absolutely capped to think of all these tractors turning out to remember him and raise money for such a good cause.”

The new starting point of the YAS headquarters also proved popular because it is the new home for the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC).

“Of course, I must thank all the marshals and helpers,” said Steven. “But what really makes the day is the spectators. It makes all the hard work organising worthwhile when you see so many people cheering and waving as you go by on the tractors.”

Sunday’s event was the fourth annual tractor run the club has organised since 24 year-old Mike died in a road accident whilst working on a farm in New Zealand in 2017. His friends from YFC wanted to do something to honour him and a tractor run seemed the most fitting tribute.

“It’s breathtaking to think how this event has grown in such a short space of time,” said Steven. “It started out with just a dozen of us going for a run out on our tractors to remember Mike. To see the 360 turn out this year is very humbling.”

It is hoped there might be another legacy in Mike’s name … Knaresborough YFC is in need of new members to turn up to its weekly meetings.

Another one of the event organisers, James Parker, explained: “It’s just happened that a lot of us have become over the official age for young farmers at the same time.

“There used to be about 35 members turning up for meetings every week and now the club’s down to only about ten. It would be absolutely wonderful if some of the youngsters who come out to see the tractor run started to come along to young farmers. We meet every Wednesday night, either at Knaresborough Football Club or are out visiting a farm or doing some activity or other. Everybody is very welcome; you don’t have to live on a farm to join young farmers.”

For further information about the tractor run or joining Knaresborough YFC visit or telephone Knaresborough YFC on 07920 884575.

Knaresborough tractor run 2020 GYS car park - permission Barker Farming

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update 03.03.2020

Please see the guidance note issued to all clubs and districts of YFYFC on 03.03.2020 by NFYFC in relation to the global outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

YFYFC requests you follow this advice:

Club and District Meetings:

Ask everyone on arrival to wash their hands and again before they leave – ensure soap and hand towels are available.


✓ cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you
cough or sneeze
✓ put used tissues in the bin immediately
✓ wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and
water are not available
✓ try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


x do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

For an in-depth response to the Coronavirus, please read the advice issued by NFYFC on 03.02.2020.

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Workshop drives home the farm safety message

It goes without saying that safety awareness needs to be part of every farmer’s daily routine. With this in mind, members from Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (YFYFC) were invited to a special Massey Ferguson Machinery Maintenance and Safety Workshop at distributor Peacock & Binnington’s Selby branch on 18 February.

These evening workshops feature both theory and practice. Topics covered include why farm safety matters, the importance of an annual tractor safety check and guidance on how to carry out daily checks on machinery.

Leading the group from Yorkshire was Lewis Marshall, YFYFC Development & Marketing Vice Chairman and Chairman of Went Valley District. “The training event was well attended by young farmer members who enjoyed analysing the faults on a young farmer’s tractor which was in for service. That caused some amusement!” he says. “We learnt lots of hints and tips to keep our machines on the road including legalities and regulations. It is great to see large companies giving a bit back to the farming community. Many thanks to Massey Ferguson for supporting Yorkshire Young Farmers.”

Host for the evening was Marcus Bourne, Director & Branch Sales Manager, Peacock & Binnington. Technical Support Specialists Richard Cox and Michael Butland from Massey Ferguson led the workshop. The event was supported by AGCO Parts and the Farm Safety Foundation. Those who came along to the evening also got the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a £100 voucher to spend on Massey Ferguson branded merchandise.

“The correct use and maintenance of machines is a key part of the farm safety message,” said Richard Cox. “We had a very successful workshop at Selby with a great group of young farmers who were really engaged in the importance of the topic.”

Editorial by Sally-Ann Dennis from Massey Ferguson AGCO PartsMassey Ferguson 7

Can you take the reins?

Perhaps it was because farmers felt at home in the rural atmosphere of a livestock market, but a debate about the often difficult subject of succession planning was hailed a success.

Every year the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC) – which has a strong tradition of public speaking – hosts a forum. This year’s was titled Can you take the reins? and was held in the main ring at Skipton Livestock Market.

The panellists lined up under the auctioneer’s rostrum and the audience was seated around the auction ring. Among them was the recently-elected MP for Keighley Robbie Moore, who is from a farming family and is a qualified rural chartered surveyor, so has helped many clients tackle the often complicated maze of farm succession.

He spoke about the “four D’s” – death, divorce, debt and dispute – which were traditional triggers for looking at a farm’s future.

“It’s so much easier to tackle this subject in your own family’s time around the kitchen table rather than as a knee-jerk reaction to one of the four D’s when emotions will already be running high,” said Mr Moore, who in 2007 set up a plastic recycling business that has now grown to consist of a national network of franchises collecting and recycling farm plastic waste.

Others who had come along to support the debate included Dorothy Fairburn, northern director of the Country Landowners’ Association.

The event, which was sponsored by CCM Auctions and Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, was hosted by Georgina Fort, a dairy farmer and chairman of YFYFC.

Panellists were specialist agricultural solicitors Clair Douglas and Lucy Steven, of Crombie Wilkinson, farmer’s son and chairman of Boroughbridge YFC George Gill, former YFYFC chairman and chartered accountant Helen Herd, chartered surveyor John Akrigg, David Moyles of The Samaritans and dairy farmer Ian Collins.

Ian, who supplies milk from his cows to the famous Longley Farm dairy, spoke about being in his early 20s with a three month-old baby when his father passed away suddenly back in 2004.

“With a bit of planning life would have been such a lot easier,” he recalled, talking about practical problems such as the freezing of the farm’s bank account.

“I couldn’t even pay money in – never mind take any out,” he said.

Other areas covered included death and tenancies, mental health challenges of taking on the responsibility of a farm and the fair treatment of all siblings.Forum snip 2020 image of panellists