Flood clear up day in Reeth

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The Chairman of the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, Georgina Fort, has spoken of her pride at the organisation’s efforts to help flood victims.
An army of over 100 Young Farmers travelled from the length and breadth of the county – some from as far afield as County Durham – to help the clear-up effort.
Their focus was in the Dales village of Reeth, which has a race against the clock if the annual Reeth Show is to go ahead on August 26th .
A human chain of Young Farmer helpers gathered up walling stones that had been washed away with the force of the flood water and started re-building the walls.
“We were all so busy working there was no time to get emotional,” said Georgina, a dairy and sheep farmer from Silsden. “But when we stopped for a moment and looked out at what had been achieved over the day it was a very special moment.
“To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of Yorkshire’s young farmers. In spite of many of them having their own livestock to feed and look after before coming, they were ready to start work at 10am and didn’t stop all day. It was true camaraderie and Young Farmers’ spirit at its best.”

Sunday’s volunteering was co-ordinated by local Dales YFC clubs Reeth and Wensleydale.
Georgia Hird, secretary of Reeth YFC, said: “The mums from Reeth YFC put on a picnic lunch for the volunteers and the local fish and chip van kindly served us tea.
“Everyone was so appreciating of our help and the community really pulled together to help clear the show field in particular. We then visited various other badly affected places including famers in Fremmington and Arkengarthdale.  Although Swaledale will not return to normal for a long time, I think this has really helped to lift spirits.”
The wider young farmers’ family has also swung into action, with Newport Pagnell YFC in Buckinghamshire donating hay and straw to the flood-stricken Dales community.

Great Yorkshire Show Stock Judging

Great Yorkshire Show Stock Judging

Young Farmers began their countdown to next week’s Great Yorkshire Show with a pre-show stock judging event.

The annual competition, hosted by Askham Bryan College, is organised by the YFC@GYS committee, a joint collaboration between members from the East Riding and Yorkshire Federations of the Youth organisation. The two sides of the county come together each year to run the YFC stand (number 187) at the Great Yorkshire and the stock judging competition is a traditional fundraiser for the committee. This year’s sponsors were the National Farmers’ Union, Farmers and Mercantile and Suregrow.

The overall winning club was Farnley Estate, with Broughbridge second and Kirkbymoorside third.
Results were:

Junior Beef:

  • Ellie Phillips, Fellliscliffe
  • Gemma Farrar, Farnley Estate
  • Charlie Ryder, Farnley Estate

Senior Beef:

  • Lizzy Elgie, Boroughbridge
  • Rosie Powley, Boroughbridge
  • Amanda Cass, Whitby

Junior Breeding Ewes:

  • Gemma Farrar, Farnley Estate
  • Will Jarvis, Boroughbridge
  • Eleanor Ashby, Farnley Estate

Senior Breeding Ewes:

  • James Driffield, Farnley Estate
  • Laura Terry, Winksley cum Grantley
  • Emily Ward, Whitby

Junior Lambs:

  • Daisy Roberts, Farnley Estate
  • Joe Groves, Farnley Estate
  • Will Jarvis, Boroughbridge

Senior Lambs:

  • Laura Terry, Winksley cum Grantley
  • Lizzy Elgie, Boroughbridge
  • James Driffield, Farnley Estate

Junior Dairy:

  • Henrietta Jarvis, Boroughbridge
  • Evie Harrison-Bradley, Kirkbymoorside
  • Daisy Roberts, Farnley Estate

Intermediate Dairy:

  • Billie Towers, Farnley Estate
  • Rosie Powley, Boroughbridge
  • Charlie Robinson, Tadcaster & Wetherby

Senior Dairy:

  • Kelly Maltby, Lothersdale
  • Laura Terry, Winksley cum Grantley
  • Emily Ward, Whitby


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.

Northern Farmer Prize Coupon Terms & Conditions

At the Great Yorkshire Show 2019 the YFC@GYS Committee has teamed up with Norther Farmer magazine to run a fantastic prize draw.

July’s special Great Yorkshire Show edition of Northern Farmer contains a coupon – which needs to be posted into the entry box on the YFC stand at the show (stand number 187) – offering the chance to win tickets for York Races and Flamingo Land.

Terms & Conditions are as follows:

  1. Only one entry per person.
  2. The prize draw is open to all UK residents.
  3. The prize is as follows:
  • Flamingo Land family ticket worth £129.00
  • York Racecourse ticket for 4 people (Music Showcase Weekend 2019) worth £168.00 to be used 26th or 27th July 2019. Entrants must be over 18 years of age.
  1. To enter the prize draw you will be asked to provide your name and contact details.
  2. The information you provide here will be safeguarded under the Data Protection Act and controlled by Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.
  3. The prize draw ends on: 11:59pm 11/07/2019
  4. The winner will be notified via e-mail or telephone by Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs within 14 days of the closing date.
  5. The winning entry will be selected by an independent judge selected by Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and the judge’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  6. No cash alternatives will be substituted for the prize.
  7. Use of a false name or address will disqualify any applicant from receiving the prize.
  8. The winner may be required to participate in post-event publicity arranged by or on behalf of the promoter.
  9. Promoted by Yorkshire and East Riding Young Farmers’ Great Yorkshire Show and in the publication Northern Farmer.
  10. Details of the two winners can be requested by sending a SAE to the address above after the closing date.
  11. If the prize is not claimed within 28 days, we reserve the right to redraw.

Freddie’s Fight

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YOUNG farmers from across Yorkshire have rallied behind a campaign to raise money for potentially life-saving treatment for a three year-old boy battling cancer.

Freddie Thompson’s family has a farming background and although it’s around 13 years since his father Philip was a member of Thirsk Young Farmers’ Club, the whole Yorkshire Federation (YFYFC) has swung into action.

Proceeds from the annual YFYFC County clay shooting competition, hosted by Ryedale District Young Farmers at Hovingham, were donated to the fundraising appeal – which has already passed the halfway mark of its £250,000 target in just seven weeks.

The remainder of the money needs to be raised by September, in order for Freddie to be able to go to America for a pioneering vaccine. Freddie was just two years-old when he was diagnosed with stage four Neuroblastoma and he has already undergone a gruelling treatment of 80 days of chemotherapy and surgery at Leeds General Infirmary.

Freddie’s mum’s cousin, Helen Ward – who is part of the Freddie’s Fight fundraising team – said:

“It’s been absolutely amazing how the rural and farming community has got behind this; I know it means a huge amount to Philip, whose family farm at Kilburn, near Thirsk, and Emily.

“The support of Yorkshire’s young farmers has been particularly moving, as current members won’t have been around when Freddie’s family were involved in the organisation. But that’s the great thing about young farmers – it’s like one big family and once you’ve been a member you always have that connection. As a group of friends and family we have especially strong connections with Thirsk, Easingwold and Ryedale young farmers – but it’s been amazing how, through the farming community, word about Freddie has spread to a much wider area.”

For further details of YFC events, which range from a tractor run on May 12th organised by Easingwold YFC to Helmsley’s duck race at Easter, look up the Freddie’s Fight page on Facebook. Particular highlights include plans for a big shed ‘do’ in Ryedale this summer and a silent auction, on April 26th, hosted by Snainton YFC. There is also a raffle, with the star prize to win a vintage tractor, which will be drawn by Yorkshire vet Peter Wright at The Swan in Ampleforth on August 3rd and a ‘give your grain’ donation scheme being run by Argrain, near Easingwold, in association with Ripon Select Foods.

Kirsty Searby, Chairman of YFYFC, added:

“This response to Freddie’s Fight is typical of the young farmers’ movement. Like Freddie’s family has said, YFC is like one big family and I’m very proud of the way members have got behind this appeal.”

  • Neuroblastoma affects around 100 children each year in the UK. It usually affects children under the age of five and is the most common solid tumour in childhood after brain tumours


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Rachel Goldie appointed as NFYFC Vice-Chair

NFYFC Officer 2019-20 Officer Team: Left – Dewi Parry (Vice Chair), Centre – Katie Hall (Chair) & Right – Rachel Goldie (Vice Chair)

Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs very own Rachel Goldie, current Development and Marketing Chairperson, has been appointed as the National Federation’s Vice Chairman.

The vote was held at the February National Council on 16th & 17th February, and saw Katie Hall (Gloucestershire) sworn is as the new Chairperson for 2019-20, taking over from Lynsey Martin.

Dewi Parry of Clwyd FYFC (Wales) will be vice chair alongside Rachel.

In her opening speech, Rachel has said,

I WILL always listen to you the members of this amazing organisation and I PROMISE to work with you ALL to take the young farmers movement forward in the most positive way possible.


YFYFC Members discuss Opportunities for the Future Generation


A SHORTAGE of affordable housing in rural areas was among the topics discussed at the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC) annual forum.

Panellists at Friday’s event, which was held at Thirsk Auction Mart, were given the general heading of ‘Rural opportunities for our future generation’.

The panel was made up of Richmond MP Rishi Sunak, North East Regional Director of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Adam Bedford, vice chairman of YFYFC and current holder of the Yorkshire Post Young Farmer of the Year title Georgina Fort, CEO of rural focussed charity Community First Yorkshire Leah Swain and chair of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs Lynsey Martin. The evening was chaired by former Yorkshire YFC chairman of YFYFC Ian Close.

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On Friday 8th February, YFYFC will host their Annual Forum.
This is to be held at Thirsk Auction Mart, with refreshments from 7pm, for 7.30pm start.

Rural Opportunities for our Future Generation

The panelists include:

  • Rishi Sunak – Richmond MP (Conservative)
  • Lynsey Martin – Chair, National Federation of Young Farmers
  • Adam Bedford – Regional Director, NFU North East
  • Leah Swain – Cheif Executive, Community First Yorkshire
  • Georgina Fort – Vice Chair YFYFC & Farmer

The evening will be chaired by past YFYFC Chairman, Ian Close aka Donk.

Please contact the office if you are interested in attending.