YFYFC support of Lancashire amendment limits National Levy rise to 10%

Following a week of heightened media coverage, the awaited National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs was held in Blackpool on Sunday 6th May 2018.

Yorkshire FYFC decided to support Lancashire’s amendment of 10% increase in National levy, much lower than the 30% proposed by NFYFC.

Members from Lancashire, Yorkshire and across England and Wales spoke on behalf of clubs and federations with mixed views.

In the end, the majority decided to increase the National Levy by 10% however, Katy Dutton of Lancashire YFC reiterated Ed Bentley’s words, telling NFYFC they must look at levy on a long term basis, rather than year on year.

Read about this in the press:

Yorkshire Post NFYFC AGM Review

Farmers Guardian National AGM write up

Yorkshire FYFC to support Lancashire’s 10% National levy increase amendment and vote against National proposal of 30% at AGM in Blackpool

OLD ADVERSARIES Yorkshire and Lancashire will go into battle together at next week’s National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) annual general meeting and convention.

Members from the White and Red Rose counties will be putting their traditional rivalries to one side and singing from the same hymn sheet when the controversial subject of membership subscriptions is discussed at the gathering in Blackpool, which takes place between May 4th and 6th.

There is a motion from NFYFC council to increase the levy paid by individual clubs into the national federation coffers by 30 per cent.

Ed Bentley, chairman of Yorkshire YFC’s events, finance and general purpose committee, explained the county’s decision to support an amendment by Lancashire to limit the increase to 10 per cent.

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Clay Pigeon Shoot

A 17 year-old swept the board at the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC) annual clay pigeon shoot.

Katie Carvey, of Great Smeaton YFC, near Northallerton, took top place honours in all three classes – under 18, overall female and the next age group up, for competitors 26 and under.

The event was held at the Duke of Wellington Shooting Ground, near Northallerton. Being a hot shot runs in the family, as Katie’s father Gordon was a former British junior clay pigeon shooting champion. The family has a mixed farm, with suckler cows, pigs, sheep and arable.

Katie, who works as an apprentice administrator for the National Farmers’ Union, has her sights firmly set on selection for the Great British team.

“I’m going to GB selection shoots and would definitely urge other girls to give it a go,” she said.

“There are a lot more girls taking part these days. I’ve been shooting for about four years and doing competitions for the last two or three years.

“It was a great feeling when the results came in and I’d won all the classes.”

In another sign that Katie means business, she is sponsored by Northallerton Shooting and Countrywear Store.

“It can be quite an expensive sport, so help with my gun and clothes makes a big difference. There is a lot more choice when it comes to what to wear for female shooters now compared to just a few years ago when I started.”

Katie competes using a Browning 725 12-bore and in the winter months goes beating in return for some game shooting days.


Knaresborough YFC Tractor Run

OVER £8,000 has raised by Knaresborough Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) with a tractor run in memory of a much-missed member.

24 year-old Mike Spink died in a road accident whilst in New Zealand last year. His friends from YFC wanted to do something to honour him and followed up last year’s inaugural tractor run with an even bigger event.

175 tractors, from as far afield as Sheffield (a journey of 2.5 hours by tractor), took part.

Chairman of Knaresborough YFC, Steven Brown, said sales from a calendar featuring the tractor run will take the amount eventually handed over later in the year to chosen charity the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to over £10,000.

“It was very humbling to see even more tractors turning out for Mike this year,” he said.

“It takes a lot of organising and is a very emotional day, imagining what Mike would think of all these people remembering him, but it’s really worthwhile and sums up what young farmers is all about; one big family all looking out for each other.”



The stress, anxiety and worry experienced by so many farmers is something that is causing increasing concern…especially when it leads to mental health problems that
are so difficult to talk about.

Do you work regularly with farmer customers?

If so, this is a practical conference designed to help you:

  • SPOT the signs of someone struggling with their mental wellbeing
  • Learn how to SPEAK to them about what is happening
  • SIGNPOST them to the right help

Join people from across the Farming industry at a free half-day conference for the agricultural supply chain on

  • Thursday 22nd March 2018
  • The Pavilions, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ

Panellists include:

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YFYFC Dinner Dance raises £400 for Sands


A charity raffle was held in conjunction with the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’s Clubs Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday 17th February 2018, held at The Pavilions of Harrogate.

The chosen charity this year, selected by the D&M Committee, was Sands (Still and Neonatal Deaths Charity). A total of £400 was raised, and we thank all members for their kind generosity.

YFYFC are recruiting

Yorkshire FYFC are seeking to recruit a County Coordinator and Field Development Officers to work alongside our existing team.

Do you think you have the skills and enthusiasm required, or would just like some more information?

Visit our careers page for further details on these roles, or click here to see our existing team at YFYFC.

Closing date for applications: 28th February 2018

Young Farmers descend on Thirsk for YFYFC Forum

There was a fantastic turnout for the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC) annual forum, held by kind permission of Thirsk Auction Mart.

Panellists covered a wide range of subjects including housing, Brexit and succession planning and much more under the general heading of “What next for the Great British countryside?”

The panel was made up of former National Farmers’ Union (NFU) representative in Brussels, James Mills, who has recently returned home to work on his family’s sheep and arable farm near York, Pennine sheep farmer and NFU member David Airey, chief operating officer of the Local Enterprise Partnership for North & East Yorkshire James Farrar, and former MP Anne McIntosh, now Baroness of Pickering. The evening was chaired by former chairman of YFYFC Ian Close.

Talking about the government’s handling of Brexit, James Mills said the farming community was tired of “short-term policies” when they are trying to operate long-term businesses and environmental strategies.

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