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.
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.
RUGBY league player Eddie Battye has spoken fondly of his time as a young farmer in Yorkshire.
Eddie is a prop with the London Broncos, the team that hit the headlines earlier this month when they won the final Super League spot for next season by beating favourites Toronto Wolfpack in the razzmatazz-filled Million Pound Game.
While most of his teammates are enjoying a well-earned holiday after the Canadian clash, Eddie is back at home helping out on his family’s buffalo farm at Oxspring, near Barnsley.
“I was at a farmers’ market the other day selling the buffalo meat,” said 27 year-old Eddie, who was a keen member of Cawthorne Young Farmers’ Club before moving to London to pursue his professional rugby dream.
“I put my hand up for everything – panto, entertainments, rallies, tug of war – and strongly recommend others do the same. I learnt all sorts of skills like team building and made friends for life. Although I came from a farming background it doesn’t matter if you don’t.”
Eddie also spoke of his sadness at the controversial cancelling of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ annual AGM.
“I’ve been to a fair few in my time and it’s so good for young people – who often lead quite isolated lives working in the countryside – to get together and meet other members from all over the country. Young farmers have had a bad press recently and I really hope they get it all sorted soon. They do a lot of good work for charity and need to be back concentrating on all the positives.”
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.
YORKSHIRE young farmers have voted unanimously to call for a vote of no confidence in the national body’s board of management.The proposal came at a packed executive committee meeting in Harrogate of the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC).
Last Thursday’s meeting (September 20th) had been called to get the grassroots’ membership’s feedback on the cancellation of next year’s annual convention in Blackpool by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC)
The proposal was made after members voiced their anger that the first they had heard of the convention being axed was via the Farmers Guardian’s Facebook page.
“Finding out about the cancellation through social media was absolutely disgusting,” said one.
“National’s communication – or rather lack of it – has resulted in a massive feeling of resentment.”
Yorkshire chairperson Kirsty Searby praised members for not making a knee-jerk reaction after news broke of the convention’s cancellation when troublemakers at this year’s event hit the national headlines.
“I was really proud of how eloquently and considered our members discussed this matter,” said Kirsty. “Our members agreed that the convention format needs looking at – maybe going down the lines of a festival – but the anger came from the way the decision to cancel was made; with members left to learn about it second-hand via social media. There were also strong feelings about the way the whole Blackpool affair was handled; with negative stories coming out from national rather than telling the public about all the good that young farmers do.”
While they had their blood up, YFYFC voted to back two further proposals. The first was to undertake a feasibility study looking at the cost and other implications if a decision is made to break away – like Cheshire – from the national federation. They also criticised a current membership survey, claiming the questions had been asked in such a way that only positive answers can be given. A vote was taken to propose a new survey, which should ask open questions; more likely to bring frank and constructive ideas forward with the scope for making negative points as well.
Yorkshire YFC will put its three motions forward at the NFYFC council meeting, to be held in Warwickshire on Sunday, October 21st.
For further information contact: YFYFC County Office on 01423 865 870, and they will put you in touch with one of the senior officers.
A good evening was had by all the members who took part at the Great Yorkshire Show Stock Judging. Kindly hosted by CCM Skipton, members battled hard against tough competition and judged dairy, pigs, lambs and beef.
A good day was had by all the members who took part at the prestigious Northern Area Stockman of the Year. Hosted by Lancashire at Littletown Dairy, members battled hard against tough competition and judged dairy, pigs, breeding ewes and beef as well as completing a animal questionnaire to try and earn a place at National Stockman of the year finals. Overall Yorkshire A came 3rd and in the individual results, Tom Stapleton finished 2nd in the seniors and will represent Yorkshire at the National finals on Sat 1st & Sun 2nd September. Full results below