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The spring 2015 issue of the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) membership magazine. A printed version of the magazine is posted to 25,000 members' homes.

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  • YFC SKI TRIPHIGHLIGHTS FROM TIGNES!

    Fun, learning & achievement

    The magazine of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs

    YOUR SHOUT!THE LATEST NEWS FROM CLUBS AND COUNTIES

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    FARM SAFETY ADVICE

    PLUSMEET THE STARSYOUR AMAZING LINE UP FOR ANNUAL CONVENTION IN TORQUAY THIS APRIL!

    INSIDE

    l WHAT ITS LIKE TO WORK ABROAD

    l STOCKJUDGING COMP WINNERS

    l YOUTH FORUMS WEEKEND OF FUN ON ISLE OF MAN

    MEMBERSTORIES

    We want members to take advantage of all the opportunities on offer at YFC

    BACK TO OUR

    ROOTS! MAKE NFY

    FC EVEN STRONGER NEW TOP

    TEAM AIM TO

  • I am really excited to be your new NFYFC Chairman of Council. Thank you so much for electing me to represent all 25,000 of you across England and Wales its

    truly an honour!I have been a Young Farmer for

    13 years and this is my final year in membership age what a high to go out on! You can read about my plans for the Federation on page 16 and how I will be working with your County representatives to make us bigger and better in 2015.

    One challenge I am keen to get started is involving as many of you as possible in the Birmingham Half Marathon with me in October to raise money for your chosen charities. Young Farmers do so many good things in our local communities that I thought this would be an excellent way

    to show how much we give back. Its not long now until our Annual

    Convention in Torquay and you can read about the amazing line up on page 10. I cant wait to get my fancy dress outfit sorted Im thinking 60s style!

    For those not old enough to go to Convention yet, we recently held the Youth Forum Residential (page 26), which was great fun and nearly as cold as it was for those 500 Young Farmers who started the year off in the snow-capped Alps of Tignes on our ski trip (page 22).

    Theres so much going on and I want all of us to grab the many opportunities available to us.

    Make it your challenge for 2015 to say yes, have a go and see where Young Farmers Clubs can take you

    Hannah Talbot National Chair of Council

    WELCOME TO YOUR SPRING ISSUE OF TEN26

    TEN26 MAGAZINE

    For the NFYFC:

    Head of Marketing and

    Development:

    Maria Burke

    Communications

    Officer: Sam Conway

    Editor: Cheryl Liddle

    Art Director: Ian Feeney

    This magazine is

    produced for members

    of the National

    Federation of Young

    Farmers Clubs and

    their friends and

    families. NFYFC. No part of this magazine

    may be reproduced

    without prior written

    permission.

    All letters, photos and

    news are welcomed but

    we reserve the right to

    edit any contributions.

    The opinions expressed

    in the magazine

    are those of the

    contributors and do

    not necessarily reflect

    those of the NFYFC.

    If you are interested

    in advertising in

    ten26, please contact

    christina.evans@nfyfc.

    org.uk or call 02476

    857227.

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    A Welsh translation of this

    magazine is also available

    Meet the national team and steering group chairmen (From left to right) Vice Chairs Chris Manley and Jessica Townson, Competitions Steering Group Chair Mark Curr, Chair Personal Development Toby France, Chair Agriculture & Rural Issues Lynsey Martin, Chair Events and Marketing Katie Davies and Chair of the Youth Forum Danielle McNulty.

    NATIONAL AND COMMITTEE OFFICERS

    Claire Worden handed the Chain of office to me at the Council meeting in

    February. Shes going to be a hard act to follow!

    Below, its me enjoying the Youth Forum Residential.

  • 06 NEWSCatch up on whats happening at NFYFC

    GOOD SKILLS

    04 WHATS ONGet your YFC diary sorted for 2015

    18 FARM SAFETY Mark Mather reveals how he lost his leg in a farming accident

    24 THE JOBOne member reveals what its like to work in France for Kuhn Farm Machinery

    FEATURES

    10 CONVENTIONThe line up is revealed for the best event of the year

    14 CLUB FOCUSMeet three of our YFCs and compare your club

    16 WE ARE FAMILYMeet your new Council and find out the 2015 plans

    22 SNOW BUSINESSMembers enjoy one of the biggest YFC Ski trips COMPETITIONS

    20 STOCKJUDGING Get some top stockjudging tips from the experts

    YOUTH FORUM

    26 RESIDENTIALHaving fun with the Youth Forum on the Isle of Man

    YOUR SHOUT

    28 AREA NEWSThe latest news and photos from clubs across the UK with some of your best recent tweets

    CONTENTS

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    GET IN TOUCHCall

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    Dial 02476 857200

    Email magazine@nfyfc.org.uk

    Like at facebook.com/nfyfc

    Follow on twitter.com/nfyfc

    WERE MOBILE FRIENDLY!

    Remember you can now view the NFYFC website on your mobile phone

    as we have made it easy to view on small screens!

    WIN! 10 POLO SHIRTS FOR YOUR CLUB

    FOR ANNUAL CONVENTION

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    WHATS ON IN 2015Dont miss out on some top NFYFC events this year. Make a note of your faves and well see you there!

    27-28 JUNE COUNCIL WEEKENDThe second Council meeting of the year where your elected delegates plan, discuss and vote to improve your Federation. Follow Council actions on Twitter at #yfccouncil

    16 JULY DAIRY STOCKJUDGING FINALSNot only a fab day out at the Great Yorkshire Show but also a chance to see YFC Dairy Stockjudging competitors take part in the Finals! #yfccomps

    20-23 JULY ROYAL WELSH SHOWPull on the wellies, pitch the tents and get partying hard at the Royal Welsh Show, where Wales YFC host the Young Peoples Village! More info at www.yfc-wales.org.uk/young-peoples-village

    24-26 APRIL ANNUAL CONVENTIONLets hope its a spring scorcher for the 2015 Annual Convention in the sunny resort of Torquay. Competition finals in Pantomime, Dancing, Senior Member of the Year and Jump Rope will keep you entertained in the day, while DJs from Radio 1 will keep things lively at night. Find out the latest on page 10 or at www.yfcconvention.org.uk #yfcagm

    4-5 JULY COMPETITIONS WEEKEND Its the national finals of a whole host of exciting YFC competitions from Garden Sculptures to After Dinner Speaking at the Staffordshire County Showground. Be there or follow the results on Twitter #yfccomps. See all comps here www.nfyfc.org.uk/a-to-z-competitions

    25 APRIL PANTO FINALSFollowing on from our Regional semi-finals for the Pantomime competition, get front row seats at the finals in Torquay . Always a crowd pleaser, this years YFC pantomimes promise to be a good giggle. Oh yes they are you get the gist. For tickets contact gill.harrison@nfyfc.org.uk #yfccomps

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    21-22 NOVEMBER LIVE AND CARCASE STOCKJUDGING FINALSEnding the year with the hotly contested stockjuding competitions at the English Winter Fair. #yfccomps

    24-25 OCTOBERCOUNCIL WEEKEND More meetings and planning from your YFC Council. #yfccouncil

    6-7 SEPTEMBER FARM SKILLS WEEKEND Time to prove your worth as a Young Farmer and show off your skills in competitions for fence erecting, stockjudging and most importantly farm safety! #yfccomps

    1 AUGUST TUG OF WAR FINALSEnjoy all the action of the YFC Tug of War Finals at the Tenbury Show. If youre not a finalist, its still a great day out cheering on members from your county as they pull to victory! #yfccomps

    5 DECEMBER TRAVEL SELECTION DAY Get your applications in before the end of November to secure your place at the Selection Day. #yfctravel

    26-27 SEPTEMBER FLOWER ARRANGING AND COOKERY FINALSTake in some lovely odours at the Malvern Autumn Show from YFC chefs cooking up a treat on the Saturday, followed by the sweet scent of flower arranging on the Sunday! #yfccomps

  • QWhats the best thing about being NFYFC President? ABeing part of an organisation of young people! Your energy, optimism and enthusiasm are stimulating. I enjoy going out to meet members and being part of your democracy. I think its great to be President of an organisation that cares about each other and the wider community.

    QWhere do you think the agricultural industry will be in 50 years time?

    A It will be centre stage. It will embrace and use all the latest scientific discovery and development. The challenge of feeding a massively increased world population will mean agriculture will be the preeminent activity for mankind. Those who

    manage our land will also manage our landscape and our wildlife. Its an awesome responsibility.

    Being able to fly a drone may be something thats crucial to future farmers. Were likely to be using fewer pesticides because we will be precision farming. Its an exciting prospect and I wish I was 20!

    QHow can members improve their chances in the agricultural industry?

    A You need to work hard at whatever discipline you choose to follow. Dont be constrained by convention challenge it! Engage in all the YFC competitions and activities to develop your skills. Get involved and stuck in because being able to debate, make judgements, present ideas, and work in a team are all invaluable skills. If youre not confident, let YFC activities help you overcome your nerves. Aim high and dont be afraid of failure no one develops without making mistakes. But most of all enjoy it!

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    NEWSNEWSTHE LATEST NEWS AN

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    The NFYFC Council has agreed to propose a 20% increase to the national levy.

    The motion will be taken to the Annual Gen