National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

30 November 2021

YFC member Kenneth Rees, from Rhayader YFC, is the illustrator behind a new children’s book series called Farmer in Training.

Written by Anwen Nicholls, a former Builth Wells YFC member, the stories follow the challenges of the farming calendar with a young boy called Jack, who can’t wait to be a farmer when he grows up. The books are aimed at children up to the age of seven and are inspired by real stories from the creators’ own family farms. 

Anwen said: “The stories had to be illustrated by someone who understood the real picture. Kenneth was perfect for the job.”

We caught up with Kenneth, who has a background in graphic and web design and a passion for illustration.  

Q. Who’s involved in the books? 

KR: Anwen Nicholls’ children Joe and Ellen are members of Cantal YFC in Radnorshire and Anwen supports the local club by training members in competitions, including public speaking. I’m involved in Rhayader YFC, along with my brother Meurig and other family members. Meurig and Joe have worked as chief consultants during the development process of the books.

Q. Where did the inspiration for the style of illustration come from?

I have always enjoyed illustrating. The style is very much influenced by trying to create fun, lively characters. However, look closely and you will see that they are not just generic cartoon sheep or cows. I used many different breeds of sheep, cows and other animals, and that sets this series of books apart from others.

Q. What do your YFC friends think of the books?

A. The books have been well-supported by past and present YFC members in Radnorshire and Brecknock. Many former members have bought the books for their young children, who will be the YFC stars of the future. Readers have loved all of the little details that make the stories 'real'. You'll easily recognise the infamous 'white coat' and little touches, like pitch marks, sheep tags and tools that make the illustrations relatable.

The books can be purchased from


30 November 2021

NFYFC has produced a guide for YFC members to raise awareness of the increase in drink and needle spiking incidents in clubs and bars and to offer support on what people can do to protect themselves and others.

More guidance has also been shared with Club and County Officers to give extra support for organising YFC social events and the steps they need to take to keep people safe.

The advice is aimed at encouraging YFC members to be vigilant on nights out and to also take care of friends too who may become victims of drink or needle spiking. Looking after fellow YFC members is part of the YFC Code of Conduct that everyone signs up to when joining.

Chair of NFYFC Council Rachel Goldie said: “Christmas is a social time for everyone and we want to ensure that our members have the best time possible. With so many cases of spiking happening in clubs and bars, it’s important that everyone is aware of the dangers if they’re enjoying a night out. Looking out for your friends is key and ensuring everyone gets home safely.

“Drink and needle spiking is a serious crime and should any incidents happen during YFC activities, they will be reported to the police.”

As well as detailed advice in the guide about staying safe, there are also links to obtain drink covers as well as links to additional resources.

Read the full guide on being aware and protecting yourself and others against the impact of spiking incidents.   

YFC members are also being asked to ensure they protect the reputation of their YFC by following the official Code of Conduct. All members have a responsibility to ensure they are behaving respectfully towards everyone involved in the organisation and should assist the club's officials to ensure fellow members do the same. You can read the Code of Conduct here.


30 November 2021

It might have been 24 months since the last English Winter Fair, but members of Herefordshire FYFC proved their stockjudging skills were still on form when they won the John Spear trophy again this year. 

The Herefordshire B team and the Herefordshire A team were placed first and second respectively for their overall team performance in the beef and lamb, live and carcase stockjudging competition.

Megan Phillips, from Eardisley YFC, was part of the winning team, and a winner of the individual intermediate beef live and carcase competition. While the team hadn’t been able to meet since the County round of the competition, they had all been practising. 

“We have great support and great trainers in Herefordshire, from people who have all previously done well in Stockjudging. Mum and dad helped me a lot with the training,” explained Megan who has gained experience over the years from growing up on her family’s beef and sheep farm. 

While Covid has hampered group training, Megan admitted it was great to be back with YFC at the English Winter Fair. 

“I have met so many people from across England and Wales through these competitions so it was great to see them again this year. Stockjudging is my favourite competition – I enjoy the judging and presenting my reasons,” said Megan who is currently studying Agri Business at university. 

Five trophies were presented at the national Stockjudging competition final, including the John Spear Trophy, the Smithfield trophies for overall team results for Beef Live and Carcase and Lamb Live and Carcase, the Mark Madders Trophy for intermediate teams and the Bob Williams Trophy for senior teams. 

The competition, which is the first in NFYFC’s 2021-22 calendar, is sponsored by Kerbl UK, supported by AHDB, hosted by the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society and the supper was kindly supported by Bradshaws Agriculture. 

Megan’s top Stockjudging tips: 

1. Make sure your tie is straight and your white coat is done up. You can gain makes for style and these are easy points to get if you dress correctly. 

2. Always say thank you at the end of giving your reasons. While they might not remember that you said thank you, they will remember the person who didn’t. 

3. Listen to older competing members and ask them for help and advice. 

For more guidance on stockjudging, watch the AHDB video below. 

More information is available on showing rare and native breeds in NFYFC’s showing guide here

29 November 2021

With less than four weeks to go until Christmas, we’ve rounded up some top deals to give you ideas and help save you money on this year’s festive gift buying. All YFC members have access to these exclusive deals, just login into the website when you click on the offers below to claim your offer codes.*

*Please note, all email logins are provided to current members on joining YFC. If you have forgotten your code, just click the reminder button (available when you click on links for offers).

For the farmers

Looking for an idea for a family member who loves a good farming read? YFC members can save £57 on a print subscription for Farmers Weekly. It’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year through! 

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For the diy-ers

Know someone who loves power tools or could do with new safety footwear? YFC members can save a whopping 50% off Beta Tools’ current product range – which includes everything from general maintenance tools through to workshop equipment.

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For the fashion-conscious 

If you’re searching for clothing for that special someone, then save yourself 10% at Hollands Country Clothing (including sale prices until January 2022). You can choose from a great range of country and outdoor clothing from brands including Deerhunter, Jack Murphy and more. 

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For the readers 

For the bookworm in your life, check out these great books from 5m Books, which include titles in veterinary and animal sciences, agriculture and aquatic sciences. YFC members can save 20% on all their titles! 

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For the adventurers 

Bag yourself a 15% discount at Ridgeline of New Zealand – a specialist outdoor clothing brand. Choose from jackets, caps, footwear and a range of other option to kit out someone you love for their next adventure!

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For the outdoor workers

Grubs Boots are great for anyone working in agriculture so could make the ideal gift for farming family members! And with your YFC discount you could save 20% on a pair. 

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For the food lovers 

This cheesy offer comes from two entrepreneurial Leicestershire YFC members who have created a YFC-branded cheese selection box! For just £22.50, you can purchase a gift box packed with four great tasting British cheeses encased in wax, with the YFC logo stamped on top. 

It makes a lovely gift for anyone involved in YFC and The British Food Box is kindly donating £5 from the sale of every box to help NFYFC support its YFCs! 

Find out more and place your order 

For all of us

We all need a good pair of wellies that can stand up to the weather these days – even if you’re not living or working on a farm. Ultralight Leon Boots Co. is offering YFC members 15% off its comfortable, durable wellington boots that are ideal for everyday wear and for many professions and hobbies – including farm work, construction, gardening or fishing. 

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For the ladies 

If you’re looking for a fun activity for a female friend, why not take a look at the Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club – the UK’s largest ladies only, clay shooting and cake club. It’s a fun day out for girls aged 12-35 who are keen on practising their shooting – and YFC members can save 15% off any shoot. 

You’ll shoot 30 cartridges and clays under the expert instruction of their coaches and after all your hard work, you’ll be rewarded with tea and cake in beautiful vintage china. 

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And don’t forget that you can support NFYFC all year round by purchasing the Compost Heap range of cards, available in farm shops across the UK, as 10% from sales is donated to the national federation. The Compost Heap has been a firm favourite with farm shop customers for the past 15 years, with its hand-drawn humorous images often using a play on words. 

See all YFC discounts here. 



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