#NationalYoungFarmersWeek (18th-24th September) is coming up – a week which celebrates all things NFYFC!
For the city dwellers reading this, the National Federation of Young Farmers Club (NFYFC) is an organisation run by young people, for young people who share a love for agricultural and rural living.
Unlike the name hints, you don’t have to be a ‘young farmer’ to be in the young farmers and signing up to your local club can change your life forever (without meaning to sound dramatic!) as you gain friends for life whilst having a whole lot of fun.
To celebrate the week I have come up with some of the best things about being a young farmer.
Work hard… but partier harder
Young farmers have a notorious party hard reputation and it isn’t hard to see why.
There is never an excuse for a party, with each regional hosting their own throughout the year – Barn Boogie by Pendle YFC and Boxing Day Do by Clitheroe YFC being personal favourites of mine.
And don’t get me started on the crazy alcohol fuelled weekend that is the AGM!
So, grab your selfie stick, remember your fancy dress costumes and get ready to sing country roads at the top of your voice.
The world is your oyster
Quite literally, as NFYFC offers a range of trips both across the U.K and further afield for its members.
Whether you fancy skiing, club exchanging, shearing sheep in New Zealand or volunteering in South Africa, there is a travel opportunity waiting for everyone.
Slap on your sun-screen and lace up your walking boots and prepare for an adventure of a life-time.
CV boosting skills
Throughout your time in YFC, you will develop a range of skills as long as your arm, meaning you can talk the ear off the interviewer when they say, ‘tell me about YFC’.
All those hours spent stock-judging have given you strong decision making skills, the ability to communicate in a clear convincing manner, self-confidence and quick thinking. And all your parents thought you did at YFC was drink…
Competitions at both regional and national level offer young farmers a chance to show off their talents as well as meet new people with similar interests.
Whether this involves necking a pint of gravy, dancing around in a cow onsie or baking a mean banana loaf, there is a competition for everyone to get involved in whilst having a lot of fun!
Forget Naked Attraction and Take Me Out, the NFYFC is an age-old dating agency that has withstood the test of time.
Known by many for setting up couples through its variety of social events, you’ll begin to develop more than friendships with people who have similar interests and backgrounds to you!
Cupboards brimming with club tops
The longer you are involved with YFC, the more unsuitable club tops you acquire!
Livestock don’t mind the innuendo banter plastered across the back of your polo but your grandparents may have something to say on the matter.
Favourites include: ‘Don’t be daft, cover your shaft’, ‘Do it in wellies, the only rubber strong enough’, ‘Our standards are as low as British milk prices’ and ‘Lancashire YFC are like a defender – good at pulling, love getting dirty and always suppin’ fuel’.
It’s not all looking at animals!
You may think YFCs spend each week stood in a wet field looking at sheep but each club hosts a varied schedule to suit everyone’s interests.
From pumpkin carving, talks by charities such as R.A.B.I to matches of tennis, each week is different and you always get to try something new alongside your friends!
So come along and get involved with YFC this week.
These are my favourite things about being a young farmer – what are yours? Let me know below + share your YFC experiences!