75 YEARS OF FRIENDS, FUN, MEMORIES AND LAUGHTER
The first Young Farmers’ Club opened in 1921 in Hemyock, Devon, where the United Dairies milk factory set children of the area’s milk producers the task of calf rearing, with competitions and prizes for those achieving the highest standards.
Over the next decade more clubs opened to provide agricultural education, with the focus on the keeping of growing and living things including calves, pigs, poultry, bees and gardens.
After the death of one of YFC’s original founders and greatest inspirations, Lord Northcliffe, in 1922 the Ministry of Agriculture took on development of the organisation. But within six years it was proving difficult for it to offer the type of help needed by the members to organise the 50 clubs or offer guidance on the rural social role Young Farmers’ Clubs were assuming.
We are a sub federation of The National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, who support over 25,000 members in nearly 600 clubs it is one of the biggest rural youth organisations in the UK. We thrive in promoting our values of Fun, Learning and Achievement for all our members.
The senior Young Farmers have 11 clubs for those aged 14–30, they are run by the members for the members.
Once you have attended a meeting and decided you would like to join, speak to the club treasurer for a membership form or download a YFC Membership Form and return to County Office.
Countrysiders have 15 clubs and are the junior section, for ages 10–16, these are organised by a club leader.