Visit the UK’s leading indoor agricultural event, with eleven packed halls of the very latest in agricultural machinery and equipment. Now at the NEC, Birmingham this is free to attend and free to park.
As a new entrant to agriculture, Harry Buckley already has a story to tell and through a journey of self discovery and travel successfully applied through clearing and earned himself a place at university.
Ben McClymont, 21, is currently studying agriculture at Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh, where he is about to start his BSc (Hons) year after summer. He lives on a 283-hectare (700-acre) 500-cow dairy farm and outside of university is a full-time contractor for local farmers, chairman of Lower Nithsdale YFC and Dumfries and Galloway Agri Rural Affairs rep.
James Gledhill, 25, is an artifi cial insemination technician for Genus as well as working on the family’s Glebe Farm at Hessay, near York. They own 60 hectares (150 acres), rent a further 48ha (120 acres) and run 125 suckler cows.
Marc Williams, 27, works for Natural Resources Wales and helps on the family farm near Sennybridge, in the Brecon Beacons. They keep 70 cattle on 40 hectares (100 acres). He is also chairman of Sennybridge YFC and is currently Brecknock YFC senior member of the year.
John McCulloch, 17, farms at the 607 hectares (1,500 acres) Chapelton Farm, in south west Scotland with 80 pedigree Shorthorn cows, 80 pedigree Aberdeen-Angus cows, 250 cross commercial cows and 850 cross-bred ewes. He is also a committee member of Stewartry YFC.
Martin Lloyd, 21, is an assistant auctioneer at Rugby Farmers Mart. In his spare time, he helps run a pedigree Dexter herd for boxed beef production on the family farm, with 200 ewes and 24 hectares (60 acres) of arable crops.
Helen Howells, 32, farms with her husband Peter on an 89 ha (220 acre) family-run beef and sheep unit specialising in breeding pedigree livestock under the Gwenog and Pedr prefi xes. She also runs her own consultancy from the farm, Hwylus, which provides values-based consultancy to the rural sector.
Laura McCulloch, 19, is studying journalism at Edinburgh Napier University alongside helping her parents run a 109-hectare (270-acre) beef and arable coastal farm at the Mull of Galloway. She is also a keen member of Stranraer and Rhins YFC.
Harvey Pile, 22, is a trainee auctioneer at Stags Auctioneers, running at South Molton Market, Tavistock Livestock Centre and Honiton Collection Centre. He currently auctioneers poultry and dispersal sales.
Sian Eleri Davies, 19, helps her father with two family holdings including a sheep and beef enterprise, and a 485ha (1,200-acre) sheep and arable farm on the Glanusk Estate. She studies agriculture with business studies at Aberystwyth University and is involved with Edw Valley YFC, where she recently retired as club chairman.
It’s safe to say the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) annual gathering once again left its indelible mark on Torquay, and the vibrancy of the event and its participants shines through on every level.