Essex Young Farmers



Just to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to our annual country show on Sunday including the general public, exhibitors and EYFC supporters. We have a committee of 50 Young Farmer volunteers who formed in October 2013 and have worked incredibly hard in their spare time to put together a fabulous country show ( with a little bit of admin help from Mary & Jackie in the County Office). They are all aged between 16 – 26 (apart from the County Office staff who are a couple of years older…!) and dedicate 9 months preparing for their annual fund raising event.

We were rewarded with huge crowds and had just over 13.500 visitors to our show, which is up by 500 on our 2013 event. The wonderful weather definitely helped, but a lot of thought and effort goes into ensuring a wide variety of exhibitors and attractions to appeal to all ages. The Devils Horsemen and The Imps Motorcycle Display Team definitely drew the crowds in the Main Ring while The Sheep Show was wowing the public as usual – Nobby the sheep – what a great mover!!

So a busy evening and a few more days of clearing up then believe it or not we start preparing for our 2015 show. Please email us at if you wish to be involved next year and we can send you the applicable application pack.

Essex YFC chart single – Put That Hoe Down 

Essex Young Farmers have set themselves the challenge to write, record and release an original song, with the hope of getting it into the UK Top 40 on the weekend of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs’ (NFYFC) Annual Convention on the 9th-11th May, when thousands will descend on the seaside town of Blackpool for the weekend.

The Song:
The song, titled ‘Put That Hoedown’, is a fun, upbeat song which celebrates Young Farmers – how they work hard, play hard and support each other, with the lyrics referencing the flooding that has affected farming communities across the UK. The group chorus for the track was recorded at the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios in London. The track has been written and produced with the help of Audio Network.

The Video:

Was filmed at farm locations across Essex and at Abbey Road Studios; the video captures Young Farmers doing what they do best – having fun!

Charities and Causes:
The chart-topping challenge is all in aid of the NFYFC’s Rural+ Campaign which is raising money for the charities Young Minds and The Farming Community Network. The campaign aims to raise awareness of rural isolation and mental health issues in young people and support those who suffer from, or are affected by them. 

“Music in particular is a proven mental boost. It can help create a positive mindset so it feels like quite an apt thing to be doing for those charities.” 

The song will be available to pre-order on iTunes from Thursday 17th April, with the release set for 5th May.

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Essex Young Farmers’ Prelims Day 2012 from Jess Roche on Vimeo.
Colchester Tug of War - FinalThe Essex Young Farmers are a youth organisation made up of 16-26 year olds and, despite the name, you don’t have to be a farmer to join; absolutely anyone can be a member! Essex Young Farmers is run by its members for its members so everyone has the chance to have a say in what goes on.

With 12 clubs across the county there really is something for everyone, be it organising events, playing sports, fundraising for charities or simply enjoying the social side of it all!

Essex Young Farmers also have competitions every month for clubs to take part in, including bowling, rugby, mixed hockey, football, netball, public speaking, tug of war and many more.

As if this wasn’t enough for us to be getting on with, Essex Young Farmers also organises one of the county’s biggest annual Country Shows. This is attended by almost 14,000 people and is organised and run entirely by us, the members. If you are looking for a challenge then this might just be for you!

The Essex Young Farmers Country Show 2014 is kindly sponsored by P. Tuckwell Limited – agricultural machinery specialists.

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