The Tenant Farmers Association has congratulated the team
from Pembrokeshire Young Farmers (William Lawrence and Nigel
Raymond) who won the prestigious 2006 National Federation of
Young Farmers Clubs’ Farm Business Development Competition
at the Royal Show 2006.
Winners - William Lawrence and Nigel Raymond
The TFA’s National Vice Chairman Greg Bliss said “The
Tenant Farmers Association is proud to be sponsoring and helping
to judge the NFYFC’s National Farm Business Development
Competition for the second year. In the competitive market for
new tenancies and other opportunities for farming land, you have
to be able to stand head and shoulders above the rest of the
field and this competition is a good way to develop the skills
to do that”.
The competition simulated a real-life, potential farm letting
and pitted the competitors against each other to find out who
would be offered the farm. The judges assumed the position of
the landowner and had the task of awarding the farm to the best
proposal from the ten teams entered.
“All the teams have tried hard and even if they have not
been placed in the top four, all will have gained invaluable
experience from this competition which will stand them in good
stead when responding to real opportunities in the market place.” said
“The dream of running your own farm is shared by many.
Those who have managed to make the dream a reality, especially
in the absence of an existing family farm, are a more select
bunch. This competition shows the potential that is out there.
The farming industry now needs to create opportunities for these
young people and once in, we need to retain them. The Fresh Start
initiative, which is supported by the TFA, is attempting to address
the need to attract new entrants into farming but we also need
the commitment of landlords and older family members on owner-occupied
farms to give these talented young people a chance.” said
The TFA is able to assist potential tenants who are considering
entering into the industry, through its Associate Membership
Scheme. Costing only £65 per year it gives new entrants
access to advice and guidance including information on comparable
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