Categories & Criteria

Entries open for the Young BFA Awards 2024 on Friday 17th May 2024.

Young Farmers Club of the Year

In the past 12 months, has your Young Farmers Club gone above and beyond to either raise significant funds for a charity or help support your local community? If so, nominate your Young Farmers Club to be championed the best club in the country! 

Entry criteria:

  • Open to any Young Farmers Club across England, Wales or Scotland. For England / Wales the club must be registered with the National Federation of Young Farmers Club, for Scotland the club must be registered with the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs. 
  • No limit to the size of the club.
  • All members of the club must have a valid membership card and be within the age range of your club's country federation (England / Wales 10 - 28 years, Scotland 14 - 30 years).

Farmers Guardian Young Farming Hero

Are you a young farmer who has gone above and beyond to provide support on your family farm under exceptional circumstances? Or have you done something to significantly benefit your local community or raise funds for a charity?

If so the Young BFA awards want to hear from you! Nominate yourself or a young farming hero that you know now! 

Entry criteria:

  • The nominee must be aged between 6 - 16 years on at the time of entering the awards.
  • The nominee does not have to be a member of a registered young farmers club.

Young Handler of the Year (Junior 6 - 10 years)

Are you an upcoming champion in the show ring? The young BFAs are looking for a young handler who has consistently performed within the show ring and been actively involved in rearing the livestock that has been shown.

Entry criteria:

  • Livestock reared and shown within this category includes: beef, dairy, sheep, goats and pigs. 
  • The nominee does not have to be a member of a registered young farmers club.
  • The nominee must be aged between 6 - 10 years on at the time of entering the awards.

Young Handler of the Year (Senior 11 - 16 years)

Are you a upcoming champion in the show ring? The young BFAs are looking for a young handler who has consistently performed within the show ring and being actively involved in rearing the livestock that has been shown.

Entry criteria:

  • Livestock reared and shown within this category includes: beef, dairy, sheep, goats and pigs.
  • The nominee does not have to be a member of a registered young farmers club.
  • The nominee must be aged between 11 - 16 years on at the time of entering the awards.

Young Innovator of the Year (Junior 6-10 years)

Are you a budding inventor or engineer in the making? This award is looking to champion a young innovator who has an idea on how to make farming more efficient.

This can be across any farming activity, but you need to be able to provide drawings with an explanation as to how your idea would work on the farm.

Entry criteria:

  • The nominee does not have to be a member of a registered young farmers club.
  • The nominee must be aged between 6 - 10 years on at the time of entering the awards.

Young Innovator of the Year (Senior 11-16 years)

Are you a budding inventor or engineer in the making? This award is looking to champion a young innovator who has an idea on how to make farming more efficient.

This can be across any farming activity, but you need to be able to provide drawings with an explanation as to how your idea would work on the farm.

Entry criteria:

  • The nominee does not have to be a member of a registered young farmers club.
  • The nominee must be aged between 6 - 10 years on at the time of entering the awards.