Nature Notes: Indian summer is a treat for wildlife

Just last week, whilst out walking, I made an exciting discovery that now has pride of place on the mantelpiece - a roe deer antler.

Equine classes were among the returning favourite features at the 14th Countryside Live held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

Verdict: Society delight at Countryside Live’s evolution

Countryside Live celebrated its 14th year this weekend and the two-day autumn show of all things food and farming showed all the hallmarks of going from strength to strength.


VIDEO: Gregg Wallace gives his verdict on Yorkshire food

Television presenter Gregg Wallace hailed the warmth of visitors to Countryside Live and the quality of Yorkshire produce in a chat with The Yorkshire Post.

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Living the Dream: History books reveal farming is in the blood

Living the Dream: History books reveal farming is in the blood

After a great deal of deliberation and far too much time, we have come up with a name. A name for what? I hear you cry. A name for our new tup.


Countryside Live: Selfies and rosettes as visitors enjoy opening day

Celebratory selfies, giant fluffy rabbits and alpacas with mohawks helped bring to life the opening day of the region’s premier autumn food and farming show in Harrogate today.


Video: Countryside Live gets underway in Harrogate

Autumn agricultural spectacular Countryside Live has opened for visitors at Harrogate’s Great Yorkshire Showground.

Richard Boldan: I got to the point where I thought it was now or never... I knew there was a shortage of agronomists.

Healthy soils the key to resilience of crops

BY the time you are reading this an East Yorkshire farmer will have found out whether he has won a top industry award in recognition of his innovative approach to soil management.

The Siberian accentor this month made its debut in Yorkshire as well as mainland UK.  Picture: Michael Ashforth

Birdwatch: From Russia with wonder aboard constant easterlies

It has certainly been an incredible October for birdwatchers on the coast with a stream of rare vagrants brought here from Russia by constant easterly winds.

The findings of the national survey into the views on the future of farming of young people will be shared with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Subsidy regime ‘loaded against’ young farmers

A generation of young farmers feel they are being blocked from establishing themselves in the industry because of a subsidy regime which is “loaded against them”.

Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg believes farmers could be hit by huge tariffs for exports in the event of a 'hard Brexit'.

Hard Brexit ‘would spell disaster for many farms’

New trade tariffs for British produce post-Brexit could spell disaster for many farms, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said.

Members of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee had the chance to put questions to Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom for the first time today.

Leadsom says Cabinet will deliver for UK agriculture

Theresa May’s Cabinet members have a “heighten awareness” of the importance of food and farming to the economy as they prepare for Brexit trade negotiations, the new Environment Secretary has assured MPs.


View from the Society: Broad appeal of Countryside Live

With Countryside Live set to be held at the Great Yorkshire Showground on October 22-23, show director Charles Mills, gives his view on the event and how it fits with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s work year round in supporting agriculture and rural life.

Janet Brown will  be showing her alpacas, and the socks made from their wool, at this months Countryside Live.  Pictures: Scott Merrylees

Alpaca couple reap rewards of thinking with their feet

Socking it to those who attend next weekend’s Countryside Live will be alpaca breeders Janet and Gary Brown who are making their debut at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate. That’s because the business they are developing alongside the breeding potential of their Clifton Alpacas, based at the 15-acre Fields View Farm in Clifton near Rotherham, is into selling socks.

Gini Guttery, who has a herd of around 140 Aberdeen Angus cattle, with stockman Tom Slater and Ernst the stock bull.  Pictures: Scott Merrylees

Farm of the Week: Earning respect with quality approach to cattle breeding

Nearly everyone loses money at the races. If you’re up at the end that’s great but it’s all about enjoying the day.

Farmer Robert Rook, from Market Weighton, welcomes students from Headlands School, Bridlington, and exchange students from South Africa, as a part a farm visit.  Pictures: Simon Hulme

Young minds see food production in action for the first time

It is not often you find a group of inner city South African children having a personal meet and greet with a herd of East Riding cattle, but that’s exactly what happened last week.

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Hundreds of twitchers flock to Easington near Hull, to try and spot this rare Siberian accentor. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Video: Hundreds of bird watchers descend on Yorkshire village to see rare Siberian accentor

Hundreds of bird watchers have descended on an East Yorkshire village, after a rare species, never before seen on the British mainland, landed in a car park.

Led by North Yorkshire's Precision Decisions, the Harper Adams University team are planning to drill their first crop in March.

‘World first’ as robotic farmers set to grow and harvest crops

A team of engineers are attempting “a world first” by using robots to grow and harvest a hectare of crops without stepping foot into the field.

Bridging payments should be made to farmers left to wait for their Basic Payment Scheme claims to be paid in the next subsidy round, said Guy Smith, vice president of the National Farmers' Union.

Agency’s farm payments target ‘is unacceptably bad’

The Rural Payments Agency’s target to pay 93 per cent of this year’s direct subsidy claims to farmers by the end of March has been described as “unacceptably bad service”.

NFU president Meurig Raymond.

NFU vows industry will ‘grab’ Brexit opportunities

Leading members of the country’s farming union have pledged to take a bold and ambitious framework for farming’s future into Government talks after an eight-week consultation with its members about the industry’s post-Brexit direction.

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A proposal by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers and Holstein UK to join forces for one big national dairy industry 'super show' has been abandoned.  Picture: James Hardisty.

Bitter collapse of dairy ‘super show’ plans

A proposal to hold a new annual flagship event to support the country’s dairy industry has been abandoned after protracted talks between two farming groups collapsed.

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