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Farmer Robert believes education is key in uncertain times

When you are coming up to your 50th harvest and you have made a significant contribution to the farming world, you are inclined to have strong views on its future and especially in the current climate of uncertainty brought about through Brexit, and indeed the newly announced general election.

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A pygmy shrew, Britain's smallest mammal.

Country & Coast: Garden watch gives meagre mammal count of just ten

Many people keep a list of all the birds they have spotted in their garden. Mine has just crept up to a total of 46 species thanks to the continuing outward spread of red kites from their highly successful reintroduction project on the Harewood Estate north of Leeds.

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Picture by Tony Johnson.

Science ‘must underpin’ new farming policy

New British farming policies must be firmly focused on science, innovation and adding value to food production to make farming profitable outside of the European Union, a group of leading animal scientists and farmers have warned.

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Young rangers appointed to help lead Dales conservation

Young rangers appointed to help lead Dales conservation

Traditional rural skills are being passed on to new generations in the Yorkshire Dales where a pair of graduate apprentices have been appointed to help conserve the National Park’s stunning landscapes.

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Ros Stanley with James Waring and Cherryview Minister Lacey, one of his Jersey cows, at Cherry Burton.  Pictures by Gary Longbottom.

Meet the East Yorkshire village that believes in Fairtrade

Drinking Peruvian coffee with milk from a local independent dairy and one spoonful of sugar might not seem of much consequence but in the village of Cherry Burton and the home of Ros Stanley the taste is all the more sweet because each element is helping producers achieve a better price here and overseas.

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Steve Butler, chairman of the East Riding Young Farmers rally being held at Wold House, Lund, near Driffield, left, with Dorothy and  Andrew Prescott.  Picture by Gary Longbottom.

It’s rally time for East Yorkshire’s young farmers

Playing host to a Young Farmers Clubs rally isn’t quite the same as the Olympics or the World Cup. There are no new stadia to be built and it’s fair to say there’s not usually a queue lining up to bid for the rights, but Wold House between Lund and Middleton-on-the-Wolds will be welcoming the East Riding Federation’s annual jamboree of tractor handling, sheep shearing, flower arranging and all manner of both practical and wacky events for the third time next month.

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Sulphur clover, one of the top ten most threatened plant species, according to conservation charity Plantlife.  Picture by Andrew Gagg/Plantlife/PA Wire.

Protect roadsides to save precious plants, councils urged

Roadside verges are in desperate need of green-fingered care if some of the UK’s rarest plants are to beat the threat of extinction, conservationists have warned.

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Julian Norton: Seals, promos and camelids

Julian Norton: Seals, promos and camelids

Easter weekend is a busy one for veterinary surgeons, but we share the on-call duties out between us at Skeldale, so we can all have some time off with our families. My wife, Anne had heard from a friend that there was a colony of common and grey seals beneath the cliffs at Ravenscar so, on Good Friday, armed with cameras and hoping that the mist and rain would keep the crowds at bay, we went to investigate.

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Sue Woodcock admired the ruins of Kirkham Priory, situated on the banks of the River Derwent, at Kirkham, North Yorkshire.  Picture by Gary Longbottom.

Wolds Diary: Spring joy of being lost in the countryside

Life has been a little hectic over the last week but I have still had time to enjoy myself. I thought that the ground would be a little less muddy underfoot but I was sadly wrong, and several times this week have returned with the dogs and me in a muddy state.

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Living the Dream: Finding my voice after singing to sheep

Living the Dream: Finding my voice after singing to sheep

We have 11 ewes, which we think are lambing this year and I say ‘think’ because we don’t have them scanned to check, but due to their size, we are pretty sure.

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Expect more insect activity in the fields as the warmer weather arrives, advises Stockbridge Technology Centre's Dr David George.

Agronomy: Stockbridge at the forefront of agricultural innovation in Yorkshire

In a new series of features for The Yorkshire Post, the team from Stockbridge Technology Centre at Cawood near Selby will be offering an insight into the latest crop production methods, as well as practical advice for growers and updates on weather patterns, soil temperatures and pest and disease activity.

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A redstart, whose name means red tail.

Birdwatch: Oak nesting visitors make striking apperances

Two summer visitors who nest mainly among oak trees are starting to arrive back in the region. They are the redstart and the pied flycatcher.

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Dormice are considered an endangered species. Picture by Clare Pengelly/PA Wire

Dales woodland sees growing numbers of endangered dormice

A delicate reintroduction of the dormouse to the Yorkshire Dales has enjoyed another year of success, after the species coped with a summer of unsettled weather to increase in number.

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Prime Minister Theresa May, pictured as she announced a snap general election earlier this week.

General Election: Rural leaders react

The Prime Minister’s decision to announce a snap general election in June should be used as a chance to re-examine how the government can improve food self-sufficiency in Britain.

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Tim Riley at Stoney Royd Farm, Midgley near Hebden Bridge with his pedigree Beef Shorthorn cattle.  Pictures by Tony Johnson.

Tim Riley’s pursuit of the perfect beef cuts

While many other young boys were eagerly devouring the exploits of the Bash Street Kids and Dennis The Menace in The Beano and Desperate Dan in The Dandy there was one six-year-old who had his head firmly stuck in editions of the Farmers Weekly in the 1960s.

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A sale of prime cattle at the current Malton Livestock Market.  Picture by James Hardisty.

Malton summit to secure new livestock mart investors

Construction work could start on a new mutli-million pound livestock auction market on the outskirts Malton this summer, according to a businessman at the forefront of the plans.

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Neil Heseltine and his Belted Galloway cattle on the hills above Malham.  Pictures by Bruce Rollinson.

Farm of the Week: How the return of cattle to the hills paid dividends

Conservation grazing projects and stewardship schemes are often seen as a way of maintaining and enhancing the countryside while also giving farmers a supplementary income. These may be the primary aims but for Neil Heseltine, of Hill Top Farm in beautiful Malham, what he started 12 years ago has brought about significant changes to his livestock farming operation through his now 120-strong herd of Belted Galloway cattle.

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Peregrine falcons are increasingly found to be nesting in urban spots.

Country & Coast: Why Wakefield’s raptors aren’t universally popular

Peregrine falcons utter a shrill ‘kek-kek-kek-kek’ that cannot be confused with any other bird, and it is usually heard resonating across remote upland moors and dales. But over the past couple of years the call has become familiar to shoppers in Wakefield.

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One of the new Angora goats at Harrison Spinks' 300-acre farm at Bolton Percy, near York.

Leeds bedmaker buys its own goats for supply of mohair

A herd of goats have been recruited to a North Yorkshire farm to provide luxury material for mattresses.

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Peatland restoration work is underway on a grand scale across Yorkshire, but there is much more work ahead.

New £10m war chest to deliver upland peat revival

A new £10m fund to accelerate the large-scale restoration of the country’s precious peatland habitats can make a “huge difference” to the revival of degraded swathes of upland landscapes over the next three years, conservationists have said.

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