Keeping faith in pigs reaps reward in Holderness

Sharing a compliment and talking with consumers gives pig farmer Peter Kirkwood of Poplar Farm, Rimswell in Holderness, great satisfaction.

A snow bunting. Picture by Michael Flowers.

Doubtful emperor tale but grassy Yorkshire clifftop has Roman link

Carr Naze is one of the most fascinating yet surprisingly unsung places on Yorkshire’s 100-plus miles of coastline. You will search in vain for the name on recent Ordnance Survey maps, though, so let me tell you that it’s the grassy clifftop forming the landward end to the well known reef of rocks called Filey Brigg.

Neil Eastham is a member of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire group.

A major step forward in female genomic testing

I grew up on a Lancashire dairy farm where my family continues to milk 340 pedigree Holstein cows. I always knew I wanted to be a farm animal vet.

File photo dated 28/04/10 of a CCTV camera. CCTV is to become mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England. Picture by Clive Gee/PA Wire.

Mandate for video monitoring of all English abattoirs

CCTV recording will become mandatory in all slaughterhouses across the country next year, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed, following almost unanimous support from industry, welfare groups and the public.

Emma Mosey with homegrown vegetables at Minskip Farm Shop, Minskip near Boroughbridge.

Shed heaven for the Mosey’s hens

They may not be walking around wearing white towelling monogrammed bathrobes ready to strip down for a relaxing hot stone massage or taking a dip in the hot tub, but the hens that have recently moved in to Ben and Emma Mosey’s purpose-built hen shed at Minskip near Boroughbridge, although they will never know it, have found the perfect home.

Springer spaniel Jess gets into quite a few scrapes.

Julian Norton: Accident-prone Jess in need of attention

Jess was just two years old, but already I knew her very well. She was not an ill dog – far from it! The effervescent, young springer spaniel was the picture of health, but she was very accident-prone. Beneath her cute and innocent exterior was a dog who acted first and thought later. Except that more often than not, she didn’t think at all.

Mukers upland hay meadows produce their best displays in mid-June. Picture by David Hill.

Meadows of marvel to be found at Muker

For a small, remote Yorkshire Dales village, Muker has certainly had its fair share of attention.

Living the Dream: First frost and the Ghostbusters look

Living the Dream: First frost and the Ghostbusters look

We had our first real frost of the year last night, but thankfully it wasn’t enough to cause me any frozen pipe problems. I awoke to the brightest of sunrises which as you can imagine made for some beautiful pictures.

Gizelle Jackson with Blake the pygmy headgehog at Beetle Bank Farm at Murton near York.

It’s pure animal magic for Angela at Beetle Bank Farm

Carrying out running repairs to pigeons, hedgehogs and looking after all types of animal makes Angela Serino seem like a modern day Doctor Dolittle. She’s the first to admit she’s not there yet but her long-term goal is to have her own wildlife hospital with a specialism in swifts and swallows.

Minette Batters, deputy president of the NFU.

Trade will most define farming’s new era, deputy NFU leader says

The deputy leader of the National Farmers’ Union, Minette Batters, said the future of trade alone will shape the farming landscape for years to come and that it is vital that the entire industry speaks as one to present a clear framework for a domestic agricultural policy.

A panel discussion held today heard of how Brexit could change the agricultural industry. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

‘Yorkshire food brand would capitalise on free EU trade deal’

Farmers are capable of forging a productive future from Brexit but until Britain’s future trading relationship with the European Union is agreed, there is no way forward for details of a new domestic policy that would give farmers sorely needed confidence, a public meeting heard.

Rachael Gillbanks, pictured with her German pointer, Molly, during her challenge to walk one million steps in aid of The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Farming Community Network.

Rachael’s million steps in aid of farming charities

A desire to break the habit of sitting down at a desk has spurred on a Yorkshire farming union officer to step out on a huge challenge for charity.

European member states have again failed to make a decision on the future of the world's most widely used weed killer.

More indecision sees weed killer decision delayed

A vote on whether the world’s most widely used weed killer should continue to be used across Europe has once again ended in deadlock.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

Gove backs further ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

Tougher restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides are justified by the growing weight of scientific evidence they are harmful to bees and other pollinators, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove said today.

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Paul Caldwell, chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency, addressed farmers at the Northern Farming Conference in Hexham.

Farm payments boss admits customer service must improve

The chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has said every decision he has taken has been about getting the most money out to the most farmers as possible, as he publicly acknowledged shortcomings in how the country’s European farm support payments had been handled.

Bolton Abbey Priory. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Unnamed waterfall is Bolton Abbey’s best kept secret

There is probably no more visited beauty spot in Yorkshire than the Bolton Abbey estate, spread along both banks of the River Wharfe a few miles upstream from Ilkley. Its popularity seems to have increased hugely since I first went there four decades ago, and like Tarn Hows in the Lake District it is now busy every day of the year.

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Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Secretary for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Picture by Victoria Jones/PA Wire.

Shadow Minister warns Brexit must drive up food production

Any new domestic agricultural policy must help to drive up Britain’s food productivity if the nation’s farmers are to compete in post-Brexit markets, Shadow Environment Secretary, Sue Hayman, has warned.

Picture by James Hardisty.

UK farmers make final weed killer plea to Commission

A detailed letter explaining why the world’s most widely sold weed killer must remain available to British farmers beyond next month has been sent to the European Commission’s most senior figure ahead of a crucial relicensing decision later this week.

Mark and Tracy Severn with Millerston Jester, their champion bull. Picture Tony Johnson.

Farm of the Week: It’s from silverware to eggs for the Severns

Eggs, machines and trophies may seem a disparate mix but they have all held one thing in common for Mark Severn of Brick Green Farm, Barkisland, near Halifax, where he and wife Tracy run their award-winning Highlee Shorthorns.

Picture by Gary Longbottom.

Post-Brexit commission starts work to find answers to rural problems

The high-profile finance chief at the helm of a new wide-ranging commission to explore how to improve rural communities in post-Brexit Britain has set out what he hopes to achieve.

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