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Simple ethos keeps village butcher thriving

There was a time when nearly every rural village butcher would have a small abattoir on the premises, when partridge, pheasant and rabbit would be hung outside and the nearest any of them managed to branching out into something a bit different was making their own pies.

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Pictures by Robert E Fuller.

Robert Fuller’s ground breaking study of majestic kingfishers

This year I have undertaken my most ambitious wildlife project yet: to watch kingfishers bringing up their young via cameras hidden inside their underground nest chamber for a new exhibition of paintings on how different animals raise their young.

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Eddie Andrew (right) of Our Cow Molly.

Comment: Vote local and come see real farming for yourself

For those who don’t know me, I am a third generation dairy farmer at Dungworth in South Yorkshire, which lies just four miles from Sheffield and at an altitude of almost 1,000ft.

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Dobermans Obi and Lexi had to be examined in the search for the scissor handles.

Julian Norton: The mystery of the scissors and the Dobermans

Chris had been a Doberman owner all her life and she knew the handsome, black and tan breed of dog inside out. In fact, on the day in question, it was the insides that were causing her concern. At the end of what had been a very busy afternoon surgery, Chris marched her two Dobermans, ‘Obi’ and ‘Lexi’, into the consulting room.

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Living the Dream: Heed the barks in the night

Living the Dream: Heed the barks in the night

It was just a single bark that woke me that morning. Scout the eldest of our three border terriers, as well as losing his hearing, has taken to alerting me that he needs to go and spend a penny. Unfortunately this often happens at some unearthly hour and even though my bed was calling me back for just another hour or so, I decided that I may as well just get on with life.

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The uplands need our protection, says NSA chief Phil Stocker.

Sheep leader says uplands deserve real support post-Brexit

Yorkshire’s upland sheep farmers merit significant backing in the Government shake-up of how agriculture is financially supported because of how they go beyond the lowlands in providing wider benefits for the public.

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Arlas decision to cut payments to dairy farmers has been criticised.

NFU disappointed by Arla’s milk price drop

Farmer co-operative Arla has been criticised by the National Farmers’ Union for delivering a price cut to dairy farmers, even though products including butter are trading at “record highs”.

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A red footed falcon. Picture by Richard Hampshire/Yorkshire Water.

Birdwatch: Red feet as the weather warms up

Hobbies are arriving back from Africa for the summer and with them a vagrant from eastern Europe, the red-footed falcon.

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Sue Woodcock has enjoyed a busy week.

Wolds Diary: Vegetables in the garden as the weather turns warm

It seems as the weather gets warmer that I’m getting busier. The rain was rather welcome, at least for me, as my garden was sadly in need of it. I have managed to plant out several climbers and some more vegetables. This means that everything else is growing at speed as well, the grass, the hedgerows and of course, the weeds. The blossom on the fruit trees has gone and the foliage is thickening up. The dogs have had differing opinions about the rain. Looroll hates it, and Boo loves it. The others are not bothered. I have been taking them out in the early mornings.

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A meadow of buttercups in Swaledale. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Preservation day aims to revive region’s threatened meadows

THEY were once a fixture of every village, and their beauty inspired Shakespeare and Constable. But Britain’s vanishing meadowlands are now the subject of an annual day dedicated to their preservation.

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Julian has been out on the farm testing for bovine TB.

Julian Norton: Disease puts both cattle and vet to the test

I have been TB (tuberculosis) testing cattle this week. It is not something I do very often nowadays. TB testing used to be a regular job for all mixed and farm practices. We were required, and paid, by Defra (the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), to test all the herds looked after by the practice, at an interval that depended upon the incidence of TB in the area.

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The village of Warter

Village focus: Taking to Warter

Once, Yorkshire was a patchwork of estate villages, cosy settlements within bigger tracts of private land. Just last month, one of the last, West Heslerton, near Malton, was sold for £20m to a farming company.

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Sue Woodcock has enjoyed a busy week.

Wolds Diary: Spring creates a perfect backdrop to county adventures

It has been quite a week! On Monday I went over to the charming All Saints Church at Barwick-in-Elmet. I have been there before and looked forward to this visit. As I approached the village, I was thrilled to see a vivid flash of colour as a jay flew across the road and landed in a bush beside the road. They really are the most beautiful of British birds.

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Four-year-old Henry Hall exercises his texel cross sheep at last year's Otley Show

David Behrens: Visiting agricultural shows is an education in realities of life

THEY understood, during the Second World War, what many today seem to have forgotten, or choose to ignore: the importance of farming, not just to the economy and the landscape, but to all of our lives. Without farmers, the rest of us don’t eat.

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Many Yorkshire growers have turned away from sugar beet since the closure of British Sugar's factory in York.

Proposals for new sugar plant in North Yorkshire

Early planning documents have been submitted for the construction of a huge new “state-of-the-art” sugar beet processing plant in North Yorkshire.

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From left, Duncan Pullar, Charles Rook and Robert Rook of Weighton Wold farm with their Stabiliser herd. Picture by Gary Longbottom.

Farm of the Week: Stabiliser the cow of choice for Robert Rook

No matter how many agricultural shows you attend from now until September, there’s one breed of cattle that will not be at any of them.

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Gemma McNeil and mum Kate breed and show British Blonde cattle and are preparing to go head to head again at the Otley Show. Picture by Scott Merrylees.

Family rivalry to resume at Otley Show

Brushes, combs, hair dryers, sweet smelling sprays and powders will all be back out in fragrant force next Saturday as cattle, sheep, horses and other animals are titivated towards success at Otley - Yorkshire’s summer agricultural show season curtain raiser.

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St Andrews Church, Blubberhouses.

Village Focus: Blubberhouses, North Yorkshire

It has been suggested that the name Blubberhouses originates from the weeping of children as they trudged along the Washburn Valley at the crack of dawn to start their day’s work at the local flax and linen mills more than 200 years ago. Westhouse Mill was the biggest of those mills.

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Pat Foxton, chairman of Malton & Ryedale Farmers Livestock Marketing. Picture by Gary Longbottom.

Date set for summit on Malton market’s future move

One of the longest running sagas in the farming world has been the future of Malton’s livestock market. More than a decade ago there was a campaign launched to stop it from closing on the basis that the 50-year lease from the Fitzwilliam Malton Estate being up two years later in 2008 would bring about its demise.

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Sea fishing: Trying out a new rod for spring

Sea fishing: Trying out a new rod for spring

Prolonged easterly winds have made boat and beach fishing rather difficult to say nothing of my recent nithering Bank Holiday seaside visits. Better weather is forecast with hopefully some of the wet stuff for the rivers and farmers.

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