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Country & Coast: Unexpected plum find of nature alongside busy road

The A655 trunk road between Wakefield and Castleford does not sound like a particularly promising place for nature study. On Sunday, however, I saw something out the corner of an eye which compelled me to drive up to the next roundabout and do a U-turn.

Alex Wilkes from Long Close Farm near Leyburn with her dog Jem. Pictures by Gary Longbottom.

Farm of the Week: Alex is on right track with Shorthorns near Leyburn

Crossing the line usually means taking things too far but in Alex Wilkes’s case it’s simply a means of getting to her Dairy Shorthorn cows at Long Close Farm on the edge of Leyburn.

(L-R) Skeldale Veterinary Centre's Julian Norton and Peter Wright, co-stars of hit Channel 5 series, The Yorkshire Vet. Picture: The Yorkshire Vet/Channel 5.

Society confident Countryside Live deal will send farm message wider

Countryside Live’s new partnership with a television channel is not about making money but is all about seizing a golden opportunity to promote understanding of farming and the countryside to a far wider audience, the chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society has said.

Ninety-five per cent of British milk is produced to Red Tractor standards.

Dairy farmers affirm their pride in online campaign

Dairy Farmers across the country have taken to social media to explain why they are proud of their industry.

(L-R) Peter Wright and Julian Norton, stars of Channel 5 series The Yorkshire Vet, will be the main attractions at The Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live in Harrogate on October 21-22.

Yorkshire vets headline new look Countryside Live

Autumn food and farming show, Countryside Live, will have a new look this year when the stars of a hit TV series take centre stage.

Becky Waring in the shed which houses the milk vending machine at the family farm. Pictures by Scott Merrylees.

Pulling a pint of the white stuff in Cherry Burton

Buying habits of the daily pint of milk have changed massively since the 60s with doorstep delivery way down on its halcyon days of the early 70s when nearly all milk was delivered direct. Nearly 50 years on most is now bought through supermarkets as part of the weekly shop.

Robin Asquith, who runs a social farm in the North York Moors.

Comment: Social farms can be part of a cathartic process

I am the care farm manager for Camphill Village Trust, a social farm based in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors in a rural village called Botton.

Senior instructor Tony Kipling directs Libby Dykes in her jeep. Picture by Simon Hulme.

Allowing the Rovers to go wild near Selby

“Every day when I get up it’s a day I enjoy whereas I used to get up to just another day.”

James Metcalfe, pictured with one of his prize winning sheep, said Hope Show's North Country Cheviot national championships class had attracted lots of interest from farmers nationwide.

National show date for sheep breed in Peak District

One of the biggest agricultural shows in the Peak District is set to host a prestigious pedigree sheep breed championship.

An evening with Geoffrey Boycott was a perfect end to the week for Julian.

Julian Norton: From tending to Mitsy to joining a legend

It has been another week of contrasts.

Remains of the ironworks at Rosedale Chimney. Picture by Gary Longbottom.

Village Focus: Hard earned views in the North York Moors

If you have ever called in at this tiny village in the heart of the North York Moors and asked for directions to the abbey, you were certainly not the first to have made the mistake.

Living the Dream: Preparations for new calves

Living the Dream: Preparations for new calves

The excitement around here has been building over recent weeks, with the long-awaited Highland calves now overdue.

The fastest animal in the world, the peregrine falcon, is a regular sight around York Minster.

Fuller: Vulnerable chick gets a helping hand in York

For the first time ever, a pair of peregrines has successfully raised two youngsters on York Minster.

Sue Woodcock enjoyed another busy week.

Wolds Diary: Luscious beans and purple swathes on journeys around the county

Another busy week. On the Sunday, my brother and I joined with a friend, and we went to the car boot sale at Pocklington. It was not as busy as I had hoped but we did cover our entry fee. The next morning we donated what we had not sold to a charity shop.

Some 75 per cent of the UK's agricultural exports are traded within the European Union.

Farming’s stability hopes for EU trade plan

Proposals for a temporary customs union with the European Union when Britain’s membership ends have been welcomed by the agricultural industry.

A rosey starling.

Birdwatch: Rosy pastor sighted in Scarborough

A road in Scarborough became a focus for birdwatchers this week after the discovery of a rosy starling visiting garden bird feeders.

Farmer Graeme Thompson who has highland cattle and sheep in Danby and also works at Botton Farm.   Picture: Ceri Oakes

Solving the horns of a dilemma

Observant North York Moors drivers, cyclists and walkers will know only too well that Swaledale ewes and lambs are a commonplace sight both on and near to moors roads, but the picture changes at Castleton as you approach the village from Rosedale, Blakey and Hutton-le-Hole with white faced sheep taking the place of the black, white and grey breed.

Today gin is made with juniper berries imported from Eastern Europe, writes Roger Ratcliffe.

Country & Coast: All too rare shrub has national security role

There are just three large areas of juniper left in the Dales and I visited one of them last week on the slopes of Kisdon, which has a fair claim to the title of most beautiful hill in Yorkshire.

A �200m deal that will see UK pog trotters exported to China, has recently been announced by the Government. Picture by Gary Longbottom.

Accelerate progress on meat export deals, industry urges

Immediate government action is needed if the nation’s livestock farmers are to capitalise on the promise of lucrative new markets for British meat once the nation leaves the European Union.

James Hopwood, head of agriculture at Whole Crop Marketing at Kirkburn near Driffield with different varieties of potatoes.

Successful spuds

Professional potato growing has never been analysed as much as it is today in order to produce the right varieties for the right markets and understanding soil is paramount. Driving marketable yield to achieve greater production from the same acreage is one of the key planks in Wholecrop Marketing’s strategy to provide greater sustainability for their growers.

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