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Anglers aim to reel in prize catch in world’s biggest angling event

ANGLERS competed for a share of £35,000 in prize money during the world’s largest beach angling festival, which took place along the Holderness coast at the weekend.

ROSS MURRAY: Ministers appear to have a tin ear to this problem and it is not good enough.

Rural firms ‘will be hit by rates crisis’

BUSINESSES across the countryside are facing a hike in their tax bills “as a result of a flawed rates system which is in urgent need of review”.

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A third of UK food is currently supplied by other EU countries.

Retailers urged to drive greater British food self-sufficiency

Britain must become more self-sufficient in food production and build up a stronger local food sector in the face of global uncertainties, a report from food security experts today claims.

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Steve Smith tends to the dairy cattle at Binnington on the outskirts of Scarborough.   Pictures: Richard Ponter

Farm of the Week: Dairy woe likely to increase focus on growing

Sometimes it’s not important how many acres you have. At West Binnington Farm, Staxton near Scarborough business is blooming over just half an acre.

A lapwing, photographed by Carl Watts/Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Country & Coast: Species with so many names is a sight to behold

If you live anywhere north of the Humber Bridge, chances are you know lapwings better by the name of tewit. Cross to the other side of the estuary, however, and you are likely to hear them called pyewipes.

Livestock worrying is becoming more frequent in Yorkshire, claimed NFU North East livestock board chairman Richard Findlay.

Livestock worrying costs almost doubled in a year

Dog owners are being urged to take more responsibility for their animals in the countryside as the estimated cost of livestock worrying to farmers nationally reached £1.4m.

Egg producers face costly bird flu postcode lottery

Egg producers face costly bird flu postcode lottery

The Government has been accused of a lack of common sense over new rules to combat avian flu, which industry chiefs claim put free range egg producers at risk of going out of business.

Paul Russell and the Manitou NewAG, with Manitou sales boss Andrew Dixon.   Pictures: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Farm Tech: Telescopics upgrade showcased at YAMS

There was a new kid on the block unveiled when the Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) was held at York Auction Centre in Murton on Wednesday. Two all-new Manitou MLT NewAG telescopic handlers took pride of place on the Russells stand providing farmers with a first glimpse of the latest range that has been heralded as offering greater operator comfort and machine control.

Brothers (L-R) Tony, Rob and Ed Fawcett by one of the tree houses at Studford Luxury Lodges near Sproxton.

A luxury stay in the Fawcetts’ North Yorkshire woods

Boosting local countryside economies is to be applauded and that’s partly why the Fawcett brothers and their team received the Ryedale Business Award for rural diversification recently.


Comment: Positive influence of outdoor lessons for our children

Andrea is the headteacher at Appleton Roebuck Primary School in North Yorkshire. With 112 pupils drawn from local villages, including farming families, she has welcomed a strong partnership with Yorkshire Agricultural Society to help her pupils and staff embrace the school’s rural setting.

More than 1,100 EU environmental laws, ranging from air pollution limits to energy efficiency and wildlife protection, need to be transposed into UK law, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said.   Picture: John Giles/PA Wire

Environmental policies face Brexit threats, MP warns

The UK’s environmental protections are exposed to a “cocktail of threats” and are at risk of being downgraded as a result of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, according to Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas.

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The weight limit for a tractor and trailer combination in England is currently 31 tonnes - less than the weight limits in Germany and France.

Tractor weight limit rise ruled out over £25m costs

New increases to the weight limit of tractor trailers have been ruled out by the Government over concerns that any further changes would see cash-strapped local authorities incur £25m in road maintenance costs.

View from the Wolds this week, with Sue Woodcock.

Wolds Diary: Worthwhile trip and sneaky dog tricks

I decided to treat myself on the way back from the doctor’s surgery one day. I popped into our local supermarket and bought a freshly cooked pizza with my choice of toppings - ham pineapple and mushrooms - I got home and sat down and ate a couple of slices, and then a third. Then the phone rang in another room so I carefully put the pizza box in what I thought was a safe place, answered the call.

Shaun and Wendy McKenna.  Pic: Lucy Oates.

Living the Dream: New life means learning the ropes in the kitchen

As you would probably expect there have, over the last couple of years, been many changes to our lives and in some cases to the way that we do things around here. For some of us these changes were neither expected, sought after or welcomed.

Stewart Calligan, sporting different headgear, cleans his boat in readiness for an Easter launching.

Sea fishing: Cultural nod to the city’s fishermen

the unfolding City of Culture year in Hull has seen, among other things, a huge wind turbine blade erected in the city centre, the opening of art galleries, a unique Speaker’s Corner where your words appear in large letters on Hull’s flood barrier and the saving of ‘Dead Bod’ graffiti from the side of an old corrugated steel warehouse facing the River Humber.

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The far-reaching song of the mistle thrush can bring a touch of cheer on the greyest of days.   Picture: RSPB

Birdwatch: Birds are finding their voice again as spring approaches

As the days gradually lengthen and the weather stays relatively mild more birds are singing.

Guy Smith (right), vice president of the National Farrmers' Union.

Q&A: NFU vice president Guy Smith answers our questions

It has been a busy week for Guy Smith, vice president of the National Farmers’ Union, who was in Yorkshire to speak to the Future Farmers of Yorkshire before giving evidence to a parliamentary committee in Westminster. Nevertheless, the Essex farmer found time to speak to Country Week about a range of farming matters.

Kempton racecourse is to be sold for housing.

Over the stable door: Only luck prevents jockey mix up

We were asked for a day’s hunting with the Bedale a few weeks ago. It was lashing down with rain as we drove north up the A1, puddles were joining up along the roadside threatening to flood. I could sense Tris was about as excited as I was at the thought of spending hours in a soaking wet saddle but as we neared Masham the clouds hurried south taking the rain with them and the sun shone across James Herriot’s country.

Hawes Auction Mart.  Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Mart profits given too little weight for rates, says MP

Huge business rate hikes for livestock auction marts do not take into account profitability or the legacy of Foot and Mouth, according to Richmond MP Rishi Sunak.

There were 900,000 incidents of illegally dumped waste across England last year.

Landowners need help to deal with flytipping

Farmers are pleading for more support from local authorities to relieve the growing burden of a fly-tipping epidemic which is blighting the countryside.

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