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Fun in the rings as thousands enjoy Driffield Show

East Yorkshire’s biggest agricultural show enjoyed a bounce in sheep entries as it welcomed around 25,000 visitors from across the region.


Huge Yorkshire seabird colony is looking at its very best

For lovers of wildlife, the coast offers one of the region’s most spectacular sights of the summer - and one that is in peak season right now.

Moors dig to unearth hidden railway heritage

Moors dig to unearth hidden railway heritage

Buried features of Yorkshire’s locomotive and industrial past look set to be revealed in the North York Moors with the help of volunteer archaeologists.

A clear strategy for dealing with rural crime needs to be developed by the government, the National Farmers' Union said.

End rural postcode lottery for crime response

A national rural crime task force should be launched by the Government to address failures in dealing with criminals who prey on countryside communities.

The parade of hounds at the Great Yorkshire Show. Picture: Gary Longbottom

David Behrens: Showing farming community that they deserve support of us all

TO characterise the Great Yorkshire Show as simply the best the county has to offer would be a mistake. It’s so much more than that. It is all of England at its finest.

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The triumph of the Great Yorkshire Show catwalk

The Fashion Pavilion gave us fabulous looks and lots of fun. Stephanie Smith looks back at a week of high style amid the tractors and the prize cows, pigs and sheep.

Charles Mills, show director of the Great Yorkshire Show, pictured alongside the main ring.

GYS reaffirms its repute as one of the best

It was tested by wet weather and traffic delays but the 159th Great Yorkshire Show was “breathtaking” at times and proved it is a heavyweight national event that attracts some of the country’s most influential people, organisers reflected as the final day drew to a close.

The parade of hounds at the Great Yorkshire Show. Picture: Gary Longbottom

John Peel moment as hunt takes bow

FOR four decades, his voice has been one of the defining sounds of the Great Yorkshire Show.

Christine Thompson

Farmers’ wives are industry’s ‘most under-used asset’

THE farming industry’s most under-used business resource may be its women, a seminar at the Great Yorkshire Show heard.

Morrisons CEO David Potts

Morrisons to drop NZ lamb in ‘100% British’ pledge

MORRISONS last night became the first of the “big four” supermarkets to commit to selling only British fresh meat in its stores.

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Fred Wilkins from Cornwall  taking part in the tiny tots section of the Young Handlers pig compeition at the Great Yorkshire Show .

Double triumph as sow and son take pig class rosettes

IT HAD taken her eight hours to get from Cornwall to Harrogate, but Caroline Dunstan declared the journey worth the effort, as her Saddleback sow, Nancenoy Dinah, was named supreme pig and her son, Fred, took the rosette for the smallest class in the young handlers’ competition.

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with Great Yorkshire Show director Charles Mills at the Great Yorkshire Show. Picture by James Hardisty.

Gove in confident mood over industry’s future

Environment Secretary Michael Gove promised a bright future for British farming on his first visit to the Great Yorkshire Show, as he pledged that the Government would more effectively market, sell and secure new support for British food in the years ahead.

Picture: Martin Keene/PA Wire

Brexit ‘creates unique window for farm grants’

THE ticking clock on Britain’s future within the European Community has created a unique window of opportunity in which to secure funds for diversification, farmers were told yesterday.

Giles Mounsey-Heysham, of Castletown Estate, Rockliffe, Cumbria with the Tye trophy and overall winner certificate.

Recognising farms that do their bit for conservation

A FARMER who has created an inland salt marsh on one of England’s most important nature reserves has been named winner of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Tye Trophy, which recognises the contribution of commercial growers to conservation and environmental improvement.

Robert and Kirsty Travis share a joke with their daughter Harper, aged four, in the pouring rain at the show. Picture by Simon Hulme.

GYS: Wet start fails to dampen Society’s resolve

All the planning in world may go into hosting a show on such a grand scale as this, but one thing the Yorkshire Agricultural Society is completely at the mercy of is British summertime’s unpredictable weather.

Buttertubs cheese from Wensleydale

Cheese from the Dales that doesn’t crumble

IT’S Wensleydale, but not as we know it. The taste is traditionally Yorkshire, but it no longer crumbles in your fingers.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove is set to attend the Great Yorkshire Show tomorrow. Picture by Victoria Jones/PA Wire.

Professor believes Gove can inject momentum to farming cause

The Government has been too slow to deliver a coherent post-Brexit vision for the future of agriculture but the return of Michael Gove to the Cabinet may inject the sorely needed momentum that the industry needs, Professor Wyn Grant said.

Minette Batters, deputy president of the National Farmers' Union at the Great Yorkshire Show.

GYS: NFU campaign outlines how voice of entire supply chain is critical

Only by presenting a collective voice across the whole of the food and farming sector can Yorkshire go on to realise the potential opportunities that the future promises, industry leaders said on the first day of the Great Yorkshire Show.

Great Yorkshire Show director Charles Mills in the rain at the start of the first day.  Picture by Tony Johnson.

How wet will it get at Great Yorkshire showground?

THE Met Office did its ambiguous best to put a positive spin on the weather for the opening day of the Great Yorkshire Show. It would rain, it said, but then brighten - though showers would continue.

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Jane Haw with the Supreme Champion Charolais

Just as I remember it, says handler of national champion

SHE had not set foot in Yorkshire since childhood, but as she looked at the puddles beneath her feet, the place looked instantly familiar.

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