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Rain sees equine contest cancelled at Countryside Live

The Northern Show Cross Finals at the Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live this weekend has been cancelled ahead of the autumn show’s second day.

Lee Jones with his trophy at Beacon House Farm.

Why Lee is a winner of walling for a second time

Life as a drystone waller may sound dreamy. Days spent on rolling farmland with terrific views across hills, fields and woodland, but the truth is that this is a highly skilled and physically demanding vocation that requires great strength, meticulous attention to detail, plenty of patience and even more stamina.

Graham Edwards at Gunnerside  Methodist Chapel. Pictures by Gary Longbottom.

All the right notes at Gunnerside

Gunnerside is one of many beautiful Swaledale villages and once visited always to return. That’s been the case for trailer maker and choir man Graham Edwards since first making his way to the dale at ten days old. He’s farmed, sold trailers, sung there and his father was a Methodist minister at the chapel.

A Cetti's warbler, pictured by Michael Flowers.

Birdwatch: Unmistakable notes of a wintering warbler

Of the five warbler species found regularly in our reedbeds four leave us each autumn to spend the winter in Africa.

Village passion secures special protection for Sessay

Village passion secures special protection for Sessay

A swell of local passion looks set to protect the character of a North Yorkshire village for generations to come.

Charles Mills, show director at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

View from the Society: Autumn event all set to be a record-breaker

It’s been a very exciting build up to this year’s new look The Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live and now the weekend is here!

Picture by Tony Johnson.

NFU publishes clearer vision for Brexit policy

Specific measures that farmers want the Government to adopt as part of its new domestic agricultural policy have been outlined in a new document this week, as a high-profile commission prepares to help inform policy makers in Whitehall.

Lilly Aspell, pictured alongside her parents, Donna Aspell and Paddy Aspell, will compete in the Talented Showjumper Competition at this weekend's Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live in Harrogate. Picture by Richard Walker.

Tiny film star heads to Harrogate for showjumping contest

She has starred in a Hollywood blockbuster and recently finished filming in Serbia for her next big screen role, but for tiny North Yorkshire schoolgirl Lilly Aspell, competing at this weekend’s Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live is perhaps even more important.

Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Councils urged to look favourably on new uses for old farm buildings

Local authorities have been urged to use new guidance to help give redundant farm buildings a future, and in doing so, protect the character of the countryside.

Senior wool head grader Ian Brooksbank checks the fleeces at the Wool House, Bradford. Picture by Simon Hulme.

Story of wool from sheep to sale told in new film

A new short film to educate the public about the story of wool, from sheep to laboratory, has been shot with the help of a Yorkshire farmer.

Mark Elliott, of Providence Farm, Ferrensby, Knaresborough, with his flock of Teeswater Sheep.  Pictures James Hardisty.

Why fleeces are golden again

Wool barons once ruled supreme in West Yorkshire. Mills and factories saw the area crowned, unofficially, as the textile capital of the world but for farmers the era of many receiving a healthy return for fleeces has long since been woven into history, or at least that had been the case for most prior to one sector currently undergoing a remarkable revival.

The Yorkshire Vet's Peter Wright and Julian Norton, who star in Yorkshire Vet at Countryside Live in Harrogate this weekend.

Record ticket sales for TV vets’ debut at Countryside Live

Countryside Live is expected to welcome a record number of visitors for the 15th annual autumn show staged by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, thanks to the excitement generated by the event’s headline TV stars.

Foragers face competition from grey squirrels for wild hazelnuts. Pic: PA

Country & Coast: Missing out on forager’s bounty of native nuts

Like many foragers I have several closely-guarded secrets about exactly where to locate the very best free food in the Yorkshire countryside. Most such secrets are related to edible fungi, but one of them is this: I know a plentiful supply of wild hazelnuts.

A view across Upper Nidderdale from Middlesmoor, one of the stops along the Nidderdale Way.  Picture by Janina Holubecki.

Free guide breaks down epic trail through Dales valley

A new walking guide has been launched to help people follow a spectacular 53-mile route in the easternmost valley of the Yorkshire Dales.

Joe Barrowman with farmers from Ridings Machinery Ring drilling fields at Hall Moor Farm, near Wiggington, York

Appeal to step inside the Ring

Stoic, fierce independence is often seen as a trait of brave, rugged, determined men and women but in farming today what appears at first glance an admirable tendency to remain totally self-contained can change brave to foolhardy, rugged to wretched and determined to drained.

A black slug.

Yorkshire Water urges considered pesticide use to beat farm slugs

Farmers battling slug infestations to protect their crops are being asked to make smart use of pesticides as pest control to limit any potential impacts on tap water.

Young participants of The Explorer Club at work in the North York Moors National Park.

National glory for efforts to connect people with nature in Yorkshire

Efforts to inspire communities to look after some of Yorkshire’s most precious areas of countryside have been celebrated as examples for others to follow.

Stephen and Joe Tate, with their herd of Hereford cattle.

Searching for the Duke’s cattle

John Wayne played cowboy roles in movies but his involvement with cattle went way beyond the silver screen and if Stephen Tate of White Lodge Farm, Stillington near Easingwold succeeds in his current quest a small part of the film star’s life may have a Yorkshire connection in years to come.

Alice Clews is a member of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire group.

Comment: Work outside your comfort zone to get experience

I have recently begun my final year of studying BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Crop Management at Harper Adams University.

Thumper may be big but is in perfect health.

Julian Norton: Getting the balance right with rabbits

Blue was enormous. His ears were even more enormous. Blue was a rabbit; a very big rabbit, and he was sitting quietly in the waiting room with his owner, on a lead just like a dog. The sight took everyone by surprise.

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