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Future Farmers: Never too late to consider switch to agriculture

My path into the agricultural sector was not what you could call the conventional route; I spent six years previously working in the sports sector.

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A �15m investment has been mooted for the construction of a peas processing plant in Kirkburn.

Major peas plant plans on edge of the Wolds

A co-operative of East Yorkshire farmers has joined forces with a local firm in a bid to build a £15m pea processing and freezing plant.

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A report on apprenticeships will be considered by the North York Moors National Park Authority at its annual general meeting today.

Moors authority raises fears of apprentice crisis

National park officers warn that too few young people are pursuing apprenticeships in North Yorkshire in order to meet a government target.

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Emerald the chameleon made herself at home in the surgery.

Julian Norton: Curious cases of an on-call vet

My night on call set the tone for a busy day ahead. I was woken by my pager, summoning me to a pony suffering from colic. Colic is the word used to describe abdominal pain, and is a common problem in horses.

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Living the Dream: Out of character cow can only mean one thing

Living the Dream: Out of character cow can only mean one thing

As the weather has been warmer this week we’ve had new challenges to deal with. Under normal circumstances I would check all of our water troughs and feeders each morning and again in the evening, but during the warmer weather that has to be increased. It’s weird, but sometimes it’s as though you just turn your back after topping up a feeder and the pigs for example empty a full cast iron water feeder in one go, but I wonder to myself, would they have done that if I hadn’t woken them up from their sunbathing session?

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Working the land on the wolds above Londesborough. Picture: James Hardisty

Village focus: Still hanging on the line - the beauty spot that once had two train stations

IT IS so far off the beaten track that its residents must still use dial-up modems to get on the internet, yet the beautiful East Riding estate village of Londesborough was once the beating heart of a technical revolution.

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Picture special: Generations of young farmers enjoy the GYS

A treasure trove of old photographs that capture the spirit of how young farmers have embraced the country’s premier agricultural show over the decades has been shared with The Yorkshire Post ahead of next month’s Great Yorkshire Show.

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Picture courtesy of the Moorland Association.

Letter: Perspective on moorland management

The recent article (‘Do shoots strike the right balance?’ June 12) reflected concerns of two farmers over the condition of parts of the North York Moors. We welcome debate on the environmental challenges and benefits of grouse moors and are happy to address issues that arise.

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It has been some year for spoonbills. Picture by Natural England/PA Wire.

Birdwatch: Remarkable year for spoonbills

In a first for Yorkshire a pair of spoonbills has successfully hatched young at the RSPB’s Fairburn Ings reserve near Castleford in what has been a remarkable year for them.

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Fewer foreign workers are returning to work in Britains farms.

Concerns over hundreds of labour vacancies at harvest time

Brexit uncertainty is already leading to “critical” seasonal labour shortages on British farms, as the number of foreign workers employed to harvest fruit and vegetable crops has fallen by 17 per cent, a new survey has revealed.

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The Agriculture Bill will put the farming industry in the spotlight.

Crucial agriculture bill tabled

A dedicated parliamentary bill on agriculture has been welcomed for bringing vital scrutiny to the country’s farming industry, as leading barristers warned that Ministers must act with urgency to protect farmers from being financially stung by Brexit trade deals.

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Sue Woodcock enjoyed spending time in the garden this week before heading over to Nidderdale for a day out with a friend.

Wolds Diary: A sunset worth stopping for

Another glorious week, when the sun has been shining, the temperature warm and the countryside beautiful. I have been tackling various bits of the garden and to my delight found a splendid bright yellow frog in the long grass. I made sure to put it in the safety of an area that the dogs cannot get to.

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Industry body British Summer Fruits warns that the country's horticultural industry could be crushed without access to low skilled EU labour in any Brexit deal.

Fruit prices ‘would double without migrant labour’

Strawberries and other popular summer fruits will soar in price if Ministers fail to secure access to seasonal foreign labour to tend to and harvest British crops, consultants have warned.

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Tracy Beecroft outside the glamping tepees at Low Bell End Farm near Rosedale Abbey.

Farm of the Week: Tracey realises her dream at last in Ryedale

When a tearful Tracy Beecroft rang her father from a call box in Uttoxeter more than 40 years ago and told him she was quitting the dairy farm and coming home, her dreams of a career in agriculture were in tatters. She needed to complete a year on a working farm in order to attend agricultural college at Aberystwyth but a combination of bleeding hands from milking, plus a wake up call to the demands of an unbeknown way of life tested her resolve to the limit.

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Jonathan Rycroft, a convert to farming with GPS, with the Lite Trac sprayer in the background. Picture by James Hardisty.

Precision farming had to seen to be embraced on York farm

Strong in the back and weak in the head is a term that farmers were familiar with when jobs on the farm were back-breaking, tedious and when health and well-being were not the prime consideration. Much has changed at Stugdale Farm near Flaxton where a young John Rycroft would muck out the fold yard with a gripe - a four-pronged fork.

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The Herdwatch app has been a boon for Andrew Sewell.

App eases records burden on cattle farms

Farm life is a round-the-clock concern that sees the farmer juggling many different tasks at any one time, but a new app, controlled from the palm of a hand, has made a real difference to the way Yorkshire farmer, Andrew Sewell, manages his time.

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Gerry Andrew harvests 'Sunstream' tomotoes, grown under LED lights, at Stockbridge Technology Centre.

Comment: Harnessing technology to enhance food security

In my last column, I noted the incredibly dry weather conditions we had been experiencing and, typically, the rain began almost as soon as I had stopped typing.

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The North Yorkshire County Agricultural Show, near Bedale. Pictures by Simon Hulme

Heat is on as North Yorkshire County Show takes place in new home

An old favourite returned in new surroundings as the 39th North Yorkshire County Show made its debut at the Camp Hill estate, home of the Ropner family.

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The Yorkshire Vet camera crew was on hand to capture Julian Norton's hour-long surgery on Richard's bull.

Julian Norton: No choice but to operate to resolve bull’s bulging eye

Exactly a week after my first visit to see the case of the bullock-with-the-massive-eye, Richard called back at the practice to give an update.

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Living the Dream: Moody residents and raiding rooks

Living the Dream: Moody residents and raiding rooks

Our Betty’s been in a right mood all week! Generally she’s been staying in the house and keeping herself to herself, but all of a sudden her mood just changed and it’s not a pretty sight.

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