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Police evidence bid to press for tougher livestock attack laws

A thorough examination of the laws around livestock worrying has been launched by police in order to identify how farms can be better protected against dog attacks.

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Emergency personnel on Westminster Bridge, close to the Palace of Westminster, London.  Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Lockdown follows Westminster rural awards

Representatives of rural businesses in Yorkshire attending a prestigious national awards ceremony at the House of Lords today are all believed to be safe.

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James Bainbridge, of Greystones Farm, is one of a new generation of younger farmers who are taking on senior roles in the NFU.   Picture: Simon Hulme

Farm of the Week: Four on the farm gives greater business flexibility

Brexit edged ever closer this week with the starting pistol being raised for the imminent triggering of Article 50. Just how the coming months will play out for all sectors is uncertain and the new NFU North Riding and County Durham county chairman believes the government will need to be strong in its support of British food and farming.

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A jackdaw, pictured by Chris Rushton.

Country & Coast: Harbinger of misfortune warrants admiration

Twice at the weekend I heard the chacking of jackdaws. The first location was on the Hunslet side of the River Aire, just downstream from Leeds city centre, then a few hours later they were scattering noisily away from a cliff near Ilkley.

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The forestry Countryside Stewardship Scheme has been branded "not fit for purpose".

‘Tree cover target has no chance of success’

A government target to achieve 12 per cent woodland cover across England by 2060 has no chance of success, a chartered surveyor has claimed.

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Lambing Sunday takes place at Bishop Burton College on Sunday.

Visitors to flock for Lambing Sunday near Beverley

The largest ever Lambing Sunday event at an East Yorkshire college is set to attract more than 7,000 people this weekend.

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Chris Jeffrey, MD at  Green's Farm Supplies based at Thirsk Rural Business Centre and Auction Mart, has set up Lazer Tags and invested in a new machine to lazer numbers on to animal ear tags. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Thirsk business’ upgrade for vital livestock tagging task

Pandemonium if it hasn’t already started will soon be under way at most lamb and calf producing farms as this year’s crop is born. It’s a time of little sleep, animal husbandry skills being tested to the max and also when even the most diligent of livestock men and women find that they can sometimes come up short in their preparation.

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Hundreds of farmers have now received top up payments after the botched 2015 Basic Payment Scheme process.

Support mispayments settled at last for long-suffering farmers

More than 2,200 common land farmers have finally received top up payments, over a year after being left out of pocket by erroneously calculated European support payments.

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Fewston Reservoir in the Washburn Valley.  Picture: Gerard Binks.

Bounty of trout set to lure anglers to Nidderdale

An influx of anglers is expected at a North Yorkshire beauty spot to enjoy vastly replenished fish stocks.

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Julian Norton, right, and former Herriot trainee Peter Wright, who run the Skeldale Veterinary Centre in Thirsk.  Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

Channel 5 confirm TV return of The Yorkshire Vet

The success of TV’s The Yorkshire Vet – based at the original James Herriot practice in North Yorkshire – has seen Channel 5 commission two new series.

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Gamekeeper Jimmy Brough at Rosedale.  Pictures: Simon Hulme

Why the value of gamekeepers should not be lost

Purple heather will once again provide eager daytrippers and holidaymakers with photo opportunities on the North York Moors this summer. It is one of Yorkshire’s great spectacles that brings visitors back each year to marvel at vivid landscape that is home to wild grouse, sheep and so much more.

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The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shining over the Bathing House in Howick, Northumberland. (Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

Northern-Lights chaser's advice for capturing aurora borealis in Yorkshire

Sky watchers seeking a Northern Lights display often think their best chance lies in Iceland, but pictures taken by a Press Association photographer across the north of England say otherwise.
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National Trust reveals huge plans to save species such as cuckoos and water voles

The National Trust has outlined plans to create tens of thousands of acres of new natural habitat on its land to help save dwindling species such as cuckoos and water voles.
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WATCH: Five-legged lamb born on a farm is named after Forrest Gump

A five-legged lamb has been born at a farm in Derbyshire and named after a Tom Hanks character.
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The Cave Rescue Organisation in action.

Column: Wintry perils befall visitors to the Dales

Based in Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales, a team of skilled volunteers known as the Cave Rescue Organisation act as an emergency service for walkers, climbers and cavers. Here, team member Peter Maxwell tells of recent dramas.

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Chiffchaffs can be easily seen on the bare branches with their song a landmark sound of the season.

Birdwatch: Skies alive with sounds of the chiffchaff

This week has seen a crossover point in the birding year with the first wave of spring migrants arriving as winter visitors prepare to leave.

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Shaun and Wendy McKenna.  Picture: Lucy Oates.

Living the Dream: Finding sound solutions for our ponies and sheep

I’m really looking forward to getting dried out soon, well to be exact it’s not actually me that needs drying out, but the fields we have and in particular the sheep fields.

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Cawood near Selby. Picture: Mike Cowling

Wolds Diary: Spring is bursting out but car damage proved exhausting

On the hedgerows and in the gardens spring is bursting out, the hedges are sprouting bright green leaves, there are buds on many trees and shrubs and in the gardens the primroses are out, as are many other spring flowers.

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Ross Murray, president of the Country Land and Business Association

Q&A with Ross Murray: A properly funded agricultural plan is paramount

In the second half of a two-part interview with Ross Murray, the president of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) during a recent visit to Yorkshire, he further discusses the mood among rural businesses at a time of both challenge and opportunity.

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Lambing flocks have experienced higher than normal losses.  Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Cases of disease affecting newborn livestock rises

The number of confirmed cases of a disease spread to livestock by midges is continuing to rise, farm industry bodies have warned.

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