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Celebrating Yorkshire’s women in farming

Jessica Sellers was determined that she wouldn’t end up working at her family’s farm and bakery on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, and even studied in Aberdeen, then spent the best part of a decade working in Leeds and Huddersfield before she was eventually drawn back.

Licences have been issued for badger culling in 11 new areas in Devon, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset and Cheshire as part of efforts to control tuberculosis in cattle, the Government said.  Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

New efforts to tackle Bovine TB

THE NFU in Yorkshire has backed new efforts to control Bovine TB amid concerns that lack of control could impact the region’s historic low status.

Our awards will celebrate excellence, dedication and innovation in rural Yorkshire.

YP Rural Awards deadline extended until Monday

The deadline to enter The Yorkshire Post’s inaugural Rural Awards has been extended until Monday morning, giving readers two more days to help us to champion the heroes of the Yorkshire countryside and its agricultural world.

Charles Mills, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's show director.

Society to bring farm groups together at autumn show

Industry groups that act as important social focal points for the farming community are being brought together by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society next month.

Megan and David Pedley with their children, Katy and Jack, on their farm at Winton near Kirkby Stephen.

Farm of the Week: It’s a busy time for the Pedley’s near Kirkby Stephen

Exciting times have been the norm for one young farming couple during the past two years. Megan and David Pedley have started their own human flock with Jack, two, and Katy Elizabeth, who celebrated her first birthday last week and have realised a long held ambition of farming in their own right with a much larger flock at Rookby Scarth, Winton near Kirkby Stephen.


Plans for North Yorkshire sugar beet complex heard at meeting

MORE than 150 residents turned out to a heated public meeting last night to hear details of plans for a large-scale sugar beet factory near their North Yorkshire homes.

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The deadline for entries for The Yorkshire Post's 2017 Rural Awards is this Friday, September 8.

Last chance to enter our new Rural Awards

Our readers have until the end of this Friday to enter or make nominations for The Yorkshire Post’s inaugural Rural Awards.

Adrian Shepherd, head of land management at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

‘Pay hill farmers for the public good they provide’

An anniversary of sorts will occur for me at the end of the month. It will be 30 years since I came out of farming. My family ran a mixed, lowland farm on the edge of Morecambe Bay. But it was too small to survive, and was sold up in the late 1980s. It’s an all too familiar story in the northern uplands. A steady reduction in the number of farm holdings has brought significant social and environmental costs. I do not think I am alone in thinking enough is enough.

Jeff Pears pictured on his farm near Penistone.  Pictures by Simon Hulme.

Show proud of hometown breed

White Faced Woodland, also known as Penistone sheep, hold a special place in the hearts of those involved with the town and Penistone Show that takes place next Saturday, but while there are many who maintain the breed in the local area it is currently listed in the vulnerable category according to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

Julian faced an off-road mystery ride to reach the stricken cow.

Julian Norton: Adventure in store to treat lugubrious cow

Morning surgery was just about at its end as I injected Alfie, a cheerful cocker spaniel, to reverse his sedation. I had been investigating a large and painful swelling above his right upper canine tooth. There was pus coming from the gap between the tooth and the gum, and the X-rays did not show anything sinister, so I was hopeful that the swelling was simply a tooth root abscess.

An osprey fishing. Picture by Paul Hobson.

Birdwatch: Magnificent sight of the osprey

Ospreys have been seen flying above lakes and reservoirs across Yorkshire over the past week or so.

Living the Dream: Gardening or traffic jams?

Living the Dream: Gardening or traffic jams?

It’s a question I’ve had for many a year. Who on earth makes a decision to say that a weed is actually a weed and why would one flower be scarred with the hurtful, lifelong tag of being labelled a weed when in fact it was just a weaker, more delicate specimen in the flower bed.

Darren and Emily Abbey, owners of The Farmers Arms in Muker.

Pair to leave village hostelry after Muker Show

Concentration around the sheep rings carries palpable intensity, fell runners grimace and grit their teeth climbing relentlessly and the band plays on tirelessly.

James Hopwood, head of agriculture at Whole Crop Marketing at Kirkburn near Driffield with a hi-tech drone that scans field of potatoes.

Non-farmers needed to nurture industry’s new high-tech era

Farmers are increasingly looking outside the industry to bridge a technology skills gap as they adapt to a wave of high-tech advances, according to a new study.


Kilnsey Show embraces milestone year

It is a setting that compelled Turner to reach for his sketch pad in 1816 and two centuries later it still attracts admiring visitors.

Picture by Richard Ponter.

Relief for farmers left with stashed grain

A temporary ruling has brought relief to farmers who had been hit by severe delays in trading grain for the renewable energy market.

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Man crushed to death by a bull at livestock mart

A 70-year-old cattle handler has died after being crushed by a bull at a livestock market in Gisburn.

Each act of fly-tipping costs a private landowner more than �800 to clear up, according to the findings of a recent survey, the CLA said.

‘Vehicles used for fly-tipping must be seized’

Criminals’ vehicles should be seized as a default punishment for being found guilty of fly-tipping, rural campaigners claimed, as they demanded action to deal with a surge of illegally dumped rubbish in the countryside.

Mike Hambly, chairman of the combinable crops board at the National Farmers' Union. Picture by Emily Whitfield-Wicks.

Frustrated farmers stash grain due to EU delay

Farmers have been struck by severe delays which are leaving some of the worst affected with stockpiles of grain, the country’s farming union said.

(L-R) Skeldale Veterinary Centre's Julian Norton and Peter Wright, co-stars of hit Channel 5 series, The Yorkshire Vet. Picture: The Yorkshire Vet/Channel 5.

Society confident Countryside Live deal will send farm message wider

Countryside Live’s new partnership with a television channel is not about making money but is all about seizing a golden opportunity to promote understanding of farming and the countryside to a far wider audience, the chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society has said.

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