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Solving the horns of a dilemma

Observant North York Moors drivers, cyclists and walkers will know only too well that Swaledale ewes and lambs are a commonplace sight both on and near to moors roads, but the picture changes at Castleton as you approach the village from Rosedale, Blakey and Hutton-le-Hole with white faced sheep taking the place of the black, white and grey breed.

Today gin is made with juniper berries imported from Eastern Europe, writes Roger Ratcliffe.

Country & Coast: All too rare shrub has national security role

There are just three large areas of juniper left in the Dales and I visited one of them last week on the slopes of Kisdon, which has a fair claim to the title of most beautiful hill in Yorkshire.

A �200m deal that will see UK pog trotters exported to China, has recently been announced by the Government. Picture by Gary Longbottom.

Accelerate progress on meat export deals, industry urges

Immediate government action is needed if the nation’s livestock farmers are to capitalise on the promise of lucrative new markets for British meat once the nation leaves the European Union.

James Hopwood, head of agriculture at Whole Crop Marketing at Kirkburn near Driffield with different varieties of potatoes.

Successful spuds

Professional potato growing has never been analysed as much as it is today in order to produce the right varieties for the right markets and understanding soil is paramount. Driving marketable yield to achieve greater production from the same acreage is one of the key planks in Wholecrop Marketing’s strategy to provide greater sustainability for their growers.

Laura Beaton, 15, with some of her Wensleydale sheep near Green Hammerton.

Young blood on the show circuit

Growing up around livestock can give young people far greater perspective on life, death and procreation through lambing, calving, culling and breeding.

Adam Bedford, regional director of the National Farmers' Union. Picture by James Hardisty.

Grim crime figures show police have work to do

The regional director of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said the new figures “make grim reading” and there is a lot of work to do within some parts of Yorkshire to tackle rural crime more effectively.

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Treat rural and urban crime the same, Mulligan

North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said NFU Mutual’s report came as no surprise, with the reported rise in value of rural crime in Yorkshire corresponding with reports from local farmers.

According to rural insurer NFU Mutual, the cost of rural crime in West Yorkshire was �1.5m last year.

Yorkshire’s rural crime bill rises to £3.6m

Rural criminals inflicted the biggest financial burden on countryside communities in West Yorkshire, according to a breakdown of insurance claims figures for the whole of the county.

Rural crime cost �3.6m in Yorkshire last year, according to theft insurance claims figures analysed by NFU Mutual.

Rural crime costs rise by a fifth in six months

Countryside communities are being targeted by increasingly brazen criminals in a fresh crime wave which is forcing farmyards to be transformed into fortresses, a rural insurer has warned.

Labrador puppy Lexi.

Julian Norton: Kennel problems in need of attention

This week, much of our time at Skeldale has been devoted to dealing with the problems of two little black creatures, each residing at opposite ends of the hospital part of our kennels.

Living the Dream: Bullying in the pens

Living the Dream: Bullying in the pens

Don’t you just hate to see bullying going on. For the last few weeks I have been witnessing it a lot around the farm in one way or another and I don’t like it one bit.

Wressle Castle

Village focus: Castles in the air at Wressle

IT IS a village with no shops and no pub, and an order preventing there ever being one. There is a local station but the trains stop there only three times a day, and not at all on Sundays - so it is not most people’s idea of a hive of activity.

East yorkshire
Pruning is a delicate business, as Andrew Brown explains.

Andrew Brown: A not so simple act of tree pruning

There are two ways to prune trees: the right way, and my way.

Farming Minister George Eustice. Picture by Tony Johnson.

New UK beef deal struck with the Philippines

A new export deal worth £34m will soon see UK beef on dinner plates and restaurant menus across the Philippines, Food Minister George Eustice has announced.

Grouse moors above Leyburn, in Wensleydale

Three dales next in line for peatland deals

GROUSE shooting estates in three Yorkshire dales will be the next to sign up to long-term agreements with conservation groups aimed at driving a wholesale restoration of the region’s upland peat resources.

The injured woman was taken to hospital via air ambulance.

Dales farmer thrown 80ft as tractor overturns

A 23-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital with a suspected back injury, after being thrown 80ft when the tractor she was driving overturned in the Yorkshire Dales.

A red grouse, photographed by Ian Robinson.

Country & Coast: Lack of reverence for our only entirely native bird

It is hard to believe now, but red grouse - the bird that is synonymous with heather moorland and the Glorious Twelfth of August - were once spotted in Leeds.

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A record number of hen harrier chicks have been fitted with satellite tags this year. Picture by RSPB/PA Wire.

Threatened birds tagged to track where they are at risk

A RECORD number of hen harrier chicks have been fitted with satellite tags this year as part of a conservation project.

Farming in Yorkshire. PIC: Tony Johnson

Farms must get long term support funding or face decade of ‘damaging uncertainty’

A full decade of “damaging uncertainty” is in store for the countryside unless the Government acts on public will and urgently supports farming and wildlife in the wake of Brexit, ministers have today been warned.

Ilkley Moor. Picture: 

Glen Minikin

Wildlife presenter urges Bradford Council to end grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor

WILDLIFE presenter and anti-shoot campaigner Chris Packham has urged Bradford Council to end grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor ahead of the Glorious Twelfth next week.

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