Farming

Farming

Sisters’ flower business is full of nostalgia at Holme on Swale

De-stressing prospective brides and those with tense lifestyles and providing nostalgia-burst memories of long ago are the positive by-products of two sisters’ initial foray into the world of flowers that has turned into a hardy annual business.

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Andrew Manfield from Hessleskew Farm at Sancton in his oil seed rape fields with his laptop.

Technology: Andrew Manfield addresses the misconceptions of autosteer

Autosteer, satellite-based systems designed to make farming more precise, yield mapping and a plethora of new technology is more accessible to farmers than ever before and at prices that are not out of reach.

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A large red damselfly, photographed by Richard Burkmar.

Yorkshire’s wetlands are prime spots to witness nature’s aerial acrobatics

As much as butterflies represent lazy summer days in the meadows and woodlands, so the sight of brightly-coloured dragonflies and damselflies are a quintessential part of a summer visit to any wetland. Zipping about over the water, and fighting fierce battles in mid-air, with rattling wings and incredible aerobatics, dragonflies are great fun to watch.

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A young swift ready to fledge at Mr and Mrs Hoare's cottage. Picture by Edmund Hoare.

New hatchlings boost Sedbergh’s efforts to save the swift

A community project to save a threatened bird species in the Yorkshire Dales has produced a fresh set of chicks.

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Leyburn Auction Mart is celebrating 100 years as a going concern.

Leyburn’s century of livestock trade celebrated in new book

One hundred years ago the-then age-old system of cattle and sheep fairs was being replaced by a thriving auction mart scene in market towns across the country.

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Warm tributes paid to ‘tireless’ Moors farmer Martin Burtt

Warm tributes paid to ‘tireless’ Moors farmer Martin Burtt

Tributes have been paid to the late North York Moors farmer Martin Burtt, who has died after a long battle with cancer.

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The previous GYS record for sheep entries was 2,432 in 2016. Picture by Simon Hulme.

Great Yorkshire Show sets new record for sheep entries

There will be more sheep than ever before at Yorkshire’s premier agricultural show as it returns for its landmark 160th year in Harrogate next month.

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Faye Smith, 24, with border collie Taff, who have completed a sheepdog training course at Askham Bryan College near York. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Yorkshire students show sheepdog handling is still relevant in hi-tech farming world

The march of technology is changing the face of agriculture, making it quicker and easier for farmers to get the job done, so does one of the most traditional agricultural skills around still have a place?

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Six-year-old Ruby Ruddy with her Suffolk sheep at the 40th North Yorkshire County Show. Pictures by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Fresh at 40 as the North Yorkshire County Show enjoys a flush of youth

A younger generation came to the fore as a classic Yorkshire show fixture celebrated a milestone year in only its second incarnation at its new home near Bedale.

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Drainage pipes have been deployed to protect colonies of sand martins from predators. Picture by Andy Deighton.

Persian carpet is rolled out to shield colonies from ruthless predators

Viewers of BBC Springwatch are used to seeing the destruction of birds’ eggs and nestlings by predators like rats, grey squirrels, stoats and weasels, although some birds manage to avoid predation by building their nests in the most inaccessible place they can find. Sadly, however, there is almost no location which the American mink seems incapable of reaching in its freshwater habitat.

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Farmers in buoyant mood ahead of 160th Great Yorkshire Show

The director of Yorkshire’s premier countryside show has stated his unerring belief in the farming community to cope with any “storms” that may lie ahead as Whitehall shapes its new agricultural policy.

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NFU president Minette Batters welcomed the call for a farm productivity plan to be published by May 2019.

Batters backs MPs’ call for clarity on Government farm policy

The president of the National Farmers’ Union, Minette Batters, has backed a report by MPs by adding to their calls for urgent clarity from Government on what British agriculture’s post-Brexit future will look like.

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Saltwick Nab is one of the coastline's most impressive reefs, writes Roger Ratcliffe.

Roger Ratcliffe explores rock pools at Yorkshire’s most spectacular reef

Saltwick Nab between Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay is one of the English coastline’s most spectacular reefs.

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The rural economy has an important rile to play after Brexit.

MPs want lasting protection for farm funds in policy shake-up

A Whitehall watchdog has today called for future farm support funding to be ring-fenced, as the Government was urged to address a lack of detail in its proposals for a new agricultural policy.

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Rhododendrons may be pretty but they are suffocating native species. Picture by James Hardisty.

Taming ‘killer shrubs’ costs charity dearly

Tackling “killer shrubs” such as rhododendron in UK woodlands is costing the Woodland Trust £330,000-a-year, the conservation charity has revealed.

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Archived film footage of Great Yorkshire Show to get big screen treatment

Britain was still in the grip of the Industrial Revolution, Queen Victoria was on the throne and the fashion of the day dictated that some men would wear two waistcoats at a time to achieve the tightly cinched waistline that was all the rage.

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The happy piglets.

Julian’s call to farrow a sow on a distant farm

“We’ve been up all night with her. She’s had six piglets but there is another one. I can feel it with the tips of my fingers, but I just can’t get it.”

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At the moment drinks that are at least 75 per cent milk are not subject to the sugar tax, but MPs want that to change.

Dairy industry to fight call for sugar tax on milk-based drinks

Milk-based drinks are at risk of becoming subject to the Government’s so-called ‘sugar tax’ as part of a strategy to tackle the country’s rising obesity rates following a recommendation by MPs.

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Farm machinery manufacturers are considering rural crime as they develop future technology, said the Agricultural Engineers Association.

Vehicle design can aid rural crime battle

Farm machinery manufacturers are searching for design solutions to help the agricultural industry beat rural crime, a senior trade figure said.

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Farmer Phil Meadley, who has been repeatedly targeted by criminals on his farm near Driffield. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Quarter of rural businesses see land targeted for crimes against wildlife

More than one in every four rural businesses in England and Wales has experienced poaching, hare coursing or illegal hunting over the last four years according to new Home Office research.

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