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Village focus: Horton-in-Ribblesdale

IT WAS not long after dawn that the day’s first bus rolled into Horton-in-Ribblesdale, and unloaded its cargo of 50 for a day’s walking around Pen-y-ghent.

Guy Prudom at Davison Farm, Egton with his Stabiliser bulls.

Co-operation name of the game for the Prudoms

Gone are the days when the archetypal DNA of a farmer meant that he or she felt they were the only one who knew best about making the most of their land, crops and livestock; and how to look after their future.

Richard Hinchliffe is a member of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire group.

How Richard’s Nuffield experience has challenged his perspective

Having grown up on the family farm you could say that farming is in my blood, and ever since I was old enough to walk and talk I knew that I wanted to farm. I came home to join my dad and uncle on the family farm in 2001, after completing my National Diploma in Arable Mechanisation.

Why working with Highland cattle is just magic

Why working with Highland cattle is just magic

I’m sure that it’s no surprise to hear me say such a thing, but there is something quite magical about taking care of and spending time with Highland cows.

Country Week columnist Jo Foster. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Over the stable door: Case of the disappearing tup

I purchased a new tup some weeks ago. Tris had to borrow a trailer and collect him for me two days after my accident whilst I was laid up in hospital. The tup was turned out to run with my ewes.

Insurer fears farmers are blind to huge new safety fines

Insurer fears farmers are blind to huge new safety fines

Farmers in Yorkshire are risking severe financial repercussions, and even jail, because they are unaware of tougher penalties for health and safety breaches, an agricultural insurer has warned.

It can be a tough life for hill cows out on the moors. Picture by Julian Norton.

Julian Norton’s long day of pregnancy checks

It is a stretch to consider travelling along the twisting and undulating road that leads to the middle of Snilesworth Moor as work.

Picture by Paddy Chambers.

Driver hurt as truck topples on steep snow-hit North York Moors road

A truck driver was reported to have broken his ankle and was taken to hospital after his vehicle tipped over on a steep road through the North York Moors.

Jackie East, with daughter Hannah making Christmas wreaths, nominated the village hall for the donation.

East Yorkshire goat farm’s timely cash boost for village hall

In a small rural village it often falls on the goodwill of local residents to make a difference. The volunteers who run and staff village halls, farmers markets and events do so out of a sense of pride and community - good, old British, and indeed Yorkshire, values that in many of our smaller, countryside communities have withstood the test of time.

The Little White Bus service can be seen on the rural roads in the Dales. Pictures by Gary Longbottom.

How a volunteer bus service is providing a lifeline in the Dales

“Oh Mr Porter what shall I do, I want to go to Garsdale Head but they’re taking me to Askrigg too.”

Stewart Calligan on the beach at Mappleton before a welcome trip to the fish and chip shop.

Arctic conditions for angling on Yorkshire’s coast

Snow, north easterly winds and cold icy conditions has made beach fishing like a trip north of the Arctic Circle, so for my latest excursion out came the knee length socks, the long Johns and many layers of fleece, topped off with my yachting jacket and trusty trilby.

A parrot crossbill, pictured by Richard Stonier.

Year of the parrot crossbills could be on the cards for birdwatchers

The mature conifer plantations surrounding Yorkshire’s reservoirs are ideal places to look for crossbills.

Farmers should receive bridging payments earlier than before if they are made to wait into the new year for direct support payments, the NFU said.

Union piles on pressure over farm payments

The National Farmers’ Union has vowed that it will not stop putting pressure on the Rural Payments Agency until all issues with new and old farm support payment claims have been resolved.

Paul Caldwell, chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency.

Timely payments for thousands of farmers but many made to wait

Nearly two-thirds of farmers have banked a total of £850m in direct support payments at the start of the payment window.


Yorkshire Vet co-star announces departure from Herriot practice

Like many veterinarians working around the world today, The Yorkshire Vet co-star Julian Norton was inspired to follow in the footsteps of the late Alf Wight thanks to his touching, semi-autobiographical tales of life as a rural vet under his James Herriot pen name.


Criminals pay back community by rebuilding Yorkshire’s dry stone walls

Dozens of criminal offenders have benefited from rehabilitation work in one of Yorkshire’s most scenic dales, by learning the art of dry stone walling.

Colin Speakman.  Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Poetic licence to capture the beauty of Wharfedale landscapes

On a blowy, miserable day the view north across lower Wharfedale from the moors still managed to present a picture of bleak beauty which most cameras would fail to capture.

The Vivergo biofuel plant in Hull. Picture by Terry Carrott.

Farmers hit by Hull fuel plant shutdown

A decision to shutdown a biofuel plant in Hull will impact upon growers across the country, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has warned.

Susan Cunliffe-Lister has been appointed as honorary president of the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders' Association.

Prestigious appointments for Wensleydale sheep breeders group

The Lord Lieutenant for East Yorkshire has been announced as the new honorary president of the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders’ Association.

Kath Campbell and Richard Walker pictured at Campbells of Leyburn. Picture by Simon Hulme

Campbells at your service in Leyburn, for last 150 years

Punching above its weight is a character trait of the popular market town of Leyburn where this Wensleydale community boasts a thriving market square with many small to medium-sized retail establishments from shops to tearooms and pubs to hotels.

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