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Returning champions steal the headlines at 143rd Driffield Show

East Yorkshire farmers enjoyed their big day out in the sun as Driffield Show attracted around 25,000 visitors to its showfield in Kelleythorpe for its 143rd installment.

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A linnet, caught on camera by Kev Pointon.

Roger Ratcliffe: Flush of Yorkshire sightings of melodic common linnets

It’s a well-known fact (or perhaps just an urban myth) that you can wait ages for a double-decker bus to come along, then what seems like a convoy of them rolls up at the same time. For me, this has been the case with common linnets.

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Countryside communities can enjoy a brighter future if longstanding connectivity issues are tackled effectively, rural leaders have told a House of Lords Select Committee.'Picture by James Hardisty.

Broadband is key to easing rural communities crisis, peers told

A fixation on the decline of rural bus services is last century thinking and the real solution to saving countryside communities is better connectivity, a panel of peers have been told.

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North York Moors National Park tables new 15-year plan to save its rural communities

A wider choice of new, affordable homes and a year-round supply of jobs needs to be created in the North York Moors to halt an alarming population decline and a loss of its services, according to a new long-term vision for the National Park.

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BBC's Countryfile Live is to be held at Castle Howard in Yorkshire for the first time next year, at Castle Howard from August 15-18. Pictured left to right are presenters Matt Baker, Adam Henson, Ellie Harrison, Tom Heap, Anita Rani, John Craven and Charlotte Smith. Picture: BBC

Countryfile Live heads to Castle Howard in Yorkshire first

In an era when millions of television viewers are drawn in by scantily clad ‘celebrities’ arguing on reality shows, a reliable outlet for altogether more wholesome tales from the nation’s green and pleasant lands constitutes something of a televisual comfort blanket as the weekend draws to a close.

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Catwalk style: Great Yorkshire Show 2018 fashion highlights

It’s been a super-stylish three days on the Kuoni Catwalk. Stephanie Smith picks out the top looks. Pictures by James Hardisty.

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Farming Minister George Eustice attended the third and final day of the 160th Great Yorkshire Show.

Farming Minister George Eustice confident farmers will be pleased with Agriculture Bill’s balance

Farming Minister George Eustice said he was “very confident” that farmers would see that the Government is capable of balancing its environmental ambitions with supporting food production in the new Agriculture Bill.

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GYS: ‘Historic tipping point can be a big opportunity’, farmers told

Farming is at a similar juncture to where it was in the aftermath of foot-and-mouth disease at the start of the century and younger generations must rise to the challenge, a panel of industry figures have warned.

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The hunt is on for the best dressed Great Yorkshire Show visitor

To celebrate its 160th birthday, the Great Yorkshire Show is looking for stylishly dressed attendees to share selfies and photos of their friends looking stylish at this year’s event.

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Ayrshire heifer Willowfields Winnie II was named the Great Yorkshire Show's supreme dairy champion. Picture by Kate Mallender.

GYS: Debut dairy couple win supreme title

Husband and wife team Linda and Howard Batty are seasoned cattle exhibitors but this was their competitive debut at the Great Yorkshire Show.

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Michael Gove cancels visit to 160th Great Yorkshire Show

Michael Gove cancels visit to 160th Great Yorkshire Show

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has cancelled a planned visit to the 160th Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate.
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Shepherdess ‘sheep to chic’ – with designs on grandfather’s jacket

As both sheep farmer and fashion designer, Alison O’Neill is a tweed-wearing, catwalking example of creative diversification within the farming community.

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Anita’s a model hit on the celebrity catwalk

TELEVISION PRESENTER Anita Rani took to the catwalk yesterday at the Great Yorkshire Show to champion the best of British fashion and design.

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George Dunn, chief executive of the Tenant Farmers Association at the Great Yorkshire Show. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Warning over threat to tenant farming incomes

Tenant farmers should consider their future plans carefully in case the Government’s proposed phased removal of farm subsidies renders their businesses unviable, land agents told an audience of showgoers.

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Farming union bosses to send united policy message at Great Yorkshire Show

The farming industry must use the Great Yorkshire Show to deliver a powerful, united vision for its future as part of a new relationship with government, the leader of the National Farmers’ Union said during an opening day address.

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There is plenty of positivity within the food and farming industries at the moment, but an NFU survey found that longer term confidence for after Brexit falls dramatically. Picture by James Hardisty.

Farming’s positivity does not last into the future, NFU survey finds

An encouraging proportion of the region’s food and farming businesses have taken action to deal with the political uncertainty that dogs the future of their industry, even if it is still proving to be “a real stumbling block to effective decision making”, the National Farmers’ Union said.

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Final preparations underway in Harrogate for 160th Great Yorkshire Show

A glorious stage is set for cattle of supreme stature, immaculately groomed horses and perfectly clipped sheep to hog the spotlight.

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Ragged robin, one of the species recorded at Dale View Farm. Picture by Paul Shaw.

Explained, the Yorkshire Dales scoring system that can keep meadows diverse

It’s not every working day you see something very special and rare.

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New farming policy must be achievable based on the Government's current resources, said AHDB's Paul Temple. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

‘Ambitious new farm policy has to fit with Whitehall resources’

New farming policy should only be as ambitious as the Government’s resources allow it to be, even if it does not appease everyone, according to a senior agricultural levy board member.

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Farmer David Metcalfe, of Burtersett, near Hawes, is one of 19 farmers taking part in a results-based payment schemes that the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is trialling with Natural England. Picture by James Hardisty.

Yorkshire Dales payments pilot gives sheep farmer hope for future prosperity

David Metcalfe’s family has farmed in the Yorkshire Dales since at least the 18th century with successive generations having found a way to eke a living from the land amid changing times.

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