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RSPB offers advice to farmers weighing up wildlife scheme

The RSPB is offering free advice to any farmers located in the Yorkshire Wolds and towards the coast who are considering signing up to the Government’s newly simplified Countryside Stewardship scheme.

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Applications are now open for farmers to take up the Government's new Countryside Stewardship offers.

Farmers urged to act as new Countryside Stewardship offers open

Farmers discouraged by complex rules from seeking payments for delivering environmental enhancements on their land are being urged to apply under a simplified scheme.

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Laurie Moore, a director at Tockwith Training in front of one of the company's vehicles near Hessay.

Tockwith Training keeps farmers on and off road

Before learning to walk, run or swim many children born on farms have been behind the wheel of a tractor or Land Rover, admittedly with dad holding on but in some cases, and defying the health and safety times we live in today, there are those who can testify to ‘driving’ a little earlier than most.

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Living the Dream: Shopping trip sparks childhood memories

Living the Dream: Shopping trip sparks childhood memories

Christmas is once again a distant memory, the decorations have long since been taken down, rewrapped and carefully packed away in the loft for another year. One of the final post Christmas activities that happens around here, as it does in many families I’m sure, involves getting dragged around the sales.

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Read Julian Norton's column first in Country Week, inside The Yorkshire Post every Saturday.

Diagnostic challenge of a lugubrious cat for Julian

Beryl was a boy. His gender identity was the first thing that his owners explained, as I tried to persuade the reluctant and misnamed cat out of his basket. As I grappled with Beryl I asked my usual questions, starting with, “How is Beryl today?”

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Charles Mills, honorary show director at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Comment: Packed year ahead at Great Yorkshire Showground

A very Happy New Year from all of us at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

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The grouse shooting season runs between August 12 and December 10.

Shooting season hailed a success on North York Moors

Favourable weather conditions helped to deliver a successful grouse shooting season on North Yorkshire’s moorland estates, moor managers report.

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Rachel Hallos pictured amongst the mess left by flytippers alongside Beeston Hall Farm in Ripponden. Pictures by Simon Hulme.

Legal rules leave Ripponden farmer unsure how to tackle mass of dumped waste

The National Farmers’ Union has vowed to focus Ministers on delivering tangible results on tackling one of the countryside’s biggest blights, after a huge quantity of waste was dumped on farmland in West Yorkshire.

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Flytipping cost Yorkshire taxpayers around �5m last year but is only the figure for waste dumped on council-owned land.

Insurer fears fresh spike in flytipping on farms

Farm businesses targeted by the worst incidences of flytipping are being put in jeopardy by expensive clean-up costs, but despite recent law changes to punish culprits the situation could be about to get worse, an agricultural insurer has warned.

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Prime Minister Theresa May walks through the grounds of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust  ahead of a speech where she set out her vision for protecting the environment. Picture: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

‘May’s green plans must go hand in hand with productive farms’

Farming and the environment has to go hand-in-hand in new Whitehall policy, the National Farmers’ Union has warned, following the long-awaited publication of the Government’s 25-year Environment Plan.

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Ian Berriman, of Sunderlandwick Farm, Driffield, has his blood pressure checked by nurse Anne Reed, watched by his father Mick. Pictures by James Hardisty.

New series of health checks for farmers begins in Harrogate

Members of Yorkshire’s farming community took the opportunity of a farm machinery open day to take advantage of free medical check ups.

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A red squirrel, pictured in action in Hawes by Charlotte Graham.

Excellent views of reds squirrels’ return to the Yorkshire Dales

Once common across the country, the sight of a red squirrel is now something of a rarity outside of its remaining strongholds in Scotland, the Lake District and Northumberland.

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Tom Farrar, 17, with some of his Beltex tup lambs at Wighill Lane Farm, Healaugh near Tadcaster.

Quality pays off in a double triumph for the Farrars of Healaugh

Earning respect in whatever walk of life doesn’t come overnight, it is built upon through maintaining and then improving on disciplines that assure others of your ability to provide consistent quality.

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A greenfinch, photographed by Simon Dell.

Parasitic disease poses threat to greenfinches

The most troubling development in the world of garden birds in recent memory has been a steep decline in numbers of greenfinches caused by a disease known as Trichomonosis.

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Alcohol provides extra market for Yorkshire rhubarb growers

A rising demand from the makers of artisan spirits, wines and craft beer is driving an increasingly lucrative new sideline for Yorkshire rhubarb growers.

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The late Ronnie Foster. Picture courtesy of the NFU.

NFU leads tributes to distinguished Moors farmer

Tributes have been paid to a distinguished North York Moors farmer and show president who is credited with laying the groundwork for a national scheme of legal support for farmers across the country.

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The M62 corridor has been chosen for the new Northern Forest which will take 25 years to take shape. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Northern forest to span width of the country along M62

An ambitious project to create a “Northern Forest” of 50m trees along the M62 corridor will begin in March after the Government pledged £5.7m of taxpayers’ cash to get the 25-year project started.

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Amy Watson is a member of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire group.

Comment: We need more young people to share their ideas

Being brought up on my grandparents’ suckler farm, I spent the majority of my childhood marching around in overalls and wellies, or perched on the back of a tractor.

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The M62 corridor has been chosen for the new Northern Forest which will take 25 years to take shape. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Northern forest to span width of the country along M62

An ambitious project to create a “Northern Forest” of 50m trees along the M62 corridor will begin in March after the Government pledged £5.7m of taxpayers’ cash to get the 25-year project started.

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Pedigree Lleyn sheep farmer Graham Fort, of Brightonhouse Farm, Steeton, pictured with daughter Beverley, son Terry and wife Mandy. Picture by James Hardisty.

Family team that flocks together near Steeton

Forget Team GB or how well Manchester City are faring in the Premier League right now, as there is one family team that has carved out such a niche for its togetherness in the Lleyn sheep breeding world that fellow breeders refer to them as ‘Team Fort’.

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