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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?

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Rachel Hallos pictured amongst the mess left by flytippers alongside her farm in Ripponden.

Hidden costs of farm thefts and waste crime mount up

There are significant hidden costs for farmers who fall victim to countryside crime, according to West Yorkshire farmer Rachel Hallos.

Swallows have been among the smaller species of birds that have been later to arrive in Britain for the warmer weather.

Roger Ratcliffe: Late arrival of smaller birds has had people perplexed

It has been an excruciatingly slow year for the arrival of many summer migrants. In mid-May a caller from the Scarborough area contacted The Yorkshire Post to report there were very few swallows around. The majority should have arrived at least three weeks earlier.

The role of National Parks, including the North York Moors (pictured), will be considered in the Government's review of designated landscapes.

Landowners seek economic gains from protected landscapes review

Rural landowners want measures to boost economic growth and productivity in national parks and other specially designated landscapes to be at the core of a new government review into their role.

Councillors Ian Threlfall (left) and John Blackie at the Hawes garage

Round the clock fuel in Dales

England’s first community-run petrol station has gone some way towards solving the age-old problem of finding somewhere to fill up in the Dales after 6pm or at the weekend.

A new rural crime strategy was agreed by the National Police Chiefs Council at a meeting in York attended by Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers' Union (pictured). Picture by Tim Scrivener.

Police forces set to get new strategy to beat rural crime

Senior police chiefs have revealed that a new strategy to help forces tackle rural crime will be published later this year. Senior police chiefs have revealed that a new strategy to help forces tackle rural crime will be published later this year.

Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers' Union, is due to unveil a new livestock sales complex at Craven Cattle Mart in Skipton today.

Yorkshire relies on sheep sector that ‘needs’ free EU trade, says NFU president Minette Batters

Yorkshire’s rural way of life stands to suffer if the region’s crucial sheep industry is not afforded frictionless trade with Europe, according to farm union leader Minette Batters.

The Government's new commitment to peatlands has been welcomed by Yorkshire conservationists.

Big cash injection for Yorkshire peatland restoration

The battle to halt environmental damage which threatens our planet is just as much about developing greener technology as it is about simply taking better care of our natural environment.

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