Farming news from around the region. See also Farming Comment with James Stephenson.

MP’s deselection was ‘unsavoury’

Gazette & Herald: Kevin Hollinrake

3:10pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

TO begin this week’s column I congratulate Kevin Hollinrake on his selection as Conservative Parliamentary candidate.

Farmers warned to avoid cables

Gazette & Herald: Northern Powergrid

9:52am Monday 21st July 2014

FARMERS have been warned to take care around overhead power cables after a series of accidents put lives at risk.

Great Yorkshire Show goes from strength to strength

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3:29pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

Coverage from Day 2 of the Great Yorkshire Show

New-look Malton Show proves a hit

Gazette & Herald: Malton Show, at Scampston Park, on Sunday. Pictured is Gunnerfleet Hicks the Pedigree Limousin that took the Champion Interbreed Beef trophy with James Simpson from Garrowby Estate Farms and judge John Wilson. Picture David Harrison. (7675532)

3:53pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

THE NEW date and revised lay-out for this year's Malton Show received a 'very positive' reaction according to the organising committee.

Malton Show results

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4:49pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Trophy winners and results from Malton Show, held at Scampston Park.

Farmers face mixed fortunes

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3:53pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

THE price war between Britain’s supermarkets is putting pressure on local farmers, according to Robert Hicks, the general secretary of the National Farmers’ Union in the area.

Extreme weather ‘biggest threat to food producers’

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10:50am Tuesday 1st July 2014

A NORTH Yorkshire MP is calling for action to improve the UK’s food security and improve production on British farms.

Memorial service for former NFU President

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10:50am Thursday 19th June 2014

A memorial service will be held next month in honour of former NFU President Sir Ben Gill who died in May aged 64.

Boost for agricultural industry

Gazette & Herald: Tractor at Mowthorpe

12:10pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

YORKSHIRE'S agriculture industry is showing one of the strongest recoveries in the UK according to new figures.

Young farmers shine in contest

Gazette & Herald: Kirkbymoorside Young Farmers Club members Alice Turnbull and Philip Monkman take a break from activities to enjoy an ice cream, during the rally at Low Park Farm in Kirkbymoorside. Pic: Mike Tipping (6444906)

4:23pm Friday 30th May 2014

YOUNG Farmers from across Ryedale showed off their skills at an annual event.

Farms throw open gates to the public

Gazette & Herald: Sheep shearing

4:22pm Friday 30th May 2014

TWO farms in the North York Moors National Park will be throwing open their gates to visitors next month as part of Open Farm Sunday.

Forces unite for Farm Watch

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4:19pm Friday 30th May 2014

NORTH Yorkshire Police teamed up with colleagues from Durham, Northumbria, Cleveland and Cumbria to run a major Farm Watch operation last Thursday.

Calls to protect from fracking

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1:42pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

FARMERS and landowners are calling for protection from any liability if fracking operations cause negative long-term effects on their land.

Historian to talk on past farming

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1:02pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

A LEADING expert on Anglo-Saxon archaeology will be giving a lecture on Friday about the history of a farmstead from that era.

Farm offers guided tour

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12:43pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

YORKSHIRE Conservation and Farming are offering people the chance to enjoy a guided tour around an award-winning farm.

Sledmere joins Open Farm Sunday event

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12:43pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

SLEDMERE Home Farm will be joining the national Open Farm Sunday event again this year on Sunday, June 8.

Farmers warned of slurry dangers

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8:25am Monday 26th May 2014

FARMERS have been warned about the dangers of slurry gases with the launch of a new leaflet by the National Farmers Union and the Farm Safety Partnership.

Farms hit by rural fuel thefts

Gazette & Herald: Combine harvesters on the skyline  during the harvesting  of spring barley at Haywold near Huggate.

9:18am Wednesday 30th April 2014

ON a Nottinghamshire farm last Sunday, 2,500 litres of diesel were syphoned off and stolen by

Hill farming gets support

Gazette & Herald: A ewe with lambs on the hills at Farndale

8:00am Wednesday 30th April 2014

“A REAL boost at just the right time.” That’s how farmers have responded to the news that the latest reform of the Common Agricultural Policy will see more support going to the hill farming sector.

Stock taking is here

Gazette & Herald: A ewe with her newborn lamb

4:40pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THIS welcome burst of spring sunshine is just what we needed after the wet winter, but we must not forget that it is the time of year when most farmers have an end to their accounting period.

Young Farmers celebrate 40th anniversary

Gazette & Herald: Snainton Young Farmers at the Yorkshire Young Farmers 40th Annivesary Ball. (5483146)

2:47pm Thursday 17th April 2014

YORKSHIRE Federation of Young Farmers celebrated their 40th anniversary on Saturday with a ball at York Racecourse.

Show puts Bishop Burton College on map

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3:33pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

WORRIES about letting a new recruit behind the wheel of expensive farm machinery may well be a thing of the past.

The impact of unrest is felt

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3:28pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

In her monthly column, EMMA CROFT of Anderson Grain Marketing Ltd, analyses the changes in crop values

Don’t be victim to call scam

Gazette & Herald: Fields of oil seed rape, like this one near Malton, are under threat from the pollen beetle.

3:26pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

FIRST this week, a red alert warning about a team of clever fraudsters who have dreamed up yet another way of beating the system – if only they would apply their intelligence to promoting legal business the country would be a great deal richer.

Kirkbymoorside Horticultural Society’s show may need new home

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1:17pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

KIRKBYMOORSIDE Horticultural Society’s popular annual show may have to find a new venue.

Search for champion sheep breeder

Gazette & Herald: Thornton-le-Dale Show picture gallery

12:27pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

SHEEP exhibitors from across Ryedale will have a chance to compete to be crowned the best in the area.

Church service highlights farming challenges

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10:57am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THE state of the countryside and farming was highlighted at a special church service held at Pickering parish church last Saturday.

Farmers urged to apply for Tour de France derogations

Gazette & Herald: Tour de France sculpture created at opening stage finishing line

8:07am Tuesday 1st April 2014

FARMERS and landowners whose businesses could be affected when the Tour de France comes to Yorkshire this summer are being urged to sign up to a scheme which allows them to alter their grass-cutting dates.

Farmers’ bank pain

11:47am Saturday 29th March 2014

A CAMPAIGNING lawyer says Yorkshire farmers have had to sell land to continue payments for mis-sold hedging products by banks.

Artist's painting helps raise money for flood-hit farmers

Gazette & Herald: Lauren Terry’s Nice Weather For Ducks painting

2:59pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

A YOUNG artist is using her talents to help raise money for flooded farms across the country.

Budget offers a bit of help

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2:50pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

GEORGE OSBOURNE’S reputation and his ability to manage the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s job has definitely grown since he took office and to be frank, against many predictions, including my own.

Farmer’s heartbreak as dogs terrorise his sheep

Gazette & Herald: Farmer Robin Mackley with PCSO Annie Simpson at Levisham

11:38am Wednesday 26th March 2014

A FARMER has told of his heartbreak at having his sheep “torn to pieces” by dogs and has warned that he may have to take drastic action if the problem continues.

Police join forces with farmers to crack rural crime

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11:04am Wednesday 26th March 2014

POLICE are urging farmers to join forces to tackle crime and poaching.

Help to save barn owls

Gazette & Herald: A barn owl taken at Poppleton by Robert Taylor,  of Carrington Avenue, York

8:17am Monday 24th March 2014

WILDLIFE experts urge people to help save barn owls from habitat loss.

Young farmers take part in Stock Judge of the Year competition

Gazette & Herald: Annual Stock Judge of the year Competition

4:24pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

MEMBERS of the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers clubs joined together on Sunday for the Malton Auction Mart Annual Stock Judge of the Year Competition.

Sheep tags reading

Gazette & Herald: Sheep coming to Malton market will have be tagged

4:20pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

I AM afraid this week’s column has a couple of pieces on the relentless role of regulation and animal identification, mainly driven by the blessed supermarkets as ever.

Fine crop of agricultural shows ahead

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4:16pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

PLANS are well underway for this year’s season of agricultural shows in the North York Moors National Park area.

Improvements planned for Ryedale Show

Gazette & Herald: A clever border collie in action at Ryedale Show

10:40am Wednesday 19th March 2014

RYEDALE Show, recognised as one of the leading one-day agricultural shows in the country, is planning improvements for this year’s event.

Farmers paying the price for supermarkets’ greed

Gazette & Herald: A milk price war has started among the supermarkets with Tesco leading the way

3:23pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

I THINK it’s despicable that our major retailers claim to support British agriculture, yet at the same time continue to use us as a punch bag in schemes to beat their competitors.

NFU names head after election by members

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3:20pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

MEURIG Raymond has been elected as the new president of the National Farmers’ Union.

Ramblers urged to control dogs

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3:18pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

THE warmer weather has brought a plea from a countryside organisation for dog walkers in Ryedale to keep their animals under strict control or on leads in the countryside and to clear up their mess.

CLA slams the ‘digital divide’

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3:19pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

CLA North says more clarity is needed on an announcement by the government on superfast broadband.

New arrivals go on show at annual spring lambing event

Gazette & Herald: Youngsters cuddle up to lambs during Lambing Sunday

8:33am Monday 10th March 2014

CUTE new arrivals at Askham Bryan College have been on show at an annual spring lambing event.

More cash for moorland call backed

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1:51pm Thursday 6th March 2014

DEFRA has backed the CLA in the North’s calls for more payments to be moved to moorland areas.

Pedigree cattle sale returning to York Livestock Centre

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1:50pm Thursday 6th March 2014

PEDIGREE cattle breed sales have been the prized domain of livestock markets further north than Yorkshire for many years, but York Livestock Centre’s new multi-breed pedigree cattle sale went so well last year that it’s back next Thursday.

Summer weather boost for butterflies

Gazette & Herald: Small tortoiseshell in barley - photo by Tim Melling, Butterfly Conservation

1:57pm Thursday 6th March 2014

FARMLAND butterflies thrived last year after benefitting from the best summer weather for seven years, a survey has revealed.

Nervous feel to the wheat grain trade

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1:52pm Thursday 6th March 2014

In her monthly column, EMMA CROFT of Anderson Grain Marketing Ltd analyses the global grain market.

Trio battle it out for Northern Farmer title

Gazette & Herald: Simon Beever, who has been nominated as a finalist in the Farm Manager and Arable Farmer of the Year category

3:56pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

THREE Yorkshire farmers are in the running for honours in the first Northern Farmer Awards.

Playing the blame game

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3:53pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

JUST as Noah’s Ark came to rest on Mount Ararat, so will the receding waters in the Somerset Levels expose all manner of things moved to strange places by the floods.

Farmland inspires art

Gazette & Herald: John Warters (left) and artist Peter Watson with one of the original Yorkshire Wolds paintings

8:00am Wednesday 19th February 2014

A FARM on the Wolds proved to be a source of inspiration for Yorkshire artist Peter Watson, who then found out the farm in question was owned by a former pupil.

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