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Growers want no frights in pumpkin sale figures

Gazette & Herald: Sales Manager Stuart Gibson, from KJ Curson Growers in Upwell Cambridgeshire looks over a field of pumpkins before they are harvested for halloween, the farm will grow and sell over a million pumpkins over the season. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date

4:06pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

THE pumpkin season couldn’t be any shorter with the window for marketing focused on one day: October 31.

Beef farming the focus of TV show

Gazette & Herald: Farmer and butcher Gareth Barlow is presenting his first television film for BBC One’s Countryfile.

4:06pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A YOUNG farmer and butcher is presenting his first television film for BBC One’s Countryfile.

Bid to ban sky lanterns spreads

Gazette & Herald: Hundreds of Taiwanese people release sky lanterns in hopes of good fortune and prosperity in the Chinese new year before the traditional Lantern Festival in the Pingxi district of New Taipei City, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. The Lantern festival falls

3:59pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A call by National Parks England to ban sky lanterns has been backed by the CLA in the North.

Pyramid of pumpkins near Malton

Gazette & Herald: Pumpkins at Howebridge Farm shop. Pictured are Tom Hoggard, left, and Paul Potts who created the pyramid of pumpkins. Picture David Harrison. (10956311)

3:59pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A PYRAMID of pumpkins has been created at the Whole Hogg farm shop near Malton.

Countryside Live show is best ever

Gazette & Herald: CSL 14 Supreme Beef Limousin X More of That owned by Phil & Sharon Sellers from Lincoln presented by Martin Wood from Ripon Select Foods (11709784)

3:59pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The rural extravaganza combined classes for cattle, sheep and horses with hands on activities, demonstrations and displays ranging from horse shoeing to tug of war contests, and from show jumping to mountain biking.

Thousands enjoy a taste of country life at Countryside Live event

Gazette & Herald: Max Clough aged 12 from Pickering preparing his Dutch Texel sheep on the opening day of  Countryside Live at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

9:58am Tuesday 21st October 2014

THOUSANDS of people made this weekend's annual Countryside Live event one of the biggest ever.

Farmers’ group backs MPs call on milk pricing

Gazette & Herald: POLITICAL CHANGE: Thirsk and Malton MP Anne Mcintosh

8:31am Thursday 16th October 2014

A FARMERS’ group has supported calls from the Ryedale MP for more regulation on milk pricing.

Transfers deadline looms for farmers

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3:14pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

The headline is more dramatic than the reality, but it is true that the first deadline for transferring entitlements is Tuesday 21st October.

Great Yorkshire Show director set to step down

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3:11pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

Great Yorkshire Show Director to Step Down

Countryside Live show set to thrill

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8:04am Wednesday 8th October 2014

WITH a clink and a clank, amid a fizz of sparks, farriers from far and wide will be competing this month for the title of world's best horse shoer at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Sheep farming celebrated at Masham show

Gazette & Herald: MASHAM SHEEP FAIR: Competitors in the main square. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (10929285)

8:26am Wednesday 1st October 2014

THE historic Masham Sheep Fair took place at the weekend.

17,000 flock to Nidderdale Show

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9:48am Wednesday 24th September 2014

GLORIOUS sunshine brought more than 17,000 people to the final show of the agricultural season.

Historic Sheep Fair at Masham

Gazette & Herald: FLOCK TO THE FINISH: Sheep racing is one of the many events included in Masham Sheep Fair

8:33am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

AN HISTORIC fair takes place this weekend, which traces its roots back to when a Yorkshire Dales market town traded tens of thousands of sheep every year.

Annual golf day supports farmers

Gazette & Herald: webpix charity donation cash money collection

9:41am Saturday 20th September 2014

FARMING charity, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) North Yorkshire committee, held its first annual golf day at Kirkbymoorside Golf Club.

Badger culling operation starts

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8:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Radio 4 announced badger culls had started on Tuesday and will continue over the next six weeks.

Helmsley Young Farmers raise £115

Gazette & Herald:

7:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

MEMBERS of Helmsley Young Farmers’ Club got a soaking when they raised £115 at the Bilsdale Show.

Malton mid-season sheep sale

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7:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

IN the Autumn sunshine at Malton, the trade for all classes of breeding sheep remained firm, and the store lamb trade was better than anticipated.

Hereford cattle investment for college students

Gazette & Herald: CHIEF EXECUTIVE: Jeanette Dawson

4:09pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

BISHOP Burton College has announced plans to invest in a Hereford cattle herd, ahead of the students arriving back this month.

Harvest survey appeal to farmers

Gazette & Herald: FEBRUARY 27-28

4:20pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

THE first source of published data on UK crop production levels for this year will be generated by NFU members as they are encouraged to complete the annual harvest survey.

Badger culls to continue

Gazette & Herald:

10:42am Friday 5th September 2014

THE Badger Trust continues to waste its own funds and public money by challenging the legality of the pilot culls.

Harvest’s progress begins to slow

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5:20pm Thursday 4th September 2014

After getting off to a flying start earlier in August, progress with this year’s harvest has slowed over the last couple of weeks, leaving a frustrating proportion of crop still out in the field.

Call for farmer’s views

Gazette & Herald: £20m river funding ‘not enough’

5:18pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Farmers across Yorkshire and the North East are being asked to share their experiences of local authority livestock inspections and comment on how these visits duplicate those of national regulators.

New chief sheep steward for Great Yorkshire Show

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12:05pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE Great Yorkshire Show has a new chief sheep steward.

National award for rapeseed oil producer

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9:27am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A NORTH Yorkshire family rapeseed oil producer has won a national award.

Entrants gearing up for Countryside Live show

Gazette & Herald: Stephanie Milner and her father Jonny who went on to take the championship in the driving trials held for the first time at Countryside Live. Her pony is Josh. Stephanie’s home is at Huggate, York. (9612590)

9:26am Monday 25th August 2014

ENTRIES are flooding in for an autumn show which will see the best of Yorkshire’s cattle, sheep, horses and poultry on display.

Diamond day for Huttons Ambo show

Gazette & Herald: Committee Members of the Huttons Ambo Flower and Produce Show, NB: I do not know the name of the lady second from right, but if you have to have names the other names are: from left: Alison Hewitt, Ruth Hannah, Tara Waldis, Neil Hannah, Jem Charles and Sa

4:16pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

HUTTONS Ambo Flower and Produce show celebrated its diamond anniversary at the weekend.

New mart is vital for area’s farmers

Gazette & Herald: Sheep at Malton livestock market during the spring fatstock show. Pic: Mike Tipping (9461114)

4:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

TOMORROW (Thursday) is decision day for Malton livestock market as the application for new premises comes before the Ryedale District Council's extraordinary planning meeting scheduled to deal with this application, and other residential development applications submitted by Fitzwilliam Trust Corporation.

Rosedale Show: The renaissance of rural life

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3:49pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE continuing renaissance of all that is homemade and home-grown was in evidence at one of the most fiercely traditional rural shows on the calendar.

Share farming is the way

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8:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A WIDER uptake of share farming could enable thousands of young people to get their first foot on the farming ladder, according to the CLA.

Rural communities told to guard against crime

Gazette & Herald: Police and crime commissioner Julia Mulligan is taking steps to fulfil her election pledge of relocating police headquarters from Newby Wiske Hall

8:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

FARMERS and villagers are urged to remain vigilant when it comes to thieves raiding farmers and rural properties.

Guest talks are revealed for farming conference

Gazette & Herald: Jay Rayner is well-respected among food writers

8:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

NFU president Meurig Raymond and celebrity food critic Jay Rayner will address delegates alongside Beth Hart of Sainbury’s at JSR Farm’s 25th annual farming conference in York on Tuesday, September 16.

Rosedale Show 2014 results

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8:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Cups, trophies and results from Rosedale Show 2014

Greening rules still unclear, says NFU

Gazette & Herald: FEBRUARY 27-28

3:55pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE NFU is expected to continue its roadshow meetings to support farmer members as they get to grips with the new Common Agriculture Policy, and particularly the greening measures.

Make a date at Farndale Show

Gazette & Herald: 106th annual Farndale Show

12:06pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

NEXT year’s Farndale calendar will go on sale on August Bank Holiday Monday at Farndale Show.

Sun shines on record crowds at Boon Hill show

Gazette & Herald: Show jumping at Boon Hill Show. Pic by Jo Hughes (9130825)

12:04pm Friday 15th August 2014

BOON Hill country show proved a big success on Saturday thanks to record crowds and good weather.

Something for everyone at Thornton-le-Dale Show

Gazette & Herald:

12:29pm Friday 15th August 2014

GOATS and sheepdogs herding ducks were among the most popular attractions at Thornton-le-Dale Show.

Community spirit lives on at Thronton-le-Dale Show

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12:42pm Friday 15th August 2014

VISITORS show were able to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the First World War.

Valley’s residents fear fracking plan

Gazette & Herald: FRACKING PIC FROM INTERNET (9195846)

5:05pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Sarah Houlston has written to me asking if I would publicise a Government Consultation which ends

Frost to impact grouse hunt

Gazette & Herald: GEORGE THOMPSON - Grouse on Spaunton Moor. Picture: Matt Clark (9173488)

5:02pm Thursday 14th August 2014

DAMAGE caused by severe late frosts on the North York Moors last year is likely to have an impact on this year's grouse shooting season which started yesterday (Tuesday), said George Winn-Darley, who manages 6,500 acres of the moors.

Years of experience advising and supporting landowners

Gazette & Herald: Ann Hanson

5:05pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Yorkshire Farming and Wildlife Partnership advisers are celebrating half a century working with farmers and landowners in Yorkshire.

Thornton-le-Dale show results

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2:37pm Friday 8th August 2014

Thornton-le-Dale show  goers enjoyed an excellent day with record entries in all classes.

Harvest yields up as farmers reap rewards of hot summer

Gazette & Herald: Harvesting near Earswick. Picture David Harrison. (8962021)

2:58pm Thursday 7th August 2014

THE remarkable spell of weather has to date made harvesting a lot easier but it has brought a few

Farmers bare all for calendar

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2:54pm Thursday 7th August 2014

TWELVE young farmers from Ryedale who bared all for charity have raised £1,000.

Show is a celebration of country life

Gazette & Herald: Aled Groucott trims a Beltex wether ram ready for Countryside Live

2:51pm Thursday 7th August 2014

PREPARATIONS are underway for Countryside Live, which takes place on October 18 and 19 at Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate.

This year's harvests ahead of schedule

Gazette & Herald: A combine harvester is busy at work in the fields at Saxton near Tadcaster. Picture: Nigel Holland.

9:05am Thursday 7th August 2014

A SECOND hot and dry harvest season has arrived for farmers in Yorkshire, and the combines are at work night and day in fields all over the county.

Farmer welcomes organic crops claim

Gazette & Herald: PROUD: Peter Richardson at Home Farm, Newby Wiske

12:01pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

A NORTH Yorkshire farmer has welcomed new research that shows significant differences in the nutritional content of organic and conventional crops.

Visitors travel from far and wide to Ryedale Show

Gazette & Herald: Ryedale Show. Pictured fancy dress competition. 'Jack & Jill'. Jack and Jessie Barker from Kirkbymoorside with mum Hannah. Picture David Harrison. (8732254)

12:10pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

THOUSANDS of people flocked to the 148th annual Ryedale Show from across the whole of the country.

It’s a dog’s life at Ryedale Show

Gazette & Herald: Ryedale Show. Pictured Ampleforth Hounds with Huntsman Tom Cranage. Picture David Harrison. (8730139)

12:08pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

GET a dog for a healthy lifestyle. That was the message from Ryedale Canine Society which organised the popular dog section at the show.

Ryedale Show: Fancy show of fur and feathers

Gazette & Herald: Ryedale Show. Pictured pigeon judge Mike |Knaggs with the Champion Show Racer belonging to Dixon na d Dodgeson from Scarborough. Picture David Harrison. (8723776)

12:08pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

FANCY pigeons and their owners travelled more than 65 miles to exhibit in Ryedale Show this year.

Ryedale Show: Local farmers lead the way

Gazette & Herald: Ryedale Show. Pictured Alicia Lack, aged 13 of Kirkbymoorside, with her beef Shorthorn cow with which she won the young handler class. Picture David Harrison. (8722481)

12:05pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

DESPITE the recent outbreak of tuberculosis, local farmers were not put off in entering Ryedale Show and still flocked in their hundreds to submit entries in to the livestock categories.

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