Genus sale tops at £2,520

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6:26am Thursday 21st August 2014

CHAMPIONSHIP honours at the annual Bentham Genus Dairy Sale was taken by Peter and David Knowles, of Cragg Farm, Kendal.

Garnett's Year

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5:59am Thursday 21st August 2014

THIS magnificent scene shows Broughton Hall couched within a rural landscape as a flock of sheep graze peacefully in the foreground and the late evening hues of a fiery sky provide an intriguing contrast to the bucolic scene.

Albino swallow spotted in Craven

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5:45am Thursday 21st August 2014

A rare albino swallow has been spotted in Craven. This picture was taken by reader Maureen Nicholas in the garden at her Eldroth home on Friday. The internet tells me there's a one-in-18,000 chance of albinism affecting a bird, making this swallow a rare sight indeed. Evidently albinos usually have weak eyesight and brittle wing and tail feathers, which may reduce their ability to fly. They are also often bullied by their own species.

Coniston Cold YFC show is hailed a success

Craven Herald: Winners from Coniston Cold Young Farmers. From the left, back row, Hannah Saxby, Hannah Bolland, Cameron Walton, Angus Walton, Will Throup; front row, Jodie Bolland, Alice Walton, Ellie Saxby, Paddy Capstick and Thomas Capstick

5:41am Thursday 21st August 2014

NUMBERS and standards were extremely good at Coniston Cold Young Farmers' Club's 68th annual show.

New record price as rearing calf ‘kings’ strike again at Skipton

Craven Herald: Family member James Dixon with the Sowray brothers’ latest Skipton rearing calf champion

5:24am Thursday 21st August 2014

A MART record price of £700 was established at Skipton Auction Mart’s summer rearing calf show and sale, which produced tremendous trade not seen since spring.

Prime lamb finish now vital to processors

4:25am Thursday 21st August 2014

ANOTHER increased entry of 4,159 prime sheep at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale produced a visible change in the market place, as processors sought to secure well-finished lambs, demonstrated by their willingness to bid well for good meated types, while shying away from lambs that lacked finish.

Auction mart looks forward to pedigree season

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4:24am Thursday 21st August 2014

SKIPTON Auction Mart is looking forward to its high profile pedigree sheep and cattle autumn highlights, which continue to attract both vendors and buyers from many parts of the country.

On course for a great day of golf

Craven Herald: Ladies Day at Skipton Golf Club . Picture shows  Norrie Earl and Sylvia Eastwood. (8950565)

9:16am Saturday 16th August 2014

ON COURSE for a sporting challenge were these participants at the recent Ladies' Day at Skipton Golf Club.

Chance for hands-on experience of rural life

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4:30am Saturday 16th August 2014

PREPARATIONS are well under way for Countryside Live, the little sister event of the Great Yorkshire Show.

Small bakery in Ingleton makes a big impact

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9:03am Friday 15th August 2014

Since winning the top baking competition in the country, Seasons Cakes in Ingleton has been stamping its baking style across Europe.

Garnett's Year

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9:40am Thursday 14th August 2014

A TRAIN sets off from Skipton Railway Station against the spectacular backdrop of a bright red evening sky as the sun disappears in the west.

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: Craven curiosities - picture shows  Cobblers Tools. (6877466)

7:20am Thursday 14th August 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to anyone who guessed last week's mystery object.

Dance students take part in photo shoot

Craven Herald: Students from the Gargrave-based Chance2dance Academy take part in a photo shoot with former student Victoria Hitchon, of Victoria Emma Photography

7:19am Thursday 14th August 2014

STUDENTS from the Gargrave-based Chance2dance Academy were in the frame when they took part in its annual summer school. Not only did they develop a wide variety of dance skills, including learning repertoire from the Ballet Coppelia, they also took part in a photo shoot when former student Victoria Hitchon, of Victoria Emma Photography, came to take pictures for her portfolio. "Everyone enjoyed this special event," said Academy manager Jaki Prescott. "Students later performed some of the dances they had learnt for parents and their families."

Tour brings thoughts of Dales cycling in years gone by

Craven Herald: Tour De France passes through Craven

7:17am Thursday 14th August 2014

THE Tour De France revealed the grandeur of the Yorkshire Dales as never before. I think especially of the sunlit views in a spectacular route taken by hundreds of cyclists as they crossed our district. The massed competitors, crowds of spectators and views of a glorious landscape were transmitted to millions of spectators via film shot from the ITV helicopter.

Healthy approach to running a Dales business

Craven Herald: feature on local buisness woman Julie Dodgson who has set up Crossgate Health and Wellbeing. Picture shows homeopath Sue Best working with Human tincture for organ support. (9046446)

7:06am Thursday 14th August 2014

When conventional medicine failed to help Julie Dodgson, despite two years of visiting the doctor and treatment at St James's Hospital in Leeds, she turned to alternative treatment.

Glorious Twelfth follows national Hen Harrier Day.

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6:28am Thursday 14th August 2014

A NATIONAL spotlight on the plight of the hen harrier coincided with the start of this year's grouse shooting season.

Swires bounce back to top form at Craven Dairy Auction

Craven Herald: Pictured with the champion and reserve at the opening August Craven Dairy Auction are, from left, Megan Thomas, local representative of new sponsors G Shepherd Animal Health, judge Richard Crabtree, exhibitor Robert Swires and his nephew John Simpson.

6:24am Thursday 14th August 2014

FATHER and son "milk men" Malcolm and Robert Swires returned to the Craven Dairy Auction show arena after a long break and made an immediate impact when securing a virtual clean sweep of the leading spoils at the opening August show at Skipton Auction Mart on Monday.

Milnerfield Shires on parade at packed Skipton dispersal sale

Craven Herald: Milnerfield Tilly and her filly foal are put through their paces at Skipton Auction Mart

6:23am Thursday 14th August 2014

SHIRE horses and coloured cobs from the well-known Milnerfield Stables of farmer Keith Downs and his wife Pam went under the hammer at a dispersal sale at Skipton Auction Mart on Saturday.

Strong trade for black and white calves

5:30am Thursday 14th August 2014

DAIRY-BRED youngsters were prominent among the 80-strong turnout at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday rearing calf sale.

Good trade for smarter lambs

5:29am Thursday 14th August 2014

AN increased entry of 3,666 prime sheep at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale saw the 3,176 lambs selling to an overall average of £70.37 per head, or 168.06p/kg.

Beltex are the pick of Skipton store lambs

5:28am Thursday 14th August 2014

SKIPTON Auction Mart’s fortnightly store sheep sale last Wednesday attracted another solid turnout of 4,775 head.

Cull cows to the fore

5:22am Thursday 14th August 2014

THE 40 prime cattle forward for Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale again saw cast cattle in the majority, with a turnout of 34 head.

NFU highlights decline in self-sufficiency

4:39am Thursday 14th August 2014

THE National Farmers Union (NFU) is using today [August 7] to highlight the backward slide of food security in UK food production as self-sufficiency has dropped two per cent year-on-year to 60 per cent – despite British farmers being geared up to produce more.

Top pictures from Settle Camera Club

Craven Herald: Image by John Cooper - Smith (8465392)

4:02pm Saturday 9th August 2014

THESE arresting images were all taken by members of Settle Camera Club and judged in a competition by the Craven Herald's own award-winning photographer, Stephen Garnett.

Garnett's Year

Craven Herald: Garnetts Year  Standing proud against a dramatic sunset  All Saints Church stands as it has for 900 years between the two
hamlets of Broughton and Elslack. (8947573)

6:55am Friday 8th August 2014

STANDING proud against a dramatic sunset, All Saints' Church sits as it has for 900 years, between the villages of Broughton and Elslack.

Team gives advice on how Dales farmers can battle soil erosion

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5:56am Friday 8th August 2014

THE Dales are one of Britain's most iconic and beautiful landscapes, enjoyed by millions of visitors every year.

Wildlife flourishing in Yorkshire Dales National Park

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6:41am Thursday 7th August 2014

THE Yorkshire Dales National Park is a great place to live – and that’s not just for humans.

Keelhams buy up Skipton Auction Mart champions again

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4:38pm Thursday 7th August 2014

KEELHAM Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford, again demonstrated its unremitting support for local farming when snapping up both the prime cattle and lamb champions for the day’s leading prices at Skipton Auction Mart’s August shows and sales. (Mon, Aug 4)

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: This week's mystery object

4:34pm Thursday 7th August 2014

A NUMBER of people correctly guessed the identity of last week's mystery object.

Clarendon wins CAMRA's Pub of the Season

Craven Herald: Ashley and Hayley Crampton, licensees of the Clarendon Hotel, Hebden

6:56am Thursday 7th August 2014

A DALES community pub is celebrating after winning the first CAMRA Pub of the Season award under new rules.

Scottish title for Skipton sheep breeders

Craven Herald: Gavin and Becky Haworth with their champion Jacob

6:28am Thursday 7th August 2014

SKIPTON couple Gavin and Becky Haworth triumphed at the First Scottish National Show of Jacob Sheep.

Puissance big wall coming to Gargrave

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5:21am Thursday 7th August 2014

THE Puissance Wall was always and will always be the most exciting part of the Horse of the Year Show for me.

Craven farmer's YouTube tribute to a vintage harvest.

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5:14am Thursday 7th August 2014

A FARMER'S tribute to a vintage year of haymaking involving his 1948 Fergie may well prove to be a You Tube hit.

Top shire horse sale is first of its kind for Skipton Auction Mart

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5:03am Thursday 7th August 2014

Local farmer Keith Downs is preparing to hand over the reins after 36 years as a leading Shire horse breeder and showman.

Getting the shows on the road

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9:48am Sunday 3rd August 2014

IT’S show time again, that period of the year when Dales communities set their stalls out for their neighbours and the wider world.

Emma wins Gisburn championship

Craven Herald: Emma Parker holding her champion British Blue bull calf which sold for £430 along side pre-sale show sponsors Isabel Gardner of Genus Breeding

8:38am Thursday 31st July 2014

SILSDEN'S Emma Park took championship honours at Thursday’s summer show of rearing calves at Gisburn Auction Marts.

Darcey wins Tour de France bike trail competition

Craven Herald: Andrew Mear hands over a prize to bike trail winner Darcey Burrell

8:20am Thursday 31st July 2014

SCHOOLGIRL Darcey Burrell is now the proud owner of a Bear Planet bear after winning the Tour de France bike trail at Skipton's High Corn Mill. Visitors were challenged to spot as many bike parts as possible around the mill and the winners received prizes from The Present Planners in Craven Court. And, as overall winner, eight-year-old Darcey Burrell received a Bear Planet bear. She said: “I’m so pleased that I won as I really enjoyed taking part in the bike trail, going round the old mill and seeing the water wheel.” The runner up was Lilia Artis. Mill owner Andrew Mear said: “We wanted to mark the Grand Depart with something special for locals and visitors. We had an influx of entries, taking participants around the medieval mill including the Historical Innovation Zone where a new video has been installed to educate people about the history and importance of the mill to the area.”

Garnett's Year

Craven Herald: Garnetts Year - The Historic ruins of Bolton Abbey Priory, cast its refelection into still waters of the River Wharfe, in this view made famous  by British landscape painter  JosephTurner  During his 1816 trip, Turner made a number of sketches and from th

7:58am Thursday 31st July 2014

THE historic ruins of Bolton Priory cast a reflection in the still waters of the River Wharfe, in this view made famous by British landscape painter Joseph Turner. During his 1816 visit to the area Turner made a number of sketches, and from these later developed the finished picture.

Dales club's service to tennis stars of the future

Craven Herald: Tennis players Jack Tarrant and Ben Comery (8540869)

7:57am Thursday 31st July 2014

SPORTING stars of the future were in action on the courts at Craven Lawn Tennis Club in Gargrave when it held a teenage tournament open to all budding players in the area. The club kept reaching out to younger players with its annual fun day, open to all juniors aged five and upwards, which included a barbecue and and offer of coaching.

Health threat to Dales 'can be cured'

Craven Herald:

7:53am Thursday 31st July 2014

DIABETES is a modern-day scourge. Nationally the incidence has doubled in the past 15 years. All the indications are that the current trend will continue.

Puissance big wall to star at Gargrave Show

7:29am Thursday 31st July 2014

A PUISSAANCE competition complete with a big wall is coming to Gargrave Show on Saturday, August 16.

Craven curiosities

Craven Herald: This week's mystery object

7:27am Thursday 31st July 2014

LAST week's mystery object again defeated our readers, with no correct guesses.

Laura repeats title coup at Skipton young farmers showpiece

Craven Herald: Laura Robinson, left, with her 2014 Skipton young handlers’ prime lamb supreme champion, joined by reserve champion Isobel North and judge Martin Brown.

6:46am Thursday 31st July 2014

YOUNG people who represent farming’s future generations had their chance to shine in the exhibition arena at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual young handlers’ prime lamb show and sale on Monday.

Andy's taste tips for great Yorkshire cheeses.

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5:50am Thursday 31st July 2014

CHEESEMONGER Andy Swinscoe is a man on a Yorkshire Day mission - to get his fellow Tykes to try some of the huge variety of the county's cheeses.

Sean Hickey triumphs at latest dairy auction

Craven Herald: Sean Hickey and his 11-year-old nephew John Thorpe with the main July Craven Dairy Auction title winner.

5:47am Thursday 31st July 2014

SEAN Hickey made an infrequent excursion into the dairy show arena at Skipton Auction Mart and was rewarded when his first prize newly calven heifer clinched championship honours at the main July Craven Dairy Auction.

Metcalfe success breaks stranglehold at Skipton store lamb show

Craven Herald: Pictured with the champion pen of 50 Suffolk-cross lambs at Skipton are, from left, judge James Spensley, Grace Dobson from sponsors Laurence Pierce Wool Merchants and exhibitor Robert Metcalfe

5:44am Thursday 31st July 2014

FARMING brothers Robert, Chris and Richard Metcalfe finally got their hands on a trophy sending out the champion pen of 50 Suffolk-cross lambs at Skipton Auction Mart’s second major seasonal store lamb show and sale last Wednesday.

Fruits and blooms of summer

Craven Herald: Gledstone Hall feature - Picture shows owner Peter Leighton  (7750050)

8:10am Friday 25th July 2014

Peter Leighton, owner of Gledstone Gardens at East Marton, discusses gardening issues at this time of year

Royal hand in rural revival

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7:54am Friday 25th July 2014

RURAL initiatives in the Dales have received a right royal boost with the announcement that the Prince’s Countryside Fund is to invest a total of £133,936 in projects which have an impact in the area.

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: Craven curiosities - picture shows Fishplate from Burtersett mines. (6877405)

8:32am Thursday 24th July 2014

AFTER a flurry of guesses last week, we seem to have stumped readers with the latest mystery object.

More success for Fawcetts in Skipton show cattle arena

Craven Herald: Pictured with the Skipton young bull show class winners are, from left, sponsor’s representative Ed Tinker, Tracey, Samantha and Stephen Fawcett.

8:29am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE Fawcett farming family from Barden notched a notable double when securing both red rosettes in the young bull classes at a special summer cattle show at Skipton Auction Mart last Wednesday.

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