It’s growing wild in the country

Craven Herald: ALL IN A WORKING DAY: The Flowers of the Dales Festival includes spending a day with a National Trust ranger. Last year, eight-year-old Jessica Swales found out what the work was all about

4:25pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A series of events are being put on across the Yorkshire Dales to highlight the floral spendour of this special landscape, as Clive White reports.

Boothman takes the early spring honours at Skipton

Craven Herald: BEST: The Skipton ewes with lambs at foot champions with exhibitor Thomas Boothman, co-sponsor Ed Tinker, judge Richard Caton, and co-sponsor Robert Garth

8:00am Saturday 5th April 2014

Linton’s Thomas Boothman was the headline performer at Skipton Auction Mart’s opening early Spring show of 219 ewes with 380 lambs at foot.

Skipton Auction Mart's new sheep tagging rules

1:57pm Friday 4th April 2014

Skipton Auction Mart has implemented new sheep tagging legislation which will affect sheep farmers across the region.

Sowray brothers’ double success

Craven Herald: CALVES: Skipton’s March rearing calf champion and reserve with Shaun Sowray, James Dixon, BOCM Pauls’ Keith Colley and judge Gareth Hogg

10:00am Friday 21st March 2014

Multiple Skipton Auction Mart calf show champions, brothers Shaun and Peter Sowray of Bowes Green Farm, Bishop Thornton, struck again when securing both leading honours at the annual spring show and sale on Monday.

Littondale farmer follows the family tradition

Craven Herald: Rachael Lund with some of her animals

11:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

Farmer Rachael Lund might have been crowned the ‘strongest woman in Littondale’ on several occasions, but it’s her strength of character that impresses most. Victoria Benn reports.

RSPB plea to look out for hen harriers

Craven Herald: A hen harrier carries a twig back to its nest

12:20pm Friday 14th March 2014

As spring gets under way, the RSPB is asking people who spend time in the Yorkshire Dales to keep their eyes peeled for hen harriers, the country’s most threatened bird of prey.

Mart's charity auctions raise £3,000 for Brooklands School and Manorlands Hospice

Craven Herald: In the sensory room at Brookands are, from left, deputy head Liz Buffett, Cath Cromarty, Christine Clarkson, Helen Herd, Dorothy Dean and Manorlands’ Rachel Cunningham.

8:00am Friday 14th March 2014

Brooklands Community Special School in Skipton and Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope have again benefited from the proceeds of charity auctions staged following the annual Christmas primestock shows and Great Northern Pork Pie Competition at Skipton Auction Mart last December.

NFU urge Government to review flooding policy

Craven Herald: Flood water nearly tops a dry stone wall in fields near Carleton

12:24pm Friday 14th March 2014

The NFU has called on the Government to review its flooding policies and commit more money into helping to reduce further risks to the British countryside.

Tom Heseltine wins British Poultry Council Scholarship

Craven Herald: Tom Heseltine

12:23pm Friday 14th March 2014

A Craven man has received a scholarship to encourage him to pursue a career in the poultry industry.

Young farmers celebrate competition success

Craven Herald: Eddie Holgate, winner of the Young Farmers Club member’s trophy, receiving his award

3:17pm Thursday 13th March 2014

Year 10 Settle College pupil Eddie Holgate, a member of Rathmell Young Farmers, impressed judges with his knowledge and stockmanship at Gisburn Auction Mart’s Cattle Over Wintering competition.

Quality entries at Bentham store cattle sale

Craven Herald: Judge Mark Towers, Gerald Ketley, David Broadbent and judge William Ketley

3:15pm Thursday 13th March 2014

The Great Annual March Show and Sale of Store Cattle at Bentham Auction attracted both quality and quantity.

Eldroth family celebrates dairy championship success

Craven Herald: Duncan and Susan Robinson with their Craven Dairy Auction  March show title winner

3:13pm Thursday 13th March 2014

A first-ever Craven Dairy Auction championship fell to the North Craven-based Robinson family at Skipton Auction Mart’s opening March show and sale on Monday.

Good trade at Skipton prime sheep show

Craven Herald: Skipton Auction Mart

3:22pm Thursday 13th March 2014

A full contingent of buyers produced exceptional and fast-selling trade for the 2,858 head of prime sheep entered for Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale.

Addingham mule breeder sweeps the board at Gisburn Auction Mart

Craven Herald: Richard Mawson with his Mule shearling ewes with Texel lambs which sold for £222

3:19pm Thursday 13th March 2014

With the weather turning a corner, trade for ewes with lambs at foot was buoyant at Gisburn Auction Mart’s show and sale on Saturday.

Stroll around Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs

Craven Herald: Stroll around Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs

3:44pm Friday 7th March 2014

This Dales Life walk is a gentle stroll around the Yorkshire Water owned Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs, located between Skipton and Harrogate just off the A59 The Yorkshire Water owned Fewston Reservoir is certainly popular judging by the number of vehicles in the car park between it and Swinsty Reservoir on the Sunday morning we pulled in there.

Top dog is off to USA

Craven Herald: Shaun Richards with his top price 5,300gns Skipton dog Sweep

6:19pm Thursday 6th March 2014

Shaun Richards was the headline performer at Skipton Auction Mart’s opening 2014 sale of working sheep dogs on Friday.

Championship double at Skipton prime cattle show

Craven Herald: Simon Bennett with his March prime cattle champion and reserve

6:18pm Thursday 6th March 2014

Simon Bennett, of Delph Farm, Silsden Moor, landed a notable championship and reserve championship double at the March prime cattle show at Skipton Auction Mart on Monday.

Good standard of entries at calf sale

6:21pm Thursday 6th March 2014

All standards of entries proved good to sell at the Monday weekly rearing calf sale at Skipton Auction Mart.

Prime lamb show success for Hayley

6:20pm Thursday 6th March 2014

Hayley Baines continued her sparkling run of form in the prime lamb arena at Skipton Auction Mart, securing both the championship and reserve championship at the March show on Monday.

The changing role of Yorkshire Dales National Park rangers

Craven Herald: Area ranger for Wharfedale and Littondale Phil Richards, repairing a dry stone wall

12:00pm Saturday 1st March 2014

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is celebrating its 60th birthday this year. Julia Murfin spoke to Phil Richards about what it’s like to be a modern day ranger in the Dales

Saddling up for Skipton Horse Trials

Craven Herald: Emma Heslop taking on a show jumping fence

12:00pm Saturday 1st March 2014

With what has been one of the wettest winters for many a year, my rides out have been greatly restricted to the roads and lanes around East and West Marton and Coniston Cold.

Craven Champions Day at Skipton Auction Mart one of best on record

Craven Herald: Tom Akrigg with his brother John’s Craven Champions Day supreme champion, joined by co-judges Annie Turnbull, left, and Lucy Corner

3:32pm Thursday 27th February 2014

This year’s Craven Champions Day – Skipton Auction Mart’s annual show and sale of commercial store cattle with future show potential – was one of the best on record, attracting an increased entry of 65 bullocks and heifers.

Bell Busk farmer picks up newly calven heifer title

Craven Herald: Brian Moorhouse, left, with his main February Craven Dairy Auction title winner, joined by Richard Close and his reserve champion

3:30pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Multiple past champion Brian Moorhouse, who runs the Airebank pedigree Holstein dairy herd at Hesper Farm, Bell Busk, sent out his first title winner of 2014 at the main February Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart on Monday.

Skipton Auction Mart sale attracts 2,500 prime sheep

Craven Herald: Skipton Auction Mart

3:37pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Nigh on 2,500 prime sheep passed through the sale ring at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale, with old season lamb numbers at 2,123 a head and achieving an overall selling average of £77.50 per head, or 187.1p/kg.

Strong show of cattle at fortnightly Skipton sale

Craven Herald: Skipton Auction Mart

3:35pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Skipton’s fortnightly Wednesday cattle sale attracted 836 head, with commercial store cattle and other premium entries highly sought after.

Skipton Auction Mart hosts working sheep dog sale

Craven Herald: Skipton Auction Mart

3:34pm Thursday 27th February 2014

The opening 2014 sale of working sheep dogs at Skipton Auction Mart tomorrow has attracted another solid entry of 98 dogs.

Record entry at Gisburn Auction Marts' pedegree dairy show

3:32pm Thursday 27th February 2014

A record entry of 59 dairy cattle were forward at Gisburn Auction Marts’ pedigree dairy show and sale on Thursday.

College training for rural careers

Craven Herald: The equine section of Craven College’s School of Land Based Studies has 21 stables, a livery yard and indoor arena

12:00pm Saturday 22nd February 2014

Grouse beating on the heather moorland at Burnsall, turning out a thoroughbred stallion for an hour’s cross country practice across a 40 acre estate just outside Skipton, building dry stone walls in the breathtaking landscape above Malham... believe it or not, these inspirational rural scenes are all examples of the ‘hands on’ outdoor learning opportunities offered by the School of Land Based Studies and Engineering at Craven College. Victoria Benn goes back to ‘school’ to find  out more.

Chance for farmers to discuss Tour de France at meeting in Threshfield

Craven Herald: The Tour de France could cause milking problems for farmers

3:03pm Thursday 20th February 2014

A meeting for farmers to discuss the implications of the summer’s Tour de France Grand Depart in Craven is due to be held on Monday.

Settle District Young Farmers' Club celebrates 70th anniversary

Craven Herald: Robin Hargreaves

2:55pm Thursday 20th February 2014

Members, past and present, celebrated Settle District Young Farmers’ 70th anniversary with a dinner and disco at The Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn.

Lothersdale and District Young Farmers hold annual dinner

Craven Herald: The Young Farmers with their tropies

4:03pm Thursday 20th February 2014

Lothersdale and District Young Farmers Club held its annual dinner dance at the Black Horse Hotel, Skipton.

Prices up at Skipton Auction Mart prime sheep sale

Craven Herald: Sale day at Skipton Auction Mart

3:05pm Thursday 20th February 2014

A smaller show of 2,599 prime sheep at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale saw the top end of the entry dearer on the week.

‘Cracking trade’ at Skipton store hoggs and breeding sheep sale

Craven Herald: Skipton Auction Mart

2:56pm Thursday 20th February 2014

The fortnightly Wednesday sale of store hoggs and breeding sheep at Skipton Auction Mart produced trade described by the auctioneers as “cracking for all classes of lambs, with some strong sorts getting away at unbelievable prices”.

Broughton farmer achieves highest price at prime cattle sale

Craven Herald: Skipton Auction Mart

2:51pm Thursday 20th February 2014

The 31 cast cows forward in the prime cattle classes at Skipton Auction Mart, on Monday, eased in price on the week when averaging £829.14 each, or 115.99p/kg, overall.

Austwick woman Amanda Anderson is appointed first director of Moorland Association

Craven Herald: Amanda Anderson of The Moorland Association

12:00pm Saturday 15th February 2014

A national organisation protecting more than 850,000 acres of heather moorland has appointed its first ever director.

The joys of keeping chickens

Craven Herald: Richard Pickles’ Craven Feather Auctions Spring champions 2013 with his father Tom and daughter Selina Pickles, and judge Edward Boothman, Craven Poultry Keepers Club’s chairman

12:00pm Saturday 15th February 2014

Whilst wanting to extol the many benefits of poultry keeping, the first hurdle appears to be in determining the difference between a ‘chicken’ and a ‘hen’. In search of answers, Victoria Benn catches up with champion poultry breeder Edward Boothman, to see if he can unscramble her conundrum.

Settle District Young Farmers' Club hosts hedging and walling competition

Craven Herald: Drystone walls in the Dales

3:54pm Thursday 13th February 2014

There was a good turnout of clubs for the Settle District Young Farmers’ annual hedging and walling competition.

Increase in hillbred lambs at Skipton Auction Mart prime sheep sale

Craven Herald: Skipton Auction Mart

3:43pm Thursday 13th February 2014

A noticeable increase in hill-bred lambs was evident at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly prime sheep sale, with 1,145 mule and horned entries among the 2,922 head of old season lambs forward.

Feeding bulls in high demand at Skipton Auction Mart cattle sale

Craven Herald: John Fawcett (holding stick) in the Skipton ring with his latest red rosette-winning young feeding bull

3:45pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Young feeding bulls again had their own show classes at Skipton Auction Mart’s fortnightly Wednesday cattle sale, as the mart continued to encourage vendors to meet increasing demand among feeders for younger cattle at nine to 12 months old, resulting from the new 16-month rule.

Quality hoggs compete for Super Two title at Bentham Auction Mart

Craven Herald: Graham Jackson and judge Harry Woods

3:41pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Bentham Auction’s annual Super Two Challenge attracted 21 pairs of tremendous quality hoggs.

Lower numbers but cast cattle price holds at Skipton Auction Mart

Craven Herald: Skipton Auction Mart

4:13pm Thursday 13th February 2014

The 26 cast cattle forward at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly prime cattle sale firmed in price due to falling numbers nationally to achieve an overall cull cow average of £829.14 each, or 115.99p/kg.

Gargrave's Brian and Lisa Hall take top prizes at Gisburn dairy show

Craven Herald: Brian Hall and Alison Metcalfe of sponsors Dugdale Nutrition

4:08pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Brian and Lisa Hall, of Gargrave, had a splendid day at Gisburn Auction Marts’ dairy show and sale on Thursday.

Clapham pen fetches top price at Gisburn Auction Mart sheep sale

Craven Herald: Gisburn Auction Marts’ best pair of prime hoggs judged by Simon Duerden (left) and won by John Mellin (right)

4:06pm Thursday 13th February 2014

E & M Townley & Son, of Clapham was first into the ring on Saturday at Gisburn Auction Marts’ breeding and store sheep sale.

One man and his extra special dogs

Craven Herald: John Bell with Bob, who sold for a record price of 8800 guineas at Skipton Auction Mart

11:00am Saturday 8th February 2014

Regular readers of the Craven Herald will no doubt remember the headline news about John Bell’s sheepdog, Bob which fetched the record price of 8,800 guineas at Skipton Auction Mart last May.  Victoria Benn catches up with John to find out more about his passion for training sheepdogs, and the secrets to his unparalleled success

Father and daughter secure championship double at Skipton Auction Mart Beltex show

Craven Herald: With the February champion and reserve champion prime lamb pens are, from left, Paul Baines, representing dad Jimmy, show judge Bobby Booth, CCM’s Andrew Fisher, Nicola Worsley, of sponsors Wynnstay, and Hayley Baines

3:26pm Thursday 6th February 2014

A Pendle father and daughter delivered a family double when exhibiting both the champion and reserve champion pens of five Texel-cross prime lambs at Skipton Auction Mart’s February show.

Feizor farmer and son celebrate third success at Blue Faced Leicester sale

Craven Herald: RUN: Robin Booth, left, with the top price Blue Faced Leicester female champion, joined by John Mason and the reserve champion and show judge Neil Heseltine

2:38pm Thursday 6th February 2014

The North Craven-based Smearsett flock of WA and A Booth clinched its third successive championship at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual registered show and sale of Blue Faced Leicester females.

Success for Hellifield farmers at breeding and store sale

Craven Herald: SUCCESS: John Mellin

2:36pm Thursday 6th February 2014

There was a bit of everything at Gisburn Auction Marts’ breeding and store sale on Saturday.

Taking the risk out of riding

Craven Herald: Riders on a trek organised by Kilnsey Trekking Centre

12:00pm Saturday 1st February 2014

Craven Herald reporter Lesley Tate looks at how health and safety and the ‘blame culture’ have affected riding over the years. She fears many young riders are becoming risk averse.

Barden brothers take young bull honours at Skipton Auction Mart sale

Craven Herald: Stephen and Samantha Fawcett with their first prize 10-12-month young feeding bull

4:14pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Barden farming brothers Stephen and John Fawcett won the two show classes for young bulls at Skipton Auction Mart’s fortnightly Wednesday cattle sale, which attracted a turnout of 732 head last Wednesday.

Lawson family scoop another title at Craven Dairy Auction

Craven Herald: From left, BOCM Pauls’ Phil Coleman, Andrew Walker and the reserve champion, the title winner and Suzy Lawson, and judge Richard Graham.

4:12pm Thursday 30th January 2014

Making their first Craven Dairy Auction appearance of the New Year, the Newbirks pedigree Holstein herd of David and Claire Lawson, of Mill Farm, Arthington, landed yet another title at the main January show.

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