7:56am Saturday 27th September 2014
7:11am Thursday 25th September 2014
5:37am Thursday 25th September 2014
4:36am Thursday 25th September 2014
3:37am Thursday 25th September 2014
A RAM lamb from Procters Farm in Slaidburn was crowned male and overall supreme champion at the 33rd annual two-day show and sale of pedigree rams and females staged by Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders Association at Skipton Auction Mart.
3:36am Thursday 25th September 2014
3:09am Thursday 25th September 2014
FARMERS facing major changes to the way that subsidies are paid by the government are being offered specialist advice to make sure that they are properly prepared for the new scheme which comes into place on January 1 next year.
6:19am Friday 19th September 2014
7:19am Thursday 18th September 2014
5:53am Thursday 18th September 2014
4:38am Thursday 18th September 2014
4:33am Thursday 18th September 2014
A BACK-TO-BACK championship double was secured by the Smearsett flock of North Craven’s WA and A Booth at the big opening annual ewe lamb show and sale for members of the North of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA) at Skipton Auction Mart.
6:42am Friday 12th September 2014
AS oil and gas gets ever more expensive - and the time when it runs out draws ever closer - how the country moves towards more sustainable energy is at the forefront of scientific and political thinking.
6:11am Thursday 11th September 2014
Cattle: Pauls Agricultural Trophy (champion beef) - S Mason; Loxham and Son Cup (most points in cattle), John Pattinson and Sons Cup (best exhibitor-bred cattle entry), Preston Farmers Cup (best female animal), Jeremiah Hartley Cup (best in milk heifer), Vale of Lune Harriers cup (best Jersey) and Simon Swinn Cup (cow or heifer with best udder) - R and E Butterfield; Harrison Brothers Rosebowl (best group of three cattle) and the Natwest Trophy (best pair of cows or heifers), TE and M Priestley; James Proctor Cup (best heifer calf within 20-mile radius), YFC Challenge Cup (best YFC heifer) and the YFC challenge cup (best exhibit from member of Burton-in-Lonsdale Young Farmers) - W and S Airey; TS Jackson Shield (reserve commercial champion); and Richard Taylor and Son Cup (best herd) - I Sedgwick.
6:39am Thursday 11th September 2014
5:38am Thursday 11th September 2014
4:36am Thursday 11th September 2014
A NEW Skipton Auction Mart record price for a single sheep of 9,500 guineas, or £9,975, was established at the Beltex Sheep Society’s 14th annual show and sale of pedigree rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart.
3:38am Thursday 11th September 2014
6:10am Thursday 4th September 2014
The first analyses of the Tour de France’s impact on Craven suggest the event was a massive success, though some of the effects were mixed, according to officials whose task it was to ensure all went smoothly when one of the world’s biggest sporting events came to the Dales. Stuart Thompson spoke to some of those most closely involved in the huge effort to get the district on its collective bike.
5:54am Thursday 4th September 2014
4:36am Thursday 4th September 2014
Sheep: Airedale Beagles Cup for (best male Dalesbred) and Tennant Gill Cup (most points in open Swaledale at Gargrave, Malham and Kilnsey shows) - R Close; UWAS Cup (best Dalesbred ewe or gimmer) and Bernie Close Memorial Cup (best Dalesbred) - J Bradley; Dennis Manby Cup (best Swaledale) - J Addyman; Norman Trees Challenge Cup (best Masham) - M & B Allen; WM Dalton Cup (best Masham gimmers) and Strathallan Cup (most points in Dalesbred and Masham classes) - JM Wilson & Son; James Lambert Cup (best Blue-faced Leicester) - H Critchlow; Dick Foster Trophy (best local gimmer Mule) - W Wildman; SJ Verity Memorial Cup (best Mule) - Messrs Lord; Binns Trophy (best single texel ram lamb) - J & A North; Perrings Family Trophy (best Texel) - M Perrings; Lord Cup (best Gritstone) and Scriven Cup (best Lonk) - S & P Scrivin; Bradley Chandler Cup (best Teeswater) - A Fisher; Jackson Cup (best pair of prime lambs) - J Stephenson; Joan Barker Shield (best Zwartbles) - R Heigh; Windle Beech Winthrop (cup (best Beltex) - W Beckwith; Upper Wharfedale NFU Cup (supreme sheep in show) - C Marwood.
3:18pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
3:18pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
RHODE Island Red poultry breeder Trevor Hardaker, of Lower Dunsforth, was champion with three 22-week-old point of lay pullets at the Craven Feather Auctions summer show and sale of poultry and waterfowl at Skipton Auction Mart.
3:08pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
A HERDWICK gimmer shearling from Ian and Angela Grisedale, of Green Mount Farm, Crooklands, Kendal, was champion in the sheep show classes at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual rare and native stock breeders auctions of rare, minority and traditional breeds of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.
2:42pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
PEDIGREE sheep breeder Andrew Fisher, of Well House, Low Laithe, Harrogate, was supreme champion at the 123rd annual show and sale for the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders’ Association at Skipton Auction Mart.
6:35am Friday 29th August 2014
5:10am Thursday 28th August 2014
5:47am Thursday 28th August 2014
Cattle: Preston Farmers’ Cup (reserve dairy animal); Mellin Cup (best local dairy animal) and Fritsilver Trophy (best local cow in calf) - IR and D Wellock; Wolfenden Trophy (champion dairy animal), Arla Foods Trophy (best cow in milk) and Clowes Cup (best cattle group) - GW and M Coates; Verity Cup (best local heifer in calf) - A Ayrton; Townson Bros Trophy (champion Highland) and Willis Trophy (best Highland cow) - G Braines; Thompson Cup (best pure bred breeding animal), Bob Taylor Cup (champion commercial beef), Stephenson Family Cup (champion pure bred), Foster Memorial Trophy (most points in cattle section) and Bollthwaite Trophy (best homebred male or female, any breed) - JW Stephenson.
7:39am Thursday 28th August 2014
CRAVEN Cattle Mart's fortnightly sale of store lambs saw an increased entry of 6,828 head sell at an overall average of £55.69 per head, up £1.27 on the previous year’s corresponding fixture last Wednesday.
7:35am Thursday 28th August 2014
7:34am Thursday 28th August 2014
4:26am Thursday 28th August 2014
WITH numbers short around the country, the turnout of 3,234 prime lambs at Skipton Auction Mart’s Bank Holiday Monday sale held their value selling at an overall average of £69.72 per head or 164.4p/kg.
6:26am Thursday 21st August 2014
5:41am Thursday 21st August 2014
5:24am Thursday 21st August 2014
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.
4:24am Thursday 21st August 2014
9:16am Saturday 16th August 2014
4:30am Saturday 16th August 2014
7:06am Thursday 14th August 2014
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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.
6:23am Thursday 14th August 2014
5:30am Thursday 14th August 2014
5:29am Thursday 14th August 2014