Drainage work uncovers historic milestone

Craven Herald: A 300-year-old milestone, which as been unseen for decades

6:19am Friday 19th September 2014

HEBDEN resident David Joy relates the fascinating saga of a recent discovery – and the questions it posed.

Grassington gets set for third 1940s weekend

Craven Herald: Josh Hardisty, John Wain and Julia Metcalfe get in the mood for the Grassington 1940s weekend. (10373003)

7:19am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE Dales will again play host to the vintage sights and sounds of the war years when Grassington hosts its third 1940s weekend, starting tomorrow (Friday).

Lawkland Young Farmers hold their annual show

Craven Herald: Trophy winners at Lawkland YFC Show

5:53am Thursday 18th September 2014

LAWKLAND Young Farmers held their annual show – and it proved a good event for Robert Polkinghorne

Breeders' chairman lands Skipton Masham wethers show

Craven Herald: David Wilson, left, and Gavin Haworth, of sponsors JACS, with the first prize pen of Masham wethers

4:38am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE largest entry of CCM Skipton’s peak sheep sale season so far saw JM Wilson & Sons, of Beckwithshaw, triumph in the Masham wethers annual prize show.

Booths repeat championship double at Skipton NEMSA opener

Craven Herald: With the title-winning pen of ten Mule gimmer lambs at the Skipton NEMSA opener are, from left, Karen Horsfield, of Pearson Farm Supplies, champion Robin Booth, Armstrong Watson’s Jonathan York, and co-judges Chris Hewitt and Richard Batty

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.

Kilnsey Park Estate's new woodchip heating system among first in Dales

Craven Herald: Kilnsey Trekking centre introduces one of the first district biomass heating schemes in to the Dales .Picture shows the wooden pelets used for bedding and Biomass. (9450077)

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.

Bentham Show results

Craven Herald: Nick Henderson from Bentham-based Cario Raptor

7:13am Thursday 11th September 2014


Bentham Show trophy winners

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.

Crisp takes championship at Craven Dairy Auction

Craven Herald: Pictured at CCM Skipton’s opening September Craven Dairy Auction are, from left, reserve champion Suzy Lawson, judge Colin Whitelock, the two dairy principals, champion Robert Crisp and Megan Thomas, local representative of G Shepherd Animal Health.

6:39am Thursday 11th September 2014

A NEWLY-CALVEN cow outshone the heifers at September’s opening Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.

Husband and wife battle it out at Skipton Jacob highlight

Craven Herald: Jean Price with her Skipton Jacob supreme champion.

5:38am Thursday 11th September 2014

THE Pentrenant flock of Jean Price in Churchstoke, Powys, achieved a memorable hat-trick at the Northern Area Jacob Sheep Breeders’ 39th annual show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.

Supreme champion sets all-time mart record sheep price at Skipton pedigree Beltex highlight

Craven Herald: Pictured at the Skipton Beltex highlight are, from left, Robert Garth, of JG Animal Health, George Cropper and the supreme champion shearling ram, which sold for an all-time Skipton Auction Mart record price of 9,500gns, judge Andrew Graham, Harry Wood an

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.

Alan triumphs at Gisburn show

Craven Herald: Alan Butler with his first prize pen of Mule gimmer shearlings which sold for £200 alongside pre-sale show judges Sarah Aynan and Andrew Bailey

3:38am Thursday 11th September 2014

GISBURN Auction Marts held its annual show and sale of Mule shearlings.

Craven area set to benefit from Tour success

Craven Herald: Tour De France at Kidstones Pass

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.

Mule shearlings top at £340

Craven Herald: Judge Stuart Hudson, vendors Graeme and Ellie Jackson and judge David Waine

5:54am Thursday 4th September 2014

THE annual show and sale of Mule shearlings, held at Bentham Auction Mart on Saturday, topped at £340 for the first prize pen of ten from Graeme Jackson of Bentham.

Kilnsey Show results

Craven Herald: Kilnsey Show-   Res champion in the Interbreeds John Bradley . (9693163)

5:38am Thursday 4th September 2014


Kilnsey Show trophy winners

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.

Strong trade at Saturday livestock sale

3:18pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

THE latest Saturday collective livestock sales at Skipton Auction Mart were again extremely well supported, producing strong trading levels.

Rhode Island Reds head Craven Feather Auctions pecking order

Craven Herald: Craven Feather Auctions champion Trevor Hardaker is pictured second from left, with helpers Paul and Joe Heeley, well-known poultry breeders from Drighlington, Bradford, and show judge Ernest Bailey.

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.

Herdwick is sheep champion at Skipton native breeds highlight

Craven Herald: Father and son Ian and John Grisedale with their Skipton native breed sheep champion

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.

Fisher nets Skipton Wensleydale championship

Craven Herald: Pictured at the Skipton Wensleydale highlight are, from left, Shelagh Prescott and the reserve supreme champion, Andrew Fisher and the supreme champion, and show judge Chris Stacey

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.

Pair of red squirrels born at Kilnsey Park Estate colony

Craven Herald: Kilsey Park's unviels new born Squirrels. (9449975)

6:35am Friday 29th August 2014

STAFF at Kilnsey Park Estate are celebrating the arrival of two new baby red squirrels, born just over two weeks ago.

Dales lawyer's pride in taking up Lions role

Craven Herald: The new British Lions Manager John Spencer  at Wharfedale Rugby Club. (9420476)

5:10am Thursday 28th August 2014

A LIFE in the Dales and a life at the pinnacle of English rugby union have always proved compatible for Grassington-born solicitor John Spencer.

Malham Show trophy winners

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.

Malham Show results

5:50am Thursday 28th August 2014


Gargrave Show trophy winners

3:23am Thursday 28th August 2014


Gargrave Show results

Craven Herald: Gargrave Show results

3:19am Thursday 28th August 2014


Mule wethers in strong demand at Skipton

Craven Herald: Shepherd Michael Burnop, Alan Barnes and Gavin Haworth, of sponsors JACS, with the first prize pen of Mule wethers

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.

Bell Busk farmer among the prizes at Craven Dairy Auction

Craven Herald: The Craven Dairy Auction main August show principles are pictured in the Skipton ring. From left are 11-year-old son John Simpson, his uncle and show champion Robert Swires, reserve champion Brian Moorhouse and judge Angus Dean.

7:35am Thursday 28th August 2014

BELL Busk farmer Brian Moorhouse took the reserve championship at the Craven Dairy Auction.

80-year-old takes top honours at shearling show

Craven Herald: John Greenhalgh, right, with his champion pen of Mule gimmer shearlings, joined by co-judges Andrew Ogden, left, and Warwick Gill, who purchased the victors.

7:34am Thursday 28th August 2014

SHEEP farmer John Greenhalgh, still going strong at the age of 80, presented the champion pen of ten Mules at Skipton Auction Mart’s high profile opening gimmer shearling show and sale.

Prime lambs maintain value

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.

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.

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

Craven Herald:

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

Craven Herald:

4:30am Saturday 16th August 2014

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

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.

Craven Herald: Hen harrier, adult female in flight...Pic by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) 

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.

Team gives advice on how Dales farmers can battle soil erosion

Craven Herald: (8867895)

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

Craven Herald: (8929320)

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

Craven Herald: (8944002)

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)

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