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

Craven Herald: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA          (9390741)

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 ( 

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)

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.

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

Craven Herald: (8834956)

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

Craven Herald:

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.

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.

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.

Royal hand in rural revival

Craven Herald: (8393648)

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.

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.

Tock clocks 4,000gns top price at Skipton working sheep dog sale

Craven Herald: Shaun and Jackie Richards with their top price 4,000gns Skipton dog Tock.

8:28am Thursday 24th July 2014

A THREE-year-old Border Collie bitch ticked all the right boxes to clock up the day’s top price of 4,000 guineas (£4,200) at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual summer sale of working sheep dogs on Friday.

Riders gratefully tuck in at trial

Craven Herald:

7:45am Thursday 24th July 2014

A DOUBLE Dales tradition of motorcycle action and Yorkshire hospitality was proved to be alive and well.

Craven successes at the Great Yorkshire Show

Craven Herald: Three-year-old Lucy Calpan enjoys the 2014 Great Yorkshire Show

7:54am Thursday 17th July 2014

GLORIOUS sunshine and blue skies brought the three-day 156th Great Yorkshire Show to a close on Thursday.

Zoe nominated as Agricultural Student of the Year

Craven Herald: Craven College apprentice Zoe Slater has received an award at the Great Yorkshire Show as a nominee for Agricultural Student of the Year

6:16am Thursday 17th July 2014

CRAVEN College apprentice Zoe Slater received an award at the Great Yorkshire Show after being nominated as Agricultural Student of Year 2014.

Lawsons bag another dairy title

Craven Herald: Pictured at the latest Skipton Craven Dairy Auction are, from left, judge Stephen Coates, Suzy Lawson and the champion, and the reserve champion and Helen Whittaker.

6:11am Thursday 17th July 2014

MULTIPLE Craven Dairy Auction champions, the Lawson family, landed their fourth title of the year at the opening July show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.

Malhamdale's links with First World War set out in exhibition

Craven Herald: Airton resident Mike Leeming puts together a WW1 exhibition of men conected with the Dales area . Picture shows a board with Mikes Grandfather Joshua Ainsworth . (6625455)

5:27am Thursday 17th July 2014

What commenced as a task to explore a village's part in the First World War - and hopefully raise money to repair the church roof - has become an all consuming passion for Mike Leeming.

The home of strawberries grown the way they're meant to be

Craven Herald: Gledstone Hall feature -  Owners Peter and Mandy Leighton. (7750157)

6:20am Friday 11th July 2014

IT'S about this time of the year that the phone at Gledstone Gardens starts to turn red hot with constant ringing.

CLA calls for more share farming

Craven Herald: CLA Rural Surveyor Jacqui Stoddart, who helped compile the new share farming report and handbook

10:07am Friday 11th July 2014

The CLA says that if just a quarter of the country’s farmers aged over 65 entered in to a share farming agreement it would allow more than 3,000 new entrants to start working the land.

Dairy cattle trade strong as calving season begins

10:03am Friday 11th July 2014

GISBURN farmer William Oldfield purchased the highest priced animal at Gisburn Auction Marts' dairy sale on Thursday.

Keelham maintains Skipton prime champions buying spree

Craven Herald: Simon Bennett, right, with his Skipton July prime cattle champion, joined by multiple buyer James Robertshaw, of Keelham Farm Shop

9:37am Thursday 10th July 2014

KEELHAM Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford, embarked on yet another champions’ buying spree, securing both the prime cattle and lamb title winners at Skipton Auction Mart’s July shows.

Craven Curiosities

Craven Herald: Craven curiosities - picture shows  Victorian pill Roller. (6877407)

9:24am Thursday 10th July 2014

WE had four correct guesses to last week's mystery object.

Essential Links


About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree