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WATCH: Donkey shows bull who's boss

A farmer from Dumfries is teaching his bulls how to behave on a halter- by having a donkey train them.

Richard McCornick breeds Charolais at Barnbackle Farm near Lochfoot and says the donkey, who he's named 'Donkey', helps calm his bulls.

It's the easiest way to halter break your cattle for the shows and sales. Donkey enjoys putting the bull through his paces.

"Donkeys seem to be growing in popularity recently for halter breaking cattle because they soon show the bull who's boss. They're such stubborn animals but Donkey isn't long with them!"

"It makes life so much easier, and it's also pretty funny to watch."

– Richard McCornick, Farmer, Ricnic Charlois

Appleby Horse Fair meeting

Appleby Horse Fair Credit: Press Association

Residents are being invited to discuss plans for this year’s Appleby Horse Fair.

Cumbria County Council is holding a special meeting of the Upper Eden Neighbourhood Forum on Monday 23 May 2016, 7pm to 9pm at the Public Hall, Appleby.

The Chair of the Fair’s multi-agency strategic coordinating group (MASCG), and Chief Executive of Eden District Council, Robin Hooper will present arrangements for the 2016 fair.

The meeting, chaired by Appleby County Councillor Martin Stephenson, will give local people the opportunity to hear about operational planning for the fair directly from the coordinating group and ask questions or raise concerns.

“We’ll be discussing a range of issues relating to the fair including policing, traffic management and the regulation of caravan sites, so I’d encourage residents to come along and find out more.”

– Martin Stephenson, Cumbria County Councillor for Appleby

Following the fair there will be a public debrief meeting at Appleby Public Hall between 7pm and 9pm on Monday 18 July to discuss how it went and give residents an opportunity to make suggestions for the planning process for next year.

Appleby Horse Fair 2016 runs from 2nd June to 8th June. For more information visit


Painting by 19th century Cumbrian artist goes on display

A £30,000 painting by the 19th century artist, Jacob Thompson, has gone on display for the first time in his native Cumbria.

'The Druids Cutting Mistletoe' was bought by Penrith Museum. It features a stone circle known as 'Long Meg and Her Daughters', which is situated outside the town.

The £30,000 painting by 19th century Cumbrian artist, Jacob Thompson Credit: Penrith and Eden Museum

In September 2013, we had an email from Amsterdam in which a private vendor was offering it for sale.

It's been a long process of valuation and ultimately of getting the picture restored but it's wonderful to have this icon of Cumbrian culture back in the area."

– Sydney Chapman, Curator at Penrith Museum

WATCH: Cumbria's most famous mountaineer backs campaign to mend our mountain

Around £7,000 has been raised to repair footpaths on Scafell Pike in Wasdale to combat the effects if December's storms as well as a rising number of walkers on the mountain each year.

Our reporter, Fiona Marley Paterson met Sir Chris Bonnington, who is the patron of British Mountaineering Council's Mend Our Mountains campaign:

Holy cow! Police close roads in Dumfries after bull escapes from market

Police in Dumfries were forced to close Annan Road and several surrounding roads, after a rampaging bull escaped from a local market.

Drivers were warned to avoid the area and people were told to stay in their homes.

Police soon detained the escapee cow and the roads have been reopened.

The stand-off between the police and the cow. Credit: Graeme Robertson
Credit: Graeme Robertson
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