Fears are growing among farming communities in North Yorkshire that a rise in sheep rustling could force some farmers out of business. Farmers say they are being plagued by an increasing number of thefts.
Chris Kiddey met with a farmer, who can trace his farming roots back 500 years, who says he has never known the problem to be worse:
Simon Bainbridge, from the National Farmer's Union, says in the wake of recent sheep thefts in North Yorkshire, that farmers in isolated rural areas are often seen as easy targets for thieves:
Farmers in North Yorkshire are calling for tougher action to combat sheep rustling .George Wallbank, who farms near Settle, lost 120 animals last year.He says his livelihood is gradually being eroded:
The Environment Agency have released a statement over Lincolnshire famers calls for better flood protection:
Farmers across lincolnshire are calling for more government investment to protect their land from flooding.
Although many parts of the county have escaped the deluge thats been seen around the themes valley, they feel without future investment their crops and livelihoods could suffer too.
Some farmers have taken to dredging their own dykes as a last ditch attempt to prevent their land from flooding.
Farmers are facing a race against time to repair damaged flood defences on the Humber, with forecasts of another higher than normal tide on New Year's Day.
Earlier this month defences were overwhelmed by the worst storm surge in 60 years as it swept down the estuary, leaving hundreds of acres of farmland under sea water.
With the backing of the Environment Agency, farmers and landowners are currently carrying out repairs.
A warning's gone out to farmers that as the dark nights draw in rural crime will rise. The Country Landowners Association say more burglaries take place in October and November than any other time.
A charity which supports farmers in crisis, says it's helped at least five who've been close to taking their own lives.
The Lincolnshire Rural Support Network says it's seen a 20% increase in cries for help over the last two years and is expecting an increase in calls after the recent bad weather.
David Armstrong, a farmer from Bardsey in Lincolnshire, says some farmers are expecting bad harvests as a result of the recent weather