Watch Fiona Marley Paterson's full report on the Lyth Valley.
Flood defence pumps at the Cumbrian beauty spot are to be turned off - local farmers are concerned, but conservationists have backed the move:
Pumps defending farms in a Cumbrian beauty spot will be turned off. The RSPB says it'll help wildlife, but farmers are concerned.Read the full story ›
A row has broken out between farmers and conservationists over flood defences in the Lyth Valley in South Cumbria.
The Environment Agency is due to switch off four pumps, which keep the land drained, and farmers and landowners are keen to find a way to run the system themselves.
But conservationists argue that continual drainage will lead to more wildlife being lost.
The Kelso Ram Sale is considered by many to be the biggest, and best known, one-day event of its kind in the world:
I think without boasting it's probably the best known ram sale in the world.
We've 16 rings selling simultaneously it's unique."
This year's Westmorland County Show had a record turnout, the organisers have confirmed.
The annual Kelso ram sale takes place today, and here are a few facts you might not have known about the event:
- The first Ram Sale was held in the Knowes in Kelso, way back in 1836
- It's tradition for the bell to be rung at 10am exactly by the Secretary of the Society, to begin selling
- A 'Tup Taxi' helps buyers transport their new rams from the pens to their vehicle
- It's considered the biggest single day ram sale in the world
- In 1993 more than £2 million was made in sales
- In the last few years rams have been exported to three EU countries, Holland, Germany and Ireland
Watch Fiona Marley Paterson's full report, as more than 30,000 people flocked to the Westmorland County Show:
One of the world's biggest ram auctions is taking place in the Borders today.
The annual Kelso Ram Sale, which traces its history back to the 1830s, will see thousands of rams bought and sold at Springwood Park.
Thousands enjoyed a sunshine filled day at the show. But many of the farmers there have serious concerns over milk and lamb prices.Read the full story ›
There are already more than 30,000 people at this year's Westmorland County Show, which means they're getting close to last year's record of 35,000.