PINK is the new black - or even green - on one farm in North Yorkshire, as confused country folk get to grips with a new approach which is all in a good cause.

The monster pink bales of silage which have been appearing at Holme Grange Farm, at Galphay near Ripon, have been raising not only eyebrows but awareness, of breast cancer.

The special pink wrap, replacing the obligatory black or green wrapping is part of a scheme to raise money for breast cancer charities and remind people of the issues.

It’s the brainchild of Volac, who produce Topwrap for bales. Last year they raised £10,000 through the scheme and are hoping to do the same this year.

Farmers Elaine and Barry Stonard, who farm sheep and cattle at Holme Grange as well as running a four star bed and breakfast and holiday cottage are keen to support the charity.

Mrs Stonard, 51, said:“ It has really captured attention, everyone seems to notice, and it’s not just about raising money it’s making people think about breast cancer and raising awareness about such an important problem.

“It might be a bit of a girly colour for some farmers, but it definitely makes a statement, I think it’s a great idea.”

To avoid embarrassment for farmers who think massive bales of pink in their fields is just going too far, the producers also make pink stickers that can be put on the traditional black and green bales and still raise money.