Farming in Northumberland and County Durham is big business and the largely rural counties focus on a variety of farming from remote upland sheep farms to dairy farming and even honey farms. The Journal brings you all the latest news on North East farming with all the issues affecting the industry.

Film-maker Magali Pettier

Film documents year in the life of tenant hill-farming family

New documentary focuses on the Hutchinsons, of Forest-in-Teesdale, as they attempt to breed the perfect flock of Swaledale sheep

Dorothy Fairburn, CLA North regional director

Fine councils for failing to update Local Plans, says CLA

Landowners' organisation says out-to-date planning legislation can block the progress of important rural development

David Quayle, director of H&H Land and Property

Electricity wayleaves: are farmers getting the full compensation they are entitled to?

H&H Land and Property discuss the ins and outs of the agreements

Farmer and CFE chairman in Durham, William Maughan

Farmers in the North East and Yorkshire support thriving barn owl population

CFE events offer advice on creating suitable habitats for owls, following a pick-up in numbers

CLA North regional director Dorothy Fairburn

Landowners' group warns on safety after report on fatalities on farms

North East and Yorkshire revealed as a blackspot region for farm deaths in HSE report

Nick Barnes, left, and Wes Johnson of Askham Bryan College

New senior posts at growing Askham Bryan College

Campus principal for Cumbria and the North will be supported by new director of the North East

Douglas Chalmers, CLA North director of policy & public affairs

CLA renews broadband calls after Ofcom report

Director of policy & public affairs for the North, Douglas Chalmers says lack of internet access is an 'indictment' of UK

Denmire Doorman Marie Anne 8 topped the trade at the 2014 Black & White at Carlisle

Borderway Mart's 2014 Black & White sale 'best in 28-year history'

Organisers of Borderway mart's elite dairy sale say this year's event - with a 95% clearance and healthy averages - was the most impressive to date

From left, Richard Means from award sponsor, Strutt & Parker, with Lucinda and Tom Richardson and Giles Brandreth

Northumberland farm business Wheelbirks Parlour wins national award

Farm diversification project praised for its fast growth, willingness to embrace new ideas and friendly approach to customer service

Members of John Dennison's family with the 2014 and 2013 winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award, John Gribbon and Mike Miller, third and fourth from left in the middle row, respectively

Nominations sought for Lifetime Achievement award at Carlisle’s Borderway UK Dairy Expo

Accolade named after Cumbrian dairy farmer John Dennison aimed at those with ability, sportsmanship, integrity and character

Julie Porksen and Dougie Watkin

Investing in the future of farming? Julie Porksen suggests a five-point action plan

Prospective parliamentary candidate and farmer's daughter, Julie Pörksen, looks at how DEFRA could focus its efforts on improving agriculture

Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Enviroment, Food and rural affairs

Co-operative commits to British meat in own-brand products

Retailer's response to consumer research hailed by environment secretary as 'fantastic vote of confidence' in UK food and drink industry

CLA director of policy Christopher Price

Embrace innovation to help young people get started in farming, says CLA director

Christopher Price tells the Fertile Minds conference that share farming provides a simple solution to the rising age profile within industry

Andrew Jamieson, agricultural advisor for H&H Land and Property

Land and farming experts tackle key issues at free Durham seminar

H&H has joined forced with the RPA and several North East businesses to offer free advice on CAP, property issues, contract farming and more

Iain R Carrington

Vet's View with Iain Carrington: Respiratory disease in adult sheep

Iain Carrington identifies the major symptoms of pasteurellosis, Maedi-Visna, pulmonary adenomatosis and other diseases to watch for

Hexham and Northern Marts has appointed Carol Johnson as an agricultural consultant

Hexham and Northern Rural takes on new agricultural consultant

Carol Johnson has been appointed in the run-up to changes in the Single Farm Payment

Rob Harrison, NFU dairy board chairman

NFU dairy board chairman addresses Efra Select Committee

Rob Harrison says Government must do more to support hard-working dairy farmers at national and European levels

Pedigree livestock seller Jonathan Watson

Harrison and Hetherington trial live online bidding system

The Xcira Online Ringman system, to be launched at the Black & White dairy sale, allows farmers to take part in auctions from anywhere in the world

Wear Rivers Trust chairman Gary Johnson

The Wear Rivers Trust plans further work with farmers after successful year

Annual report highlights wide range of accomplishments from Wear Rivers Trust during 2014

CLA North regional director Dorothy Fairburn

Postal shake-up would damage rural communities, says CLA

Organisation to contact Ofcom over threat to Universal Service, which guarantees single price postal service to all UK addressses


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