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.

Tim Sedgewick

Durham-based rural surveyor warns farm sales can be far from straightforward

A surveyor from H&H Land and Property has warned that a wide range of factors need to be considered in the modern farm and land market

Cows in a milking suite

European Commission takes action to curb impact of Russian import ban on North East dairy producers

The Commission has opened Private Storage Aid for producers of butter, Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) and certain cheeses

Beekeeper Brian Ridley

Beekeeper urges farmers to join Northumberland course

Keeping bees can increase yields and boost the environment, says Northumberland expert

The horse show, at Glendale Show, near Wooler

Horse judged Champion of Champions at Glendale Show

New classes and big crowds ensure Northumberland agricultural show is judged a big success

Lambs feeding on hay at a feeder

Farmers feel 'targeted' by thieves as rural crime bites across the North East

The cost of rural crime in the region shot up last year, new figures reveal, as farmers say they believe thieves are targeting their farms

Julie Pörksen at Gallows Hill Farm near Cambo

Buy local, sell local and help keep North East farming alive

Farmer's daughter Julie Porksen looks at the benefits of buying British and role each of us has to play

The 120th Glendale Show in Wooler - 27 August 2012

Glendale Show in Wooler returns on Bank Holiday Monday for 122nd year

The 122nd annual Glendale Show takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, offering its usual showcase of rural life

Sky lanterns are often referred to as "Chinese lanterns"

Calls to ban Chinese lanterns at events in Northumberland because of risk to livestock

Campaigners have called for Chinese lanterns to be banned at events in Northumberland due to the risk to property and livestock

Robbie Herdman, young handler of the year at the Glendale Show 2013

Glendale Show attracts the next generation of farmers

Popular agricultural event host more livestock classes for younger people

Charlie Maclaren of the National Beef Association

National Beef Association appoints nutrition expert

Charlie Maclaren will be working to improve health within the British cattle industry

Meurig Raymond President of the NFU

Defra guidance on CAP still lacks detail, says NFU

Farming body welcomes new information, but says more clarity is required on greening measures

Overweight pony

Portly North East horses put on a diet after gorging on overgrown pastures

Bumper grass growth fattens livestock in the North East this summer - but it's not good news for horse owners

Alistair Cochrane of Strutt & Parker's Morpeth office

Agricultural Mortgage Corporation changes could improve access to funding

Simplification of loan applications means multi-faceted businesses will be treated as one enterprise

Stephen, left, and Thomas Illingworth of Howgillside Farm

One-off Limousin sale offer top genetics for breeders

Almost the entire Glenrock herd, based in Lockerbie, will be going under the hammer at Harrison & Hetherington's Borderway Mart in Carlisle

Iain R Carrington

Vet's View: Precaution urged for Fog Fever prevention

North East vet Iain R Carrington gives his advice on Fog Fever prevention

Marion Lockhart, Secretary of the Industrial Section of the Glendale Horticultural and Industrial Society

Glendale stalwart steps down after almost two decades

Marion Lockhart, secretary of the industrial section of the Glendale horticultural and industrial society, is standing down after 19 years

Slaley show 2013

Slaley Show hopes to beat last year's success

Annual show reaches it 155th year and organisers are hopeful for sunshine after previous runs of bad weather

Andrew Reed shows the overall sheep champion at Slaley Show 2013

Slaley Show organisers hopeful for another strong year

Several new categories are being introduced at the family-friendly Slaley Show event

Rory Brotherton of the Longhorsley-based Environmental Pest Control

Increase in wasp activity raises concerns amongst North East farmers and gardeners

A North East pest controller says he has seen a significant rise in wasp numbers, leading to health and safety risks

Natalie Parker of Newton Rigg College

Deadline approaches for dairy producer training programme

Newton Rigg College is working in conjunction with industry bodies to run the Entrepreneurs in Dairying initiative


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