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.

Supreme champion at Countryside Live 2014, More Of That

Limousins triumph at Countryside Live in Harrogate

Breed takes top positions across the board, including Supreme Beef Championship and Baby Beef championship

William Maughan’s hens produce an average 8,400 eggs a day for his Happy Egg Company

Hens prefer Bach to One Direction, new research shows

A study by the happy egg co. has reaffirmed the beneficial effect soothing music can have on hens, helping boost their welfare

Anne Elliott, agricultural partner at Latimer Hinks

Succession planning for family farms under discussion at North East seminar

Experts says having a succession plan in place, along with up-to-date partnership or shareholder agreements, has never been more important

Ally Hunter Blair of Channel 4's First Time Farmers is among those involved in the NFU's latest video

Video highlights farmers' work to protect the environment

Industry-lead Campaign for the Farmed Environment has seen a number of major initiatives designed to preserve farmland wildlife

A farmer harvests the last of his wheat crop

Survey predicts record wheat harvest

NFU warns crop yields will drop unless the threat posed from EU regulation on active ingredients is lessened

Douglas Chalmers, CLA North director of policy & public affairs

CLA promotes share farming in the North East

Initiative is one of a number designed to help secure the long-term future of farming and rural business in the North East

Charlie Maclaren of the National Beef Association

Animal nutrition expert offers advice on dealing with mycotoxins

Fungi waste product can cause numerous problems among cattle, from reduced milk yield and fertility to leg swelling


NFU: Support for British dairy farmers is vital

NFU President Meurig Raymond calls on all areas of the agricultural supply chain to help ensure current difficulties were minimal and short-lived

Alwinton Show is known for the beautiful views it offers of the Coquet valley

Historic Alnwinton Show draws in the champions at last show of the season

Alwinton Show, now in its 148th year, will feature everything from a renowned sheep show to Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling

The IAgSA party during their visit to Banks Mining's Shotton surface mine site

IAgSA delegation visits Northumberland surface mine

Rural business organisation learns about how land is managed and restored at Banks Mining's Shotton surface mine

The Harrison & Hetherington Agri-Expo 2013, held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle

Profits up at long established rural firm H&H Group

Operators of Carlisle auction mart see increase in profits and turnover

Sky lanterns are often referred to as "Chinese lanterns"

CLA North backs call for sky lantern ban

The CLA in the North East supports statement highlighting risks of sky lanterns to landscapes and livestock farming

From left, Hugh Richardson, Lucinda Richardson and Tom Richardson of Wheelbirks

Wheelbirks promotes the benefits of unpasteurised milk

Advanced nutrition adviser Lee Gardener to give presentation on 'raw milk', which continues to divide opinion

Lowther Park Farms manager Richard Price

Institute of Agricultural Management to hold first annual meet in the North

Event will include a tour of Lowther Park Farms, where farmers can learn about developments to build a sustainable business post-CAP reform

Iain Carrington

Vet's View with Iain Carrington: considering the three forms of foot disease in sheep

Vet Iain Carrington offers farmers advice on the symptoms and treatment of Scald, Footrot and CODD

Julie's father, the well-known Cambo sheep farmer Hans Porksen

North East farmers visit Paris on fact-finding mission

Northumberland farmer Hans Pörksen describes his experiences of a very different system of agriculture

Richard Pearson, regional director for the NFU in the North East

NFU plans CAP briefings and online clinics

The NFU farming organisation says it wants to make transition to latest round of CAP 'as painless as possible'

Adam Lowson (centre) won the amateur category at this years Durham Dry Stone Walling Competition

Teenager secures fourth win in a row at Durham Dry Stone Walling Competition

Event was organised by Durham County Council and Beamish Museum, as part of the latter's Festival of Agriculture

Seven farming families from Upper Teesdale have set up a lamb delivery business to tackle the problem of falling returns

Teesdale farming families launch Swaledale lamb delivery business

Upper Teesdale Lamb, which aims to provide good value, is created in midst of criticism over lack of British lamb in supermarkets

Allendale and Hexhamshire Common

North East Dons to present Tory conference with manifesto for the countryside

Newcastle University academics say an opportunity is being missed to build upon the North East rural economy


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