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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.

Margaret Dalton and John Vipond

Two UK sheep industry stalwarts honoured for their work

For only the second time in more than 50 years, the National Sheep Association has shared the George Hedley Memorial Award between two people

Beef Shorthorn cows with their spring-born three month old calves

Wigton Auction Mart: April 8

Hopes Auction Co held their weekly sale of Primestock on April 8 with an entry of 67 Cattle, 12 Bulls, and 1325 Prime Sheep including 168 Ewes

A rural farming scene

Stas Kubasiewicz: Planning rules relaxed for rural development

Stas Kubasiewicz, architect with surveyors Edwin Thompson, looks at changes to planning rules in the countryside

Tractor working the fields in Berwickshire

£10k on offer to winner of Farmers Weekly apprentice competition

Farmers Weekly is running a competition to select a farming apprentice who will win £10.000 to kick-start a career in the industry

Tractor on pastureland

Hume Hargreave: Important CAP decisions remain

Important decisions on the implementation of the CAP reform still remain to be made by national governments, says Hume Hargreave

The River Irthing which is a major tributary of the River Eden

Government's water abstracton plans cautiously welcomed by CLA and NFU

Farming bodies have given a cautious welcome to the proposed shake-up in water abstraction limits

A farmer with his flock of sheep

Majority of sheep injured or stressed in 96% of dog incidents

The NSA says sheep worrying results in stress or injury in the majority of cases, despite dog owners' beliefs to the contrary

Ruth Oldfield breadmaking with children from Wooler First School

Children's Countryside Day will be better by design

Forty schools are taking part in this year's Children's Countryside Day and have been asked to design a scarecrow

Sheep on a farm

UK sheep farmers are told there's no need to panic

The National Sheep Assoication has told English sheep farmers not to panic about changes to movement reporting

A rural farming scene

Discounted borrowing available for North East farmers

Farmers thinking of investing in their businesses could access discounted borrowing rates from the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC plc)

Limousin cattle

£500,000 is returned to UK Limousin breeders

The British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) is returning more than £100,000 to its members in two breed improvement incentives

Rachael Jewson and her daughter Ellen, of Knitsley Farm Shop and Granary Cafe are presented with their award by Bill Oldfield

Consett farming couple win food award for business

Knitsley Farm Shop & Granary Cafe has been with the Taste Durham scheme since its inauguration six years ago

Durham academic finds 3,00-year-old skeleton with clogged arteries

Furred arteries have been affecting human health for at least 3,000 years, new research by a North East academic has found

Andrew Nixon of re:heat

Alnwick-based re:heat says green energy is paying its way

It is just over two years since the Government launched its flagship support scheme for green energy sources with its Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

Sheep on a farm

Sheep scab must be treated at first signs

Sheep scab can cause great suffering in a flock and also has financial implications for the farmer

Ice-cream producer Michael Howie

Life down on the dairy farm after milk quotas end

EU milk quotas will be abolished in a year and the momentous event will restructure the face of European dairy farming. Bruce Jobson visited Ireland to report on planned expansion at Woodtown Jerseys after 2015

Fiona Fell, chairwoman of the Potato Council

Fiona Fell is new Potato Council chair

North Northumberland woman Fiona Fell has been appointed to lead the country's Potato Council, promoting the qualities of the British spud.

Birmingham's Stop the Badger Cull march in February attracted 2,000 people and was said to be the country's biggest

Field tests next year of cattle TB vaccine

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson announces a comprehensive strategy to achieve TB-free status in England by 2038

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report this week recognises the risks of climate change to food production

Importance of support for UK food production

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report this week recognises the risks of climate change to food production and human security, according to the National Sheep Association (NSA)

Spring lambs enjoy the sunshine

Coccidiosis management and control to keep lambs healthy

Vets Sharon Cooksey of Bayer Animal Health and Phil Scott of Eblex pass on advice on dealing with coccidiosis in lambs


Dan Warburton
Chief News Reporter
David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Adrian Pearson
Regional Affairs Correspondent
Angela Upex
Head of Business
Mark Douglas
Chief Sports Writer
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer