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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.

Rachel Fife of Coldrife Farm near Chathill

How young farmer Rachel Fife is trading Northumberland for Brisbane

Rachel Fife will represent Northumberland at the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth Conference

Owen Paterson

Northern Farmers and Landowners Group shocked at Owen Paterson sacking

Owen Paterson was a well-regarded countryman on top of his Defra brief, says Angus Collingwood-Cameron

H&H auctioneers Mark Richardson, Grant Anderson and James Little

Thousands of sheep to be sold in Harrison and Hetherington centres this year

Buyers from across the country and even Europe will snap up pedigree and commercial rams and ewes at huge sheep sales from this month

Tom Wills

Tom Wills: Don't let inquest verdicts stop you checking your trees won't hurt anyone

Sintons Law Firm rural specialist Tom Wills has a lucky escape while walking his dogs

NBA Beef Expo at Hexham Mart.NBA Beef Expo at Hexham Mart

Auction Marts

Acklington Mart, Carlisle Mart, Darlington Mart, Hexham Mart, Scots Gap Mart, Wigton Mart, Wooler Mart

Limousin cattle

Auction Marts

Auction Marts - Carlisle, Longtown, Berwick

Owner of Lakeside Graeme Thompson with Neil Stevenson

Law firm helps farmshop to cater for triathletes and cyclists

Darlington-based Latimer Hinks negotiated a lease agreement for a sports firm to take out space at Lakeside farmshop in North Yorkshire

Liz Truss

New Defra Secretary Liz Truss signals continuation of badger cull

Shadow Defra secretary Maria Eagle has accused her new opposition, Liz Truss, of flunking her first test

Wool display from the BWMB

Chance to get touchy-feely with wool at NSA Sheep event

A 3m-high installation made up of British wool in different applications is on show at the NSA Sheep event


Tesco under fire for selling New Zealand lamb at the height of the British lamb season

Despite its promises to back British farming, supermarket giant Tesco is selling imports, saying it cannot guarantee consistency of UK supply

Owen Paterson (left) with MP Guy Opperman (right)

Farmers lose a friend as Owen Paterson replaced as Environment Secretary

Leaders of farming groups are hoping that new Environment Secretary Liz Truss will see rural revitalisation as a priority

Tim Davies, chief executive of Carr's Milling

Carlisle-based agriculture group Carr's Milling upbeat in trading statement

Carlisle-based Carr's Milling has experienced massive demand from farmers for its cattle feed and is pursuing sales in the pig and poultry market

Cows are overfat approaching calving time

Darlington Mart

Darlington Farmers’ Auction Mart held their weekly sale of Store and Breeding Stock, forward were 247 Cattle

Chris Mallon, chief executive of the National Beef Association

National Beef Association calls for introduction of Agricultural Ombudsman

Chris Mallon of the National Beef Assoication says the Beef Summit in London does not go far enough in protecting the interests of producers

Hermes the Hereford Sire Bull

Auction mart reports

Acklington Mart, Carlisle Mart, Darlington Mart, Hexham Mart, Longtown Mart, Scots Gap Mart, Wooler Mart

Armstrongs Household and Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm near Alnwick

Farm museum holds open day in aid of Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)

Victorian machinery and old account books give a taste of long-ago farming life at a specialist museum near Alnwick.

Prof. Carlo Leifert (Professor of Ecological Farming) at Newcastle University's Nafferton Ecological Farm in Northumberland

Newcastle University study proves organic food is better for you

The study. led by Newcastle University, will re-ignite debate about the benefits of organic food

The overall winner of the Tye Trophy Award and North Yorkshire Area winner Richard Bramley, Manor Farm, Kelfield, who also received £400 prize money

Tye Trophy for farming and conservation goes to North Yorkshire

Richard Bramley's arable farm near York was judged the winner of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's Tye Trophy.

Siobhan Stainton is a farmer's wife from Sedbergh, Cumbria, who is offering a bookkeeping service to farmers

Siobhan Stainton helps farmers keep on top of their paperwork

Wife of Howgill Dairy farmer part of a new team to assist Northumberland and Cumbrian farmers

A general picture of beef cattle

TB-hit farmer loses herd established by his great-grandfather

A farmer who hasn't brought cattle on to his land for 14 years and whose cows had no contact with others has seen them killed due to TB


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