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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.

Richard Simpson of Simpson Malt Ltd

Simpsons Malt Ltd reports 'solid' results, despite weather

Family-owned malt manufacturer Simpsons Malt Ltd say there is much to be enthusiastic about at the company

Neil Slack and Julie Sedgewick with Maximum, Champion of Champions at the Glendale Show 2013

Extra sheep and cattle classes lined up for Glendale Show

The growth in popularity of livestock classes has seen new sheep and cattle competitions introduced at this year's Glendale Show

A horse display at the Northumberland County Show

Time running out for entries to Northumberland County Show classes

The deadline for entries to the show classes of the Northumberland County Show is fast approaching


Checks are key to UK pig business success, says ABN

Industry specialist company ABN is advising UK pig producers that effective monitoring and benchmarking of performance is crucial to success

Beef cattle

NFU urges people to get behind great British beef

The NFU is calling for consumers, retailers and Government to back British farming and play their part

George and Sara Aspin with children Ed and Tilly

Northumbrian Garden Machinery offering one-stop shop for farming community

Northumbrian Garden Machinery, at Hedgeley Services in Powburn, is expanding to meet customer demand

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

Carlisle Auction Mart: April 14

A good show of 203 cast cows were presented to a good ring side of buyers ensuring all classes were dearer on the week

Meurig Raymond wants badgers to be controlled to stop the spread of bovine TB

NFU president Meurig Raymond calls for more action over TB

NFU president Meurig Raymond was speaking on a visit to one Dorset farmer who is set to lose nearly a quarter of his dairy herd to TB

Douglas Chalmers, CLA North Director of Policy & Public Affairs

CLA greets Government incentive on home heat

Rural homeownlly access a mains gas supply, can benefit from the launch of a new Government scheme, according to the CLA in the North

Borderway Mart

Border and Lakeland Club Show and Sale: April 16

There was a quality entry of freshly calved cows and heifers at Borderway for the April Border & Lakeland Holstein Club show and sale

John Rowland, manager Low Beckside Farm, Newton Rigg College at work in the uplands

Upland farming management challenges in focus at Newton Rigg College event

As CAP proposals herald a reshaping of our upland areas, a high-profile conference will look at the challenges this could thow up. Jo Blakemore previews the event

David Quayle of H&H Land and Property

Dig into the facts before entering into opencast agreement

Opencasting offers North East farmers and landowners the chance to make money, but they must ensure they protect their position

Farmers and landowners are often left to clear up fly-tipped rubbish

North East farmers warned of rash of Easter flytipping

The CLA in the North is demanding action over people who think it acceptable to dump their rubbish on farmers' fields, gateways and hedges

Film-maker Magali Pettier

French film maker explores North hill farming life with Addicted to Sheep film

A North East sheep farming family star in a new film by French director Magali Pettier, which is hoped will be shown at the Amsterdam Film Festival

Many farmers are now vaccinating against Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus

Defra funds programme of vaccinations for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus

A free vaccination programme for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus is being rolled out in Northumberland

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


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