Farming

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.

Rob Harrison, NFU dairy board chairman

NFU calls for EU act 'responsibly and collectively' as milk quotas come to an end

Northumberland vice chairman Hugh Richardson says changes unlikely to impact operations or sector as a whole in the UK

Ryan Taylor

Northumberland teenager wins scholarship to help studies to become a gamekeeper

Ryan Taylor from Northumberland is hoping to follow a family tradition by working as a gamekeeper

Douglas Chalmers, CLA North director of policy & public affairs

No North East areas in list of top places to live in the countryside

CLA says the list shows the need to invest in employment and services in the North East countryside

David Wright with 72 Berryholme Cashmer, among the bulls to be sold at Borderway Mart on April 8, 2015

UK's largest show and sale of pedigree Holstein Friesian bulls to take place in Carlisle on April 8

Dairy auctioneer Glyn Lucas says event is recognised as the leading show and sale of its kind

Duncan MacNeil and his horses working at the National Trust's Wallington estate

Horse logging making a comeback in the North East

Horse logging was an anachronism on the verge of extinction as modern machinery took over but now it’s making a comeback.

Paula Forrest, with her family, son Dakkan, daughter Dominique and husband Jason, at Barforth Hall Fit Farm, in County Durham

Gainford couple shaping up for a fitter future for their manor house and 250-acre farm

Barforth Hall Fit Farm and Rural Retreat, at Gainford, aims to help not just guests kick-start a healthier future, but Paula and Jason, too

Francis Watson Armstrong

Face to face: Northumberland farmer Francis Watson Armstrong

Arable farmer Frankie Armstrong loves his job but is desperately concerned for its future. He particularly fears for the dairy industry

Andrew Reed with Cramlington First School telling them about farming

North East farmers breaking down barriers

Farmers are increasingly trying to get the public to understand just what is entailed in their stewardship of our green and pleasant land

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

North East NFU to hold briefings for farmers after RPA's decision to abandon online-only application process

NFU regional director Richard Pearson says decision was welcomed by most, but next steps remain uncertain

Dame Helen Ghosh, director-general of the National Trust

NFU urges National Trust to work with tenant farmers as part of new strategy

Report, which lays out £1bn plan to protect the countryside, considers everything from threats to nature to investing in the nation's heritage

NFU better regulation adviser Lee Osborne

NFU calls for Government action as report shines light on farm inspection concerns

Red tape review highlights array of problems, from duplication to poor communication

Smith Gore's head of rural practice, Rupert Clark

North sees among highest growth in farm rents, according to new Smith Gore research

Rural property advisers say that a while slowing in growth rates was inevitable, it has been held in check by falls in input costs

Claire Bainbridge updated

Farmers in North East welcome suspension of online subsidies system

Decision to abandon system comes after weeks of complaints from farmers in the North East and further afield

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

Rural and farming groups in the North East welcome new law to tackle flygrazing

New legislation allows landowners to remove horses illegally left on their land within 96 hours

George Rafferty, Chief Executive of NOF Energy, the business development organisation for oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables sectors

Business community gives broad welcome to Budget - but says questions remain

Business groups in the North East welcome measures on tax and investment, but want more action on transport improvements

Acorn Dairy directors Graham Tweddle and Caroline Bellwith

North East dairy chosen to take part in campaign highlighting the best businesses

Acorn Dairy is sharing the secrets of its success in a campaign run by the Business is GREAT Britain programme

Jackie Maxwell from Doddington Dairy near Wooler in Northumberland which has been announced as a finalist in the 15th BBC Food & Farming Awards

Doddington Dairy in Northumberland makes shortlist for a national award

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Cheese and ice cream-maker gets set to whip the competition after being shortlisted in BBC Food and Farming Awards

The Northumberland County Show

Hexham Auction Mart chairman appointed as Northumberland County Show judge

Brian Rogerson has been lined up to judge the champion of champions prize at the Northumberland County Show

From left, Samantha Davies from the NFU, Margaret Casey from the RPA, Malcolm Angus and Stephen Brown from NorthumberlandTrading Standards and Ben Hastings from the RPA, who took part in a discussion on farm inspections at Kirkley Hall

Over 100 farmers attend meeting on RPA inspections after failure rates soar

Speakers included Margaret Casey and Ben Hastings from the agency, as well as representatives from Trading Standards

National Farmers' Union President Meurig Raymond

Securing British farming's future under the next Government: the NFU's five policy challenges

As two Northumberland constituencies prepare to host hustings for prospective MPs, we look at the farming organisation's wishlist

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