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.

Beef cattle

British Red Tractor assured beef as popular as ever, says NFU, as week of celebrations kicks off

Great British Beef Week raises money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Insitution, which helps those in difficulty within the farming industry

Countries such as Germany import significant quantities of oilseed rape as a biofuel crop

NFU urges UK MEPs to reject draft law limited amount of crops involved in biofuel production

Crops Board chairman for the North East, Brett Askew, says legislators have been bullied into a U-turn by pressure groups

From left, Phil Stocker, Owen Paterson and John Geldard on Mr Geldard's farm in the Lyth Valley, Cumbria

National Sheep Association warns farmers to get old season lambs to market specifications

Producers' organisation calls for changes to TSE regulations at a European level, following concerns over carcase splitting rules

From left, Ian Powley and Rae Tomlinson of Carrs Billington Agriculture (Sales) Ltd, with Newton Rigg College students and staff

Carrs Billington offers £6,000 of scholarships to students at Newton Rigg College

Principal Wes Johnson speaks of 'valuable endorsement' of college's policy of creating 'work-ready' individuals

NBA Beef Expo 2015 committee member Mike Powley

NBA Beef Expo 2015 to include experts' seminars on current and future technology

Discussions will demonstrate how technology can save time and money, and ultimately resolve problems

NFU vice president Guy Smith

NFU questions new European report on the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides

Vice president Guy Smith says research suggesting chemicals harm moths, butterflies, birds and bees relies heavily on lab-based studies

The British Wool Marketing Board's chief executive Ian Hartley, left, with retiring chairman Malcolm Corbett at Reghed Centre, Penrith

The changing face of the British Wool Marketing Board

Following the departure of Malcolm Corbett, a number of new starts are getting to grips with the workings of the UK's largest cooperative

Northumberland farmer's son Robert Thompson, who works at George F White

George F White gives Newcastle University students insight into renting farms

Broxfield Farm, near Alnwick, proved the perfect choice for practical demonstrations, featuring a traditional building converted into a classroom

NFU vice president Guy Smith

NFU calls on RPA and Defra to ensure crucial BPS payments are made to farmers in December

Farmers should not be hit by results of 'IT melt-down' for which they are in no way to blame, says vice president Guy Smith

The British Wool Marketing Board's chief executive Ian Hartley, left, with retiring chairman Malcolm Corbett at Reghed Centre, Penrith

Malcom Corbett hands over BWMB chairmanship to Northern Ireland's Ian Buchannan

Northumberland hill farmer says organisation delivers 'exceptional value' for the sheep sector in England

Countryfile Presenter Ellie Harrison, Matt Bagley, Low Beckside farm manager John Rowland, lecturer Natalie Parker and students at the farmstead

Countryfile crew join staff and students at Newton Rigg College for programme on uplands

Footage to be broadcast on April 12 will include sections of hardy Luing cattle and dry stone walling

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


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