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.

NFU vice president Guy Smith

Government needs robust IT system to ease CAP transition, says NFU

Members' organisation will hold workshops throughout the North East, seeking the views of farmers and offering advice on changes

H&H Land and Propertys Head of Renewables, Victoria Lancaster

Solar subsidy decision 'shortsighted', says rural adviser

Victoria Lancaster, of H&H Land and Property, says more harm than good will come from plans to remove payments for land with solar panels

Richard Tulip

Lintz Hall poultry farmer to speak at Hexham conference

Richard Tulip to discuss how he and his brother Stephen grew farming operations dramatically, while diversifying into free range

Julian Sturdy MP's private member's bill on fly-grazing of horses has passed its second reading in the House of Commons

UK fly-grazing bill wins approval at second reading

Moves are under way to tackle the problem of horses being left on other people's land, raising safety and welfare concerns

NFU vice president Guy Smith

New report highlights importance of crop protection to British food

According to farm business consultants Anderson, 44,000 jobs could be lost, alongside a profit drop of 36%, as a result of the disappearance of PPPs

The Lincoln Red Cattle Society will be making its first appearance at Borderway Agri-Expo. Pictured is Beverley Noble - led by Martin Clough

Borderway Agri Expo prepares for bumper livestock showcase

Eighth year of autumn livestock event set to be biggest yet, with more than 12,000 visitors expected

Jay Rayner

Writer Jay Rayner says we should help British farmers by paying more for food

Author Jay Rayner tells MPs of that consumers need to pay more for food to protect British farming

CPI & TATA open £5 million research centre at the Teesside Technology Centre, Grangetown

DNA of North East business landscape revealed in new data anaylsis

New analysis of Companies House data reveals some surprising traits of the North East business community

Tata Steel, Europe's second largest steel maker, has teamed up with JCB Landpower to create the company's most productive tractor yet, the JCB Fastrac

Rural groups welcome moves to lift limits on tractors

Speed and weight limits on tractors will be lifted from next Spring

Supreme champion at Countryside Live 2014, More Of That

Limousins triumph at Countryside Live in Harrogate

Breed takes top positions across the board, including Supreme Beef Championship and Baby Beef championship

William Maughan’s hens produce an average 8,400 eggs a day for his Happy Egg Company

Hens prefer Bach to One Direction, new research shows

A study by the happy egg co. has reaffirmed the beneficial effect soothing music can have on hens, helping boost their welfare

Anne Elliott, agricultural partner at Latimer Hinks

Succession planning for family farms under discussion at North East seminar

Experts says having a succession plan in place, along with up-to-date partnership or shareholder agreements, has never been more important

Ally Hunter Blair of Channel 4's First Time Farmers is among those involved in the NFU's latest video

Video highlights farmers' work to protect the environment

Industry-lead Campaign for the Farmed Environment has seen a number of major initiatives designed to preserve farmland wildlife

A farmer harvests the last of his wheat crop

Survey predicts record wheat harvest

NFU warns crop yields will drop unless the threat posed from EU regulation on active ingredients is lessened

Douglas Chalmers, CLA North director of policy & public affairs

CLA promotes share farming in the North East

Initiative is one of a number designed to help secure the long-term future of farming and rural business in the North East

Charlie Maclaren of the National Beef Association

Animal nutrition expert offers advice on dealing with mycotoxins

Fungi waste product can cause numerous problems among cattle, from reduced milk yield and fertility to leg swelling

Milk

NFU: Support for British dairy farmers is vital

NFU President Meurig Raymond calls on all areas of the agricultural supply chain to help ensure current difficulties were minimal and short-lived

Alwinton Show is known for the beautiful views it offers of the Coquet valley

Historic Alnwinton Show draws in the champions at last show of the season

Alwinton Show, now in its 148th year, will feature everything from a renowned sheep show to Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling

The IAgSA party during their visit to Banks Mining's Shotton surface mine site

IAgSA delegation visits Northumberland surface mine

Rural business organisation learns about how land is managed and restored at Banks Mining's Shotton surface mine

The Harrison & Hetherington Agri-Expo 2013, held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle

Profits up at long established rural firm H&H Group

Operators of Carlisle auction mart see increase in profits and turnover

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