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.

Andrew Jamieson of H&H Land and Property Ltd

Farm business seminar to be held at Durham County Cricket Club

Representatives from H&H Land and Property, Swinburne Maddison LLP and Rowlands Accountants to speak at event

National Farmers' Union President Meurig Raymond

NFU tells MPs agriculture industry will work with Government to grow, buy and sell more British food

Despite shared goals, president Meurig Raymong warns excessive regulation and other burdens must be removed to let farmers thrive

Glyn Howatson

Harrison and Hetherington announce date for Borderway Agri-Expo event in Carlisle

Top judges from England, Scotland and Wales will bring a range of expertise to a wide variety of sections

Bob Kennard, project manager for NSA's Make More of Mutton project

UK mutton chain buoyant, but more work needs to be done says NSA project manager

Make More of Mutton survey reveals enthusiasm and interest, but highlights lack of public awareness about benefits of the meat

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

NSA event emphasies importance of links with those working in pedigree breeding

Chairman Samuel Wharry and chief executive Phil Stocker invite views both on NSA policy and internal matters

David Thirwell with the Stabiliser herd at JSRs Givendale Farm, which will be included in the farm tours at the NBA Beef Expo 2015

NBA Beef Expo celebrates changing face of UK beef farming industry

Despite sector challenges, organisers are hopeful farmers will benefit from networking and advice on everything from technology to consumer demands

Tim Sedgewick of H&H Land and Property

Free seminar held as plans are launched to include the River Skerne within Catchment Sensitive Farming

Move could mean capital grant funding of up to £10,000 for farmers undertaking projects in County Durham

Liz Truss, Environment Secretary

Farming organisations join forces to outline priorities for new Government

NFU president says plans to reverse productivity declines, science-led policy decisions and the TB Eradication Strategy would all prove important

The NFUs new specialist adviser for farmers in Northumberland and North Durham, Samantha Davies

Farming no longer just a man's world, says new report from Lanyon Bowdler

Changing attitudes, improved education and advances in technology are all helping draw more women into agriculture

EBLEX Breeding Services Manager Sam Boon

New methods for maternal ability assessment set to benefit sheep industry

Changes following EBLEX research acknowledge array of influences on lamb's eight-week weight

TV personality and farmer Adam Henson

TV personality Adam Henson to appear at Hexham's NBA Beef Expo as farming ambassador

Cotswolds farmer to take part in everything from judging to meeting the new generation of entrants to the beef industry

National Farmers' Union President Meurig Raymond

Commodity price drop was major factor in farm profitability decrease, says NFU

President Meurig Raymond says next Government must put policies in place that support long-term growth

Rob Harrison, NFU dairy board chairman

Meeting in Cumbria planned after First Milk announces more price cuts for some members

70 jobs will be lost, and end product pricing introduced, as cooperative seeks to secure its future

Neill Maxwell from Doddington Dairy

Doddington Dairy collect BBC Food and Farming Award at top national ceremony

The Wooler cheese and ice cream makers pipped some of the UK's top food producers to the prestigious award

From left, Roy Firth from National Spring Spectacular Show 2014 sponsor Crystalyx, judge Philip Parrott and Penrith-based showman, Neil Slack, with supreme champion Watabootie

NBA National Spring Spectacular Sale attracts record livestock entries, with 152 head of cattle

Event will form part of the NBA Beef Expo, now regarded as key day for both showing animals and networking

Liz Truss Environment Secretary

NFU seeks clarity from Secretary of State over complications in BPS application process

President Meurig Raymond says permanently ineligible features and pre-populated forms are among areas of concern

Graeme Massie with some of the Blelack Herd

Autumn calving portion of renowned Blelack herd to be sold in dispersal sale

Purchasers given rare opportunity to invest in top genetics as part of British Charlois Society's Spring Show and Sale

NFU Deputy President Minette Batters

Legal challenge see guidance document for Approved Finishing Units (AFUs) scrapped

NFU deputy president Minette Batters speaks of 'excellent result' for farmers using a 'vital risk-based trading option' in bTB areas

NFU Deputy President Minette Batters

Concerns remain over changes to bTB testing regime in England, says NFU

Deputy president Minette Batters says communication is key to ensuring a smooth transition to new system

Hexham Mart auctioneer Chris Armstrong in action at the Hay Show

Hexham Auction Mart holds two-day fundraiser for Stay Strong Stu campaign

Since Stu Ridley was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, his postive outlook has inspired many to help raise awareness of the condition

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