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.

From left, Paul Brannen MEP with Simon Hart from Egger and landowner Iain Kyle

North East MEP plants first tree in a new commercial conifer woodland

Stripped back Wallshield application receives go-ahead after concerns over visual impact and wildlife habitats

Champion of Champions at the Borderway UK Dairy Expo 2014, Peak Goldwyn Rhapsody

Borderway UK Dairy Expo highlights the sector's best during challenging times

Thousands of visitors from around the world are expected to turn out for the UK's largest dedicated show of dairy cattle

Burradon Insomniac, who sold for 16,000gns at the Stirling Bull Sales

North East Charolais breeders return triumphant from Stirling Bull Sales

Northumberland farmers Chris Curry, Alan Lawson and the Campbell family enjoy success at world famous event

Steve Dunkley, senior regional manager at EBLEX

NBA Beef Expo 2015 to host Future Beef Farmer Challenge

Organisers invite teams and individuals from across the North East to take part in beef industry showcase event

Derek and Cindy Steen with their Ballylinney cattle

Ballylinney Beef Shorthorns to be sold at auction for the first time

Carlisle sale presents rare opportunity to purchase popular native breed owned by Lockerbie farmers, Derek and Cindy Steen

A combine harvester making it's way along a field of wheat

NFU report reveals alarming forecast for food self-sufficiency

Following 30 year downward spiral, research suggests just 53% of food needs will be met by home farms in the next 25 years

Minette Batters, NFU deputy president

NFU launches campaign to highlight the importance of food production in the UK

Pre-election campaign will be launched this week at the NFU's annual conference in Birmingham

A European badger

Farming groups hit out at Labour plan to end badger cull

Ed Miliband says his party will be the one to trust on animal welfare issues

EBLEX Breeding Services Manager Sam Boon

Charollais index updated to reduce days to slaughter

EBLEX says changes will be a 'win-win' for the breed

Lisa Tolan of The Core, Mike Botha of KJM Foods and Ellie Dowding of Food Newcastle outside The Core

Newcastle Science City holds event to examine the future of food

Future Chef, Future City event at Newcastle's Science City aims to explore food sustain ability

NFU Deputy President Minette Batters

NFU launches letter writing campaign in bid to ban sky lanterns

Farming organisation says evidence of fire risk and harm to animals is clear

Hallington Jack Eric, who was sold for 11,000 gns at the Stirling Bull Sales

Northumberland farmer's success at Stirling Bull Sales

Aberdeen-Angus, Hallington Jack Eric, attracts third highest price at world-famous event

Egger Forest Management's Dave Robson, left, with colleague Simon Hart, at work at Winnows Hill Woodland

Interim forestry grant divides opinion: Landowners and forest managers share their views

Landowners and forest managers share their views on moves by the Forestry Commission to bridge the gap between funding schemes

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

NFU appoints Samantha Davies as new county adviser

Samantha Davies, who farms in Ponteland, has taken over from Richard Potts who now works as a European Policy Adviser

Laura Smales with her children and new Children's Countryside Day chairman Andrew Reed

New faces and fresh ideas for Children's Countryside Day

The Glendale Agricultural Society's (GAS) renowned Children's Countryside Day has appointed a new chairman as it prepares for its 2015 event

Robert Moore, Rural Practice Surveyor at George F. White

North East farmers losing out on pylon damage compensation

A study suggests the usual method for weighing up one-time only payments from electricity distributors does not consider all relevant factors

NBA chairman David Thomlinson

Farmers question Red Tractor assurance changes

High turnout at NBA meeting to discuss plans some believe would add to bureaucracy and cause farmers to leave the scheme

BEDMAX engineering apprentice, Adam Robinson

Forestry careers day to be held in Northumberland

Sector now worth £40m to the regional economy and looks set to grow further

Exterior of County Hall in Morpeth Northumberland

The problem with permitted development rights for farmers

Farmers are still struggling to get approval for building conversions, despite changes to planning legislation

Young Shepherd of the Year 2013, Josh Ryder

Call made for entries to young shepherd competition

A cash prize of £300 is up for grabs at the NSA North Sheep 2015 event in near Cockermouth

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