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.

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

Grassland management demonstrations at the first Grassland North event at Newton Rigg College in 2013

Newton Rigg College event will see £5m of grassland management equipment on display

Grassland North will feature working demonstrations from leading companies, Kuhn, Krone, Fendt and Massey Ferguson

From left, David Quayle, Brian Richardson, Peter Hull and Tim Parsons of H&H Land and Property

Peter Hull appointed operations director at H&H Land and Property

Commercial manager promoted to join Tim Parsons and David Quayle in formulation of new strategies, policies, plans and budgets

Judith and Jonathan Russell's herd of alpacas will be sold at H&H in Carlisle on May 4

Northumberland organic alpaca herd up for auction in Carlisle

Judith and Jonathan Russell's herd of alpacas will be sold at H&H in Carlisle on May 4

Alex Maclachlan, a chartered surveyor at H&H Land and Property

Changes to tenancy legislation could have financial implications for many

Alex Maclachlan of H&H Land and Property discusses changes in 'old style' agricultural tenancies significant

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


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