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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.

Matt Ridley

North East peers launch attack on Government farming policies

Viscount Ridley leads call for an end to wasteful public subsidy for organic farms

Wilodge Eyecandy made 9,000gns at the British Limousin Cattle Society Breeders’ Sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle

Auction reports

Acklington Mart, Darlington Mart, Hexham Mart, Longtown Mart, St Boswells Mart, Wooler Mart

The new CLA President Henry Robinson on the farm near Cirencester

Manifesto launched to support rural areas

The CLA has launched its manifesto – Unlock the Countryside’s Potential – in the run-up to next year’s general election

Wigton Auction Mart

Hopes Auction Compay at Wigton held primestock, store cattle and OTM sales

Anti-badger cull protesters end their 10-day walk from Gloucester to London with a demonstration in Westminster

Vets' group supports new round of badger culls

After Defra said future badger culls would be more human, a group representing vets has come out in support of the controversial practice

Gaynor Scandle

Northumberland County Show secretary Gaynor Scandle is to step down

After nine years, thousands of exhibitors and hundreds of thousands of visitors, Gaynor Scandle is leaving the North's premier agricultural event

Marleycote Brown Nell 20 VG86

Marleycote herd among the trophies at Great Yorkshire Show

Richard Baynes found himself in the championship ring yet again when his Ayrshire Marleycote Brown Nell 20 was judged the junior champion at Harrogate

Top price at the Borderway sale of young stock from the Lismulligan herd at 3900gns was heifer Lismulligan Priscilla 48

Cattle go under the hammer at Carlisle's Borderway Mart: July 16

Store cattle, weanlings and calves joined the fourth annual young stock sale from the Lismulligan herd at Carlisle's Borderway Mart

The British Wool Marketing Board website

British Wool Marketing Board launches new website for kids

The British Wool Marketing Board has launched a new website for schools to teach children about where wool comes from

Unpasteurised milk could soon be available from vending machines

Unpasteurised dairy products growing in popularity

Consumers may soon be able to buy untreated milk and cream from vending machines, the Food Standard Agency will hear today

Rachel Fife of Coldrife Farm near Chathill

How young farmer Rachel Fife is trading Northumberland for Brisbane

Rachel Fife will represent Northumberland at the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth Conference

Owen Paterson

Northern Farmers and Landowners Group shocked at Owen Paterson sacking

Owen Paterson was a well-regarded countryman on top of his Defra brief, says Angus Collingwood-Cameron

H&H auctioneers Mark Richardson, Grant Anderson and James Little

Thousands of sheep to be sold in Harrison and Hetherington centres this year

Buyers from across the country and even Europe will snap up pedigree and commercial rams and ewes at huge sheep sales from this month

Tom Wills

Tom Wills: Don't let inquest verdicts stop you checking your trees won't hurt anyone

Sintons Law Firm rural specialist Tom Wills has a lucky escape while walking his dogs

NBA Beef Expo at Hexham Mart.NBA Beef Expo at Hexham Mart

Auction Marts

Acklington Mart, Carlisle Mart, Darlington Mart, Hexham Mart, Scots Gap Mart, Wigton Mart, Wooler Mart

Limousin cattle

Auction Marts

Auction Marts - Carlisle, Longtown, Berwick

Owner of Lakeside Graeme Thompson with Neil Stevenson

Law firm helps farmshop to cater for triathletes and cyclists

Darlington-based Latimer Hinks negotiated a lease agreement for a sports firm to take out space at Lakeside farmshop in North Yorkshire

Liz Truss

New Defra Secretary Liz Truss signals continuation of badger cull

Shadow Defra secretary Maria Eagle has accused her new opposition, Liz Truss, of flunking her first test

Wool display from the BWMB

Chance to get touchy-feely with wool at NSA Sheep event

A 3m-high installation made up of British wool in different applications is on show at the NSA Sheep event


Tesco under fire for selling New Zealand lamb at the height of the British lamb season

Despite its promises to back British farming, supermarket giant Tesco is selling imports, saying it cannot guarantee consistency of UK supply


Dan Warburton
Chief News Reporter
David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Adrian Pearson
Regional Affairs Correspondent
Angela Upex
Head of Business
Mark Douglas
Chief Sports Writer
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer