Results of final ploughing match

The final ploughing match of the season was held at the weekend, with competitors trying to add to the points tally for the Journal Trophy.

The final ploughing match of the season was held at the weekend, with competitors trying to add to the points tally for the Journal Trophy.

The results were as follows:

Vintage Trailed Class: 1, Allan Hutchinson, Horsley, 131pts; 2, Tom McCormick, Crook, 124pts; 3, Don Mason, Allendale, 123pts.

Vintage Mounted Class: 1, Charlie Halliday, Allendale, 96pts; 2, Raymond Edmundson, Rothbury, 90pts; 3, Donald Walker, Crook, 85pts.

Classic Class: 1, Ray Alderson, Bolam, 134pts; 2, Stuart Forsyth, Berwick, 127pts; 3, Terry McDonough, Hexham, 114pts.

Novice Class: 1, Debbie Watson, Bingfield, 75pts; 2, Geoff Elliott, Humshaugh, 71pts; 3, David Wallace, Horsley, 70pts.

BPEX complain

A COMPLAINT has been lodged with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) over an advertisement by the Vion Group, owners of Key Country Foods.

The ASA has agreed to investigate the complaint which involves an advertisement saying Vion only used meat from healthy animals treated according to the latest animal welfare regulations and therefore ensuring the highest quality along the entire supply chain.

BPEX alleges that this claim misleadingly implies that all bacon supplied by Vion in Britain derives from pigs produced in accordance with UK welfare regulations.

Beef riding high

BEEF and lamb are riding high in the charts according to the latest figures, says the English Beef and Lamb Executive (Eblex).

For the four weeks to January 6, which include the important Christmas period, retail beef sales were up 1%, almost 3,000 tonnes, when compared with the same period the previous year. That rise is the equivalent of about an extra 9,000 beef animals going into the food chain. And lamb was also doing well with the annual figure, from the TNS Superpanel, showing a 2% rise compared with the same period the year before - an extra 1,800 tonnes. Eblex head of marketing Andrew Garvey said: "These increases in beef and lamb show the work Eblex and the other devolved bodies have been doing is stimulating the market."

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