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Project offers a big boost to help farmers

3:28pm Friday 25th July 2014

A NEW two-year project aims to help Yorkshire Dales farmers get the most from their businesses.

PM backs buying British in £400m industry boost

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:08pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE public sector is to buy up to an extra £400 million of locally-sourced food and drink a year.

Family steak a claim to fame

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:30pm Friday 18th July 2014

A FARMING family from Robin Hoods Bay won the Asda/ ABP Beeflink steak competition at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.

Mixed response to sacking

Darlington and Stockton Times: Owen Paterson

12:26pm Friday 18th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS for animal rights celebrated Owen Paterson’s sacking as Environment Secretary.

National magazine award for designer

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:39pm Friday 11th July 2014

A TALENTED North Yorkshire fabric designer has won a national magazine competition.

Positive outlook for pulses says association president

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:38pm Friday 11th July 2014

A POSITIVE outlook for pulses was given at a new demonstration day held in North Yorkshire.

Rare bird of prey thriving on the protected moorland

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:36pm Friday 11th July 2014

RARE pictures of merlin chicks have been released by the organisation committed to protecting the threatened species.

Presidential position after 53-year career

2:04pm Friday 4th July 2014

A RURAL consultant from Cumbria is the new national president of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).

Owners say ‘bon voyage’ to tech firm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:01pm Friday 4th July 2014

THE owners of a Darlington company have handed it over to the next generation as it enters a new phase of growth.

Union calls for fair treatment at summit

11:47am Friday 4th July 2014

A CODE of conduct for the beef sector - to ensure farmers are treated fairly - could be on the cards.

Security plan is supported

11:43am Friday 4th July 2014

THE Efra committee’s recommendations for improving the UK’s food security won widespread support.

Food security warning as UK’s productivity falls

11:41am Friday 4th July 2014

THE UK’s level of self-sufficiency in food has dropped from 87 per cent to only 68 per cent in 20 years.

Fodder – ‘celebrating the best of Yorkshire’

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:38pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

FODDER, the awardwinning farm shop and cafe next to the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate, has celebrated its fifth anniversary.

Flagship event’s records broken

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:06pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

THE 156th Great Yorkshire Show has attracted record numbers of cattle and sheep entries.

Regional trophy winners named

2:54pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

EXCELLENCE in farming and commitment to integrating conservation with commercial agriculture is celebrated with the announcement of the regional winners of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s 2014 Tye Trophy Awards.

TB threat warning

12:39pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

THE major source of bovine TB in cattle is still infected stock brought onto a farm, a conference was told.

Cull criticised after fall in TB

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:15pm Friday 20th June 2014

THE Government faced renewed criticism of its controversial badger cull as figures showed new tuberculosis outbreaks in cattle had reached a decade low.

Apply for uplands scheme

3:13pm Friday 20th June 2014

UPLAND farmers only have until the end of July to apply for Uplands Entry Level Stewardship (UELS) before the scheme comes to an end.

Sell-out event celebrates regional business growth

3:02pm Friday 20th June 2014

TEES Valley business leaders were urged to turn aspirations into expectations at last week’s Big Up Tees Valley event.

New plan to meet rules on greening

2:44pm Friday 13th June 2014

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Owen Paterson has announced how Defra will implement new CAP greening requirements.

Cautious response from farmers to EFA proposals

2:43pm Friday 13th June 2014

FARMING organisations largely welcomed the Government’s announcement on Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) – although they also had concerns.

Anniversary showroom is declared open for business

Darlington and Stockton Times: OFFICIAL OPENING: From left, Justin Bartlett, Adam Lofthouse and Anne McIntosh MP

2:14pm Friday 13th June 2014

MP ANNE McIntosh has officially opened a new £200,000 showroom and extension at furniture and kitchen manufacturer Treske.

Award-winning farm shop marks its fifth anniversary

2:10pm Friday 13th June 2014

FODDER, the award-winning farm shop and cafe next to the Great Yorkshire showground in Harrogate, celebrates its fifth anniversary next week.

Expansion plans for county chemical firm

12:35pm Friday 6th June 2014

ONE of the Tees Valley’s fastest- growing chemical companies is doubling the size of its Billingham plant as part of a £6m expansion programme.

Victory sweet after 27 years of effort

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNERS: Paul Hallam, left, of Derbyshire, with his home-bred supreme champion, and Paul Chester, showing Arthur Slack’s reserve supreme champion

12:32pm Friday 6th June 2014

PAUL Hallam’s annual pilgrimage to compete at the famous Tan Hill Swaledale Sheep Show has finally paid off.

Diagnostic technology will speed up TB detection rate

12:28pm Friday 6th June 2014

A TEESSIDE technology centre is at the heart of a £1.1 million project to speed up the detection of bovine TB.

Strong field set for sheep show

11:35am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

THOUSANDS of sheep farmers from Scotland and the North of England will attend NSA Scotsheep on June 4.

Ofsted praises company for ‘outstanding work’

11:33am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

A BISHOP Auckland national education provider has been praised by Ofsted for providing “outstanding” outcomes for thousands of learners.

Family of champions

11:30am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

A BEAUTIFULLY decorated heavy horse was the Champion of Champions at Northumberland County Show on Bank Holiday Monday.

A ‘tremendous show of cattle’ at Beef Expo

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNING TEAM: from left, sponsor Roy Firth, Crystalix regional manager for Scotland and East of England, judge Philip Parrott, and Neil Slack and Watabootie, the supreme champion at the National Beef Exhibition’s Beef Expo 2014 held at Hexham Auction Ma

5:25pm Monday 2nd June 2014

THE National Beef Association’s Beef Expo 2014 attracted more than 6,500 visitors to Hexham mart on Thursday of last week.

Rubber flooring for cows

1:29pm Monday 2nd June 2014

A UNIQUE seamless rubber flooring claims to provide the ultimate in cow comfort.

Experts on hand during tours of Scotsheep farm

Darlington and Stockton Times: Organisers

12:55pm Monday 2nd June 2014

THOUSANDS of sheep farmers from Scotland and the North of England are expected to attend NSA Scotsheep on June 4.

Agency promises ‘personal touch’

12:40pm Monday 2nd June 2014

A NEW rural land agency has opened for business with offices in North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Threat from diseases in spotlight

12:11pm Monday 2nd June 2014

A MAJOR conference for beef and sheep farmers will focus on disease control and efficiency.

Stockmanship skills praised

Darlington and Stockton Times: SHEEP CLASS WINNER: Stephen Short, 17, from Halifax, was Stockperson of the Year

12:10pm Monday 2nd June 2014

ASKHAM Bryan College has held its annual stockmanship competition for its agriculture and equine students.

Farmers conned out of thousands

4:34pm Friday 30th May 2014

FARMERS have been warned to be vigilant after fraudsters conned farmers in North Yorkshire out of thousands of pounds.

Racecourse’s new look is thanks to brick firm

Darlington and Stockton Times: FIRM FAVOURITE: William Derby, chief executive of York racecourse, with Guy Armitage, a director of York Handmade Brick Company

4:04pm Friday 16th May 2014

AN award-winning brick company has been highly praised for its work in the multi-million pound regeneration of York racecourse.

Cost savings with biscuit meal ration

Darlington and Stockton Times: FEED CONSULTANT: Helen Peart, of Jim Peet Agriculture, with Thomas Toppin

1:05pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

ACHANGE in ration has led to fewer foot problems and feed cost savings for Cumbrian beef farmer Thomas Toppin.

5am starts, debt and disasters – I’m farming

Darlington and Stockton Times: SIMPLE SYSTEM: Sarah Liddle with her calf Salcrest Zel Lausine

1:02pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

Sarah Liddle launches what will be a series of regular articles about her entry into contract farming

Farm visits are big attraction

Darlington and Stockton Times: TRADITIONAL: Christine and Willie Woodman

12:59pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

THIS month’s NBA Beef Expo will include farm tours of traditional beef enterprises. The National Beef Association’s two-day event is returning to Hexham Mart after four years on May 21 and 22.

Record entry expected at Glendale

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNER: Maximum, a British Blue cross steer from Neil Slack and Julie Sedgewick, was the Champion of Champions at last year’s Glendale Show

12:52pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

EXTRA cattle and sheep classes, including a new flock competition, will be introduced at this year’s Glendale Show on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Wrestling ‘coup’ for county show

Darlington and Stockton Times: STAR: Jack Brown was last year’s under-18 champion

12:51pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

NORTHUMBERLAND County Show is to stage the Under-18 World Championship in Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26.

Open day for farmers on green energy

Darlington and Stockton Times: FARM BOOST: a wind turbine can provide a guaranteed source of income

12:48pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

AN East Yorkshire farmer is to host an open day for other farmers to see how they can cut costs and save energy through green power.

Are you eligible for heating help?

Darlington and Stockton Times: DEADLINE: Robin Earle

12:45pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

THE Government has announced details of who will be eligible for support under the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Lottery grant launches Allen Valleys scheme

Darlington and Stockton Times: RED SQUIRREL: wildlife will benefit from the project

12:33pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

A FOUR-YEAR multimillion pound project to conserve and celebrate Northumberand’s Allen Valleys began in April.

Royal visitor meets five apprentices at open day

Darlington and Stockton Times: ROYAL VISIT: the Prince of Wales, centre, watches the auction of Lakeland Herdwick lambs flanked by, from left, Matthew Probert, John Drinkall, John Geldard, and Margaret Dodgson

12:32pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

PRINCE Charles received a warm welcome on a one-day visit to Cumbria.

‘Shining examples’ are sheep award winners

Darlington and Stockton Times: HONOURED: Margaret Dalton and Dr John Vipond

12:29pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

THE National Sheep Association (NSA) has named farmer Margaret Dalton and sheep consultant Dr John Vipond as joint winners of the 2013 George Hedley Memorial Award.

Award-winning goats cheese in safe hands

Darlington and Stockton Times: EXPANDING: Sharron and Ed Parker, with children Georgia and Joseph, and some of their goats

12:17pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

THE future of an awardwinning goats cheese brand has been secured.

Farmers urged: ‘Be ready for Le Tour’

12:15pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

YORKSHIRE farmers and landowners along the route of the Tour de France this summer have been urged to consider how it might affect them.

Bird count shows farms’ vital conservation role

Darlington and Stockton Times: COMMON: Starlings were the most abundant bird recorded in the count

12:12pm Tuesday 13th May 2014

MORE than 500 farmers with almost 500,000 acres of UK farmland took part in the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s first Big Farmland Bird Count.

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