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Economy reaps rewards from the most natural of resources

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:58pm Friday 26th September 2014

TOURISM businesses in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are urged to tap into one of their greatest natural assets – its starry night skies.

Solicitor steps down after 42 years at practice’s helm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:55pm Friday 26th September 2014

ONE of the Yorkshire Dales’ best-known solicitors has retired after more than 42 years in practice.

Defra’s approach to TB eradication leads to criticism

12:52pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has criticised Defra’s TB eradication strategy in England, claiming it falls short in some areas and contains damaging measures in others.

Farmers unite to sell British lamb

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:52pm Friday 26th September 2014

SEVEN farming families from Upper Teesdale have joined forces and launched their own lamb brand.

Energy plant’s animal feed a novel protein alternative

12:48pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE £350m Vivergo bioethanol plant in Hull is now producing wheat distillers animal feed.

Firm marks anniversary with move into Europe

Darlington and Stockton Times: Christian Shaefer outside Eton Environmental’s head office in Darlington

5:35pm Friday 19th September 2014

A DARLINGTON company which provides specialist asbestos management services has marked its tenth anniversary by expanding into Europe.

Firms face fines over pension legislation

Darlington and Stockton Times: Angela Cammock

5:35pm Friday 19th September 2014

MORE than a quarter of North East businesses are facing tens of thousands of pounds in fines after a survey revealed they are completely unprepared for the Government’s Auto Enrolment pension legislation.

Sausage brand wins top award from store for service

5:33pm Friday 19th September 2014

ANDREW and Debbie Keeble were in the news again this week after being awarded Tesco’s Local Supplier Award for outstanding sales and service.

IT business toasting a successful 15 years

Darlington and Stockton Times: alphatech owner Rob Rushby and partner Claire Hatton celebrate the IT company’s 15-year milestone.

5:33pm Friday 19th September 2014

A THRIVING IT company that started when its teenage owner invested in a Phillip's screwdriver has celebrated 15 years in business by throwing a party for its wide range of Teesside clients.

Keep cattle out longer but manage grassland effectively

5:31pm Friday 19th September 2014

GIVEN the continuing good weather conditions this Autumn the option of keeping cattle out for longer this year is particularly relevant, but it is vital that grass is managed well and any supplementary feeding is introduced in advance to help check any dramatic changes in weather or at housing.

Scaring not shooting is scrapped

5:29pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE Countryside Alliance (CA) has welcomed Natural England’s decision not to press ahead with a "shoo, don’t shoot" proposal to restrict pigeon shooting.

Commoners to discuss act

5:29pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE Yorkshire Federation of Commoners meets at Thirsk auction mart on Wednesday (24), at 2pm, to hear from Doug Huzzard of the Commons Registration Office, County Hall, Northallerton, about The Commons Act Part 1. It was due to be implemented from October 1, but has been delayed. The Rural Payments Agency may also be represented.

Dealing with compacted soil

Darlington and Stockton Times: Mike Burley from Opico

5:27pm Friday 19th September 2014

WAYS of alleviating soil compaction in grassland were among issues discussed at an event organised by the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) near Darlington on Tuesday (16).

Women of industry to link at key event

5:23pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE increasing role of women in farming will be celebrated at a free event at the Great Yorkshire Showground at the end of the month.

Free-range producers doing their bit for hens

Darlington and Stockton Times: Philip Twizell among his hens and trees

4:09pm Friday 12th September 2014

FREE range egg producers across Great Britain have planted more than one million trees to create a happy habitat for their hens.

Defra's badger cull begins in latest effort to stem TB

4:07pm Friday 12th September 2014

BADGER culling has started for a second year in Gloucestershire and Somerset as part of Defra's bid to eradicate bovine TB.

Grassland education is on offer

4:07pm Friday 12th September 2014

FARMERS can learn more about grassland management and the benefits of legume crops at a farm walk on Tuesday (16th).

Couple to breathe life into a neglected filling station

Darlington and Stockton Times: Owner Mark Oyston is delighted with the response from local people

4:07pm Friday 12th September 2014

A COUPLE have given a new lease of life to a previously closed filling station in Wensleydale.

Software system is 'better' for waste firm

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tom and Neal Waters

4:07pm Friday 12th September 2014

A SPECIALIST waste management company has seen greater efficiency and growth with the introduction of a software system.

National award for showground store The Guild Of Fine Food

Darlington and Stockton Times: (l-r) John Farrand,from the Guild of Fine Food, Sandy Ruddock of award sponsor Scarlett and Mustard, and Jane Thornber, manager of Fodder.

4:05pm Friday 12th September 2014

FODDER, the regional food shop and cafe on the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, has won one of the most prized national awards in the industry.

Business in Dubai made possible for winners of competition

4:03pm Friday 12th September 2014

TWO local companies have won free trips to explore business opportunities in Dubai.

Farmers' tax warning over events on land

4:01pm Friday 12th September 2014

LANDOWNERS and farmers have been reminded they could face tax implications if they earn income from events on their land.

Co-op sells off its farming business to help pay debts

1:13pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE Co-operative Group has sold its farming business to the Wellcome Trust for £249m.

Showcase for the latest kit

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:09pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE inaugural Midlands Machinery Show takes place at Newark Showground on November 12 and 13.

Sales of sheep meat up 4%

1:02pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

TOTAL UK sheep meat production for 2014 is forecast to rise four per cent to 302,000 tonnes – the highest since 2009.

Cobalt deficiency threat to later lambs’ growth

1:02pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

DESPITE an exceptional year for grass growth, technicians are warning that cobalt deficiency is threatening to limit lamb growth rates.

New solution to treat scald

1:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A NEW footbath solution for the sheep market has been launched by Progiene, a division of Rumenco.

Research shows cost of pneumonia

12:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A REVIEW of published research has found that a pneumonia-free rearing period can be worth £243 per head in suckler calves and £1,008 per head in dairy heifers.

Warning over Turnip Yellow Virus threat

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:57am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

GROWERS have been warned that this autumn could be ideal for Turnip Yellow Virus (TuYV) infection in early-drilled oilseed rape crops.

£1m exports for Roundhouse firm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:53am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A COUNTY Durham company that invented a revolutionary farm building has attracted export orders worth almost £1m.

‘Live’ fun for the family

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:47am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ENTRIES are flooding in for next month’s Countryside Live event in Harrogate.

Anger at 35% rent increases

11:43am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has hit out at proposed rent rises of between 14 and 35 per cent by agents acting for the Church Commissioners.

Bog moss on march to save peatlands

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:41am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A NEW technique is being used to restore precious peatlands in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Working dogs’ owners are warned thefts on increase

3:19pm Friday 29th August 2014

OWNERS of working dogs have been warned that reported thefts are on the increase.

No illusions for Limousin as sets world record price

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:18pm Friday 29th August 2014

GLENROCK Illusion set a new world record price for a Limousin animal when sold for 125,000gns (£131,250) at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.

Timber firm is in high demand

3:14pm Friday 29th August 2014

A FAMILY-RUN independent timber merchant has begun importing stocks to keep up with demand.

Software developers carry on growing past milestone

3:12pm Friday 29th August 2014

A RICHMOND-BASED software company is continuing to grow as it approaches its tenth anniversary in November.

Emergency medics’ turnover tops £1m

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:48pm Friday 22nd August 2014

AN emergency medics company set up by a former accident and emergency nurse has just seen turnover break through the £1million barrier.

Seed potato exports reach a record high

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:44pm Friday 22nd August 2014

EXPORTS of British seed potatoes hit an all-time high of 103,000 tonnes during the 2013-14 season.

Clarity needed on new CAP rules

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:39pm Friday 22nd August 2014

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced further details of what the new CAP greening rules will mean for English farmers.

Open farm event to show benefits of a new pairing

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:33am Friday 15th August 2014

THE potential role of the Whitebred Shorthorn will come under the spotlight at a farm open day in South West Scotland.

New research says foot-trimming can be more trouble than it’s worth

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:30am Friday 15th August 2014

SHEEP producers heard about new research on lameness, which suggests that foot-trimming may cause more problems than it solves.

The cost of rural crime is soaring, say insurers

11:26am Friday 15th August 2014

RURAL crime cost farmers and the UK rural economy £44.5m in 2013 – up 5.2 per cent on 2012. A 25 per cent increase in livestock thefts made 2013 one of the worst on record.

Firm receives Royal praise for bricks

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:13am Friday 15th August 2014

AN award-winning brick company has won high praise from the Prince of Wales.

NFU calls for action to improve food security

3:54pm Friday 8th August 2014

THE UK would only have been able to feed itself until yesterday if it were not for imports.

New figures show farmland value is at an all time high

3:54pm Friday 8th August 2014

THE value of farmland reached an all time high of more than £10,000 an acre in the second quarter of the year.

Co-operative group sells off its farm business for £249m

3:53pm Friday 8th August 2014

THE Co-operative Group has sold its farming business to the Wellcome Trust for £249 million.

Livestock building attracts £1m orders

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:49pm Friday 8th August 2014

A TEESDALE company which invented a revolutionary farm building has attracted export orders worth almost £1m.

Save costs by saving seeds

1:06pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

DISAPPOINTING grain prices and tight cash flows are likely to make farm-saved seed a particular consideration for many cereal growers this autumn.

Yorkshire farm holds trial on lameness treatment

12:57pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

A NORTH Yorkshire farm is hosting a sheep lameness trial run by SAC Consulting.


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