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Family wins national award for charity efforts

Darlington and Stockton Times: John, Margaret and Jenny Sleight collect their award from NFU deputy president Minette Batters

1:48pm Thursday 28th May 2015

THE family behind an annual charity tractor run has won a national award from the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

Former Chief Constable rewarded for efforts to RABI

Darlington and Stockton Times: (l-r) Newly elected trustees Jo Turnbull (l) and Jeannette Dawson (r) with retiring trustees Pat Stanley and Carol Rymer.

2:15pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A FORMER Chief Constable of North Yorkshire has received a Trustee award from the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) in recognition of his efforts and contributions to the charity.

NSA North Sheep event at Cockermouth expected to attract thousands of visitors

Darlington and Stockton Times: Host farmer Neil Marston

7:02am Friday 22nd May 2015

AROUND 7,000 visitors are expected at NSA North Sheep 2015 at Millstone Farm, Cockermouth, on June 3.

Farming briefs

2:08pm Thursday 21st May 2015

THE inaugural Ashley Hall Traction Engine Rally will be held at the Tatton Estate’s Ashley Hall Showground from tomorrow to Bank Holiday Monday.

Yorkshire dairy farm is a Gold Cup finalist

Darlington and Stockton Times: Philip Metcalfe of Washfold Farm, Leyburn. Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

2:07pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A NORTH Yorkshire dairy farm is one of six UK finalists in this year's NMR/RABDF Gold Cup competition.

Allmet, of North Cowton, launches new grain-drying system

12:57pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A NORTH Yorkshire company has launched a new system to help arable farmers reduce grain drying costs and increase drying capacity.

Cawingredients opens second factory at Leeming Bar HQ

Darlington and Stockton Times: James Sutcliffe (l), managing director of Sutcliffe Construction, and Andrew J Cawthray, chairman and chief executive of Cawingredients.

12:56pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A RAPIDLY expanding soft drinks company has opened a second factory as part of its £45m investment at its Leeming Bar head-quarters near Bedale.

H&H Group opens office at Middleton-in-Teesdale auction mart

Darlington and Stockton Times: David Quayle

12:38pm Thursday 21st May 2015

THE H&H Group has opened a new office at Middleton in Teesdale auction mart.

Innovation leaders assemble at NETpark, Sedgefield

Darlington and Stockton Times: PolyPhotonix founder Richard Kirk with the sleep mask.

12:37pm Thursday 21st May 2015

INNOVATION leaders from across the world gathered at The North East Technology Park (NETpark), near Sedgefield, on Tuesday (19th).

New farm grant scheme in County Durham

1:28pm Friday 15th May 2015

FARMERS and landowners in the River Skerne Catchment Area are invited to a free seminar about the river being included into Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF).

Pollinator farm walks

10:41am Monday 11th May 2015

FARMERS are invited to a series of Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) walks looking at the importance of insects on farms and how to enhance their ecological focus areas (EFAs) for pollinators.

Smiles all round as a practice scoops up awards

Darlington and Stockton Times: Drs Simon and Susan Andrews. Front: Lynn Nichols.

4:20pm Friday 8th May 2015

THE Smile Spa in Stockton is celebrating after adding another two awards to the 16 accolades it has won since opening in 2006.

Investment helps tech firm bring manufacturing to UK

Darlington and Stockton Times: From left: Sarah Thorpe of UK Steel Enterprise, Tony Luckett of Clive Owen, and Lorraine and Alex Carter of Durable Technologies.

4:18pm Friday 8th May 2015

A £100,000 investment from UK Steel Enterprise will ensure that a leading technology company can manufacture its innovative products in the North East.

Attack-submarine firm to link up with university

4:14pm Friday 8th May 2015

AN award-winning technology business that designs systems for nuclear attack submarines has invested in a new scheme that could help it win more major deals.

Lamb farmers must stay positive

2:18pm Thursday 7th May 2015

SHEEP producers have been told not to lose heart at the current depressed lamb prices.

Brennand Invincibull takes home trophy

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rob Walker with the family’s Skipton British Blue supreme champion bull

2:17pm Thursday 7th May 2015

A CLASSY black and white home-bred bull by the Belgian sire, Boherard Cantona, netted the British Blue championship at Skipton Mart for the Walker family from Dunsop Bridge.

Cattle chief set to retire after satisfying career

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ron McHattie is retiring after 18 years as chief executive of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society.

2:13pm Thursday 7th May 2015

RON McHattie, chief executive of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society for 18 years, is retiring on health grounds.

Microchip system on trial with college flock newborns

Darlington and Stockton Times: Phil Richardson,Bishop Burton College farm manager

2:09pm Thursday 7th May 2015

A COLLEGE is busy trialling a new electronic identification (EID) system.

The best of British on show at Expo

2:08pm Thursday 7th May 2015

THE best of British Beef will be in York later this month. (May)

Details on basic payment claims are issued

2:05pm Thursday 7th May 2015

THE Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has now issued all pre-populated BP5 application forms.

Job losses and price changes at First Milk

2:04pm Thursday 7th May 2015

FIRST Milk, the troubled dairy co-operative, has announced 70 job losses and major changes to its milk pricing strategy.

Rosey is "face" of Great British Beef Week

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rosey Dunne with students Charlotte Dring and Jess Milner

7:04am Friday 24th April 2015

THE fifth national Great British Beef Week which began yesterday (Thurs) – St George’s Day – has Yorkshire beef production at its heart.

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

Darlington and Stockton Times: H&H Land and Property directors, from left, David Quayle, Brian Richardson chief executive, Peter Hull, and Tim Parsons

7:04am Friday 24th April 2015

PETER Hull has been appointed operations director for H&H Land and Property.

AV Dawson secure deal with Network Rail to manage Middlesbrough Goods Yard

Darlington and Stockton Times: Arthur Vernon Loco entering the newly-acquired Middlesbrough Goods Yard

7:04am Friday 24th April 2015

A TEESSIDE company has secured a deal with Network Rail to take full control of the railway sidings which link its entire 80 acre site to the East Coast mainline.

Rural landlords target of HMRC tax campaign

7:01am Friday 24th April 2015

RURAL landlords who let houses and holiday property are the target of a new HMRC tax campaign.

Survey shows stress causes disease in pigs

4:07pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

SCIENTISTS have shown for the first time that stress makes pigs more likely to suffer from a disease which costs UK farmers millions of pounds a year.

Latest agricultural machinery on show at Grassland North at Newton Rigg College

Darlington and Stockton Times: Visitors to the previous Grassland North event at Newton Rigg College watching demonstrations with a Massey Ferguson 7620 with two Kuhn FC313 mowers.

4:06pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

AROUND £5m worth of the latest grassland management equipment will be working and on display at the second Grassland North event at Newton Rigg College, Penrith.

Rix Pavilion opens on Driffield's historic showground

Darlington and Stockton Times: (L-R) Peter Bradbury and David Tite, president and chief executive of Driffield Agricultural Society; Tim Rix, managing director of JR Rix & Son Ltd; Susan Cunliffe Lister, Lord Lieutenant of East Yorkshire; John Clancy, Driffield Agricultural Society Cha

4:05pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

THE £400,000 Rix Pavilion is officially open for business on Driffield’s historic showground.

Middleton-St-George Dental Practice wins award

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chris Burton, principal dental surgeon and owner of Middleton-St-George (MSG) Dental Practice.

3:59pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

A VILLAGE dental practice has been awarded a leading accreditation.

McClarrons, in Malton, opens new insurance broker office

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sean McClarron, Director (left) welcomes Chris Clement, account executive

3:57pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

AN expanding independent insurance broker is opening a new office in Richmond.

Businessmen join agricultural machinery firm Sumo UK

Darlington and Stockton Times: Pictured at the large agricultural machinery manufacturers Sumo in Melbourne near York are its new owners James Sweeting, Simon Herring who also own Lincoln & York Coffee Roastery, also shown is former owner and now Technical Director Shaun Wealleans.  Le

3:49pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

TWO successful businessmen have joined the board of Sumo UK, the agricultural machinery manufacturer based in Melbourne, near York.

Church furniture made by Treske heading to Kennedy hospital in Dallas

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Treske workforce is pictured with the church furniture bound for Dallas.

3:43pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

TRESKE, the Thirsk-based furniture designer and manufacturer, is supplying an altar and lectern to the Dallas hospital where American president John F Kennedy died.

Finish old season lambs quickly

7:01am Friday 17th April 2015

FARMERS have been encouraged to get their old season lambs away quickly to avoid losing out financially.

News in brief

2:10pm Thursday 16th April 2015

EBLEX has produced a unique offal and variety meats processing and packaging guide for English processors.

Sheep sold through auctions rises

2:09pm Thursday 16th April 2015

THE number of sheep sold through livestock auction marts in England and Wales grew for the fourth year running in 2014.

Tackle dock infestation before first cut of silage

Darlington and Stockton Times: The best time to spray dock infested silage crops is three weeks before first cut.

2:06pm Thursday 16th April 2015

THE best time to tackle dock infestations in silage crops is before first cut, according to Andy Bailey, grassland agronomy specialist for Dow AgroSciences.

Thirsk breeders buy Hereford champion

Darlington and Stockton Times: The top price Hereford bull was Solpoll 1 Kitkat who sold for 10,800gns

2:05pm Thursday 16th April 2015

HEREFORD breeders John, William & Andrew McMordie of Ballygowan, Co. Down, dominated this week’s Hereford Cattle Society Spring Sale held at Hereford Livestock Market.

IPP makes world's biggest 'pig'

Darlington and Stockton Times: Managing director Simon Bell

3:48pm Wednesday 15th April 2015

A SPECIALIST engineering company has won an order to supply the world’s largest "pig".

Ebac puts UK back in the washing machine business

Darlington and Stockton Times: VENTURE: Pamela Petty, Ebac's managing director, looks through a washing machine front panel with production staff member John Race at its Newton Aycliffe factory	Picture: DAVID WOOD (23238563)

3:41pm Wednesday 15th April 2015

THE first UK built washing machines for many years have come off the production line at a Newton Aycliffe manufacturing company.

Hunters Teesside supports charitable foundation

Darlington and Stockton Times: Cheers! Lisa Preston (centre) and Steve McDonald (left) of Hunters join Mel King (right) and friends in celebrating Teesside Philanthropic Foundation’s £5,000 donation to Tickle the Taste Buds.Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation made a

3:40pm Wednesday 15th April 2015

AN award-winning Teesside estate agent has marked its new support for a charitable movement by presenting a £5,000 cheque that has saved a Middlesbrough community hub from closure.

Project planned for River Skerne Catchment

11:19am Wednesday 15th April 2015

FARMERS are invited to a free meeting about a potential new multimillion pound project for the River Skerne catchment and how it could benefit their businesses.

Blood test breakthrough for detecting sheep scab

10:35am Wednesday 15th April 2015

SCIENTISTS at Moredun have developed a novel diagnostic blood test for sheep scab which is now being carried out at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

Take care if cutting feed costs

4:12pm Tuesday 14th April 2015

DAIRY farmers have been warned to be cautious if re–formulating dairy rations to reduce feed costs in a time of low milk prices.

EU countries will increase production, following end of milk quota

2:04pm Friday 10th April 2015

THE top 14 milk producing countries in Europe will increase their production by between 6.8 and 23.2 billion litres a year by 2020 following this month's ending of the milk quota regime, according to major research by Promar International.

Belted Galloways served up at top London restaurant

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rules restaurant.

7:22am Friday 10th April 2015

A REMOTE Teesdale hill farm is celebrating 17 years of supplying beef to London's oldest restaurant.

Malcolm Corbett steps down as chairman of BWMB

Darlington and Stockton Times: Malcolm Corbett who has retired as chairman of the British Wool Marketing Board.

7:22am Friday 10th April 2015

NORTHUMBERLAND farmer Malcolm Corbett has stepped down as chairman of the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) handing over the reins to the Board’s first Northern Irish chairman, Ian Buchanan.

William Alexander wins national auctioneers' award

Darlington and Stockton Times: William Alexander who won a trip to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

2:12pm Thursday 9th April 2015

NORTH West Auctions trainee auctioneer William Alexander (pictured) won the National Young Show Stars Award for Young Auctioneers.

Mark wins Hexham's young farmers' calf show

Darlington and Stockton Times: Champion show beast first-prize Limousin crossbred heifer, from Mark Statton, of High Highlaws, Morpeth, a member of Tritlington YFC, who won the Overall Champion Rosette and the David Carr Livestock haulage trophy at Hexham Mart's Young Farmers' Calf Win

2:01pm Thursday 9th April 2015

HEXHAM & Northern Marts conducted their Seventh Annual Young Farmers' Calf Wintering Competition, which culminated with the prize show and sale of the overwintered calves, all of which had been purchased at Hexham Mart during October, with 58 YFC members taking part.

NFU concerns over payment problems

1:57pm Thursday 9th April 2015

THE NFU has said farmers must not be penalised by problems with the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

Tomlinson Hall & Co wins second award

1:53pm Thursday 9th April 2015

A TEESSIDE company has won a second award since the start of the year.

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