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BWMB conference: collective wool marketing important

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ian Buchanan, left, BWMB chairman, with Roger Evans

6:01pm Friday 20th November 2015

UK SHEEP farmers must not underestimate the unique opportunity they have through collective wool marketing, according to Shropshire dairy farmer Roger Evans.

H&H Group appoints new chairman

Darlington and Stockton Times: New H&H Group board member Andrew Douglas and new chairman Ian Lancaster.

12:12pm Friday 20th November 2015

THE H&H Group has announced a new chairman after Michael Cowen stood down as chairman.

Apprentices light up pitch at Middlesbrough FC's Riverside Stadium

Darlington and Stockton Times: From left, TTE’s Chris Adnett and John Cooke, apprentices Oscar Hugill and Emma Hughes and Middlesbrough FC’s Tony Bell with the lighting rig – Picture: Keith Taylor

12:07pm Friday 20th November 2015

A GROUP of apprentices has completed a special project to support the maintenance of the pitch at Middlesbrough Football Club’s Riverside Stadium.

John Moffitt's collection of historic tractors sold for £500,000

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Hunday sale attracted a large crowd of more than 1,000.

12:04pm Friday 20th November 2015

A COLLECTION of historically important tractors amassed by John Moffitt, the much respected Northumberland farmer, sold for £500,000 at the weekend.

Sausage and burger company Heck wins national award

12:04pm Friday 20th November 2015

HECK, the family-owned sausage and burger business based in Bedale, has won a national award for innovation and growth.

Technology is key to future, says Farming Minister

Darlington and Stockton Times: APPOINTED: Farms minister George Eustice

10:15am Friday 20th November 2015

FARMING Minister George Eustice said technological innovation was the key to giving farming a bright future by improving productivity and tackling problems such as pests and disease.

South Devon Herd Book Society’s fourth annual show and sale at Skipton

Darlington and Stockton Times: Paul Harrison with his 2015 Skipton South Devon heifer champion

10:10am Friday 20th November 2015

THE South Devon Herd Book Society’s fourth annual show and sale at Skipton mart attracted a select entry of 11 pedigree cattle.

Emma Franklin appointed manager at new Swinton Park country club and spa

Darlington and Stockton Times: Artist's impression of how new Country Club and Spa at Swinton Park will look

9:31am Friday 20th November 2015

A SPA manager has been appointed for the £5.5m Country Club and Spa which is under development at Swinton Park, near Masham.

Prof Brian Cox opens new training centre at Middlesbrough College

Darlington and Stockton Times: Prof Brian Cox and Zoe Lewis, college principal and chief executive, celebrate the opening with staff and students

9:28am Friday 20th November 2015

PROFESSOR Brian Cox opened the new £20m STEM skills training centre at Middlesbrough College with a pledge to lobby for more across the country.

Beef Improvement Group hears producers should aim to first calve at two years

Darlington and Stockton Times: Speakers at the conference included, from left, Richard Fuller, Lee Leachman and Tim Rymer

7:31am Friday 13th November 2015

ABOUT four out of every five UK suckler producers could improve their profitability significantly by targeting a two year first calving age, according to Richard Fuller, technical director with the Stabiliser Cattle Company.

Teenager from Thirsk is one of Sainsbury's first farming apprentices

Darlington and Stockton Times: Kyle Merry is doing his Sainsbury's farming apprenticeship at Yorkshire Farmhouse Eggs

7:02am Friday 13th November 2015

A TEENAGER from Thirsk has become one of Sainsbury's first farming apprentices.

Concern as Defra agrees 30 per cent cut to budget

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:24am Thursday 12th November 2015

THE Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has agreed to cut its budget by 30 per cent over the next four years.

Right recipe for Farm Stay UK, after raising funds of £12,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Darlington and Stockton Times: Pictured at the Farm Stay UK Yorkshire ladies cheque presentation are (from left) Mary Pearson, of Lovesome Hill Farm B&B, Northallerton; Helen Gowans, regional fundraiser North for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance; Caroline Barker, of Cundall Lodge Farm B&B,

10:23am Thursday 12th November 2015

FARM holiday providers came up with the right recipe when raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service.

'No rationale' for price penalties on abbatoir cattle, says minister

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:44am Thursday 12th November 2015

FARMS Minister George Eustice has stepped into the row over processors plans to impose price penalties on cattle that have moved more than three times in their lifetime.

Roman celebrates 30th anniversary with Royal visit

Darlington and Stockton Times: David Osborne, managing director, shows The Duke of Kent around Roman’s shower manufacturing plant.

10:13am Thursday 12th November 2015

THE Duke of Kent helped a leading international company celebrate its 30th anniversary in Newton Aycliffe.

Oven restaurant opens in Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: Geoff Hogg and Tarek Thoma outside the new restaurant in Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.

10:11am Thursday 12th November 2015

A NEW £500,000 restaurant opened in central Middlesbrough at the weekend.

OpenCRM celebrates ten years in business

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rishi Sunak, MP, views the company’s software with Graham Anderson and Mr Anderson’s wife, Helen Burton

7:04am Friday 6th November 2015

A NORTH Yorkshire-based software company is celebrating ten years in business during which time it has won customers around the world.

Re-brand for GrowHow

Darlington and Stockton Times:

2:20pm Thursday 5th November 2015

GROWHOW, the UK’s largest fertiliser manufacturer, is to rebrand as CF Fertilisers UK Ltd.

Government urged to plant more trees

Darlington and Stockton Times: TREE PLANTING: Trees for Cotherstone has planted 1,000 new trees since it began ten years ago

2:16pm Thursday 5th November 2015

FORESTRY businesses and the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity have urged the Government to ensure tens of millions more trees are planted in England.

Free range eggs to go on sale in Co-op

Darlington and Stockton Times: Free range hens enjoy the outdoor life on the farm

2:16pm Thursday 5th November 2015

FREE RANGE eggs from a family run business are to go on sale in 83 Co-operative food stores throughout Yorkshire.

Lucinda's Laundry launches new linen hire service

Darlington and Stockton Times: from left, Daniel Courtney, general manager of Middleton Lodge and The Coach House, Fiona Howie, managing director of Brompton Laundry Company, and laundry delivery driver Gareth Hughes

2:04pm Thursday 5th November 2015

A SMALL family-run laundry business has launched a new luxury linen hire business aimed at the hospitality sector.

Hunday Collection of tractors expected to fetch £400,000

Darlington and Stockton Times: This Ferguson Brown type A tractor has a guide price of £12,000 to £15,000.

7:32am Friday 30th October 2015

A COLLECTION of historically important tractors amassed by Northumberland farmer John Moffitt is expected to fetch at least £400,000 at auction.

Harrowell's Solicitors branches out into equine law

Darlington and Stockton Times: (L to R) Paul Burkinshaw and Simon Black, Harrowells Solicitors commercial department partners who will lead the firm’s new Equine Law service.

7:02am Friday 30th October 2015

A NORTH and East Yorkshire law firm has established a new and specialist equine law department.

Plans to expand two national parks

7:01am Friday 30th October 2015

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced the expansion of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Parks.

Specialist potato event at Harrogate

7:01am Friday 30th October 2015

GROWERS from across the region are expected to attend a specialist potato event in Harrogate.

Truman Jagger sells for record price at Carlisle

Darlington and Stockton Times: Trueman Jagger who sold for  the world record price of 140,000gns (£147,000).

1:39pm Thursday 29th October 2015

TWO NEW world records were set at at the British Limousin Cattle Society's autumn bull sale at Carlisle on Saturday, October 17th.

Records tumble at Skipton's sheepdog sale

Darlington and Stockton Times: Michael Gallagher with his top price 5,600gns Skipton dog.

1:33pm Thursday 29th October 2015

PHENOMENAL trade, including a top price of £5,880, saw records tumble at Skipton mart’s autumn working sheepdogs sale.

Prince Charles calls crisis summit for upland farmers

1:32pm Thursday 29th October 2015

THE PLIGHT of upland farmers was raised at a farm crisis summit called by The Prince of Wales.

Wine merchants, Firth & Co, celebrates move to bigger premises

Darlington and Stockton Times: Andrew Firth, left, with chef and client Andrew Pern.

1:25pm Thursday 29th October 2015

EXPANDING Yorkshire wine merchant Andrew Firth is celebrating a move to new and larger premises near Northallerton.

Browns are runners-up at Countryside Live for fifth time

Darlington and Stockton Times: Runner-up champion young handler Jack Whiteford, eight, and Sooty, with judge Elizabeth Roberts, and overall young handler Max Clough and his Dutch Texel lamb

3:03pm Thursday 22nd October 2015

THE reserve supreme sheep champion butchers lambs went to a pair of home-bred Beltex cross lambs from Hannah Brown, of Leyburn.

Brother and sister take reserve title at Countryside Live

Darlington and Stockton Times: Luke and Beth Wilkinson with Millie, their reserve supreme champion and Yorkshire bred, owned and shown winner, with Martin Wood, of sponsors Ripon Select Foods.

2:55pm Thursday 22nd October 2015

TEENAGE brother and sister Luke and Beth Wilkinson took the reserve supreme championship title at Countryside Live in Harrogate.

Former serviceman opens furniture store

Darlington and Stockton Times: Lt Col Matthew Murphy RHA and Terence Turnbull at the official launch of Turnbull and Thomas

2:53pm Thursday 22nd October 2015

FORMER serviceman Terence Turnbull enlisted the help of his former commanding officer to open his new furniture store.

Yorkshire farmer enjoys success at Dairy Show with Shorthorns

Darlington and Stockton Times: (l-r): Michael Eavis, president of the Royal Bath & West Society; James Warren, judge; Rebecca Jarvis and James Young, handlers; and Andrew Vickery, Old Mill.

3:36pm Friday 16th October 2015

YORKSHIRE dairy farmer Ian Collins enjoyed huge success with his Dairy Shorthorn cows at the Dairy Show, taking home numerous ribbons and the interbreed pairs award.

H&H Group's latest acquisition makes it largest auction mart operator in UK

Darlington and Stockton Times: Brian Richardson, chief executive of the H&H Group.

3:36pm Friday 16th October 2015

THE H&H Group has become the largest auction mart operator in the UK after an £8.2m deal to buy John Swan PLC.

Stylco UK Ltd looks to expand after buyout

3:18pm Friday 16th October 2015

A MANAGEMENT buyout is putting a distributor of leading domestic appliances on the road to significant expansion.

Biggest wheat harvest on record expected, says NFU

3:35pm Thursday 15th October 2015

THE NFU expects this year’s wheat harvest will be the biggest on record.

Masham and District Agricultural Group holds first meeting of winter

3:29pm Thursday 15th October 2015

THE Masham and District Agricultural Group held its first meeting the winter programme when chairman Mark Marley welcomed over 60 members and guests.

Yorkshire dairy farmers win top awards for herd management

Darlington and Stockton Times: Neil Bellerby from Northallerton won the Formula 24 award, a reflection of how good herd management has resulted in a low cull rate in early lactation, excellent foot health and low incidence of metabolic disease. He is pictured (centre) with Premier Nutr

3:24pm Thursday 15th October 2015

THREE Yorkshire dairy farmers have won awards for good management of their cows through the transition period.

Family farms are backbone of rural economy, audience hears at Welcome to Yorkshire event

3:20pm Thursday 15th October 2015

SIR Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said farmers must stick together and help each other during today's difficult times.

Yorkshire Dales Meat Company to supply 30 cuts of meat to Co-Operative store in Leyburn

Darlington and Stockton Times: James Knox, left, with Jay Salt, manager of the Co-op in Leyburn

3:12pm Thursday 15th October 2015

THE family-run Yorkshire Dales Meat Company is to supply nearly 30 cuts of meat to the Co-operative Food store in Leyburn.

Brymor Real Dairy Icecream to double production

Darlington and Stockton Times: from left, Paul Hodgson, owner, Nicola Moore, operations director, Sir Gary Verity, chairman of Welcome to Yorkshire, Richard Darbishire, national accounts manager, and James Ashford, marketing and business development

3:10pm Thursday 15th October 2015

A POPULAR farm-based ice cream business has revealed plans to double production to 1m litres a year.

Breeders of Hampshire Downs win award

Darlington and Stockton Times: Joe and Rachel Henry

2:38pm Friday 11th September 2015

JOE and Rachel Henry's Raburn Hampshire Down flock has officially recorded the greatest genetic gain for commercial characteristics in the UK in the last 12 months.

Richmond MP talks to dairy farmers

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rishi Sunak talks to tenant farmer James Dent, of West End Farm, Swinithwaite, Wensleydale, about the problems facing dairy farmers.

2:38pm Thursday 10th September 2015

DAIRY farmers facing the challenge of low milk prices made their views known to their MP.

Barnard Castle farmer takes Beltex reserve female champion title

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Champion Beltex, a ram lamb from Andrew Bishop.

2:36pm Thursday 10th September 2015

A 360-MILE round trip proved worthwhile for Gloucestershire farmers Andrew and Becky Bishop when they won the supreme championship at the Beltex Sheep Society’s 15th annual show and sale of pedigree rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart.

Upland farmers hear about potential issues with new schemes

Darlington and Stockton Times: Speakers at the launch of Harrison & Hetherington's new offices at Middeton-in-Teesdale mart (l-r) Steve Dunkley, Stephen Swift, and David Morley.

2:35pm Thursday 10th September 2015

UPLAND farmers may struggle to get into a new agri-environment scheme – and those who succeed are likely to suffer a drop in income.

Sheep breeder finds success with her Doulton flock yarn

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ellie Stokeld and some of her first "Doulton Flock Border Leicester" yarn

2:32pm Thursday 10th September 2015

A PRIZE-WINNING pedigree sheep breeder who already has a thriving export business has now diversified into producing her own yarn.

Brymoor Dairy launches ice cream campaign

Darlington and Stockton Times: Brymor Guernsey cows enjoying Riggwelter and Raisin Flavour Ice Cream in association with Black Sheep Brewery

2:27pm Thursday 10th September 2015

BRYMOR Dairy, the award-winning ice cream company based in Wensleydale, is teaming up with Welcome To Yorkshire at a number of local events as part of the launch of its Flavours of Autumn campaign.

Tillage-Live is back at Croft after ten years

2:20pm Thursday 3rd September 2015

TILLAGE-LIVE, the national cultivation event that draws thousands of farmers, returns to Croft, near Darlington, next month after a 10 year absence.

World record oilseed rape crop for North Yorkshire farmer

Darlington and Stockton Times: Steve Tuer on his way to his unofficial record

2:20pm Thursday 3rd September 2015

A NORTH Yorkshire farmer may have set a world record with a bumper 7.2t/ha crop of oilseed rape – the national average is consistently below 4t/ha.

Compulsory TB testing proposed for cattle coming into the North

2:17pm Thursday 3rd September 2015

THE Government is proposing to introduce compulsory testing of all cattle entering the North and East of England in its fight against bovine TB.

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