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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.

Butcher wins contract to supply Co-op

Darlington and Stockton Times: James Knox, managing director of the Yorkshire Dales Meat Company

2:17pm Thursday 3rd September 2015

AN award-winning catering butcher has won a contract to supply 26 Co-operative Stores across Yorkshire.

York firm launches revolutionary way of testing food origin

Darlington and Stockton Times: ONE PIG WENT TO MARKET: Longhand Data Ltd managing director, Roger Young, discusses the new scientific technique of food authentication with Harrowells Solicitors  commercial department partner, Susie Mortonson (left) and Harrowells commercial division so

7:03am Friday 21st August 2015

A REVOLUTIONARY technique for verifying the authenticity of a wide range of foods has been launched by a York company before being rolled out worldwide.

NFU urges public to buy British food

7:01am Friday 21st August 2015

THE nation would have run out of food on Friday of last week (14th) if it had eaten nothing but British food since January 1.

Ribble Valley farming brothers win at Skipton mart

Darlington and Stockton Times: Peter Fox (second from right) with his Skipton Mule gimmer shearling champions, joined by (l-r) judge David Norcott, sponsor Gareth Jones, trophy presenter James Boothman, and sponsor Gavin Haworth – Pic: Adrian Legge Photography

11:27am Thursday 20th August 2015

RIBBLE Valley farming brothers Peter, Edward and Robert Fox, of Withgill, Clitheroe, presented the champion pen of ten Mules at Skipton Mart’s opening annual gimmer shearling show and sale.

Milk supply security needed, says Environment Secretary

10:34am Thursday 20th August 2015

FOLLOWING the summit meeting between Government ministers and farmers' leaders, Elizabeth Truss, Environment Secretary, issued a statement in which she recognised the seriousness of the current situation for the dairy industry and for farming as a whole.

Buckles Watercress wins Beltex show

Darlington and Stockton Times: Jack Buckle and Buckles Watercress, the family's 5,000gns supreme champion at the 25th anniversary Beltex show and sale at Carlisle

10:33am Thursday 20th August 2015

A HOME-BRED shearling gimmer from Kirkby Stephen breeders Kevin and Rachel Buckle won the 25th anniversary Beltex Premier show sale at Carlisle – and sold for 5,000gns in the following sale.

Supermarkets urged to back British products

10:27am Thursday 20th August 2015

A SUMMIT meeting between Government ministers and farmers' leaders resulted in supermarkets being urged to back British products.

Sarah York makes history as appointed president of Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sarah York the newly appointed President of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society

3:06pm Friday 31st July 2015

SARAH York has made history in becoming president of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Rishi Sunak, Richmond MP, joins Efra select committee

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rishi Sunak, MP for Richmond

2:55pm Friday 31st July 2015

RICHMOND MP Rishi Sunak (pictured) has become a member of the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs Select (EFRA) Committee in the House of Commons.

Applicants invited for Tees Valley business awards

Darlington and Stockton Times: Terry and Amanda Goldspink of Evolution Forwarding with the Best New Business Award Tees Valley in 2013.

2:40pm Friday 31st July 2015

ENTRIES are invited for the Best New Business Awards Tees Valley.

NFU warns of tough times ahead for dairy farmers

7:49am Friday 31st July 2015

DAIRY farmers have been warned of an "extremely difficult" autumn and winter ahead.

Newton Rigg College student wins two key awards

Darlington and Stockton Times: Lyndon Howson and his Newton Rigg Society Special Recognition Award with Newton Rigg Society chairman Frank Chester

7:03am Friday 31st July 2015

A STUDENT from Teesdale won two key awards at Newton Rigg College's annual awards ceremony.

Supermarkets policies are forcing sheep farmers to reconsider future, says NSA

3:04pm Thursday 30th July 2015

SUPERMARKETS have been warned that low prices are forcing many sheep farmers to consider their future.

News briefs

Darlington and Stockton Times: News briefs

3:03pm Thursday 30th July 2015

THE Suffolk National Sheep Sale at Shrewsbury saw strong demand with a 21,000gns top price paid for a ram lamb from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr pen, a son of the 90,000gns Ardlea Arbennig. He sold to Mary-Julia Cornish of Devon.

Charolais breeder re-elected as chairman of breed society

Darlington and Stockton Times: Steven Nesbitt of Winston has been re-elected chairman of the British Charolais Cattle Society.

2:52pm Thursday 30th July 2015

PEDIGREE Charolais breeder Steven Nesbitt, of Winston, near Darlington, has been re-elected chairman of the cattle breed society.

Registration needed for game birds, says Defra

2:46pm Thursday 30th July 2015

FARMERS and landowners who put down more than 50 game birds for a shoot must sign up to the Defra poultry register or risk breaching cross compliance requirements and significant financial penalties.

Interbreed champion at Great Yorkshire Show, Tweeddale Hawkeye, to be sold at Carlisle

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tweeddale Hawkeye – British Blue Champion and Interbreed Champion at this year's Great Yorkshire Show

2:44pm Thursday 30th July 2015

BIDDERS have the chance to buy the interbreed champion beef animal from this year's Great Yorkshire Show.

David Cameron promises to simplify farm inspection process

2:41pm Thursday 30th July 2015

PRIME Minister David Cameron promised to streamline the farm inspection process when he attended last week's Royal Welsh Show in Powys.

Top chef joins Middlesbrough College to help deliver top-class training

Darlington and Stockton Times: Top chef Frances Atkins joins the team at Middlesbrough College

2:38pm Thursday 30th July 2015

ONE of the UK’s top female chefs has joined forces with Middlesbrough College.

Added innovation to Roundhouse in the form of a straw spreader

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Roundhouse with the straw bedder

2:37pm Thursday 30th July 2015

A REVOLUTIONARY farm building has become even more innovative with the installation of an automated 2.5-tonne straw spreader.

Wensleydale Show to benefit from new sponsorship deal and trophy

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bob Dixon(left) chairman of Wensleydale Agricultural Show with Peter Collins of Lowes Financial Management sponsoring a new supreme cattle champion

7:03am Friday 17th July 2015

A dales agricultural show has been given a further financial sponsorship deal and a new trophy.

ADHB event offers advice on latest developments in soil health

Darlington and Stockton Times: David Blacker

2:49pm Thursday 16th July 2015

GROWERS heard about the latest developments at monitor farmer David Blacker’s holding near York at a meeting organised by AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds.

Earthmill expands renewable energy base into heat and power

Darlington and Stockton Times: Steve Milner in the Earthmill office

2:35pm Thursday 16th July 2015

EARTHMILL, the leading farm wind turbine company, has diversified into the rapidly growing combined heat and power (CHP) renewable energy market.

Drinking coffee can help your plants

2:32pm Thursday 16th July 2015

COSTA coffee shops nationwide have launched an initiative that allows customers to request used coffee grounds for use in their gardens as a natural plant fertiliser.

Standard Life acquires financial planning business

Darlington and Stockton Times: From left, managing director of 1825, Tim Johnson, who was previously managing director of Pearson Jones Plc, and his deputy, Peter Heckingbottom, who is deputy managing director and investment director of 1825

2:32pm Thursday 16th July 2015

A BISHOP Auckland-based financial planning business has taken on a new guise after being acquired by Standard Life.

North Yorkshire dairy farm beats 600 to win Promar award

Darlington and Stockton Times: Thomas Hildreth (left) receives the Milkminder Manager of the Year award from James Dunn, Promar managing director.

4:57pm Wednesday 15th July 2015

A NORTH Yorkshire dairy farm has beaten 600 others to win the 2015 Promar Milkminder Manager of the Year award.

BWMB hosts successful visit by Chinese delegation

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chinese delegates visit North of England Wools Grading Depot, Bradford

4:52pm Wednesday 15th July 2015

A VISIT by a Chinese delegation to see how the British wool industry operates at every level proved a success.

Kitsons Butchers, of Northallerton, win snap up reserve champion

Darlington and Stockton Times: Paul Baines with the July prime cattle reserve champion which was one of three acquisitions by Kitsons Butchers, Northallerton.

8:06am Friday 10th July 2015

KITSONS Butchers of Northallerton snapped up the reserve champion, plus two other top entries at Skipton mart’s July prime cattle show on Monday.

Bignall Group installs one of largest roof top solar panel arrays in UK

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rooftop view of the Bignall Group's solar photo-voltaic energy system

7:21am Friday 10th July 2015

A LEADING UK manufacturing and engineering group in County Durham has installed one of the largest roof top arrays of solar panels in the country.

Small farms offered chance to join The Prince's Dairy Initiative

7:18am Friday 10th July 2015

SMALL dairy farms in a part of North Yorkshire have the chance to join a scheme which offers free support and business advice.

Students at Askham Bryan College selected to study beef production

Darlington and Stockton Times: The photo shows (far right) Oliver White, Tour Co-ordinator and college research officer with (l-r) Oliver Inman of Wiggington, Sam Abel from near Bedale, Tom Elliott of  Tadcaster and Tom Parvin of Sessay in the college beef unit.

7:09am Friday 10th July 2015

A UNIQUE insight into all aspects of beef production is on the cards for four agriculture students from Askham Bryan College.

Riverford wins Observer's Ethical Product of the Decade

Darlington and Stockton Times: Peter Richardson of Riverford Home Farm.

2:24pm Thursday 9th July 2015

RIVERFORD, the organic veg box producer, has won the Ethical Product of the Decade title at the Observer Ethical Awards.

CLA describes budget as 'major blow' to rural family businesses

2:15pm Thursday 9th July 2015

THE Chancellor's budget has been described as a major blow to rural family businesses by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

Pearsons Farm Supplies celebrates tenth anniversary

Darlington and Stockton Times: Managing director Chris Pearson is pictured right on stage at Pearsons Farm Supplies’ 10th anniversary open day with guest speaker Gareth Wyn Jones far left.

2:15pm Thursday 9th July 2015

AN OPEN day to celebrate a firm's 10th anniversary proved a resounding success with about 1,000 people attending.

Dohertys delighted as six-month-old pup sells for best ever price at Skipton

Darlington and Stockton Times: Padraig Doherty, left, with his 1,850gns pup, Ann, joined by 15-year-old Shaun Procter, son of Cumbrian buyer, Trevor Procter

2:12pm Thursday 9th July 2015

THE pup pen stole the show at Skipton mart's Summer working sheepdog sale on Monday.

Concerned raised over postponed consultation on bovine TB

2:06pm Thursday 9th July 2015

FARMERS in Yorkshire and the North-East are calling for the area to be officially declared bovine TB free.

New MD at H&H Insurance Brokers

Darlington and Stockton Times: John Noone with some of his team at H&H Insurance Brokers

2:03pm Thursday 9th July 2015

JOHN Noone has been appointed managing director of Durham and Carlisle-based H&H Insurance Brokers (HHIB).

Growth leads to Sealpump Engineering increasing premises

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sue Kirk, of UK Steel Enterprise, helps Sealpump Engineering directors Stuart Brown, left, and Stephen Larkin move into the additional office and workshop space

1:57pm Thursday 9th July 2015

AN engineering company has taken on extra office and workshop space to accommodate a growing team as it heads for a £1.5m turnover in the next year.

Business briefs

1:47pm Thursday 9th July 2015

Clive Owen LLP, chartered accountants and business advisers, is holding a Top Tax Tips event at its Darlington office on Thursday, July 16.

Durham school pupils put through paces by MoD

Darlington and Stockton Times: Pictured at Greenfield Community College, Shildon, are (l-r) Lexi Cleasby, Christopher Lambert, Joseph Marshall, Shane Palmer, Sgt Martin Gibbons from the MOD, Charlotte Rowley, Naomi McKenna, Abbie Fieldson and Matthew Jones.

1:47pm Thursday 9th July 2015

MORE than 5,000 Durham school pupils took part in a series of career bootcamps this week with many put through their paces by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Defra plans to release data to transform food and farming

2:47pm Friday 3rd July 2015

A "GOLDMINE" of data is to be released by Defra to transform the world of food and farming.

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