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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.

Deadline looms for course

12:41pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

ASPIRING dairy farmers only have a short time left to apply for a new business training programme at Newton Rigg College, Penrith.

Chris finds miscanthus a smart lifestyle choice

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:28pm Monday 4th August 2014

AN East Yorkshire arable farmer has boosted business after swapping combinable crops for miscanthus on half his land.

‘Start planning now for the new greening rules’

4:16pm Monday 4th August 2014

ADVISERS from the Yorkshire Farming and Wildlife Partnership (YFWP) are between them celebrating more than 50 years of working with the county’s farmers and landowners.

Food security is high on minister’s agenda

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:10pm Monday 4th August 2014

ELIZABETH Truss, the new Environment Secretary, is no stranger to agriculture and rural issues.

Bringing ‘farm chaos’ to book

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:07pm Monday 4th August 2014

LENDING an ear is as important as lending a hand for farm book-keeper Siobhan Stainton.

Rural economy appears to show recovery signs

12:49pm Friday 1st August 2014

AN UPBEAT picture of the region’s rural economy has been painted by a quarterly business survey.

Award winner has cheese ‘in his veins’

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:44pm Friday 1st August 2014

A CHEESE industry veteran who is said to have Yorkshire Wensleydale running through his veins has been honoured.

New head of cattle society aims to promote breed performance

12:39pm Friday 1st August 2014

STEVEN Nesbitt has been elected chairman of the British Charolais Cattle Society.

Vets give backing for second year pilot badger cull

12:36pm Friday 1st August 2014

THE British Veterinary Association (BVA) has given its support to the second year of the controversial pilot badger culls in England.

Farmers encouraged to tag flocks or face lower prices

12:34pm Friday 1st August 2014

SHEEP farmers have been urged to electronically tag their “historic” flock before January 2015 or risk lower prices.

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.

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