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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.

Fodder – ‘celebrating the best of Yorkshire’

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:38pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

FODDER, the awardwinning farm shop and cafe next to the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate, has celebrated its fifth anniversary.

Flagship event’s records broken

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:06pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

THE 156th Great Yorkshire Show has attracted record numbers of cattle and sheep entries.

Regional trophy winners named

2:54pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

EXCELLENCE in farming and commitment to integrating conservation with commercial agriculture is celebrated with the announcement of the regional winners of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s 2014 Tye Trophy Awards.

TB threat warning

12:39pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

THE major source of bovine TB in cattle is still infected stock brought onto a farm, a conference was told.

Cull criticised after fall in TB

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:15pm Friday 20th June 2014

THE Government faced renewed criticism of its controversial badger cull as figures showed new tuberculosis outbreaks in cattle had reached a decade low.

Apply for uplands scheme

3:13pm Friday 20th June 2014

UPLAND farmers only have until the end of July to apply for Uplands Entry Level Stewardship (UELS) before the scheme comes to an end.

Sell-out event celebrates regional business growth

3:02pm Friday 20th June 2014

TEES Valley business leaders were urged to turn aspirations into expectations at last week’s Big Up Tees Valley event.

New plan to meet rules on greening

2:44pm Friday 13th June 2014

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Owen Paterson has announced how Defra will implement new CAP greening requirements.

Cautious response from farmers to EFA proposals

2:43pm Friday 13th June 2014

FARMING organisations largely welcomed the Government’s announcement on Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) – although they also had concerns.

Anniversary showroom is declared open for business

Darlington and Stockton Times: OFFICIAL OPENING: From left, Justin Bartlett, Adam Lofthouse and Anne McIntosh MP

2:14pm Friday 13th June 2014

MP ANNE McIntosh has officially opened a new £200,000 showroom and extension at furniture and kitchen manufacturer Treske.

Award-winning farm shop marks its fifth anniversary

2:10pm Friday 13th June 2014

FODDER, the award-winning farm shop and cafe next to the Great Yorkshire showground in Harrogate, celebrates its fifth anniversary next week.

Expansion plans for county chemical firm

12:35pm Friday 6th June 2014

ONE of the Tees Valley’s fastest- growing chemical companies is doubling the size of its Billingham plant as part of a £6m expansion programme.

Victory sweet after 27 years of effort

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNERS: Paul Hallam, left, of Derbyshire, with his home-bred supreme champion, and Paul Chester, showing Arthur Slack’s reserve supreme champion

12:32pm Friday 6th June 2014

PAUL Hallam’s annual pilgrimage to compete at the famous Tan Hill Swaledale Sheep Show has finally paid off.

Diagnostic technology will speed up TB detection rate

12:28pm Friday 6th June 2014

A TEESSIDE technology centre is at the heart of a £1.1 million project to speed up the detection of bovine TB.

Strong field set for sheep show

11:35am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

THOUSANDS of sheep farmers from Scotland and the North of England will attend NSA Scotsheep on June 4.

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