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Arla milk price rise welcomed by NFU

3:49pm Thursday 26th March 2015

ARLA has announced that it will increase the price it pays to its UK members by 0.83ppl from March 30.

NFU meetings to brief farmers on Basic Payment Scheme process

2:53pm Thursday 26th March 2015

The NFU in the North-East is to hold a series of essential briefings for farmers across the region to update them on the latest developments affecting the application process for the new Basic Payment Scheme.

News briefs

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chris Fawcett outside the Broadacres head office in Northallerton

3:33pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

BROADACRES has appointed Chris Fawcett as its new business support director.

Free meeting on managing soil and water in Leven catchment

7:01am Friday 20th March 2015

FARMERS in the Leven Catchment can learn about the benefits of managing their soils and water to benefit their business at a free event being held by the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) and Tees Rivers Trust (TRT).

CLA backs call to to increase efforts to deter fly-tippers

2:26pm Thursday 19th March 2015

CLA backs call for tougher stance on fly-tipping

Mole Valley Farmers appoints head of feeds

Darlington and Stockton Times: Alan Callaghan

2:26pm Thursday 19th March 2015

MOLE Valley Farmers has appointed Alan Callaghan as Head of Feeds North to help farmers in the north of England and Scotland benefit from the services and support available from the farmer-owned business.

Browns win for second month as Skipton Auction Mart

Darlington and Stockton Times: March prime lamb champions at Skipton with vendor Martin Brown, second from left, assisted by judge Chris Staines, centre, and fellow helpers, from left, David Mapplethorpe, David Findlay and Steve Dorey

2:19pm Thursday 19th March 2015

Brown back-to-back Beltex title win at Skipton

NFU welcomes Chancellor's decision to average incomes over five years

2:03pm Thursday 19th March 2015

Budget 2015 – NFU response

The Singing Farmers to do final set of concerts

Darlington and Stockton Times: Back row, from left, Tony Richardson, Phillip Holden, Charles Marwood, Lloyd Lockwood; front row, from left, Ken Jackson, Chris Berry

7:02am Friday 13th March 2015

THE Singing Farmers have raised more than £100,000 for charity and attract sell-out audiences throughout Yorkshire but there are set to be just six more as concerts organiser/singer Chris Berry explains.

Palmers, of Malton, to launch Deliciously Delightful bread dippers

Darlington and Stockton Times: Deliciously Delightful bread dippers

5:46pm Thursday 12th March 2015

A NORTH Yorkshire artisan producer of an award-winning rapeseed oil has chosen the fifth Farm Shop and Deli Show, at the NEC in Birmingham, from April 20 to 22, to launch its latest venture.

Mole Valley Farmers reports solid trading year

5:42pm Thursday 12th March 2015

MOLE Valley Farmers, the farmer owned business, has reported solid trading for the year ending September 30, 2014.

Site approved for £10m engineering centre

5:41pm Thursday 12th March 2015

A £10M engineering centre of excellence is expected to open next year after bosses reached a decision on its location.

Fodder in partnership with Dales Dairies to pay farmers 32ppl for milk

Darlington and Stockton Times: from left, Heather Parry, managing director of Fodder, David Oversby, managing director of Dales Dairies, and farmer Mark Smith holding Iris, a Holstein Friesian, following the announcement of the price initiative for Yorkshire dairy farmers

5:33pm Thursday 12th March 2015

FODDER, the award-winning shop and café at the Great Yorkshire Showground is blazing a trail in support of Yorkshire dairy farmers. The move will see their farmer suppliers receive a significant increase on the price paid for their milk.

NFU joins forces with The Kennel Club to launch new footpath signs to protect animals

5:11pm Thursday 12th March 2015

THE NFU has joined forces with The Kennel Club to make countryside dog walks safer and more stress free for both pet dogs and farm animals, by creating new footpath signs which encourage responsible dog ownership.

NFU urges government to implement bovine TB plan in full

5:02pm Thursday 12th March 2015

THE small decline in the number of new herds affected by bovine TB in 2014 is not good enough and reinforces the need to implement the Government’s TB eradication strategy for England in full so the disease can be wiped out as quickly as possible, the NFU said today.

Beef Expo 2015 to focus on consumer

12:40pm Friday 6th March 2015

HELPING farmers and processors to boost their bottom line by getting to grips with the changing lifestyles of modern consumers, will be a key element of this year’s National Beef Association (NBA) Beef Expo at York auction centre on May 21.

Tenanted farms under threat from environmental stewardship

7:01am Friday 6th March 2015

THE single-focus nature of environmental stewardship schemes means the traditional role of tenanted farms in upland areas is gradually being dismantled and the future for young sheep farmers jeopardised, says the National Sheep Association (NSA) and Tenant Farmers Association (TFA).

Apprentice training centre in Darlington to be opened by MP

Darlington and Stockton Times: Apprentice Bradley Wright, 23, at the re-developed Thermal Insulation Contractors Association (TICA) training facility on Yarm Road Business Park, Darlington

1:59pm Thursday 5th March 2015

By Ian Lamming

Import of US eggs could put UK poultry industry at risk

1:46pm Thursday 5th March 2015

BRITISH poultry producers must not be left at a competitive disadvantage by lower standard imports, the NFU told delegates at a meeting in the European Parliament.

Shannas Illusion awarded overall championship at British Limousin Cattle Society show

Darlington and Stockton Times: Shannas Illusion 7,000gns

1:37pm Thursday 5th March 2015

SHANNAS Illusion from John and Margaret Penny, of Shannas, Mintlaw, Peterhead, sold for 7,000gns, and led a strong Limousin trade at the British Limousin Cattle Society Sale held at Thainstone, Inverurie on February 25. The sale was within the Aberdeen and Northern Marts Royal Northern Spring Show and Multibreed Sale of pedigree cattle.

Symbiosys Consulting expands into bigger Teesside premises

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rob Laverick of Symbiosys with UK Steel Enterprise’s Sarah Thorpe at the consultancy’s new offices in the Innovation Centre.

7:32am Friday 27th February 2015

AN INTERNATIONAL software consultancy that chose Teesside as its UK base has moved into bigger offices to prepare for further expansion.

Bog plant toxic to sheep is spreading across uplands

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bog asphodel is a threat to sheep – Picture: Roger Darlington

7:02am Friday 27th February 2015

A PLANT which is lethal to sheep is spreading across the uplands of the North of England.

I'Anson Brothers Ltd appoint technical sales manager

Darlington and Stockton Times: Philip Stockill (left) will report to Sarah I’Anson

7:02am Friday 27th February 2015

I'ANSON Brothers Ltd, the leading family-owned farm feeds businesses of Masham, has appointed a technical sales manager.

Ensus bioethanol plant on Teesside shuts down for fourth time

7:01am Friday 27th February 2015

THE £250m Ensus bioethanol plant on Teesside has temporarily shut down for the fourth time.

Elizabeth Truss outlines long-term economic plan for farming

7:01am Friday 27th February 2015

A LONG-TERM economic plan to ensure the food and farming sector continues to grow and create jobs has been unveiled by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss.

FIT-Infrared, of Shildon, to expand presence in China

Darlington and Stockton Times: Willem van Hoorn (left) with Don McGee (right).

2:28pm Thursday 26th February 2015

A FAMILY-RUN engineering firm is looking to expand its presence in China after linking up with export sales specialists Fast Track China (UK) Ltd.

News briefs

2:24pm Thursday 26th February 2015

BARKER and Stonehouse is holding a clearance sale of more than £1 million worth of stock from its Cannon Park store in Middlesbrough from Saturday (28) to prepare for its relocation to the new £4.5m store on Teesside Retail Park, which baking legend Mary Berry will officially open on Saturday, March 28.

Cummins to start production of bus engine in Darlington

2:22pm Thursday 26th February 2015

CUMMINS is to start manufacturing low engine bus engines is Darlington after deciding to bring production back from China.

Earthmill, the Wetherby-based wind turbine specialist, wins top award

Darlington and Stockton Times: (l-r): Ed Kenny-Levick, Endurance Wind Power; Steve Milner, Earthmill;and  Jamie Edgar, Endurance Wind Power

2:21pm Thursday 26th February 2015

EARTHMILL, the Wetherby-based wind turbine specialist, has been awarded a top industry award for 2014 – a year when it installed 66 farm-scale turbines up and down the country, from Aberdeenshire to Cornwall.

Members of Easingwold Young Farmers' Club head to France on a study trip

Darlington and Stockton Times: Young farmers who went on the French study trip

1:58pm Thursday 26th February 2015

FOUR members of Easingwold Young Farmers Club ventured across the channel for an insight into the world of agricultural machinery.

Smaller markets help boost beef exports

4:06pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

DEMAND from smaller markets helped drive a six per cent growth in the volume of UK beef exports in 2014, according to Eblex.

Four point plan to boost food and farming

2:57pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

A LONG-TERM economic plan to ensure the food and farming sector continues to grow and create jobs has been unveiled by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss.

NFU President's plea over bovine TB strategy

2:53pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

POLITICIANS were urged not to make controversial badger culling a party political issue in the general election campaign.

Politicians told food and farming are key electoral issues

2:49pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

NFU President Meurig Raymond opened the NFU's national conference on Tuesday by declaring the forthcoming election as "one of the most important we have ever faced".

New grazing group

4:03pm Monday 23rd February 2015

NORTHUMBRIAN beef and sheep farmers are invited to the launch of a new grazing discussion group which will be supported by Eblex.

Grain shipment is one of largest to leave UK

Darlington and Stockton Times: A view from the Bridge as the giant cargo ship was being loaded

7:02am Friday 20th February 2015

ONE of the largest shipments of grain to ever leave the UK has been loaded at the Port of Tyne.

Landowners could be missing out on pylon compensation

Darlington and Stockton Times: Robert Moore of GFW

7:02am Friday 20th February 2015

LANDOWNERS could be due thousands of pounds in pylon damage and disturbance compensation without realising it.

Charolais cattle bidding peaks at 18,000gns at Stirling sale

Darlington and Stockton Times: Alsnow Imperial sold for 12,000 gns

7:02am Friday 20th February 2015

North East Charolais breeders were in the money in Stirling on Tuesday (17) at the breed’s official spring sale.

Training company expands into new premises

Darlington and Stockton Times: Georgina Selmi from BePro

2:49pm Thursday 19th February 2015

A NEWLY launched training company has already expanded into new premises thanks to demand for its services.

Clive Owen to help firms with company reporting shake-up

2:43pm Thursday 19th February 2015

BUSINESS advisers from Clive Owen will help companies deal with the biggest shake up in company reporting for years at a free event next month.

Dan chosen as Redcar & Cleveland Council's apprentice of year

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dan Johnson, winner of the Geoff Waterfield Trophy for Outstanding Apprentice of the Year pictured with Elsa Weatherhead, of Sign Art, and Peter Taylor of UK Steel Enterprise.

2:40pm Thursday 19th February 2015

DAN Johnson’s decision to choose an apprenticeship over university not only led to a full-time job that he loves but has also won him the title of Outstanding Apprentice of the Year.

Businesswoman to join forum

Darlington and Stockton Times: Yvonne Bell

2:24pm Thursday 19th February 2015

A business woman who has built upon a family legacy lasting four generations has joined the board of the North East Entrepreneur's Forum.

Subsea engineering firm opens new factory in Brazil

Darlington and Stockton Times: TEAM: Pictured from left to right are finance director Paul Langley; Charles Tighe, managing director; Richard Knowles, technical director; and David Pickles, operations director

2:22pm Thursday 19th February 2015

A THRIVING subsea engineering firm is to open a new overseas operation after doubling its turnover and investing £1.5m in new machinery and additional manufacturing space.

North East Entrepreneurs Forum holds spring event

Darlington and Stockton Times: Former BBC foreign correspondent  Alex Brodie, who now runs Hawkshead Brewery in the Lake District.

2:20pm Thursday 19th February 2015

THE North East Entrepreneurs Forum has a packed programme of inspiring speakers and events lined up for Spring.

First Milk introduces new pricing system

2:12pm Thursday 19th February 2015

FIRST Milk is to introduce a new A and B pricing system for all of its producers from April 1.

Free event on precision farming

2:04pm Thursday 19th February 2015

TWO free events have been organised by Catchment Sensitive Farming to help farmers reduce operating costs, increase productivity and reduce their impact upon the environment.

XL vet consortiums win Government contracts

2:01pm Thursday 19th February 2015

FIVE independent companies – each owned and managed by separate consortiums of farm veterinary practices – have won the contracts to deliver Government veterinary work, including TB testing, in England on behalf of the Animal & Plant Health Association (APHA).

Park Farm Jess wins Skipton's opening sheepdog sale

Darlington and Stockton Times: John Bell and Park Farm Jess who sold for 4,500gns

1:56pm Thursday 19th February 2015

NORTH Yorkshire’s John Bell notched up another top price at Skipton Auction Mart’s 2015 opening working sheep dogs sale with an outstanding young black and white bitch with impeccable breeding credentials that sold for 4,500gns (£4,725).

News briefs

1:51pm Thursday 19th February 2015

THREE staff from Green’s Farm Supplies of Thirsk have been awarded Gold Status by AMTRA, the national animal medicine authority. Mike Foster, Anna Butler and Hayley Wood are now senior animal health advisors for the company.

Oversupply hits potato growers

Darlington and Stockton Times: Fiona Fell, chairman of the Potato Council

2:56pm Tuesday 17th February 2015

TWO years of over production are causing "great pain" for potato growers, according to Fiona Fell, chairman of the Potato Council.

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