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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

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

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.

Five dairy farmers from Yorkshire Dales meet Prince Charles

Darlington and Stockton Times: Five dairy farmers from Yorkshire Dales meet Prince Charles

8:02am Friday 13th February 2015

FIVE dairy farmers from the Yorkshire Dales met the Prince of Wales at his home in Highgrove, Gloucestershire, last week.

NIAB's 30th anniversary crop event at Scotch Corner sells out

8:01am Friday 13th February 2015

THE 30th anniversary NIAB TAG Outlook Conference at Scotch Corner on Wednesday of next week is a sell out.

Sound Training's reading project wins praise after US success

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sound Training's reading project wins praise after US success

2:21pm Thursday 12th February 2015

A FAST-GROWING business has broken into the Welsh market just days after its unique teaching programme was hailed a success in San Francisco.

Senterprise herd of Housemans produced champion at Skipton mart

Darlington and Stockton Times: Senterprise herd of Housemans produced champion at Skipton mart

2:16pm Thursday 12th February 2015

THE Senterprise pedigree dairy herd of father and son farmers Fred and Mark Houseman of Church Farm Enterprises, Burton Leonard, produced the first prize newly calven heifer and show champion at Skipton mart’s opening February Craven Dairy Auction.

News briefs

2:08pm Thursday 12th February 2015

ALMOST 70 farmers braved heavy snow to attend a Farmers Forum held by Rishi Sunak, prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Richmond, at Northallerton Auction Mart.

North East MEP raises low milk price in EU parliament

Darlington and Stockton Times: North East MEP raises low milk price in EU parliament

2:08pm Thursday 12th February 2015

THE plight of North-East dairy farmers has been raised in the European Parliament.

Eaglescliffe company wins EU grant for electric vehicle breakthrough

5:31pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

A N EAGLESCLIFFE manufacturer has received EU funding to break new ground in the Electric Vehicles (EV) charger market .

Tractor speed limit to be raised

4:37pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

NEW regulations to increase the weight and speed limits of tractors and trailers will take effect from March 9th.

Grassland meeting

1:40pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

FARMERS in the Skipton area are invited to a meeting on some of the key issues facing grassland farmers.

Quiz candidates

12:23pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

CUMBRIAN farmers and landowners are being given the opportunity to quiz some of their local parliamentary candidates on key rural issues.

Search on for best shepherd or shepherdess

Darlington and Stockton Times: Josh Ryder, the 2013 North Young Shepherd of the Year

10:50am Tuesday 10th February 2015

NORTH Sheep 2015 will include the search for the North's best young shepherd or shepherdess.

Dairy farmers face more price cuts

2:06pm Monday 9th February 2015

MULLER UK has announced a 1.75 pence per litre cut to its standard milk price to farmers from March 5.

Charles Clinkard announces £3m development

5:38pm Friday 6th February 2015

CHARLES Clinkard, the family owned footwear retailer, is to open a new £3m head office in Middlesbrough.

New disputes solicitor at Thirsk firm

2:36pm Friday 6th February 2015

A NEW dispute resolution lawyer specialising in agriculture has joined North Yorkshire law firm Harrowells Solicitors as a partner.

Northumberland company helps to develop products for sub-zero temperatures

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tim Burgess with one of the HA master links

8:02am Friday 6th February 2015

A NORTHUMBERLAND company has teamed up with one of the world's leading chain component manufacturers to develop a range of products capable of withstanding temperatures down to minus 40C.

Contractors named for Yarm School's £3m investment

Darlington and Stockton Times: The stunning new boat house to be built for Yarm School

8:02am Friday 6th February 2015

YARM School has appointed contractors to carry out its £3m investment in new sporting facilities.

Enrolment sees rise in payroll portfolio

3:00pm Thursday 5th February 2015

THE introduction of auto-enrolment legislation has seen a rapid expansion in the payroll portfolio of Garbutt & Elliott, accountants and business advisers.

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