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Surveyor wins award for flood work

Darlington and Stockton Times: Matthew Watson

4:59pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014

MATTHEW Watson, a rural surveyor at Savills York, has won a major award for his dedication and care when flooding hit 25 estate properties in Yorkshire.

Rockliffe Hall names new executive head chef for Orangery

Darlington and Stockton Times: Richard Allen, new executive head chef at Rockliffe Hall.

4:58pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014

CELEBRATED chef Richard Allen is joining the five-star Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, near Darlington.

Appeal to save 'damsons in distress'

Darlington and Stockton Times: Julia Medworth and one of the freshly planted  damson trees.

4:57pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014

THE North Yorkshire creators of the UK's first Damson Port have launched a campaign to save the fruit after crops shrank to dangerously low levels.

Correct practice will help prevent mastitis

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dr Pamela Ruegge from the University of Wisconsin.

4:57pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014

TRAINING and developing written procedures can have a significant impact on mastitis levels in cattle, says Dr Pamela Ruegg.

Advice on curbing outbreaks of preventable illnesses

4:54pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014

SOME predictions for the coming year may be in order. My first relates to sheep and specifically ewes which may be turned out onto, or lambing in pastures which have been grazed by hogs or weaned lambs this back end.

Craven mart's farmers of the year named

Darlington and Stockton Times: Anthony Hewetson, left, CCM chairman, congratulates 2014 Farmers of the Year Stephen, Tracey and Samantha Fawcett.

4:53pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014

STEPHEN and Tracey Fawcett, and daughter Samantha, 25, are Craven Cattle Marts’ Farmers of the Year for 2014.

TFA launches tenancies campaign

4:51pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014

THE Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) is launching a campaign which aims to more than double the average length of Farm Business Tenancies (FBTs).

Sheep farms reminded about new identification rules

4:50pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014

THE National Sheep Association (NSA) has reminded sheep farmers in all parts of the UK that new rules for sheep identification come in on New Year's Day.

February deadline for BVD grant applications

Darlington and Stockton Times: (14822815)

4:49pm Tuesday 23rd December 2014

FUNDING to help with the eradication of BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea) in suckler herds was one subject discussed at a beef seminar at Darlington Auction Mart.

Agreement should go further

4:47pm Thursday 18th December 2014

PLANS to deliver mobile phone coverage to 90 per cent of the country by 2017 do not go far enough, according to the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

Devenish Nutrition takes over specialist animal feeds business

3:40pm Thursday 18th December 2014

AN INDEPENDENT North Yorkshire-based animal nutrition business has been taken over.

New £4.4m truck stop opens at Exelby Services on the A1M

Darlington and Stockton Times: WORK DONE: Workers celebrates the opening of the Exelby services

3:37pm Thursday 18th December 2014

A NEW £4.4M truck stop and lorry park has been handed over to Exelby Services on the A1M.

Barrons, of Burnhope, sold top-price bull calf, Barrons Jell, for 4,800gns

Darlington and Stockton Times: Foxhillfarmfarm Infinity - Red Ladies 8,000gns champion

3:23pm Thursday 18th December 2014

FOXHILLFARM Infinity, a February 2013 born maiden heifer from the Alford's of Devon sold for the 8,000gns top price at the 2014 Red Ladies Derby at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, (Dec 12).

Extra bovine TB control measures proposed

3:05pm Thursday 18th December 2014

EXTRA measures to combat bovine TB in England have been confirmed by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss.

Strong line-up of speakers at crop conference

2:56pm Thursday 18th December 2014

THE 2015 NIAB TAG Outlook Conference takes place at the Holiday Inn at Scotch Corner on Wednesday, February 18.

Farm incomes likely to fall further in 2015

2:54pm Thursday 18th December 2014

FARM incomes are likely to fall further in 2015, according to a leading farm business consultancy.

Farmers find out how to help barn owls

2:52pm Thursday 18th December 2014

MORE than 140 farmers have attended five events organised by the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) to find out how they can help Barn Owls thrive on their farms.

Number of dairy farmers falls to all-time low

10:42am Wednesday 10th December 2014

THE number of dairy farmers in England and Wales has fallen to below 10,000 for the first time.

Record payments on first day of Single Payments Scheme

1:56pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

THE Rural Payments Agency paid out a record £1.37bn – 95 per cent – on the opening day of the English Single Payment Scheme (SPS) on December 1 – meeting its end of December target four weeks ahead of schedule.

Open day at S&A Merchants

Darlington and Stockton Times: Staff at the expanded S&S Merchants in Crook

9:04am Friday 5th December 2014

AN agricultural and builders merchant holds an open day on Thursday (11) after a huge expansion and refurbishment at its site in Crook.

Teesdale-bred prime bullock takes title

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Teesdale-bred 2014 Skipton Christmas prime beef supreme champion with (from left), Edward Fawcett, co-judge Joe Woolley, William and Carl Fawcett, co-judge and buyer James Robertshaw, and Jimmy Fawcett.

9:04am Friday 5th December 2014

A BARNARD Castle bred Limousin sired-bullock was male and supreme champion at Skipton mart's Christmas show and sale of prime cattle.

Large crowd at York mart's Christmas show

Darlington and Stockton Times: The supreme champion beast with (l-r) R Paul and David Jackson, James Stephenson and sponsors of the show and sale, plus judge Paul Nicholson and Great Yorkshire Show Director Bill Cowling.

9:04am Friday 5th December 2014

YORK Auction Centre’s Christmas Show & Sale attracted a crowd of more than 200 as auctioneer Edward Stephenson sold the supreme champion for 360p/kilo.

Two further dairy firms to cut farm gate milk prices

7:26am Friday 5th December 2014

TWO more dairy companies have announced cuts in their January farm gate milk prices.

Teenage pig breeder wins reserve overall champion at mart’s Christmas show

Darlington and Stockton Times: Louise Findlay with her 2014 Skipton Christmas prime pig reserve champions.

5:17pm Thursday 4th December 2014

UP and coming pig breeder Louise Findlay took the reserve overall championship at Skipton mart's annual Christmas primestock show and sale.

Seminar offers free update on policy

5:05pm Thursday 4th December 2014

A FREE update on the Common Agricultural Policy takes place at Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street, on Wednesday (10).

Farmers urged to be wary of telephone fraudsters

4:57pm Thursday 4th December 2014

FARMERS and landowners should be wary of fraudsters in the run up to Christmas.

DEFRA clears up CAP reform confusion

Darlington and Stockton Times: (13438991)

4:35pm Thursday 4th December 2014

CONTROVERSIAL elements of the new Common Agricultural Policy have been clarified by Defra ahead of its introduction in the New Year.

Kate Culverhouse is Woman of the Year

Darlington and Stockton Times: Kate Culverhouse, chief executive of Groundwork North-East & Cumbria

1:44pm Friday 28th November 2014

Kate Culverhouse, chief executive of Groundwork North East & Cumbria, was named Woman of the Year at the North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Razorblue struggles to fill posts because of skills shortage

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dan Kitchen, (left), technical director, and Chris Gill, commercial director.

1:42pm Friday 28th November 2014

Catterick-based IT company Razorblue has raised concerns about a lack of technical skills amongst young people in the region as it struggles to fill new jobs it has created.

'Business battleaxe' says SMEs should support each other

Darlington and Stockton Times: Amanda Vigar, the self styled business battle axe.

1:39pm Friday 28th November 2014

Amanda Vigar, the self-styled "Business Battleaxe" says SMEs should support each other by doing business locally. She was speaking in the build up to Small Business Saturday UK on December 6.

Eton Environmental launches legionella testing service

Darlington and Stockton Times: Christian Shaefer, managing director of Eton Environmental.

1:37pm Friday 28th November 2014

Darlington company Eton Environmental has launched a new service which detects water-based bacteria that can lead to the potentially legionaire's disease.

Duke of Gloucester opens new Subsea Innovation factory

Darlington and Stockton Times: DUKE VISIT: Technician Mark Henry, left, describes a J-Tube simulator to the Duke of Gloucester on his visit to Darlington's Subsea Innovation, watched by managing director Martin Moon and factory manager Tony Forster. Picture: ANDY LAMB (13462469)

1:37pm Friday 28th November 2014

Subsea Innovation's new 40,000 sq ft manufacturing plant in Darlington has been officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester.

Minister signs £190m Growth Deal for Tees Valley

Darlington and Stockton Times: (l-r): Front: Local Growth Minister Penny Mordaunt and Sandy Anderson,chairman of Tees Valley Unlimited. Back: James Wharton, MP for Stockton South; and borough council leaders Coun Bill Dixon, (Darlington); Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher, (Hartlepool); C

1:34pm Friday 28th November 2014

A £190m funding package to create up to 1,000 jobs, build up to 1,500 homes and strengthen transport in the Tees Valley has been signed by Local Growth Minister Penny Mordaunt

Asda packaging innovation boosts beef sales

1:22pm Friday 28th November 2014

Revolutionary new packaging has led to a boost in beef sales in Asda stores across the UK. Sales of roasting joints are up by 18 per cent.

RPA offers extra help with claims after single farm payment rule change

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:13pm Friday 28th November 2014

Thousands of farmers and food producers throughout England will receive a telephone call from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) as it aims to ensure that all those who want to claim payments in 2015 can do so.

ARLA cuts farm-gate milk price from December 1

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:52pm Friday 28th November 2014

ARLA is cutting 1.63p per litre off its farm gate milk price from December 1. Its 3,000 British farmer suppliers will receive 26.84ppl after the co-op said continuing challenging world markets meant it had no option.

6,000 guineas for top-price Charolais bull at Carlisle sale

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bassett  Icon the 6,000gns top price bull which found a new home in Teesdale.

12:43pm Friday 28th November 2014

THE 6,000gns top price bull at the Charolais breed society's final sale of the season at Carlisle on Friday (21) went to one of four successful buyers from Teesdale.

Semen-sexing technolgy reaches new level of accuracy

Darlington and Stockton Times: Cogent has recently invested in digital sperm sexing machines to replace its analogue machines.

12:39pm Friday 28th November 2014

SEMEN sexing has been taken to a new level of efficiency and accuracy thanks to an investment in the very latest sperm sorting technology by Cogent Breeding Ltd, the UK’s largest stud.

Growers advised on wheat options

Darlington and Stockton Times: Grain harvest 2006

10:20pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

THE downturn in the wheat price is causing misery for growers, amid fears that the cost of production will not be met on some farms. Two experts offer Wendy Short some suggestions on how savings might be made.

Specialist tankers are given relaunch

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bauer is now supplying its poly-tank slurry and biogas digestate spreaders direct in the UK and Ireland to establish close links with operators and ensure price competitiveness with other suppliers of high-spec spreaders.

10:17pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

BAUER is re-launching its high-specification tankers in Britain by supplying contractors and large farm operators direct at more favourable prices but with service and parts support still available nationwide through dealers.

Family farmers take the practical breeding option

Darlington and Stockton Times: Stephen and Tracey Graham with daughters Rachael (left) and Amy

10:11pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

WITH increasingly tight margins in suckler herds, breeding and management have come under close scrutiny on a north Cumbria beef unit.

New Holland reclaims its world record

10:07pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

NEW Holland Agriculture has reclaimed the Guinness World Record after harvesting almost 800 tonnes of wheat in eight hours on a farm in Lincolnshire.

New stage for fly grazing Bill

10:05pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

A MOVE to tighten the laws around the "fly-grazing" of horses in England has taken a step forward.

Another bumper year for Countryside Live

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Northern Show Cross Junior Relay Team champions: (l-r) Shauna Carman on Dude; Georgina Garnett on Gloria; and Rachel Proudley on Painted Lady.

10:03pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

BRIGHT sunshine drew the crowds to Countryside Live in Harrogate at the weekend.

Focusing on goats was smart plan at right time

Darlington and Stockton Times: Angus Wielkopolski

9:45pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

GOAT dairy farmers gathered near Skipton for the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) goat open day hosted by the Ormerod family. Neil Ryder went along.

Meeting will focus on pig production

9:41pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

BREEDING cereals specifically for pig production will be the focus of a meeting at Newcastle University'sCocklepark Farm in November.

Duel use is set to stay unchanged

9:39pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

FARMERS and landowners in England with Environmental Stewardship agreements will be able to maintain their existing dual use arrangements in 2015.

Donation to be used for water aids

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chris Addison, CLA Cumbria county chairman, with Lynn Healey, business manager for the Calvert Trust.

9:39pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

A donation from the CLA Charitable Trust is helping to buoy a Cumbria-based charity.

Bull price cause for celebration for sellers

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tree Bridge Presley N422 from Middlesbrough-based David and Penny Evans, sold for 5500gns at United Auctions, Stirling.

9:35pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

DAVID and Penny Evans of Tree Bridge Aberdeen-Angus, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, celebrated a sale of 5500gns for their prize winning Aberdeen-Angus bull, at the society’s official autumn sale at Stirling.

Addressing the issues of farming

9:30pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

THE first of a series of meeting for upland farmers took place at Hexham Mart on Wednesday (OCT 29) .

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