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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) .

High winds are a boon

9:53pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

THE tail end of ex-hurricane Gonzalo saw UK wind turbines generated more power than the countries nine nuclear power plants.

Beef Shorthorn are Morrisons' priority

9:51pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

MORRISONS needs more Beef Shorthorn sired cattle for its Traditional Beef Scheme.

Compliance on CAP reform 'greening' rules will be straightforward

Darlington and Stockton Times: Brendan O'Connor from the Farm Advice Service

11:22am Monday 10th November 2014

PRODUCERS have been assured that compliance with many of the new greening rules linked to CAP reform would be “fairly straightforward”. They also received advice on how to avoid payment penalties, when claiming under the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

Politicians meet NFU for pre-General Election talks

Darlington and Stockton Times: (L-R) Martin Lowcock, Robert Campbell, Paul Brannen MEP, Mike Wilkinson, Louise Baldock, William Maughan.                                (12351631)

11:08am Monday 10th November 2014

Stockton South Labour candidate Louise Baldock and North East Labour MEP Paul Brannen met farmers to discuss their concerns and the NFU's general election manifesto.

First Milk cuts price it pays for milk

11:02am Monday 10th November 2014

FIRST Milk has announced further cuts to the price it pays for its milk from December 1 but Dairy Crest holds price for December.

Government launches new plan to protect pollinators

11:02am Monday 10th November 2014

THE Government has launched a new strategy to support bees and other pollinators which includes a new Countryside Stewardship Scheme offering payments for measures farmers and landowners take to protect pollinators and farm wildlife.

UK's finest cattle compete at Borderway Agri-Expo

Darlington and Stockton Times: Michael Cowen (left), H&H non-executive director, with the Duke of Westminster.

10:59am Monday 10th November 2014

MORE than 12,000 people flocked to Borderway Agri-Expo at Carlisle to see some of the UK's finest cattle compete.

Contract success for York Handmade Brick

Darlington and Stockton Times: Carmelite House for which York Handmade supplied 70,000 specially created bricks.

10:39am Monday 10th November 2014

THE award-winning York Handmade Brick Company has completed a £100,000 contract and supplied 70,000 bricks for the former headquarters of the Daily Mail on London's Victoria Embankment.

Grain dryer firm Allmet teams up with Tornum AB in Anglo-Swedish deal

Darlington and Stockton Times: (l-r): Carl-Otto Knopp, Tornum business development  manager and Per Larsson, managing director, welcome Allmet directors Charles and James White to their factory in Kvanum in Sweden.

10:33am Monday 10th November 2014

NORTH Yorkshire grain dryer manufacturer Allmet has formed a business alliance with one of Europe's largest companies in the field, Tornum AB of Sweden.

Bishop Burton students work on drone technology

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ways of reducing piglet mortality are being researched by students at Bishop Burton College.

4:32pm Thursday 6th November 2014

AGRICULTURAL students are working alongside experts on a project to assess the potential of drone technology in farming.

North farming meet next week

4:25pm Wednesday 5th November 2014

THE Northern Farming Conference takes place at Hexham mart on Wednesday (12th).

Ceremony celebrates Yorkshire craftsmanship

Darlington and Stockton Times: (l-r) Joel Garner, York Minster bricklayer and merit  award winner, with Guy Armitage, director of York Handmade Brick Company.

5:30pm Monday 3rd November 2014

CRAFTSMEN and women involved in restoration work in York and North Yorkshire have been honoured at an annual awards ceremony.

Tasty! A new cheese soup from Wensleydale

Darlington and Stockton Times: The first of a new range of  soups from Yorkshire Provender and The Wensleydale Creamery

5:27pm Monday 3rd November 2014

WENSLEYDALE Creamery and Yorkshire Provender have joined forces ona new product range

Price of prime land tops £10,000 an acre

5:23pm Monday 3rd November 2014

THE average price of prime arable land in the North of England has risen to more than £10,000 an acre with the best sometimes going for more than £16,000.

New jobs on the way at Olivia's Artisan Bakery

Darlington and Stockton Times: SUCCESSFUL RECIPE: (l - r) Rick McCordall with NEL Fund Managers' Jane Siddle, and Colin Coates from the Business Investors Group Syndicate

5:23pm Monday 3rd November 2014

OLIVIA'S Artisan Bakery and Cafe in Darlington aims to create more than 40 jobs after receiving significant financial support. It will move to a new production site.

Animal feed producer William Thompson sold to new owner

Darlington and Stockton Times: Pictured from left to right are William Thompson’s (York) managing director Andrew Richardson; Harrowells Solicitors corporate finance partner Philip Lewis-Ogden; JWPCreers corporate finance associate Katy Booth; William Thompson’s (York) Ltd

5:19pm Monday 3rd November 2014

WILLIAM Thompson (York) Ltd, one of of the largest animal feed producers in Yorkshire and the North-East has been acquired in a major deal.

Engineering firm Nortech Group creates new division in expansion

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ian Basford, director of Nortech Management & Consultancy Services.

11:28am Monday 3rd November 2014

THE Nortech Group, the award-winning engineering design and project company, has created a new division and appointed Ian Basford as director.

UKTI Export Week events to provide company advice

11:25am Monday 3rd November 2014

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is holding its sixth Export Week for North East firms.

Society’s prize-winner sells for 5,500 gns

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

11:07am Monday 3rd 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.

Hurricane helps power turbines to new record

11:05am Monday 3rd November 2014

THE tail end of ex-hurricane Gonzalo saw UK wind turbines generated more power than the countries nine nuclear power plants.

Owner’s hat-trick at Skipton's autumn dog sale

Darlington and Stockton Times: Shaun Richards and Queen, his 4,050gns sale topper.

11:05am Monday 3rd November 2014

SHAUN Richards achieved a hat-trick when selling his three year-old tri-coloured bitch Queen for a sale-topping 4,050gns (£4,252.50) at Skipton mart's autumn sale of working dogs.

Growers to check autumn cover crops after changes

Darlington and Stockton Times: POTENTIAL BENEFITS: John Charlton with the cover crop plot

11:01am Monday 3rd November 2014

CHANGES to CAP reform rules next year are likely to see growers look more closely at the potential benefits of autumn cover crops.

Government to give information on support for new farmers

10:59am Monday 3rd November 2014

FARMERS are to receive more information about how the new CAP Reforms will be implemented in England.

Speaker line-up unveiled for beef health seminars

10:59am Monday 3rd November 2014

SAC Consulting will hold three beef health seminars across the region in December.

Keep your lambs healthier

10:54am Monday 3rd November 2014

CAREFUL management of the switch from autumn grazing to indoor finishing of store lambs is critical when farmers are aiming to minimise digestive disorders and avoid stagnant growth periods.

D&S Services predict record turnover after helideck contract

Darlington and Stockton Times: SAFETY FIRST: Pictured on the helideck are, from left to right, Steve Hadwin, offshore industrial fire tutor, Paul Hutchinson, D&S Construction Services' project manager, and Chris Brown, technical services manager

11:32am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A FABRICATION and engineering firm is predicting a record turnover for 2014 thanks to a high profile contract win.

Clive Owen & Co celebrates grant funding successes

Darlington and Stockton Times: FUND SUPPORT: Neville Baldry, Clive Owen’s grants partner

11:32am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A FIRM of accountants and business advisers are celebrating after securing more than £110m of grant funding for clients.

Northumbrian Water lands £22m Gibraltar deal

11:28am Tuesday 28th October 2014

NORTHUMBRIAN Water has won a £22m joint venture contract to design, build, finance and operate a new waste water treatment works in Gibraltar.

TV's George Clarke tops Entrepreneurs Forum conference line-up

11:28am Tuesday 28th October 2014

TV designer George Clarke is one of the speakers at the North East Entrepreneurs' Forum's annual business conference, Fortune Favours the Brave, in November.

Geoffrey Benson & Son reopens after refurbishment

Darlington and Stockton Times: Owner Martin Benson with his dog, Poppy.

11:25am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A FAMOUS store beside the A59 at Green Hammerton has re-opened after a £250,000 refurbishment.

Seminar to help farmers deal with succession issues

Darlington and Stockton Times: Anne Elliott, Agricultural Partner at Latimer Hinks.

11:17am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A FREE seminar intends to help farmers map out succession issues relevant to the future of the family farm.

Bauer puts new farm tankers on show

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.

11:13am Tuesday 28th October 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.

Loss of plant protection could hit farm profits and cost 44,000 jobs

11:06am Tuesday 28th October 2014

THE loss of plant protection products could cost 44,000 UK jobs and see UK farmers profits drop by £1.73bn - 36 per cent down on current levels.

Tractor speed limit increase approved

11:03am Tuesday 28th October 2014

THE Government’s announcement to increase the maximum speed limit for conventional tractors from next March has been welcomed by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

Limousin champion bull sold for 27,000gns

Darlington and Stockton Times: Loosebeare Iain, the 27,000gns top price and supreme champion bull

11:02am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A TOP price of 27,000gns was paid at the British Limousin Cattle Society's autumn sale of bulls at Borderway Mart, Carlisle (Oct 18).

Farmers' unease over milk pricing taken to Parliament

10:59am Tuesday 28th October 2014

DAVID Handley, leader of Farmers For Action (FFA), was due to address a cross party group of MPs in the House of Commons on Wednesday, October 22, where he put the plight of dairy farmers receiving farm gate prices below the cost of production.

Butcher has bottled up his thanks to customers

Darlington and Stockton Times: Stephen Knox (left)  and  son James.

12:39pm Friday 17th October 2014

A LEADING catering butcher is celebrating its tenth anniversary by teaming up with a local brewery.

Yorkshire communities urged to set up enterprises

12:37pm Friday 17th October 2014

AN initiative has been launched to encourage Yorkshire communities to run their own community shops, pubs and cafes.

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