Gone to seed: special training given by firm

Darlington and Stockton Times: SHOW: Bayer’s Dr John Cook with Askham Bryan students, from the left, Kieran Hammond, Matt Higgins, Adam Nelson and Dan Horn

3:16pm Friday 11th April 2014

ASKHAM Bryan College students recently benefited from agronomy training from Bayer CropScience experts.

Society ploughing back more than £100,000 in scheme

3:15pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) is returning more than £100,000 to its members in two breed improvement incentives.

Potato Council chairmanship for Fiona Fell

Darlington and Stockton Times: Fiona Bell

3:14pm Friday 11th April 2014

FIONA FELL has been appointed to the board of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) with immediate effect.

Sisters claim top two places

Darlington and Stockton Times: COMPETITION: From left, judge Julie Sedgewick, champion Nicola Chapplehow and reserve champion Angela Chapplehow

3:12pm Friday 11th April 2014

SISTERS Nicola and Angela Chapplehow took the top honours in the sixth annual Young Farmers over-wintered calf competition held by Hexham and Northern Marts.

Skills shortfall fears in land and environmental sectors

3:12pm Friday 11th April 2014

ALMOST 600,000 new recruits will be needed by 2020 to avoid a skills shortage in the land and environmental sectors.

Freeze in the levy rates wins approval from UK ministers

3:11pm Friday 11th April 2014

AN Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) proposal to freeze levy rates for the second year running has been approved by UK Ministers.

Working together can help make the most of growth in the dairy sector

3:11pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE agriculture industry must work together to take full advantage of the growth in demand in the dairy sector.

Couple to celebrate running farm supplier for ten years

3:11pm Friday 11th April 2014

A COUPLE who have transformed and expanded a farm and animal supplies firm are celebrating running it for a decade.

Farmers may get discount on borrowing

Darlington and Stockton Times: AGENT: Alistair Cochrane, of Strutt & Parker

3:10pm Friday 11th April 2014

FARMERS looking to invest in their business could access discounted borrowing rates from the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC plc).

Farming family takes on goats cheese brand

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW HOME: Sharron and Ed Parker, joined by children Georgia and Joseph, with some of their new goats

3:09pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE future of an award-winning goats cheese brand has been secured.

Wildlife trusts mount campaign to save barn owl Fera appoints

Darlington and Stockton Times: UNDER THREAT: Barn owl numbers have been devastated by recent severe winters

2:56pm Friday 11th April 2014

YORKSHIRE Wildlife Trust is one of 46 to have mounted a campaign to save the threatened barn owl.

Minister announces second year of pilot badger culls

2:49pm Friday 11th April 2014

PILOT badger culls aimed at tackling bovine TB will continue this year, but will not be extended to other areas.

Fera appoints new director of science

2:49pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) has announced the appointment of Dr Philip Newton as it’s new director of science.

Farmers urged to consider Tour de France impact

3:07pm Friday 4th April 2014

FARMERS and landowners along the route of the Tour de France Grand Depart have been urged to consider how it might affect them.

Global interest expected at robot demonstration

Darlington and Stockton Times: IN ACTION: The Lely robotic milking and feeding systems

3:06pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE world’s first combined live robotic milking and feeding system demonstration will be staged at the Livestock Event at The NEC, Birmingham, on July 2 and 3.

Assess your grassland to ensure productivity

3:02pm Friday 4th April 2014

GRASS is a critically important crop for most livestock farms and yet it can deteriorate rapidly if close attention is not paid to its maintenance and management.

Call for growers’ exemption in new water access plan

Darlington and Stockton Times: WARNING: Dorothy Fairburn, CLA North regional director

3:01pm Friday 4th April 2014

FARMING organisations have demanded that agriculture be exempt from new government proposals to reduce access to water.

Farm Stay members toast cook book’s charity success

Darlington and Stockton Times: CELEBRATING: Yorkshire Farm Stay members with copies of their successful recipe book

2:59pm Friday 4th April 2014

YORKSHIRE Farm Stay members were given the afternoon off lambing to celebrate the start of English Tourism Week and the success of their recipe book.

Sheep association’s advice on new way to report movement

2:58pm Friday 4th April 2014

A NEW sheep movement reporting system came into effect on Tuesday.

Top-price dog off to the US

Darlington and Stockton Times: SNAPPED UP: Shaun Richards with 5,300gns Sweep

12:14pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

THE 5,300gns (£5,560) topprice dog at Skipton mart’s 2014 opening sale of working sheepdogs is bound for America.

Eggs from happy hens

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOOD LIFE: William Maughan and some of his Bovan Brown hens enjoying the outdoors – Pictures: Mike Bridgen

12:12pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

FREE-RANGE egg producer William Maughan is happy in his work – his 9,000 hens seem pretty happy, too.

New dairy unit sees the return of cows at college

Darlington and Stockton Times: OFFICIAL BLESSING: the Bishop of Carlisle blesses the herd at Newton Rigg – Pictures: Jennifer MacKenzie

12:04pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

NEW life has been breathed back into Newton Rigg College and now, after an absence of milking cows for 13 years, a state-ofthe- art dairy unit has been officially opened on a greenfield site.

£1m feed plant ‘shows commitment to future’

Darlington and Stockton Times: Managing director Matthew Dugdale

11:59am Tuesday 1st April 2014

A FAMILY-OWNED animal feed company has invested £1m in a purpose-built blending plant.

Work starts on new agricultural college

11:22am Tuesday 1st April 2014

WORK has begun on building the country’s first new agricultural college in 50 years.

Recycling business thrilled at awards

11:19am Tuesday 1st April 2014

A COUNTY Durham firm is celebrating after a triple success at the North-East Business Awards.

Sheep farmer selected as ambassador

11:15am Tuesday 1st April 2014

JAMES Drummond has become one of 11 Next Generation Ambassadors for the National Sheep Association (NSA).

Phone fraudsters target farmers

11:14am Tuesday 1st April 2014

FRAUDSTERS have scammed farmers out of £500,000 in South Lancashire.

Students prepare for competition

Darlington and Stockton Times: FIRST STEPS: Askham Bryan College student Sam Coote starts training his Charolais cross beef animal

11:12am Tuesday 1st April 2014

ASKHAM Bryan College students have been taking the first steps with their beef animals in preparation for the upcoming Stockmanship Competition.

Students limber up for cereal challenge

11:11am Tuesday 1st April 2014

STUDENTS from six colleges and universities are competing in the 2014 Cereals Challenge, including a team from Newcastle University, which won last year.

Dairy unit opens and work starts on £34m project

11:11am Tuesday 1st April 2014

THIS has to be one of the most significant months in the history of both our colleges. As I write, work has just begun on the £34m project at our York campus which will see a new animal management centre, improved student accommodation for our ever-increasing numbers, plus new farm buildings and a new silage clamp.

Minister to speak at conference

11:08am Tuesday 1st April 2014

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Owen Paterson has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for this year’s Northern Farming conference.

Crackdown on menace of flytipping

11:08am Tuesday 1st April 2014

HARSHER penalties for flytippers come into force from July 1.

Lake District open day will highlight Luing cattle breed

Darlington and Stockton Times: HARDY BREED: Luing cows

3:29pm Friday 28th March 2014

THE Luing Cattle Society is to hold its first open day in England in the Lake District.

Driffield farm joins national network to improve crops

Darlington and Stockton Times: GROWING NETWORK: Phil Meadley has joined the monitor farm scheme run by HGCA

3:27pm Friday 28th March 2014

EAST Yorkshire farmer Phil Meadley (pictured) has joined the Monitor Farm scheme run by HGCA, the oilseeds and cereals division of the UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

Farmers pay for mis-sold products

Darlington and Stockton Times: CAMPAIGNING: Johanne Spittle of Lupton Fawcett Denison Till's York office

3:21pm Friday 28th March 2014

A CAMPAIGNING York lawyer says says several Yorkshire farmers have had to sell land to continue payments for mis-sold hedging products by banks.

Showground submits plans for pavilion

3:21pm Friday 28th March 2014

A £281,000 major entertainments venue is planned for Driffield showground.

Farmers test Defra’s map view service

3:21pm Friday 28th March 2014

THE Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is giving 1,000 farmers and agents the chance to test a new online service which allows them to view their land details on a digital map.

Mill event gives growers an insight of grain processing

Darlington and Stockton Times: FLOUR POWER: A farm delivery at Bell Mill

3:20pm Friday 28th March 2014

GROWERS heard how their grain was used to make flour at a ‘Meet the Processor’ event, organised by the Home Grown Cereals Authority last week.

Entries open for ‘real’ dry stone walling competition

Darlington and Stockton Times: TITLE HOLDER: Michael Coggins, the current CLA Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling champion

3:19pm Friday 28th March 2014

THE hunt is on for the best dry stone waller in Yorkshire.

Tax office to put spotlight on landlords in tax evasion crackdown

3:18pm Friday 28th March 2014

RURAL landlords are likely to come under the spotlight in HM Revenue & Custom’s latest crackdown on tax evasion, according to specialist Alison Robinson.

Study finds that merlin thrives on grouse land

Darlington and Stockton Times: THREAT: Looking for sites to fledge their chicks, merlins are thriving on moorlands managed for red grouse

3:18pm Friday 28th March 2014

NUMBERS of the threatened merlin – Britain’s smallest bird of prey – are soaring on grouse moors in Durham and Northumberland.

Network’s free lunch event set to help northern farmers to solve problems

3:16pm Friday 28th March 2014

FARMERS in North Yorkshire who may be suffering from a variety of problems, are invited to a free lunch being given by the Farming Community Network at Middleton and Aislaby Village Hall, near Pickering, on Thursday, May 8.

Minister to be keynote speaker at conference

3:16pm Friday 28th March 2014

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Owen Paterson has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for this year’s Northern Farming Conference.

Swaledale sets new market record at auction

Darlington and Stockton Times: SHEEP RECORD: The champion Swaledale and Bentham mart price record breaker with judge Ian Close, left, and vendor Patrick Sowerby

3:28pm Friday 21st March 2014

A NEW market record for a Swaledale was set at Bentham Auction’s annual multi-breed sale of individual breeding sheep.

‘Fly grazing of horses must be made criminal’

3:27pm Friday 21st March 2014

A LANDOWNERS organisation has renewed its call for horse abandonment to be made a crime.

‘Pre-nuptials’ are likely to become norm

3:26pm Friday 21st March 2014

THE thought of having a pre-nuptial agreement has often been considered unromantic – but the prospect of them becoming the norm in English society has become distinctly more likely and may help to protect important assets such as your farm.

Number of slaughtered British TB cattle falls

3:26pm Friday 21st March 2014

THE number of cattle slaughtered in Britain because of bovine tuberculosis (TB) fell last year, according to official figures.

Good herd health plan can give early clues to diseases

3:25pm Friday 21st March 2014

VET Richard Matthews reminded cattle producers of the importance of herd health planning at a meeting organised by UTASS at Middleton-in- Teesdale auction mart.

Farmer scoops top champions titles

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINNER: Simon Bennett, right, with his March prime cattle champion and show judge Richard Binns

3:24pm Friday 21st March 2014

SIMON Bennett, Silsden Moor, took the championship and reserve championship at the March prime cattle show at Skipton mart.

Rural farmers paid £750,000 in support scheme

3:23pm Friday 21st March 2014

THE Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has paid out more than £750,000 to beef and sheep farmers working on some of the most difficult terrain in England.

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