Darlington and Stockton Times: Farming in association with Coles, the solicitors

Defra’s approach to TB eradication leads to criticism

12:52pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has criticised Defra’s TB eradication strategy in England, claiming it falls short in some areas and contains damaging measures in others.

Farmers unite to sell British lamb

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:52pm Friday 26th September 2014

SEVEN farming families from Upper Teesdale have joined forces and launched their own lamb brand.

Supreme champion sets record price for single sheep at mart

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:51pm Friday 26th September 2014

A NEW Skipton Auction Mart record price for a single sheep was set at the Beltex Sheep Society’s 14th annual show and sale of pedigree rams and females.

Unions in EU fight over plant protection

12:50pm Friday 26th September 2014

PRESIDENTS of the four UK farming unions were in Brussels this week on a major lobbying offensive.

Full cost of gutworm in cows revealed by study

12:50pm Friday 26th September 2014

GUTWORM is said to cost UK dairy farmers more than £314m a year in reduced milk yields. Merial Animal Health has based its claim on five years of bulk milk tests – known as MOO tests - from 2009 to 2013 involving 790 herds across the UK. The test measures the level of antibodies to gutworm in the milk – to assess the level of challenge to the cows. A “high” result indicates the herd should be treated to remove gutworm.

Courses aim to revive the partridge population

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:49pm Friday 26th September 2014

FRESH efforts to save wild grey partridge are being made in the north of England.

Energy plant’s animal feed a novel protein alternative

12:48pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE £350m Vivergo bioethanol plant in Hull is now producing wheat distillers animal feed.

New parliamentary dairy group’s official launch

12:48pm Friday 26th September 2014

A NEW All-Party Parliamentary Dairy Group has been launched by members from both Houses of Parliament.

Learn about machine cost at workshops

12:47pm Friday 26th September 2014

A SERIES of workshops on machinery costings is being held by the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) and Farming4Profit.

Meetings to discuss top yields

12:47pm Friday 26th September 2014

DAIRY farmers are invited to a series of free meetings hosted by Innovation for Agriculture (IFA) and Keenan about maximising yields over winter with a foragebased diet.

Dealing with compacted soil

Darlington and Stockton Times: Mike Burley from Opico

5:27pm Friday 19th September 2014

WAYS of alleviating soil compaction in grassland were among issues discussed at an event organised by the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) near Darlington on Tuesday (16).

Keep cattle out longer but manage grassland effectively

5:31pm Friday 19th September 2014

GIVEN the continuing good weather conditions this Autumn the option of keeping cattle out for longer this year is particularly relevant, but it is vital that grass is managed well and any supplementary feeding is introduced in advance to help check any dramatic changes in weather or at housing.

Scaring not shooting is scrapped

5:29pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE Countryside Alliance (CA) has welcomed Natural England’s decision not to press ahead with a "shoo, don’t shoot" proposal to restrict pigeon shooting.

Women of industry to link at key event

5:23pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE increasing role of women in farming will be celebrated at a free event at the Great Yorkshire Showground at the end of the month.

Commoners to discuss act

5:29pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE Yorkshire Federation of Commoners meets at Thirsk auction mart on Wednesday (24), at 2pm, to hear from Doug Huzzard of the Commons Registration Office, County Hall, Northallerton, about The Commons Act Part 1. It was due to be implemented from October 1, but has been delayed. The Rural Payments Agency may also be represented.

Defra's badger cull begins in latest effort to stem TB

4:07pm Friday 12th September 2014

BADGER culling has started for a second year in Gloucestershire and Somerset as part of Defra's bid to eradicate bovine TB.

Free-range producers doing their bit for hens

Darlington and Stockton Times: Philip Twizell among his hens and trees

4:09pm Friday 12th September 2014

FREE range egg producers across Great Britain have planted more than one million trees to create a happy habitat for their hens.

Grassland education is on offer

4:07pm Friday 12th September 2014

FARMERS can learn more about grassland management and the benefits of legume crops at a farm walk on Tuesday (16th).

Research may boost Red Poll at the double

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:21pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

The Red Poll has much to offer as a beef animal, and research into genes controlling muscling will help develop the breed, as Lancashire breeder Simon Temple told Neil Ryder

Ian quits his office and trusts in a fresh start

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:19pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

After a career that included advising farmers seeking tenancies, SAC’s North of England manager, Ian Cairns tells Neil Ryder how he has now taken the plunge himself

£1m exports for Roundhouse firm

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:53am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A COUNTY Durham company that invented a revolutionary farm building has attracted export orders worth almost £1m.

Open day on potato research

11:52am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

POTATO growers are invited to an event on a Lancashire farm involved in Potato Council-funded trials to increase productivity.

‘Live’ fun for the family

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:47am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ENTRIES are flooding in for next month’s Countryside Live event in Harrogate.

Spotlight on quality lamb and beef

11:43am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

EFFICIENCY and profitability of producing highquality beef and lamb for domestic and export markets will come under the spotlight at Eblex’s annual conference at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on November 4.

Anger at 35% rent increases

11:43am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has hit out at proposed rent rises of between 14 and 35 per cent by agents acting for the Church Commissioners.

Protect stored grain against pest damage

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:43am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

WITH disappointing prices for cereals and oilseed rape this harvest, it may be a season to prolong storage until prices recover, according to Simon Bishop, of Interfarm UK Ltd.

Morrisons launches app for beef producers

11:41am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MORRISONS has become the first supermarket to launch a free app for cattle farmers aimed at simplifying livestock management.

Bog moss on march to save peatlands

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:41am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A NEW technique is being used to restore precious peatlands in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Merlin gets a helping hand from keepers

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:38am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

RARE pictures of merlin chicks have been released by an organisation committed to protecting the threatened species.

A champion day out for Rachel

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:35am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE Champion of Champions at the 122nd Glendale Show was the overall winning horse.

Sheep dip: the ‘hidden scandal’

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:34am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

With fewer farmers using conventional dips to control sheep scab, there is a feeling that problems faced by those dealing with dip-related illnesses are to some extent becoming forgotten. Neil Ryder talked to Paul Wright who believes his serious health problems are directly related to sheep dips

Increased entry at store lamb sale

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:22pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE fortnightly sale of store lambs saw an increased entry of 6,828 head at Skipton sell for an overall average of £55.69 per head, up £1.27 on last year’s fixture.

Important to check for hidden diseases

3:21pm Friday 29th August 2014

WEATHER conditions have continued to be good and beef and sheep at grass have continued to do well.

Production of meat up

3:21pm Friday 29th August 2014

TOTAL UK sheep meat production for 2014 is forecast to rise four per cent to 302,000 tonnes – the highest since 2009.

Buyers will be flocking to Monday market

3:20pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE annual production sale of 410 Continental breeding rams and females from the Whiteley Hey Flock takes place at North West Auctions Junction 36 at noon on Monday.

TV shepherdess to release calendar

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:20pm Friday 29th August 2014

AMANDA Owen, star of The Dales, ITV’s popular series, and author of her best selling The Yorkshire Shepherdess, will release her 2015 calendar on September 5. The mother-of-seven, pictured, shot to fame when her life on the wild and remote 2,000 acre hill farm, Ravenseat in Swaledale, was televised.

Working dogs’ owners are warned thefts on increase

3:19pm Friday 29th August 2014

OWNERS of working dogs have been warned that reported thefts are on the increase.

Fear lantern guidance doesn’t go far enough

3:18pm Friday 29th August 2014

FARMING organisations have welcomed a new code of practice for sky lanterns - but still want a ban.

Forestry is key as fair runs again

3:18pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE forestry and agricultural sector’s major trade event returns to Northumberland next month for the first time in three years.

No illusions for Limousin as sets world record price

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:18pm Friday 29th August 2014

GLENROCK Illusion set a new world record price for a Limousin animal when sold for 125,000gns (£131,250) at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.

Business-savvy farmer given £9k-a-year education grant

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:16pm Friday 29th August 2014

ONE young farmer had more reasons than most to celebrate his A-level results after winning a full £9,000 a year university scholarship.

Hearing on fly-grazing and horse welfare

3:16pm Friday 29th August 2014

FLY-GRAZING and horse welfare will be the subject of a hearing held by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

A new era of cooking

3:16pm Friday 29th August 2014

STUDENTS are being encouraged to cook with lamb as part of an Eblex campaign.

Records see some miss out

3:15pm Friday 29th August 2014

FARMERS in England have lost out on millions of pounds in EU payments because of inadequate records.

Livestock thefts rise trigger land-watch

4:45pm Friday 22nd August 2014

FARMERS and their neighbours have been urged to pull together to beat rural crime.

Listen and learn at goat farm day

4:44pm Friday 22nd August 2014

FARMING a profitable commercial dairy goat enterprise will come under the microscope at a free open day at Pasture House Farm, West Marton, Skipton, North Yorkshire, on Thursday, September 4.

Farm event to address soil damage issues

4:44pm Friday 22nd August 2014

REPAIRING damaged soil structure is the subject of three free farm events early next month.

Seed potato exports reach a record high

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:44pm Friday 22nd August 2014

EXPORTS of British seed potatoes hit an all-time high of 103,000 tonnes during the 2013-14 season.

Choose seeds for early slot

4:42pm Friday 22nd August 2014

SOME popular varieties of wheat and barley are already in short supply following steady demand and an early start to the season.

Reforms: the specifics you need to know

4:41pm Friday 22nd August 2014

THE Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) has explained how the CAP Reform’s new “greening” requirements will affect cereals and oilseed growers.






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