Defra Farm Health Planning
Dairy farmers Trevor and John Whitfield are already reaping the rewards of farm health planning under a new initiative as one of eight advocate farms involved in the XLVets Dairy project run under Defra’s Farm Health Planning scheme. [read article]

Cumbrian Specialist Beef Unit
Re-structuring of the farm business after 2001 at Cracrop, Kirkcambeck, near Brampton, Carlisle, concentrated on two pedigree beef herds – Charolais and Limousin. [read article]

Environment Enhancement
Specialist beef producers Brian Atkinson and his father Brendan have been able to enhance their farm’s environmental benefits while maintaining a sound commercial enterprise in shape for post 2012 without a Single Farm Payment. [read article]

Pioneer Gold
Pioneer Foodservice, of Carlisle, has picked up a gold award for signing-up customers to the English Quality Standard scheme for beef and lamb. The company works closely with the English Beef and Lamb Executive. [read article]

Nancy leaves Farm Link
Nancy Tweddle
Nancy Tweddell has moved on from her role as Cumbria Farm Link Manager. Her departure marks 11 years of work with Cumbria’s farming and rural communities on a number of funding initiatives. [read article]

Naturally-reared Passion
A passion for naturally-reared, quality food and the desire to share that with others has led Jo Kemp to produce her own traditional beef and lamb. [read article]

Committed to Milk
A commitment to the future of milk production for the next generation of the Dockeray family has involved investing in new dairy facilities and splitting the farm partnership. [read article]

Oxford Down - Ease of Management
Ease of management, early lambing and superior eating quality of finished lambs are just some of the attributes of the Oxford Down which has kept Andrew Rutherford faithful to the traditional British breed for the last two decades. [read article]

Traditional Breeds for Profit
Traditional breeds of suckler cows which can be outwintered on the hill are the key to profitable beef production for James Playfair Hannay. [read article]

Gold Cup
The all-round performance of the 200-cow pedigree Ribblesdale herd run at Laneside Farm, Waddington, near Clitheroe, has earned a place in the final of the 2007 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup competition for the third year. [read article]

Lumbylaw Texels
The Lumbylaw Texel flock at Billerwell Farm, Bonchester Bridge, near Hawick came out top on performance across all UK Texel flocks last year and the dispersal of the adult portion of the flock marks the end of an era for Richard Oates. [read article]

Savin HIll Meat
savin hill
A Lake District farming and meat business is struggling to meet consumer demand in the north west for its traditional native breeds of beef and pork. The business at Savin Hill Farm in the Lyth Valley near Kendal had small beginnings 12 years ago. [read article]

Northumbrian Rare Breed Meats
Northumbria Rare Breed Meats
At a time when many livestock farmers in the region were seriously considering their future in the aftermath of F&M, a couple realised their long held ambition to sell their home-produced rare breed meats direct to the public through a farm shop. [read article]

Newfield Beef Shorthorns
A mission to find a particular type of duck led to the foundation of a successful pedigree beef herd in north Yorkshire 20 years ago by Michael Abrahams and his farm manager Ray Sanderson. [read article]

Roman Excavations lead to new farm
Renewed interest in a Roman fort near Bishop Auckland has led to a fresh start for farming couple Gordon and Julie Sedgewick. [read article]

Pedigree Beef Recording
A judging seminar hosted by Beef Shorthorn breeder Carey Coombs at Carnwath extolled the merits of pedigree beef recording. [read article]

Ashley uses Scabivax
Ashley Caton
With the entire female lamb crop selling through a handful of autumn sales, Ashley Caton places great emphasis on the health of his stock to ensure they thrive and to benefit future buyers. [read article]

Wild Geese scavenge Grass
David Bowe
Wild geese are arriving in larger numbers for an extended winter season on valuable livestock grazing ground on the Cumbrian shores of the Solway Estuary. [read article]

Vaccination keeps Orf at bay
An outbreak of the sheep viral condition Orf convinced the Coates family that a vaccination programme was essential, particularly as the disease prevented selling at the main autumn North of England Mule gimmer lamb fixtures. [read article]

Borderfields produce Rapeseed OIl
A group of Borders farmers have set their store to trade beyond the farm gate in premium products through a newly formed company. Borderfields was set up by producers from the east coast in North Northumberland and the Borders. [read article]

Arable Prospects are Good
Future prospects for the North’s arable farmers are improving against a background of an increasing demand for biofuels, a growing world population and global warning. [read article]

Cumbria's Auction Marts thrive in post FMD
Six years on from the start of the foot and mouth epidemic which devastated Cumbria’s livestock industry, auction markets in the county are selling more cattle and sheep through the market – at a greater turnover. [read article]

A lifetime with sheep in the north
michael and anne walton
First and foremost a Northumberland farmer and a noted breeder of pedigree sheep - Suffolks are his passion - Michael Walton is also an auctioneer and has conducted specialist sheep sales across the country for the last 30 years. [read article]

Increasing milk yield from home-grown forage
tony osborn
A west Cumbrian dairy farming family has made a two-fold impact on increasing milk from home-grown forage – by growing maize and re-seeding cutting and grazing fields with high sugar grass varieties. [read article]

Planning Herd Health for Livestock Exports
graham brooks
Live export markets for both pedigree and commercial cattle may have re-opened - but UK farmers need to take on board herd health planning now to avoid jeopardising these opportunities warns Graham Brooks, the new president of the BCVA. [read article]

Northumbrian Organic Feeds
Northumbrian Organic Feeds
Northumberland farmer Stuart Hyslop’s enthusiasm for the future of organic livestock and arable production has led to the development of the northern counties’ first fully organic blending and milling plant. [read article]

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