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New milking parlour to provide a great resource for college students

Lord Curry of Kirkharle, the Bishop of Carlisle, representatives from the farming industry and college dignitaries were among four hundred guests welcomed to Newton Rigg's Penrith campus to celebrate the new Dairy Unit's official opening.

Newton Rigg's restocked Dairy Herd was wiped out in 2001 Credit: ITV News

The herd was wiped out in 2001 and has since been built back up to 151 cows and heifers. The new dairy unit will enable Newton Rigg students to learn the dairy trade in a state of the art facility.

New Parlour Credit: ITV News

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Full Report: Scotch beef back on the menu

Scotch Beef is set to return to dinner tables in the USA for the first time in nearly 20 years, after a decision to overturn a ban on beef from the European Union.

The move has been welcomed by butchers and farmers across southern Scotland, who hope it will re-open the market for other Scottish produce.

From the Borders, Jenny Longden reports.

Minister welcomes Scotch beef announcement

Scotch beef will be exported to America again for the first time in 20 years.

The meat was banned amid concerns about BSE, known as mad cow disease, entering the food chain.

The US department of agriculture has now lifted the restrictions - a move which has been welcomed by farmers in Southern Scotland.

The Rural Affairs Minister, Richard Lochhead MSP, spoke to ITV Border about the news.

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