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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.

Dairy Herd
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.

Parlour
New Parlour Credit: ITV News

Full Report: Boost for dairy industry

There has been good news for some of our region's dairy farmers this week, as the industry has received a economic boost.

The industry has long campaigned for better prices for its milk production and starting this month, a cheese production company will pay farmers an additional 1p per litre.

Two more companies, including one with a base in Cumbria, will follow suit next month - a move welcomed by local farmers.

Watch the full report from Fiona Marley Paterson below.

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