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Sheep worth £50k stolen from Cumbrian farm

Swaledale sheep stolen from Long Marton Credit: NFU

The National Farmers Union is asking farmers to be vigilant after nearly £50,000 worth of sheep were stolen from a Cumbrian farm.

Twenty-six pedigree Swaledale breeding sheep were taken from an eight acre field at Long Marton near Appleby. It's thought the thieves must have experience rounding up livestock.

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Thousands turn out for Carlisle's dairy showcase

Around seven thousand people have turned out in Carlisle for the annual Borderway Dairy Expo.

The event showcases the best of the dairy industry with over 400 entries in the livestock classes, as well more than 140 trade stands.

Organisers say the Expo is going from strength to strength and is the perfect opportunity for the industry to come together and celebrate their best produce.

Lori Carnochan reports:

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NFU appoints new farming adviser for Cumbria

Jenny Willis has been appointed as NFU County Adviser for Cumbria.

She is covering for Helen Forrester while she is on maternity leave and will be based at the NFU’s Penrith office on Cromwell Road.

She will work every week from Monday through to Thursday.

Fellow Cumbria County Adviser Mike Sanderson will work Thursday afternoons and all day on a Friday.

“I’m looking forward to working with Mike Sanderson in Penrith and NFU members throughout Cumbria, and will also be supporting the work of the North West Livestock Board. “

– Jenny Wallis, NFU County Adviser for Cumbria

Farming community as divided as the rest of Scotland

Many of the people in Scotland come from rural towns and villages, where farming has a huge impact on the economy. Farming subsidies and trade has been a key battleground for local campaigners from both sides.

Jenny Longden has been speaking to two farmers with opposite views, on what they think the referendum means to The Farming Industry.

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