A Farmer's Diary

Jenny Longden's been on her monthly trip to visit our resident farmer Stephen Withers in his fields in Jedburgh.

Cattle Scab found in Borders

Cattle Scab has been found on a Scottish farm for the first time in 30 years. Warning - some pictures in this article may be upsetting.

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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.

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New Parlour Credit: ITV News

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Author agrees to meet farmers after controversial comments

An environmentalist who says sheep farming wrecks the fells met with Cumbrian hill farmers.

George Monbiot wrote in his book that sheep farming is ‘a slow-burning ecological disaster’ that ‘has done more damage to the living systems of this country than either climate change or industrial pollution'.

He met the Cumbria Commoners and Cumbria Young Commoners in Newton Rigg but they disagreed with his findings.

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Farmers rally round to help those hit by flooding

by Hannah McNulty

The flooding in the south of England is a story that's dominated the headlines for weeks now. While the attention is often on people and their homes, a story less often reported is the impact it has on the farming community.

Cumbria and southern Scotland has had its own share of flooding problems and farming is a major part of our industry. Our Correspondent Hannah McNulty has been speaking to those trying to help.

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Farming community rallies round to help those hit by flooding

The farming community in Cumbria and southern Scotland are collecting supplies for famers in the south of England hit by flooding. It's part of a national appeal to help those in the Somerset and surrounding areas who have suffered widespread damage to their land and livelihood.

Lauderdale Hunt in the Borders is one of those taking part in the collection of food and supplies. Timothy Coulson is Master and Huntsman:

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