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Elderly man crushed in Penrith farm incident

The Pride of Cumbria Credit: GNAAS

An elderly man has been air-lifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after an incident on a farm near Penrith.

The Great North Air Ambulance were called to the scene at Reagill, where there were reports a man had been crushed between a car and a building.

The man was treated for multiple injuries before being flown to hospital in Newcastle.

His condition is said to be stable.


Children learn to crack down on rural crime

Children are learning about rural crime. Credit: ITV Border

Schoolchildren are visiting a farm in Cumbria, to find out about the devastating effects of rural crime.

As part of the NFU's Country Watch Eden scheme, a farmer at Coupland Beck Farm in Appleby is explaining to the children and police how he defends against rural crime.

Rural crime cost Cumbria £590,000 in 2014.

School trips to farms under threat

The programme is in danger. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A programme which educates young people across Dumfries and Galloway about the farming industry may be coming to an end, if funding can't be found.

The Royal Highland Education Trust has run school farm trips for the past four years.

They say it's crucial to give pupils an idea about potential careers in agriculture:

We're looking at the Scottish Government. They have funded us but that's about to slow down now we need to look at other funding.

The feedback from the young people today has been fantastic, hopefully we've got them engaged in food and farming so it's a positive message for all."

– Hugh McClymont, Farm Manager


Dairy farmers shun supermarkets over milk price

A dairy farming family from Dumfries and Galloway have decided to tackle the milk crisis head on- by taking things into their own hands.

Today they launched a new business venture, by selling direct to customers in their local community, instead of to the supermarkets. Lori Carnochan reports:

"You have to be a bit mad to milk cows!"

The dairy industry has been in turmoil for several months due to the lowest milk prices for years.

However this hasn't put off the Roan family from Dalbeattie. They're now cutting out the supermarkets and selling direct to customers.

"I think to milk cows you have to be a bit mad but it's great.

"It's a family business and we have to think of the next generation that's coming through and that's what we do, we love milling cows but it's just finding a way of making it more profitable and if this helps we'll keep on doing it."

– Tracey Roan, Roan's Dairy

Supermarkets shunned as dairy farmers sell direct

Selling direct to the customers Credit: ITV Border

A dairy farming family from Dalbeattie, on the Solway Coast, are cutting out the supermarkets and selling direct to local customers.

The Roan's hope that by supplying local businesses and the surrounding communities with their milk, that they will achieve what they believe to be a fair price.

The milk crisis has been well documented over the past few months, with protests taking place up and down the country.

"We're really passionate about the high quality produce we make here and just feel that we don't get rewarded for that in the marketplace.

"My great-grandfather use to go down to the local villages with a pony and trap so you could say that it's going round full circle again."

– Stuart Roan, Barnbarroch Farm
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