A north east farm has been awarded for 25 years of breeding rare farm animals.
The honour coincides with the arrival of some very precious piglets.
A woman from Northumberland has topped the county's sheepdog trials.
Her success is helping her to fund the farm where she has worked for four years.
Derek Proud went to meet her.
More and more farmers have turned to a charity for help this year after getting into financial difficulties.
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution is helping three times as many farming families as last year.
Derek Proud reports.
As many of us buy our food from the supermarket, it would be easy for our children to think it starts out there. Even those who live in the countryside do not always make the connection between farming and the dinner table.
The Children's Countryside Day in Northumberland is designed to fill in the blanks by giving children a day of hands-on farm experience.
Watch the full report below.
Schoolchildren were shown how flour becomes bread, how livestock are bought and sold and even how to pluck chickens at a countryside day designed to show them the origin of their food. Pupils from 40 schools attended the annual fair near Wooler in Northumberland.
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has licensed veterinary pharmaceutical company MSD Animal Health to provide the "Bovolis SBV" vaccine for animals affected by the Schmallenberg virus.
VMD chief executive Pete Borriello said:
A new vaccine could be made available to farmers whose livestock has been affected by the Schmallenberg virus, it was announced today.
The virus, which emerged in the Netherlands and Germany in 2011 and causes severe birth defects and miscarriages, has been identified on more than 1,700 farms across the country.
Adult animals infected by virus-carrying midges, thought to have blown across the Channel, gave birth to deformed or stillborn lambs and calves.
UK farmers will be the first in the European Union to have access to the vaccine, which will be used this summer, before most animals become pregnant again.
An appeal has been started to help farmers struggling to pay bills and running out of animal feed after the long winter.
You can watch Frances Read's report below, with one family who said the help is vital.
For more details of the appeal and how to donate, see here.
An appeal has been launched to help farmers who are in crisis after the hard winter. In some areas the snow, which stayed for months, means there is not enough feed for the animals.A fund set up by Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services will pay for extra support on farms.
A lamb has been born on Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth with five legs. Despite the timing of it being April Fool's day, this is true!
She is healthy, one of triplets, and was named Quinto by our reporter Rachel Sweeney.