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.
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The 60-year-old takes charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.
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The operation took around three hours to complete, with the remains being disposed of by a specialist animal by-product company.